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.”
Pro-D Camps (Grades 1-4)
Registration is limited to 24 participants in each camp. Like all of our camps, participants will have plenty of fun, hands on activities to keep them busy while learning something new.
Upcoming: Fun in the Fall – Oct 25th
Come and explore the magic of the fall at VanDusen Botanical Garden! From colour changing leaves and shedding trees, to gigantic orange fruits known as pumpkins. This fun filled Pro-D Day Camp is brimming with activities that children will love such as gooey squash dissections, pumpkin relays, autumn apple taste testing, and take home pumpkin planters.
Fees: Member $58.50 / Non-member $65 per camp
Members must have Family or Individual plus one child categories in order to qualify for discounts.
Hours: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Drop-off available from 9:00 am.
Cancellations must be made in writing one week before scheduled camp date in order to receive a refund less a $15 admin fee.
Spring Break Camps (5-8 year olds)
Our carefully crafted camps offer a blend of science, exploration, games and crafts. Unique daily themes such as Dirt to Dinner, Blooming Artists, A Taste of the Tropics, and Things with Wings provide 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 Bloedel Conservatory.
Each day offers a unique nature-based theme, so you can register your children for the camps that interest them. Spring Break 2020 registration opens in December 2019.
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.
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!