Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Spring/summer hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (through November 6). In light of the increased number of Covid-19 cases in Birmingham and Alabama, the City of Birmingham has implemented an ordinance requiring face coverings inside City-owned buildings and venues, including the Garden Center and other indoor facilities at the Gardens, effective July 29, 2021. For more information and guidelines for visiting, please click here. We look forward to your visit!

Children's Summer Camps

MEMBER PRIORITY REGISTRATION: MARCH 15–21

2021 Children's Summer Camps: A Family Tradition

Our popular summer camps are returning in 2021!

Our weeklong, half-day camps are designed to promote your child’s sense of creativity and the joy of discovery through fun learning experiences in the unmatched natural setting of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 

Camps will include daily explorations of the Gardens and plants to take home and grow. All summer campers will receive a keepsake T-shirt.

This year we are delighted to offer camps for children entering grades 1–2 and children entering grades 3–6. We are also excited to offer camps for children entering Kindergarten (ages 4-5) plus one adult.

Your child's safety is our priority. We have designed socially distanced, small-group camps to take place completely outdoors with the health and safety of our campers top of mind. We will continue to follow CDC and Health Department COVID-19 guidelines. Updated daily camp procedures will be provided in our upcoming Letter to Parents.

Each of our camps is limited to 8 children, 1 teacher, and 1 camp counselor. Camps for children entering Kindergarten (ages 4-5) plus one adult are limited to 5 children and 5 adults, 1 teacher, and 1 camp counselor. Teachers are certified or otherwise qualified. 

Registration open to the public! Members of the Friends at the Family level and above receive a 20% discount on our camps.

Don't delay—camps fill up quickly! Not a member? Join or renew today!

JOIN OR RENEW

Questions? Contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3950, ext. 106, or [email protected].


 2021 Camp Hours and Costs

Hours: 8:30-11:30 a.m. | Entering grades 1-2 | Entering grades 3-6

9-11 a.m. | Entering Kindergarten (Ages 4-5) plus an adult (1 camper + 1 adult)

Cost per camp: $160 Members* | $200 Non-Members

*Members of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens at the Family level and above are eligible.


To Learn More and Register: Click on camp titles (in green) below!

2021 Camp Offerings

Theme: Over the Rainbow
Experience the Gardens through special themes designed to explore our beautiful garden spaces through daily outdoor adventures Over the Rainbow! Our six overarching themes include: Exploring, Art, Our Rainbow Energy, Gardening, Adventure, and STEAM. 

Exploring = red
Art = orange
Our Rainbow Energy = yellow
Gardening = green
Adventure = blue
STEAM = purple


 Young Artists in the Gardens
May 24–28, 2021 | 9–11 a.m.

For children entering Kindergarten (Ages 4-5) plus an adult (1 camper + 1 adult)
Over the Rainbow Theme: Art

Explore a new garden each day to experience life in the Gardens in living color. Explore, discover, sketch, and paint en plein air (outdoors) during your summer adventures throughout our many gardens. Create an artistic garden collection of each day’s adventures. It will be tons of creative, colorful fun! An art kit for each camper/adult team is included.


Young Artists in the Gardens
May 24–28, 2021 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Art

Explore a new garden each day to experience life in the Gardens in living color. Explore, discover, sketch, and paint en plein air (outdoors) during your summer adventures throughout our many gardens. Create an artistic garden collection of each day’s adventures. It will be tons of creative, colorful fun! An art kit for each camper/adult team is included.


Monet’s Garden
May 24-28, 2021 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 3-6
Over the Rainbow Theme: Art

Explore garden scenes and paint like Monet en plein air (outdoors) to experience life in the Gardens in living color. From Japanese bridges to water lilies to flowers in bloom against blue summer skies, paint your way through this fun summer artistic adventure! An art kit for each camper is included.


Garden Adventurers
June 1–4 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Adventure

Explore the many wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens in this classic garden camp; each day you’ll travel to a new garden as we explore and discover what makes each one special. Journey to the Japanese Garden, Barber Alabama Woodlands, Southern Living Garden, Dunn Formal Rose Garden, Fern Glade, and more. Many wonders include giant flowers, tallest trees, fern fronds, bamboo forests, turtles, koi fish, and more!


Gardening Friends
June 1-4 | 9-11 a.m.

For children entering Kindergarten (Ages 4-5) plus an adult (1 camper + 1 adult)
Over the Rainbow Theme: Gardening

Let’s explore an exciting world of gardening at Birmingham Botanical Gardens! We will get behind the scenes to discover how plants grow, take care of plants, meet a gardener’s best friends like earthworms and pollinators, and dig into gardening fun! Each day will bring a new garden adventure and a new world of plants to explore!


Summer Garden Explorers
June 1–4 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Exploring

Let’s discover our many gardens that create a wide world of habitats for the plants and animals that call them home through daily hikes and exciting explorations from bees to trees to gardens and ladybugs to frogs, ponds, and beyond.


Garden Adventurers
June 7–11 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 3–6
Over the Rainbow Theme: Adventure

Explore the many wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens in this classic garden camp; each day you’ll travel to a new garden as we explore and discover what makes each one special. Journey to the Japanese Garden, Barber Alabama Woodlands, Southern Living Garden, Dunn Formal Rose Garden, Fern Glade, and more. Many wonders include giant flowers, tallest trees, fern fronds, bamboo forests, turtles, koi fish, and more!


Reggio Emilia & STEAM-Inspired Creativity Day Camp
June 7–11, 2021 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: STEAM

Let your child explore the environment at the Gardens in a fun creative way while utilizing natural and found objects! Come paint with mud, build with sticks, stones, shells, pinecones, and imagine even more!


