Nature Adventures Camps


Thank you for your interest in Duke Gardens' Nature Adventures Camp, weekly day camps for children entering grades K-8. We look forward to exploring the wonders of nature with your children. We welcome all campers and are happy to work with you to plan appropriate accommodations for your child in our camps.

Campers may sign up for any or all weeks. Activities will be different every week.


Camp registration is now open!



March 25-29: Spring Break Camp (currently in grades K-5; no extended day) CLOSED

June 10-14: Dragonfly Detectives (rising 4th-8th grade; 9 am-3 pm; no extended day) CLOSED

June 17-21: Art and Science (rising K-2nd grade) CLOSED

June 24-28: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (rising 3rd-5th grade) CLOSED

July 8-12: Animals in the Gardens (rising K-2nd grade) - FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

July 15-19: Inventions from Nature (rising 3rd-5th grade)

July 22-26: Eco Artists (rising K-2nd grade) - FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

July 29-August 2: Artists in the Gardens (rising 6th-8th grade; no extended day)

August 5-9: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (rising K-2nd grade) - FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE




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

Art and Science: How are artists and scientists similar? Observe nature closely, record observations in words and pictures, have fun with hands-on experiments, and make expressive artworks in the garden -- a place where art and science meet.

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: extended day is not available for this camp.โ€‹

Dragonfly Detectives: Become a citizen scientist and dragonfly expert during this week of hands-on science and fieldwork. Catch and identify dragonflies as you learn about insect life cycles, dragonfly behaviors, and aquatic systems. Learn how to make hypotheses, collect data, analyze results, and present your findings. Each participant will take home a toolkit at the end of the week to continue investigating on their own! Please note: hours for this camp are 9 am-3 pm and extended day is not available.โ€‹

Eco Artists: Everyone is an artist! Come play with color, shape, line and form. We will find beauty exploring nature and use 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 plants and animals in the Gardens that have inspired inventions, then tinker with contraptions to devise your own innovations and create art inspired by science.

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day will include hands-on gardening work and play.

Spring Break Camp: Discover spring in the Gardens. Learn about edible gardening, art and animals in this week-long adventure. Please note: extended day is not available for this camp.



CAMP HOURS: 9 am-1 pm Monday-Friday, except Dragonfly Detectives: 9 am-3 pm. Extended day from 1-4 pm; extended day not available for Spring Break Camp, Dragonfly Detectives or Artists in the Gardens.

COST: $200 per camp week; extended day fee $100 per week. 5% sibling/multi-week discount; 15% discount for Gardens members. Discounts cannot be combined and do not apply to extended day fee. 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; contact


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