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Duke Gardens Camps


Explore outdoors through hands-on gardening, deepen observation skills while practicing art and science, play nature games and make new friends. We welcome all campers and are happy to work with you to plan appropriate accommodations for your child at camp. Campers may sign up for any or all weeks for their age group. Activities will be different every week.

Proof of vaccination against Covid19 is required for all camp participants. Face coverings must be worn at all times, with the exception of lunch and snack time.  Activities take place predominantly outdoors with limited indoor activities. All eating and drinking will take place outdoors.


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Click here to register for Duke Gardens Camps 2022.



June 13-17 - Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (rising 3-5)

June 20-24 - Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (rising K-2)

June 27-July 1 - Animals in the Gardens (rising 3-5)

July 5-8 -  Animals in the Gardens (rising K-2) Please note: this camp week is 4 days.​

July 11-15 - Water Worlds (rising 3-5)

July 18-22 - Water Worlds (rising K-2)

July 25-29 - Eco Artists (rising 3-5)

Aug 1-5 - Eco Artists (rising K-2)

Aug 8-12 - Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (rising K-2)



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 work time and play time in the garden.

Animals in the Gardens: Prowl the Gardens looking for the animals that make their homes in our flowers, fields, forests, ponds and streams.

Water Worlds: Explore the world of water in Duke Gardens while keeping your feet on land. Find out how water is used in a garden, experiment with properties of this life-giving liquid, and learn what lives above, around and below the surface. 

Eco Artists: Explore art and science in this hands-on week of creativity! Find inspiration and art materials in the garden as we explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants that lead to creative expression. 



REGISTRATION: Click here to register.

CAMP HOURS: 9 am-1 pm Monday-Friday; extended day from 1-4 pm.

COST: $200 per camp week; extended day fee $100 per week. (Cost of July 5-8 is $170; extended day $80)
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 at registration. Full payment is due 2 weeks before the start date of 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 and indoors in a classroom.



Do you enjoy mentoring young children and leading them in learning activities outdoors? If you are a high school student who will be at least 16 years old by June 2022, please email to request a summer camp volunteer application.