Summer Chef Gardeners
June 7–11 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Gardening

A garden chef adventure awaits! We will explore summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden and fragrant herbs in the Herb Terrace! Campers will discover healthy, colorful plants as they get a behind-the-scenes experience with vegetable and herb gardening. Create and collect garden recipes for our camp cookbook, design a garden chef apron, and plant your very own kitchen garden to take home so you can have fun cooking and tasting all summer!


 Reggio Emilia & STEAM-Inspired Creativity Day Camp
June 14–18, 2021 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: STEAM

Let your child explore the environment at the Gardens in a fun creative way while utilizing natural and found objects! Come paint with mud, build with sticks, stones, shells, pinecones, and imagine even more!


Growing through Yoga Camp
June 21-25 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Our Rainbow Energy

Kids will find their inner and outer strength in this yoga camp presented by Villager Yoga. We will learn about keeping our rainbow energy vibrant through yoga, group activities, nature exploration, and mindful arts and crafts projects. Breathing and guided meditation will teach tools for calm and relaxation. Campers will tap into their creative, intuitive, confident selves, bond with new friends, and leave feeling as brilliant as a rainbow. Taught by Laura DeCastra of Villager Yoga.


Summer Chef Gardeners
June 21–25 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1-2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Gardening

A garden chef adventure awaits! We will explore summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden and fragrant herbs in the Herb Terrace! Campers will discover healthy, colorful plants as they get a behind-the-scenes experience with vegetable and herb gardening. Create and collect garden recipes for our camp cookbook, design a garden chef apron, and plant your very own kitchen garden to take home so you can have fun cooking and tasting all summer!

Please note: This will be a field experience for young chefs to become familiar with the garden so they may use their bounty of ideas to cook fresh summer recipes at home!


Summer Garden Explorers
June 21-25 | 8:30-11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 3-6
Over the Rainbow Theme: Exploring

Let’s discover our many gardens that create a wide world of habitats for the plants and animals that call them home through daily hikes and exciting explorations from bees to trees to gardens and ladybugs to frogs, ponds, and beyond.


Garden Adventurers
June 28–July 2 | 9–11 a.m.

For children entering Kindergarten (Ages 4–5) plus an adult (1 camper + 1 adult)
Over the Rainbow Theme: Adventure

Explore the many wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens in this classic garden camp; each day you’ll travel to a new garden as we explore and discover what makes each one special. Journey to the Japanese Garden, Barber Alabama Woodlands, Southern Living Garden, Dunn Formal Rose Garden, Fern Glade, and more. Many wonders include giant flowers, tallest trees, fern fronds, bamboo forests, turtles, koi fish, and more!


Gardening Friends
June 28–July 2 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Gardening

Let’s explore an exciting world of gardening at Birmingham Botanical Gardens! We will get behind the scenes to discover how plants grow, take care of plants, meet a gardener’s best friends like earthworms and pollinators, and dig into gardening fun! Each day will bring a new garden adventure and a new world of plants to explore!


A Day at the Spa
July 12-16 | 8:30-11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 3-6
Over the Rainbow Theme: Our Rainbow Energy

Come spend the week with us at spa camp. Here we will have fun, relax, and make ourselves simply FEEL GOOD! We will explore the Gardens through daily yoga, meditative activities, and spa treatments. 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! Taught by Annie Damsky of Villager Yoga.


Summer Chef Gardeners
July 12–16 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 3–6
Over the Rainbow Theme: Gardening

A garden chef adventure awaits! We will explore summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden and fragrant herbs in the Herb Terrace! Campers will discover healthy, colorful plants as they get a behind-the-scenes experience with vegetable and herb gardening. Create and collect garden recipes for our camp cookbook, design a garden chef apron, and plant your very own kitchen garden to take home so you can have fun cooking and tasting all summer!

Please note: This will be a field experience for young chefs to become familiar with the garden so they may use their bounty of ideas to cook fresh summer recipes at home!


Wings and Wonder
July 12–16 | 8:30–11:30 a.m
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For children entering grades 1-2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Exploring

Explore the Gardens and the many plants and trees that invite all kinds of winged creatures to take flight while helping plants at the same time! From birds to butterflies, bees, beetles, and more, we will explore our wonderful world of pollinators in this “buggy” summer garden adventure.


Summer Chef Gardeners
July 19–23 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.
For children entering grades 3-6
Over the Rainbow Theme: Gardening

A garden chef adventure awaits! We will explore summer vegetables growing in Bruno Vegetable Garden and fragrant herbs in the Herb Terrace! Campers will discover healthy, colorful plants as they get a behind-the-scenes experience with vegetable and herb gardening. Create and collect garden recipes for our camp cookbook, design a garden chef apron, and plant your very own kitchen garden to take home so you can have fun cooking and tasting all summer!
Please note: This will be a field experience for young chefs to become familiar with the garden so they may use their bounty of ideas to cook fresh summer recipes at home!


Summer Garden Explorers
July 19–23 | 8:30–11:30 a.m.

For children entering grades 1–2
Over the Rainbow Theme: Exploring

Let’s discover our many gardens that create a wide world of habitats for the plants and animals that call them home through daily hikes and exciting explorations from bees to trees to gardens and ladybugs to frogs, ponds, and beyond.


Wings and Wonder
July 19–23 | 9–11 a.m.
For children entering Kindergarten (Ages 4–5) plus an adult (1 camper + 1 adult)
Over the Rainbow Theme: Exploring

Explore the Gardens and the many plants and trees that invite all kinds of winged creatures to take flight while helping plants at the same time! From birds to butterflies, bees, beetles and more, we will explore our wonderful world of pollinators in this “buggy” summer garden adventure. 


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.”