Nature Adventures Camps
COVID-19 Update: Duke Gardens is closed until further notice. This includes all indoor and outdoor areas.
This decision is in keeping with Duke University’s policies aiming to minimize health and safety risks to the Duke community and beyond, and to encourage social distancing to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
(Update 4/2/20) - Duke University has made the difficult decision to cancel summer camp programs through the end of June and will make a decision at the end of April regarding the remaining programs scheduled for July and August.
(Update 5/2/20) - Duke Gardens onsite summer camps are canceled for the entire summer. Thank you for your patience as you have waited for us to make this hard decision.
(Update 6/18/20) - Please visit our Summer Fun at Home page for themed, week-long activities your child can do at home this summer. More at-home resources are available on our Stay Home and Learn page.
Please check back for any updates or email GardensEducation@duke.edu with questions.
All information is subject to change on short notice. See more updates and advisories from Duke University at coronavirus.duke.edu.
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.
2020 CAMP DATES
Spring Break Camps
April 6-10: Spring Break Camp CANCELED
April 13-17: Spring Break Camp CANCELED
Rising K-2nd Grade
June 22-26: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It CANCELED
July 6-10: Animals in the Gardens CANCELED
July 20-24: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It CANCELED
July 27-31: Eco Artists CANCELED
Rising 3rd-5th Grade
June 29-July 2 (4 days): Art and Science CANCELED
July 13-17: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It CANCELED
Rising 4th-8th Grade
June 15-19: Dragonfly Detectives CANCELED
Rising 6th-8th Grade
Aug 3-7: Artists in the Gardens CANCELED
2020 CAMP THEMES
Animals in the Gardens: Prowl the Gardens looking for the animals that make their homes in our flowers, fields, ponds and streams.
Art and Science: Discover how artists and scientists are similar. Observe nature closely, have fun with hands-on experiments, create expressive artworks, and experience beauty in a place where art and science meet. Please note: this camp week is 4 days.
Artists in the Gardens: Find inspiration and unusual materials in the garden as we explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants. Experiment with various mediums, learn new techniques and collaborate to express yourself. Please note: extended day is not available.
Dragonfly Detectives Become a community scientist and dragonfly expert during this week of hands-on science and fieldwork. Each participant will take home a toolkit at the end of the week to continue investigating on their own!
Eco Artists: Everyone is an artist! Play with color, shape, line and form. We will find beauty exploring nature and use natural materials to make our own unique artworks.
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.
Spring Break Camp: Discover spring in the Gardens. Learn about edible gardening, art and animals in this week-long adventure.
MORE CAMP INFORMATION
CAMP HOURS: 9 am-1 pm Monday-Friday; extended day from 1-4 pm; unless otherwise noted.
COST: $200 per camp week; extended day fee $100 per week. (4-day camp: 6/29-7/2 $160; 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 to reserve a spot. 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 GardensEducation@duke.edu.
STAFF TO CHILD RATIO: 1:7
LOCATION: Arrival & pickup at the Doris Duke Center, Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham. Camp activities will take place outside in the Gardens.
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 2020, please submit a summer camp volunteer application (PDF) and follow submission directions on the application. UPDATE: Summer camps are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your interest. Please check back next year.