Camps

VanDusen Botanical Garden offers a variety of nature-based camps for children ranging from 5-10 years old including summer, spring break, and Pro-D programs. All of our camps include learning about the natural world and inspire youth to understand their role in ecosystems. Programming is developed and run by the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA).  Want to keep up-to-date on our programming and registration dates? Sign up for our monthly Education Updates.

Here’s what parents have to say about our camps:

“This camp has ignited a spark – that it’s cool to be interested in nature, and all that’s in it.”

“My child gained an appreciation for plants, nature, and relationships humans have with nature.”

“The leaders were enthusiastic, professional and caring, and got to know my child really quickly.”

Spring Break Camps 2020: (5-8 year olds)

Our carefully crafted camps offer a blend of science, exploration, games and crafts. Each day offers a unique nature-based theme, so you can register your child for the camps that interest them.

Time: 9:30am-4:00pm (drop-off available from 9:00am)
Cost: Members $58.50 per day / Regular $65 per day

Daily Camp Themes:

  • +Mar 16: Blooming Artists

    Let the first signs of spring flowers in the Garden inspire your art. Paint your own canvas in the presence of budding blooms, create a mosaic with seeds that fascinate you, and make a group earth art installation.

  • +Mar 17+ 26: Don’t Eat Me!

    How do plants and animals avoid being eaten? Join us for Operation Garden Defense to learn about nature’s defense tactics such as camouflage, poison, smell, and speed.

  • +Mar 18: Bookworms

    This storybook camp will explore classic nature tales such as Where the Wild Things Are and new award winning stories like Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt. With a special visit to our onsite library and storytelling in the Garden, children will let their imagination lead them on exciting outdoor adventures.

  • +Mar 19 + 24: Natural Curiosities

    Discover nature’s weird, wonderful, and unique treasures! From green giants and ancient species to stinky flowers and carnivorous plants, delve deeper into the wonders of the Garden with microscopes, tools, and activities.

  • +Mar 20: Junior Naturalists

    Can you identify the plants and animals in your own backyard? Campers will take a closer look at the characteristics that make local flora and fauna unique and create their own plant identification poster to take home.

  • +Mar 23: Dirt to Dinner

    Get your hands dirty and discover what it takes to make stone soup from the ground up. Starting from the soil we will explore decomposition, dissect seeds, and plant microgreens. Finally, we will prepare and enjoy a simple veggie-based meal together!

  • +Mar 25: Whimsical Woodlands

    Flutter in for a whimsical day in the world of fairies and woodland creatures. Create your own fairy garden with enchanting greenery, and hear folklore about which plants are most likely to attract fairies. Make tiny toadstools and other charming miniatures from natural materials for your own fairy garden at home.

  • +Mar 27: Eco Heroes

    With a focus on respect for nature, campers will be empowered to be stewards of the environment through exciting citizen science initiatives. Through fun games and crafts, natural connections will be created and explored.

Registration

Member priority registration*: Dec 10 2019, 9:00 am – Dec 11 2019, 11.59pm

Public registration: Dec 12 2019, 9:00 am

For registration inquiries please contact cmartin@vandusen.org or 604-257-8443. We strongly recommend contacting us with registration inquiries prior to the registration opening day.

*A Family OR Individual plus Child membership is required to qualify for priority registration and a 10% discount. Instructions for priority registration will be emailed to all eligible membership holders prior to the registration date. Contact cmartin@vandusen.org for member registration instructions after the registration date.


Pro-D Camps 2020: (Grades 1-4)

Like all of our camps, participants will have plenty of fun, hands on activities to keep them busy while learning something new.

Time: 9:30am-4:00pm and drop-off is available from 9:00am.

Cost: Members $58.50 per day / Regular $65 per day

Upcoming camps: Jan 20, Feb 14, May 15

Registration:

Member priority registration*: Dec 10 2019, 9:00 am – Dec 11 2019, 11.59pm

Public registration: Dec 12 2019, 9:00 am

For registration inquiries please contact cmartin@vandusen.org or 604-257-8443.

*A Family OR Individual plus Child membership is required to qualify for priority registration and a 10% discount. Instructions for priority registration will be emailed to all eligible membership holders prior to the registration date. Contact cmartin@vandusen.org for member registration instructions after the registration date.


Summer Camps (5-10 year olds)

VanDusen’s camps are immensely popular and often sell out very quickly. Our carefully crafted blend of science, exploration, games and crafts give children the opportunity to learn and play throughout the beauty of the Garden and the Conservatory, while fostering positive stewardship of the environment. Days are spent mostly outdoors, but may also include time in the classroom, in the Visitor Centre, or at Bloedel Conservatory.

Summer camp 2020:
Please note: Children must have completed kindergarten to register and attend VanDusen summer camps. There are no exceptions. 

Priority member registration will open at 9am on Tuesday March 3rd. A Family OR Individual plus Child Membership is required to qualify for priority registration and a 10% discount on all camps.
General registration will open at 9am on Thursday March 5th.


Camp Bursaries

The Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association is pleased to provide bursaries for families in financial need. Apply for a bursary, or contact 604-257-8443 for information. If you are interested in donating to the bursary program, and giving a child the opportunity to go to camp, we would love to hear from you!


Contact Us

Have questions about the programs, or having difficulty registering online? Call 604-257-8443 or email us.