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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–5 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. All camps run Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


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718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

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Winter Break Camp

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.

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.

Photo of kids in the discovery center

February 20–23, 2018

9 a.m.–4 p.m.*
Section 1: Grades K–2
Section 2: Grades 3–5
$240 Non-Member | $220 Member

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pick-up (5 p.m.), and extended pick-up (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per morning or afternoon, and $30 for extended pick-up.
Late fees apply if children are picked up after their designated checkout time

 

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.

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Contact Us
718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

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Spring Break Camp

NYBG is excited to again collaborate with Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) staff to create a fun-filled camp week combining Garden explorations with immersive artmaking. Campers spend part of the day out in the Garden investigating the beautiful spring plant collections and part of the day creating art under the guidance of CMA staff. In conjunction with NYBG’s upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe in Hawai‘i exhibition, campers’ O’Keeffe-inspired artwork will be framed and displayed in the Adventure Garden Discovery Center.

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.

Photo of children in spring camp

April 2-6, 2018

9 a.m.–4 p.m.*
Section 1: Grades K–2
Section 2: Grades 3–5
$300 Non-Member | $275 Member

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pick-up (5 p.m.), and extended pick-up (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per morning or afternoon, and $30 for extended pick-up.
Late fees apply if children are picked up after their designated checkout time.

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.

REGISTER

Contact Us
718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

FAQs

Summer Break Science Camps

NYBG is the place to be for kids on summer break! Choose between three different day camps offering playful and creative opportunities for children to explore the world around them using a mix of nature exploration, science activities, group projects, our vast 250 acres, and more. Concurrent sessions are offered for students entering grades K–2 and 3–5 in Fall 2018 with content designed specifically for their age and learning level. We balance curiosity-driven free time with content-based activities that incorporate both structured and self-directed learning. And, of course, we make it fun! Sign up for a single week or a series of weeks.

Photo of kids in summer camp

Session 1: July 9–27
Session 2: August 6–24
Section 2: Grades 3–5
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 CPSU18 at checkout.
Be sure to register for the appropriate age group: kids entering grades K–2 or grades 3–5 in Fall 2017.

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pick-up (5 p.m.), and extended pick-up (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per morning or afternoon, and $30 for extended pick-up.
Late fees apply if children are picked up after their designated checkout time.

 

July 9 – 13, 2018
August 6 – 10, 2018

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 16–20, 2018
August 13–17, 2018

Help kids develop a love of nature through forest hikes, nature explorations, and woodland scavenger hunts!

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July 23–27, 2018
August 20–24, 2018

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.

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Contact Us
718.817.8181
childed@nybg.org

FAQs

Summer Field Science Camps | New!

Do you have a tween who loves spending time outdoors, collecting data, and working in teams? Students will get wet and dirty 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.

ECAG campers

 

Session 1: August 6–10
Session 2: August 13–17
Session 3: August 20–24
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 SCISU18 at checkout.

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pick-up (5 p.m.), and extended pick-up (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per morning or afternoon, and $30 for extended pick-up.
Late fees apply if children are picked up after their designated checkout time.

August 6–10

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 13–17

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

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August 20–24

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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Summer Art, Sustainability, and Culinary Camps | New!

Introducing weeklong camps at the beautiful new Edible Academy campus! Choose from three different day camps that use the Garden as inspiration for art projects, environmental stewardship, or culinary innovation! Sign up for one, two, or all three weeks.

Kids in the Family Garden

Session 1: July 9–13
Session 2: July 16–20
Session 3: July 23–27
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 EASU18 at checkout.

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pick-up (5 p.m.), and extended pick-up (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per morning or afternoon, and $30 for extended pick-up.
Late fees apply if children are picked up after their designated checkout time.

July 9–13

Calling all budding artists to paint, craft, and create in the garden! Younger campers explore the shapes, colors, and textures of the outdoors to make art inspired by nature at the beautiful Edible Academy campus. Older artists learn about art and artists inspired by nature, build curiosity and self-confidence in creative self-expression, culminating in a portfolio of projects representing a variety of media and techniques.

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July 16–20

How can the sun power both plants and buildings? What is a green roof? How does the watershed work? Younger campers get hands-on as they explore the sustainable technology throughout the new Edible Academy campus. Older campers explore ecosystems, get deep down in the earth, and harness the power of the sun by investigating the technology that makes the Edible Academy work and applying it to real-world challenges.

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July 23–27

Whether you are a “top chef” or a beginner in the kitchen, sharpen your skills in a weeklong culinary camp! Chop, measure, and flavor produce harvested from the garden in creative recipes both healthful and delicious. Younger campers will learn the basics of new culinary techniques as they make, sample, and share a suite of age-appropriate recipes. Older campers have the opportunity to develop advanced culinary skills and develop recipe inventions of their own.

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