An all-outdoors day camp for children entering Kindergarten-3rd grades. The San Francisco Botanical Garden Camp is designed to connect children to plants and the natural world. Kids will experience a combination of structured, themed activities and open-ended time to develop curiosity, initiative, imagination and creativity. Themes include gardening, art, wellness, and ecology.
The Garden has a proven track record for providing high-quality youth education programs to children and families for more than 20 years. Last year, nearly 13,000 children experienced the Garden through programs. Garden Camp will extend this experience, affording children another way to explore, discover, and love the Garden, plants, and nature.
Registration is Open Now! Garden Camp runs weekly, June 5 – August 16.
A Typical Day at Camp
Morning: The day begins with a morning circle when each group meets together. They will discuss the day’s activities, and set the intention for the day. On the first day of each week, this is a time campers and staff get to know each other.
Mid-morning: Each day, with the exception of Adventure Day which will involve a walking field trip to a nearby garden or museum in Golden Gate Park. The rest of the morning is spent rotating through 4 activity areas focused on art, ecology, wellness, and gardening. A mid-morning snack will be provided.
Noon: After lunch, all campers participate in slow-down. During this short break (15 minutes), campers practice observation, journaling, or sketching. This mindful quiet time is an important break during a busy camp day.
Mid-afternoon: Students participate in a week-long group project. They begin on Monday and finish on Friday. These projects encourage collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving. Project progress will be tracked daily and reported in the Garden Camp blog. Later, campers get free time where they can explore activity stations or free play.
Late afternoon: The camp day ends with a closing circle where the day is re-capped. Campers reflect on their experiences, and we share plans for the following day.
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