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Camps

The New York Botanical Garden is the place to be for winter, spring, and summer breaks! Science- and nature-themed Camps for kids in Grades K–8 feature outdoor explorations, science investigations, and behind-the-scenes tours in the Garden’s 250-acre landscape. Each week takes full advantage of the Garden’s vast plant collection, state-of-the-art technology, and unique habitats like the 50-acre native forest, wetlands, and Native Plant Garden.

Each season offers unique themes for a variety of age ranges.

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Winter Break Camp

Looking for enriching activities for your child over Winter Break? Weeklong science and nature camps for kids in Grades K–5 feature indoor and outdoor explorations, science investigations, and more in NYBG’s 250-acre landscape.

Camps will run concurrent sessions by age groups. Using separate spaces and instructors, groups will have the weekly topic tailored specifically for their age and learning level.

A boy doing a science experiment.

February 18–21, 2020

9 a.m.–3 p.m.*
Section 1: Grades K–2 
Section 2: Grades 3–5
$240 Non-Member | $220 Member

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pickup (5 p.m.), and extended pickup (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.

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February 18–21, 2020

Campers chill out with fun science experiments, games, and hands-on activities during Winter Break Camp. Kids explore states of matter by turning liquids into solids and investigate adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive cold, icy winters. They warm up with visits to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory tropical and desert collections to compare the plants growing in these environments.

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We are excited for all of our Adventure Campers to join us for a week of fun! Every day will be packed with entertaining hands-on activities. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for camp:

  • Bring a water bottle and clothing appropriate for outdoor adventures.
  • Pack two healthy snacks and a lunch—please do not pack food items containing nuts of any kind.
  • A positive attitude! NYBG Camps provide a fun and safe space to meet new friends and explore new ideas.

Contact Us
718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

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Spring Break Camp

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and the Edible Academy are the places to be for kids on Spring Break! Choose among several different day camps—offering playful and educational opportunities for children entering Grades K–5 in Fall 2020.

Camps will run concurrent sessions by age groups. Using separate spaces and instructors, groups will have the weekly topic tailored specifically for their age and learning level.

Two children exploring a plant with microscopes.

April 13-17, 2020

9 a.m.–3 p.m.*
Weekly: $300 Non-Member | $275 Member

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pickup (5 p.m.), and extended pickup (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.

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April 13-17, 2020

Kids celebrate the wonders of the spring season at The New York Botanical Garden. Using the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden as a home base, campers explore the special spots throughout the NYBG grounds where buds are blooming, animals are busy nesting, and other signs of spring are unfolding. Experiments, hands-on activities, and fun science games and crafts round out each day.

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April 13-17, 2020

Dig in to the spring season! Using the Edible Academy’s greenhouse, classroom building, and gardens, campers will investigate plant growth and learn all about vegetables. Children will engage in hands-on culinary activities, garden-focused art projects, and craft activities.

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We are excited for all of our Adventure Campers to join us for a week of fun! Every day will be packed with entertaining hands-on activities. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for camp:

  • Bring a water bottle and clothing appropriate for outdoor adventures.
  • Pack two healthy snacks and a lunch—please do not pack food items containing nuts of any kind.
  • A positive attitude! NYBG Camps provide a fun and safe space to meet new friends and explore new ideas.

Contact Us
718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

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Culinary, Sustainability, and Art Camps

Weeklong camps at the beautiful Edible Academy campus use the gardens as inspiration for culinary innovation, environmental stewardship, and art projects. Sign up for one, two, or all three themes.

Camps will run concurrent sessions by age groups. Using separate spaces and instructors, groups will have the weekly topic tailored specifically for their age and learning level.

In order to ensure availability for all camp families, summer camp participation is limited to three weeks per camper. Choose any three weeks that fit your schedule

Campers learning about vegetables.

Session 1: July 6–24, 2020
Session 2: August 3–21, 2020

9 a.m.–3 p.m.*
Weekly: $350 Non-Member | $315 Member
3-Week Summer Session: Save 10% when you register for all 3 weeks! Use code EASU20 at checkout.

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pickup (5 p.m.), and extended pickup (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.

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July 6–10, 2020
August 3–7, 2020

Whether you are a “top chef” or a beginner in the kitchen, sharpen your skills! From harvesting techniques to exploring the garden, make connections from garden to plate. Mix, measure, and flavor produce in creative recipes both healthful and delicious. Explore the stories of historical and contemporary chefs. Younger campers are introduced to new flavors and culinary tools. Older campers will explore new dishes and culinary techniques, and investigate the origins of favorite food crops.

