Summer Fun at Home

Duke Gardens on-site summer camps are canceled for the health of participants, camp leaders, other staff, and all of our families, and because Duke Gardens is temporarily closed, in keeping with campus-wide COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

We will miss our time together in Duke Gardens with campers this year, but thanks to your interest and feedback we are creating materials for families to enjoy at home.

We will share two editions of Summer Fun at Home. Each edition will offer five days of activities following a central theme, with 1-2 hours' worth of explorations, art and discovery every day.

We provide a suggestion of what activities to do each day, but please feel free to use these resources however works best for you. Mix and match activities from different days, do more activities some days and fewer on others, save a week for later on, or anything else!

If the activities we share are not inclusive of you and your child, please contact Kati Henderson (kati.henderson@duke.edu or 919-886-3816) so that we can adapt our offerings as much as our capacity allows.

Edition One: Our Connected Communities

Explore the ways people, plants, animals and other members of our community depend on each other, while we practice supporting all kinds of healthy communities.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Activities:

Find Your Own Sit Spot

More activities for your Sit Spot: Owl Eyes & Deer Ears

Link Your Comunity Talents

Activities:

Painting with Water

Create a Creature

Activities:

I See Change

Camouflage

Activities:

Animal Inspirations

Creature Drawing Game

Activities:

Looking Closely

Community Art

Bonus: Plant Heroes Mini-Zine

Family Discussion Guide: Monday

Family Discussion Guide: Tuesday

Family Discussion Guide: Wednesday

Family Discussion Guide: Thursday Family Discussion Guide: Friday

 

Edition Two: Gardening with Community

Get hands-on as we learn how to care for a garden and explore how that garden can create healthy communities for plants, animals and people.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Activities:

What Do Plants Need?

Plant Drawing

Plant Parts Scavenger Hunt

Activities:

Map Your Sit Spot

Planning a Garden

Invent a Plant

Activities:

Food Webs

Map Your Food

Making Food

Activities:

Seed Search & Germination Experiment

Seed Mosaic

Activities:

Caring for your Garden

Plant Pigment Art

Design your Community Garden

Family Discussion Guide: Monday

Family Discussion Guide: Tuesday

Family Discussion Guide: Wednesday

Family Discussion Guide: Thursday Family Discussion Guide: Friday

 

More Activities

Searching for more ways to engage your child this summer? Many of our colleagues and neighbors are also providing virtual camps and activity guides! Here are a few that explore our environment and build community:

Every other week Duke Gardens program staff send out an email newsletter highlighting new resources for a variety of interests and audiences! Join by emailing GardensEducation@duke.edu with the subject "join programs listserv."

Explore Durham
Each week will feature history, literature, arts, math, and science activities and learning opportunities in and around our great city.  
**Cada semana tendrá actividades de historia, literatura, artes, matemáticas y ciencias al igual que oportunidades de aprendizaje en y alrededor de nuestra gran ciudad.**

Camp Tinkergarten
8 weeks of at-home activities for purposeful (and fun) outdoor play, with versions for baby, toddler, preschool and elementary ages.

Edible Education for the Home Classroom
These lessons connect growing and preparing food to our histories, cultures, identities, and social and environmental issues.