VanDusen Nature Camps

VanDusen’s camps are immensely popular and sell out quickly. Our carefully crafted blend of science, exploration, games and crafts gives children the opportunity to learn and play throughout the beauty of VanDusen Botanical Garden, while fostering positive stewardship of the environment. Days are spent almost entirely outdoors with access to indoor and covered spaces available in extreme weather.

Our outdoor camps create a unique learning experience tailored for children ages 5-10. Please note that all campers must be at least 5 years old and  have completed or currently be attending kindergarten.

Weekend Nature Club

Weekend Nature Club Fees:

VBGA Members $36.00 per day
Non-Members $40 per day

Weekend Nature Club programs take place from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm on Saturdays at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Attendees are required to be at least 5 years of age on the date of the program and have completed or currently be attending kindergarten.

  • +May: Riveting Raptors SOLD OUT

    Date: Saturday, May 14th
    Time: 10:00am – 1:30pm

    Owls and hawks and eagles oh my! Go searching for some of the elusive raptors that call the Garden home, learn how to identify some local species of these birds, and get a close-up look at what they might have had for lunch. Whether you’re an avid birder or just starting to learn, you’ll have a hoot with us!

    Sold out.

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  • +June: Bugs and Beyond SOLD OUT

    Date: Saturday, June 18th
    Time: 10:00am – 1:30pm

    Did you know that all bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs? Look down by your feet, in the water, and up at the sky for things that fly, crawl, skim, or burrow; From introductory classification to learning how these creatures grow and eat, we’re buzzing for you to join us in the Garden for a day of exploration!

    Sold out.

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Pro-D Camps

Pro-D Camp Fees:

VBGA Members $61.20 per day
Non-Members $68 per day

Pro-D Camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden take place entirely outdoors and require children attending to be at least 5 years of age on the date of the program and have completed or currently be attending kindergarten.

  • +April: Wonderful Wetlands SOLD OUT

    Date: Monday, April 25th
    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

    Feeling bogged down? Water-logged? Downright swampy? Join us in the Garden to learn about the main types of wetlands found in nature, as well as the benefits that wetlands provide to living things and the environment around us. Dip a net in the water and go pond peering – a Camps favourite!

    SOLD OUT

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  • +June: Brushes and Blooms SOLD OUT

    Date: Thursday, June 30th
    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

    As we move from spring to summer, VanDusen is bursting with different shapes, colours, textures, scents, and smells. Tap in to your inner artist and explore seasonal changes with games and sensory activities among the blooms; then, make a craft to bring a piece of the Garden home with you!

    SOLD OUT

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Summer Camps

SUMMER CAMPS 2022 – SOLD OUT

Summer Camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden are full-day outdoor camps that allow children to learn about the natural environment through hands-on activities, games, and crafts! Campers will spend the entire day outdoors at VanDusen Botanical Garden investigating the plants and animals that call the Garden home. Camps will have access to outdoor covered spaces and indoor spaces for lunchtime, stationary activities, and in cases of extreme weather.

Please note that all campers must be at least 5 years old on the day of the program AND have completed or be currently attending kindergarten.

To view 2022 Summer Camps and join the waitlist click here!

  • +NEW - AFTER CARE FOR SUMMER CAMPS 2022

    Looking to extend your child or children’s day at camp?

    Campers will have fun crafting, playing games, and participating in spontaneous activities led by our creative staff after their regular camp day is done. Campers may be picked up from After Care any time before 5:00pm.

    To read more and register for After Care click here!

    Program Member Fee Non-Member Fee
    5-day After Care (Standard) $54.00 $60.00
    4-day After Care (Week 5 only) $43.20 $48.00
  • +Fees & Summer Camp Schedule at a Glance

    Fees:

    Program Member Price Non-Member Price
    4-Day Camp (Week 5) $241.20 $268
    5-Day Camps (Standard) $301.50 $335

    For mobile friendly schedule please click here.

