Children's Summer Camps

Children's Summer Camps

2017 Children’s Summer Camps: A Family Tradition!


Programs are designed to actively promote your child’s natural sense of creativity and discovery with fun learning experiences in the unmatched setting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens!

Summer Camp Shirts included with each registration fee:

Children's Summer Camps Coming Soon

We are looking forward to opening Member registration for our 2017 Children's Summer Camp on February 1; registration for Non-Members will begin on February 8. Hydrangea (Family) Members and above will receive a 20% discount for each summer camp! Become a Member today and take advantage of the discount by visiting www.bbgardens.org/membership


Become a new member to receive a 20% discount and priority registration!
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For more information or to register by phone, contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or mailto:ehardy@bbgardens.org.


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2017 Schedule

To register for camps, click on the camp title.

Morning Camps 9-1 p.m. $160 Members*| $200 Non-Members

Four day Camp 9-1 p.m. $128 Members*| $160 Non-Members

All Day Camp 9-3 p.m. $280 Members*| $350 Non-Members

*Hydrangea Level and above

Morning Camps 9-1 p.m. $160 Members* $200 Non-Members

June 5-9 Young Artists in The Gardens 9-1 p.m. [5K-2nd] For children entering grades 5K-2 Instructor: Shellye Lucas, Masters of Education, K-6. Explore a new garden and new artist each day to experience life in The Gardens in living color. All new artists for 2017! Dip your brush in watercolor, craft a summer mosaic, and even create your own special painting on canvas. It will be tons of creative, colorful fun! Invite guests to your very own art show!

June 5-9 Young Artists in The Gardens 9-1 p.m. [3rd-6th] Instructor: Donna Long, B.S. Elementary Education. Explore a new garden and new artist each day to experience life in The Gardens in living color. All new artists for 2017! Dip your brush in watercolor, craft a summer mosaic and even create your own special painting on canvas. It will be tons of creative, colorful fun! Invite guests to your very own art show!

June 5-9 Growing through Yoga 9-1 p.m. For children entering grades 5K-4 Instructor: Annie Damsky, Owner of Villager Yoga. Go on a yoga adventure in The Gardens as we grow like trees, flowers, butterflies and other garden creatures. We will build strength and balance in yoga poses inspired by the landscape and architecture of The Gardens while calming and focusing our minds with nature walks and meditations. Yoga games and special crafts like bubble snakes, herbal sugar scrubs, garden dream catchers and more will round out this unique camp that will leave you feeling joyful and refreshed. Healthy snacks included!

June 19-23 Let’s Get Growing: The Tiny Seed 9-1 p.m. For children ages 4-5 years Instructor: Sheryl Lee, Masters Early Childhood Education. Explore The Gardens and investigate plants and plant growth through children’s literature adventures including The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and more. Arts, crafts and fun included! Students Engaging Exploring Developing Seeds!

June 19-23 Microworlds in The Gardens: Creepy Crawlers & Insects 9-1 p.m. For children entering grades 5K-2 Instructor: Sharon Pollard, Masters Elementary Education. Explore Barber Alabama Woodlands and beyond as we investigate a micro world of living soil! Discover creepy crawlers like earthworms, roly polies and all kinds of micro-animals, even flying insects! Magnification investigations, stories, arts and crafts included!

June 26-30 Summer Garden Chefs 9-1 p.m. [K-2nd] Instructors: Jo Dale, MEd, NBCT, Gifted Specialist & Nancy B. Cadenhead Trucks, Early Childhood Development, BS, MA. Join us for five days full of exploring, planting, smelling, tasting, creating and cooking! We’ll discover summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden, fragrant herbs from the Herb Terrace, and mix up tasty cuisine each day using fresh ingredients. Share your favorite recipe for our camp cookbook, paint an apron, and plant your very own kitchen garden to take home so you can have fun cooking and tasting all summer!

June 26-30 Summer Garden Chefs 9-1 p.m. [3rd-6th] Instructors: Jo Dale, MEd, NBCT, Gifted Specialist & Nancy B. Cadenhead Trucks, Early Childhood Development, BS, MA. Join us for five days full of exploring, planting, smelling, tasting, creating and cooking! We’ll discover summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden, fragrant herbs from the Herb Terrace, and mix up tasty cuisine each day using fresh ingredients. Share your favorite recipe for our camp cookbook, paint an apron and plant your very own kitchen garden to take home so you can have fun cooking and tasting all summer!

