Children's Summer Camps

2018 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

Registration for 2018 Children's Summer Camps is open to Members beginning February 1. Registration is open to Non-Members beginning February 15. Become a Member today and take advantage of the discount by visiting www.bbgardens.org/membership


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For more information or to register by phone, contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or ehardy@bbgardens.org.


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2018 Schedule

To register for camps, click on the camp title.

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

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

*Hydrangea Level and above

June 4-8 American Girl: Girls Just Like Me [5K-2nd] Instructor: Robin Geurs. 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.

June 4-8 It's a Buggy World [5K-2nd] Explore The Gardens' many insect habitats to discover a world of insects. Craft special "buggy" art/nature projects as well as special snacks- all inspired by discoveries we will make!

June 4-8 Fairytales in the Gardens [Ages 4-5] Instructor: Erika Poe, B.S. Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Children will feed their imagination in this whimsical and delightful summer camp experience inspired by your favorite fairytales. The beautiful and dreamy garden landscapes serve as the perfect settings for the stories of Brothers Grimm, 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.

June 18-22 Cooking Up Art at The Gardens [5K-2nd] Instructor: Ashley Harper, B.S. Elementary Education, M.Ed. Elementary Education, National Board Certification/Middle Childhood Generalist. We will make yummy treats, explore The Gardensand produce fantastic art! All of this inspired by The Gardens, so join us for a fun filled week of cooking and art in The Gardens!

June 18-22 Spa Camp [5K-4th] Instructor: Annie Damsky, Owner of Villager Yoga.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, meditative activities and make healthy snacks, like smoothies, trail mix, yogurt parfaits and more. Spa treatments will include hand, feet, face & head massages, using scrubs and essential oils, plus we will make take home accessories to help you bring your calm home!

June 25-29 Let's Get Growing: The Tiny Seed [Ages 4-5] 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!  

June 25-29 Little Seeds: Growing Little Gardeners [5k-2nd] Instructor: Amanda Clark, Horticulturist. 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.  

June 25-29 Plant Odyssey in The Gardens [3rd-6th] Instructor: Mildred Henderson, Masters Elementary Education. 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 garden treasures.

July 9 -13 Garden Exploration Through Rock Painting [5K-2nd] Instructor: Shellye Lucas, Masters of Education, K-6. Explore The Gardens through rock painting. This class will create rock games, cactus rock gardens, Japanese rocks, and much more while exploring the grounds of our beautiful gardens.

July 9-13 Garden Exploration Through Rock Painting [3rd-6th] Instructor: Donna Long, B.S. Elementary Education. Explore The Gardens through rock painting. This class will create rock games, cactus rock gardens, Japanese rocks and much more while exploring the grounds of our beautiful gardens.

July 16-20 Summer Garden Chefs [5K-2nd] Instructor: Jo Dale, MEd, NBCT, Gifted Specialist. 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 16-20 Summer Garden Chefs [3rd-6th] Instructor: Jo Dale, MEd, NBCT, Gifted Specialist. 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 23-27 Growing Through Yoga [5K-4th] 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 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 23-27 Summer Garden Chefs: World Class Chefs 9-3 p.m. Instructor:  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.

July 23-27 Garden Roots: A Garden to Table Cooking Camp [Grades 3-8] Instructor: Phylicia Boswell Carter, B.S. Elementary Education and owner of Lux Catering. Budding chefs explore their culinary interests from planting to plating in this fun, new, vegetarian based summer camp. Children will learn how to be healthy, cook some tasty dishes and how to care for the plants that they enjoy every day at meal time.

 


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.”