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July 13–17, 2020
August 10–14, 2020

Are you a garden steward? Explore the fun of a good green life—from living roofs to pollinator-friendly plants to organic gardening techniques. Inspired by the Edible Academy campus’ green technology, campers will dig into composting in an exploration of cycles and ecosystems, and investigate how the sun powers people, plants, and animals. Younger campers explore sustainability through hands-on activities. Older campers use these activities to dive deeper into environmental stewardship.

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July 20–24, 2020
August 17–21, 2020

Calling all budding artists to paint, craft, and create in the garden! Learn about art inspired by nature, then use new and familiar media to make your own masterpieces inspired by the beautiful Edible Academy campus and the New York Botanical Garden grounds. Younger campers explore the shapes, colors, and textures of the outdoors. Older artists build curiosity and self-confidence in creative self-expression.

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We are excited for all of our Adventure Campers to join us for a week of fun! Every day will be packed with entertaining hands-on activities. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for camp:

  • Bring a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen for outdoor adventures.
  • Pack two healthy snacks and a lunch—please do not pack food items containing nuts of any kind.
  • A positive attitude! NYBG Camps provide a fun and safe space to meet new friends and explore new ideas

Contact Us
718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

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Summer Break Science Camps

Discover the world using a mix of nature exploration, science activities, art, group projects, and more in our vast 250 acres. Sign up for one, two, or all three weeks within a session.

Camps will run concurrent sessions by age groups. Using separate spaces and instructors, groups will have the weekly topic tailored specifically for their age and learning level.

In order to ensure availability for all camp families, summer camp participation is limited to three weeks per camper. Choose any three weeks that fit your schedule

Two campers using binoculars to investigate the wetlands.

Session 1: July 6–24, 2020
Session 2: August 3–21, 2020

9 a.m.–3 p.m.*
Weekly: $350 Non-Member | $315 Member
3-Week Summer Session: Save 10% when you register for all 3 weeks! Use code CPSU20 at checkout.

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pickup (5 p.m.), and extended pickup (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.

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July 6–10, 2020
August 3–7, 2020

Campers become junior scientists as they go behind the scenes to learn about the amazing science research happening at NYBG. Campers design experiments and collect data out in the “field” on lots of exciting organisms and phenomena!

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July 13–17, 2020
August 10–14, 2020

Help your kids develop a love of nature! Through forest hikes, nature explorations, and scavenger hunts, campers will experience the wonderful world of our native woodlands.

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July 20–24, 2020
August 17–21, 2020

Have your kids ever wanted to get their “feet wet” and learn about the amazing world of marshes, ponds, and rivers? This camp allows children to act like scientists and explore these natural worlds.

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We are excited for all of our Adventure Campers to join us for a week of fun! Every day will be packed with entertaining hands-on activities. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for camp:

  • Bring a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen for outdoor adventures.
  • Pack two healthy snacks and a lunch—please do not pack food items containing nuts of any kind.
  • A positive attitude! NYBG Camps provide a fun and safe space to meet new friends and explore new ideas
  • Wild Wetlands Camp: Be sure to pack a pair of water shoes or boots, or a second pair of sneakers in case feet get wet while exploring.

Contact Us
718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

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Summer Break Field Science Camps

Do you have a tween who loves spending time outdoors, collecting data, and working in teams? Students will dig in as they learn more about the plants and animals on the Garden grounds and go behind the scenes to find out about field research happening at the Garden, in the city, and around the world! Sign up for a single week or a series of weeks.

Two boys learning in the forest.

 

August 3–21, 2020

9 a.m.–4 p.m.*
Weekly: $350 Non-Member | $315 Member
3-Week Summer Session: Save 10% when you register for all 3 weeks! Use code SCISU20 at checkout.

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pickup (5 p.m.), and extended pickup (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.

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August 3–7, 2020

Campers explore unique ecosystems to collect data on biodiversity. Soil testing, forest diversity sampling, and water quality monitoring are some of the methods campers will practice as they gather information and report on findings.

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August 10–14, 2020

Campers learn about citizen science projects happening all over the world, and participate in projects happening at NYBG. Teams use tools such as iNaturalist to observe plants and animals, and contribute data to science.

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August 17–21, 2020

Campers make a difference at NYBG! Learn about native and exotic plant and animal species. Campers can advocate for natural habitat restoration by creating seed “bombs,” bird and bat houses, and insect hotels.

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We are excited for all of our Adventure Campers to join us for a week of fun! Every day will be packed with entertaining hands-on activities. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for camp:

  • Bring a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen for outdoor adventures.
  • Pack two healthy snacks and a lunch—please do not pack food items containing nuts of any kind.
  • A positive attitude! NYBG Camps provide a fun and safe space to meet new friends and explore new ideas

Contact Us
718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

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