Children's Summer Camps

 
2019 Children's Summer Camps: A Family Tradition!
 

Programs are designed to actively promote your child’s creativity and the joy of discovery with fun learning experiences in the unmatched natural setting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Each camp will include daily explorations of The Gardens and plants to take home and grow.

A Summer Camp Shirt is included with each registration fee.

 Each camp is limited to 20 children with the exception of preschool camps and specialty camps, which are limited to 15 children. All summer camp teachers are certified or otherwise qualified. For more information, contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or [email protected].

Register online at www.bbgardens.org/summercamps or 205.414.3950.

Registration for Members* will begin on Friday, February 1.

Registration opens to the public on Friday, February 15.

*Hydrangea Level and above


 Become a Member and receive a 20% discount and priority registration on all Children's Summer Camps!

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 Pricing Schedule

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

All-Day Camps: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $280 Members* | $350 Non-Members

*Hydrangea Level and above


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2019 Camp Offerings

 JUNE 2019

Young Artists in the Gardens [Ages 4-5] 
June 3–7 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Explore a new garden each day to experience life in The Gardens in living color. We will draw our discoveries while out in the Gardens. 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!
Instructor: Amanda Lucas, B.S., Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Young Artists in the Gardens [5K-Grade 2]
June 3–7 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Explore a new garden each day to experience life in The Gardens in living color. We will draw our discoveries while out in the Gardens. 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! 
Instructor: Shellye Lucas, Master's in Education, K-6. 

Young Artists in the Gardens [Grades 3–6] 
June 3–7 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Explore a new garden each day to experience life in The Gardens in living color. We will draw our discoveries while out in the Gardens. 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!
Instructor: Donna Long, B.S., Elementary Education. 

Summer Garden Chefs [4–5 years]
Choose your session:
June 17–21 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (Session 1)
June 24–28 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (Session 2)
Join us for five days full of exploring, planting, smelling, tasting, creating, and cooking! We’ll discover summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden and 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! Campers will be led by a team of three education specialists (gifted, early childhood, and art). 
Instructors: Jo Dale, MEd, NBCT, Gifted Specialist; Nancy B. Cadenhead Trucks, Early Childhood Development, B.S., M.A.; and Amy Waine, EdS, Gifted Specialist Birmingham City Schools. 

Summer Garden Chefs [5K–Grade 2]
Choose your session:
June 17–21 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (Session 1)
June 24–28
| 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (Session 2)
Join us for five days full of exploring, planting, smelling, tasting, creating, and cooking! We’ll discover summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden and 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! Campers will be led by a team of three education specialists (gifted, early childhood, and art).
Instructors: Jo Dale, MEd, NBCT, Gifted Specialist; Nancy B. Cadenhead Trucks, Early Childhood Development, B.S., M.A.; and Amy Waine, EdS, Gifted Specialist Birmingham City Schools. 

Summer Garden Chefs [Grades 3–6] 
Choose your session:
June 17–21 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (Session 1)
June 24–28 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (Session 2)
Join us for five days filled with exploring, planting, smelling, tasting, creating, and cooking! We’ll discover summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden and 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! Campers will be led by a team of three education specialists (gifted, early childhood, and art).
Instructors: Jo Dale, MEd, NBCT, Gifted Specialist; Nancy B. Cadenhead Trucks, Early Childhood Development, B.S., M.A.; and Amy Waine, EdS, Gifted Specialist Birmingham City Schools. 