     

Covid-19 Adaptations

Our adapted Camp Programs have been running safely since June 2020 with protocols and structures to ensure we follow guidelines and recommendations from the BCCDC, Vancouver Coastal Health, WorkSafeBC, and the BC Ministry of Health. Our camps are informed by an extensive COVID-19 Safety Plan that is updated seasonally.

  • +Adaptations
    • Masks are no longer mandatory in all indoor public spaces in alignment with updates to the public health orders issued by the Provincial government. You are welcome to keep wearing masks, depending on your level of comfort.
    • Masks are mandatory for all staff and volunteers working directly with youth.
    • All VBGA staff are double-vaccinated.
    • Camp planning ensures that games, crafts, and activities can all be done outdoors as Camps take place almost entirely outdoors as it is the safest place to be; this means campers will be asked to carry backpacks for up to 10 minutes at a time.
    • Increased emphasis on hand hygiene and physical distancing; reduction of shared materials.
    • Increased cleaning and sanitation in camp spaces and of camp materials in accordance with the VGBA’s COVID-19 Health, Safety and Sanitation Policy.
    • Campers will have access to outdoor porta-potties and handwashing stations to decrease use of shared indoor washrooms (still available but limited).
    • We are unable to provide 1-on-1 support for participants at this time due to the current program format – please contact us for more information.

    Please consider these changes when determining if our programs are the right fit for your child. 

  • +Covid-19: Proof of Vaccination

    Children under 12 years old do not require proof of vaccination to attend camps, but accompanying parents or guardians in families that have returned to Canada from international travel in the last 14 days must provide proof of double-vaccination.

  • +Cancellation Policy

    If you would like to cancel your registration, please provide a written request at least three weeks (21 days) in advance of the start of the program(s) to nfriedmann@vandusen.org. If we receive the request with the required notice and are able to fill the spot, we will provide a refund minus a $15 administrative fee. If we receive the request with the required notice and are unable to fill the spot, we will provide an equivalent credit to be used in future programs, valid for 365 days.

    No refunds or credits (either complete or partial) will be issued for the following:

    • Requests made with less than three weeks’ (21 days’) notice.
    • Requests made over the phone, by voicemail, or in person.
    • Expulsion due to disruptive/unsafe behaviour or similar.
    • Absence from a program due to illness or COVID-19 symptoms, family matters, injury, travel, or similar.
    • Individual COVID-19 regulations, as mandated by the Federal and Provincial governments

    As per current government orders, unvaccinated, partially-vaccinated, and fully-vaccinated children that have returned from international travel within 14 days of attending camps ARE permitted to attend camps as long as all accompanying adults are able to provide proof of at least double-vaccination status upon arrival at Gate 2. If the adults that recently returned from international travel are unable to provide proof of this vaccination status, the child/children will not be permitted into the child-care space for 14 days, and the account holder that registered the child/children will not be eligible for a refund or credit based on time missed.

    Program cancellation by the VBGA due to Public Health Restrictions will result in education program credit equivalent to the value lost.

Camp Bursaries

The Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association is pleased to provide bursaries for families in financial need.

  • +Applications

    The VBGA’s mission is to connect people with plants and we believe all children should have the opportunity to experience nature-based camps regardless of family circumstance or income.

    Apply for a bursary here or contact nfriedmann@vandusen.org or 604-257-8443 for more information.

Here's what parents have to say about our camps!

“Excellent protocols, best of  any camp of school we attended.”

“This summer it was wonderful for him to have time to socialize  and play with other kids – he has some good social distance games he can now share with friends.”

“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.”


Contact Us

For inquiries about Spring Break Camp, Pro-D Camps, Weekend Nature Club, or any Camps refunds, cancellations, or waitlists, please contact Natasha Friedmann (Camp Coordinator) at nfriedmann@vandusen.org or call 604-257-8443.

For other inquiries or for more information about VBGA youth programs, please contact learn@vandusen.org