July 10-14 Enchanted Garden Parties 9-1 p.m. For children ages 4-5 years Lisa Dolensky, AELG Credentialed and UA Graduate School of Education LWP Fellow.  Be our Birmingham Botanical Gardens guests as we explore The Gardens and party with a different theme every day from Dinosaurs to Beauties, Beasts and fairy tales galore.

July 10-14 American Girl * Girls Just Like Me 9-1 p.m. For children entering grades 5K-2 Instructors: Robin & Emmeline Geurs, Mother-Daughter Team of eight years. Let's celebrate your favorite American Girl characters with daily creative art projects, music, stories, nature walks and homemade snacks as we explore the beauty of The Gardens.

July 17-21 Growing through Yoga 9-1 p.m. For children entering grades 5K-4 Instructor: Annie Damsky, Owner of Villager Yoga. Go on a yoga adventure in The Gardens as we grow like trees, flowers, butterflies and other garden creatures. We will build strength and balance in yoga poses inspired by the landscape and architecture of The Gardens while calming and focusing our minds with nature walks and meditations. Yoga games and special crafts like bubble snakes, herbal sugar scrubs, garden dream catchers and more will round out this unique camp that will leave you feeling joyful and refreshed. Healthy snacks included!

July 17-21 BBG Wonderland Explorers 9-1 p.m. For children entering grades 5K-2 Instructor: Lisa Dolensky, AELG Credentialed and UA Graduate School of Education LWP Fellow. Down a rabbit hole and through a magnifying glass explore The Gardens as never before. Grow your imagination with creative movement, dramatic play, story telling, arts/crafts, puppets and science investigations!

July 24-28 Ahoy! Treasure Gardens 9-1 p.m. For children entering grades 5K-2 Instructor: Lisa Dolensky, AELG Credentialed and UA Graduate School of Education LWP Fellow. Ahoy! Pirates, mermaids and fish with land legs! Birmingham Botanical Gardens adventure and treasure awaits with arts/crafts, music, games, dramatic play, sensory science centers and scavenger hunts!

July 24-28 Young Builders: Legos in the Landscape 9-1 p.m. For children entering grades 3-6 Instructor: Mildred Henderson, Masters Elementary Education. Explore our many gardens and let’s build, sketch and design using natural elements and legos.

Four Day Camp 9-1 p.m. $128 Members* $160 Non-Members

July 3-7** “I-CAN” Amer-I-CAN-a 9-1 p.m. For children entering grades 5K-4 Instructor: Lisa Dolensky, AELG Credentialed and UA Graduate School of Education LWP Fellow Join us for a Fourth of July adventure at The Gardens - a history and STEAM inspired camp celebrating America’s birthday, inventors, artists, garden designers and musicians! ** Please note that camp will not meet on July 4.

All Day Camp 9-3 p.m. $280 Members* $350 Non-Members

July 24-28 Summer Garden Chefs: World Class Chefs 9-3 p.m. For children entering grades 3-6 For children entering grades 1-2 who have previously attended Summer Garden Chefs Jo Dale, MEd, NBCT, Gifted Specialist Join us for five days full of exploring, planting, smelling, tasting, creating and cooking as we travel The Gardens and the world in five days to become World Class Chefs! We'll explore world cultures - from Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa - through art projects, literature, games and food, creating inspired international dishes daily! Birmingham Botanical Gardens' World Class Chefs share your favorite recipes for our camp cookbook and take home culturally inspired art works, crafts and an international kitchen garden so you can travel the world all summer.

 


What Parents are Saying:

“He couldn’t wait to go to camp every day. He loved being outside.”

“He has enjoyed seeing things in The Gardens.”

“Came home every day excited to tell me about it.”

“She enjoyed it- especially planting and garden walks.”

“Enjoyed outdoor time and creativity.”

“Fun! Enjoyed The Gardens-loved the crafts and made friends.”