Nature Adventures Camps

Thank you for your interest in Duke Gardens' Nature Adventures Camp, weekly day camps for children entering grades K-12. We look forward to exploring the wonders of nature with your children. Campers may sign up for any or all weeks. Activities will be different every week.


April 10-14: Spring Break Camp (grades K-5; no after-care)

June 12-16: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (entering grades K-2) - THIS CAMP IS ALMOST FULL

June 19-23: Art and Science (entering grades 3-5) - THIS CAMP IS FULL

June 26-30: Eco Artists (entering grades K-2) - THIS CAMP IS FULL

July 5-7: Plant Products Workshop (entering grades 9-12; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; no after-care) - CANCELED

July 10-14: Animals in the Gardens (entering grades K-2) - THIS CAMP IS FULL

July 17-21: Inventions from Nature (entering grades 3-5) - THIS CAMP IS FULL

July 24-28: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (entering grades K-2) - THIS CAMP IS FULL

July 31-Aug. 4: Art and Science (entering grades K-2) - THIS CAMP IS FULL

Aug. 4: End of Camp Reunion for all camp attendees (4-5 p.m.)

Aug. 7-11: Artists in the Gardens (entering grades 6-8). No after-care for this camp, but we will offer a Citizen Science program in the afternoons. Read more about the camp on our blog.

2017 Camp Themes

For children entering grades K-5

Spring Break Camp: Discover spring in the Gardens. Learn about food, art and animals in this week-long adventure.

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day we will have work time and dirt time in the children's garden, and we will end the week with a harvest of delicious seasonal produce to take home.

Animals in the Gardens: Birds, bugs, ducks and fish -- oh, my! Prowl through the Gardens looking for a variety of animal life in our flowers, fields, ponds and streams.

Art and Science Camp: How are artists and scientists similar? We will observe nature closely, record our observations in words and pictures, and experience beauty in the place where art and science meet. Have fun with hands-on experiments, and learn the science of color and form to make expressive artworks.

Eco Artists: Everyone is an artist! Come play with color, shape, line and form. We will find beauty by exploring nature and using natural materials to make our own unique artworks.

Inventions from Nature: From high-tech fabrics to airplanes and zippers, humans have borrowed clever ideas from nature to solve problems. Find examples of inventions from nature from plants and animals in the Gardens, then tinker with contraptions to devise your own innovations.

For students entering grades 6-8

Artists in the Gardens: Art can communicate everything from how you're feeling to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. Use the garden for inspiration and as a source of unusual materials as we explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants. Experiment with various media, learn new techniques and collaborate to express yourself. Please note: no extended care available for this camp.

For students entering grades 9-12

Plant Products Workshop (canceled): Humans depend on plants for so many things. Learn to make first-aid supplies, edible delights and useful tools using parts of plants. Please note: this camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. over three days. No extended care available.

End of Summer Camp Reunion

All camp participants are invited back to the Gardens for a special day of activities. It is an opportunity to see friends you made at camp, check on the garden, taste the vegetables you planted, give your family a tour and show them projects you worked on. Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, 4-5 p.m.

More Camp Information

CAMP HOURS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday, EXCEPT Plant Products Workshop, which is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Extended care for K-5 summer camps available from 1-4 p.m.

 No extended care for Spring Break Camp or camps for grades 6-12.

COST: $200 per camp week; $170 for each additional sibling or camp week; $100 per week for extended care. A non-refundable $100 deposit per child per week is required to reserve a spot. Full payment is due 2 weeks before each camp.

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. Scholarship application available upon request.


LOCATION: Arrival & pickup at the Doris Duke Center, Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham. Camp activities will take place outside in the Gardens.


To begin registration, fill out our registration form and email it to or bring it to the Doris Duke Center. A deposit is required to reserve your spot; payment must be made in person, through the mail or over the phone. Please call 919-668-1707 if you have further questions.

See our Spring-Summer 2017 camps PDF for a printable reference guide. Please also see our Children & Family Programs pagefor further information about programs and other offerings. We look forward to seeing you here!