JULY/AUGUST 2019
 
Little Seeds: Growing Little Gardeners [5K–Grade 2]
July 8-12 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Explore the fascinating world of gardening as we learn about seeds, soil, water, planting, and harvest. We will have tours of the Gardens, hands-on gardening activities, experiments, and crafts to bring home!
Instructor: Amanda Clark, Horticulturist

Summer Garden Explorers [Grades 3–6]
July 8–12 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Let’s journey along an adventurous plant odyssey through daily field trips in The Gardens as we discover a world of plants from water to land and the wonder of how they live and grow. Design and plant your own miniature garden to take home complete with plants we have discovered and mini garden treasures like arbors, bridges, stones, insects, frogs, and more.
Instructor: Mildred Henderson, Master's in Elementary Education

Tropical Garden Chefs: A Conservatory Adventure [Grades 3–6*]
 July 8-12 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (All-day camp)
*Also for children entering grades 1-2 who have previously attended our Summer Garden Chefs camp
An exciting adventure is planned with a special tour of the Conservatory, Alabama's largest clear-span glass house, to discover all about plants and some of our favorite products like chocolate, vanilla, bananas, citrus, and more! Create delicious recipes, be inspired to make art, and read interesting books from around the world as we become garden chefs, artists, scientists, and problem solvers to figure out a "plantastic" mystery! Limited to 15 participants.
Amy Waine, EdS, Gifted Specialist Birmingham City Schools

Spa Camp [5K–Grade 4]
July 15-19 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Treat yourself to a week at Spa Camp, where we will have fun, relax, and make ourselves simply feel good! We will have daily yoga and meditative activities, and make healthy snacks like smoothies, trail mix, yogurt parfaits, and more. Spa treatments will include hand, feet, face, and head massages using scrubs and essential oils, plus we will make take-home accessories to help you bring your calm home! (Camp is limited to 15 participants.)
Instructor: Annie Damsky, Owner, Villager Yoga

Japanese Garden Exploration [5K–Grade 2]
July 15–19 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Discover what makes the Japanese Gardens and the Japanese culture so unique through daily walks, art projects, cooking, and various other activities. We will even have a special tour to discover garden treasures such as The Torii, Moon Bridge, Karesansui Garden, Tea House, Japanese Stone Lanterns, Turtle Island, Zig-Zag Bridge, and a bamboo forest, just to name a few.
Instructor: Shellye Lucas, Master's in Education, K-6

Japanese Garden Exploration [Grades 3–6]
July 15–19 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Discover what makes the Japanese Gardens and the Japanese culture so unique through daily walks, art projects, cooking, and various other activities. We will even have a special tour to discover garden treasures such as The Torii, Moon Bridge, Karesansui Garden, Tea House, Japanese Stone Lanterns, Turtle Island, Zig-Zag Bridge, and a bamboo forest, just to name a few.
Instructor: Donna Long, B.S., Elementary Education 

Fairy Tales in the Gardens [Ages 4–5 & 5K-Grade 2]
July 22-26 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Children will feed their imagination in this whimsical and delightful summer camp experience inspired by your favorite fairy tales. The beautiful and dreamy garden landscapes serve as the perfect settings for the stories of Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Beatrix Potter. Our gardens and woodlands are the perfect playground for your princesses, fairies, witches, and mythical creatures to explore and learn about the world around them. Class is limited to 15 participants. 
Instructor: Erika Poe, B.S., Early Childhood and Elementary Education 

The Secret Garden: A Summer Play in the Gardens [Grades 4–6 & Grade 3]
July 22-26 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (All-day camp)

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) takes center stage as you move, play, and act in The Gardens. Find the key to unlock "The Secret Garden" inside of you as we explore various themes of Frances Hodgson Burnett's text and work together to create a unique outdoor showcase. Be sure to invite your friends and family to the show!
Instructor: Cristal Brister, B.A., Theatre

Garden Hacks: How to Use Technology in the Gardens [Grades 6–9]
July 29–August 2 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (All-day camp)
Does your camper love the outdoors and all things technology-related? This is a place for curious minds to look at their world and use technology to solve real problems. This camp is intended for students entering 6th grade to current 8th graders who are interested in learning how to build simple devices intended to help solve a problem in the Gardens or related to agriculture. Skills the students will be learning will include product development, design, product testing, basic electrical engineering, critical thinking and problem-solving, while also learning more about the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the unique factors involved in maintaining the health of plants and providing a safe and nurturing environment for visitors to the Gardens.
Instructors: Tech Birmingham Kids Code


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.”