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.

Pro-D Camp: Space Available: June 28: view here

Summer Camps are sold out. Join waitlists here!

Pro-D Camps

Pro-D Camp Fees:

VBGA Members $70.20 per day
Non-Members $78 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 22: Flower Power SOLD OUT

    Date: Monday, April 22
    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

    With spring rains and colourful blooms, the Garden comes to life for this flower-themed camp. Explore seasonal changes at VanDusen, inspect parts of flowers up close, and get to know some common pollinators. Campers will create a spring craft and learn about how different plants flower through time or invite pollinators in for a visit.

    Register now!

  • +June 28: Bogs to Beaches

    Date: Friday, June 28
    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

    Dive into the wonderful world of wetlands and uncover what hides just under the surface of Cypress Pond. Recreate an aquatic environment to take home, learn more about the water cycle and where our water comes from, and explore the Garden in search of aquatic plants and animals in different water bodies and features!

    Register now!

Summer Camps at VanDusen

Summer Camps are sold out. Join waitlists here!


Registration Type VBGA Members Non-Members
4-Day Camp $280.80 $312.00
4-Day After Care (til 5pm) $52.20 $58.00
5-Day Camp $351.00 $390.00
5-Day After Care (til 5pm) $65.25 $72.50

Health & Safety Measures

Our Camps follow any current guidelines and recommendations from the BCCDC, Vancouver Coastal Health, WorkSafeBC, and the BC Ministry of Health.

Current Measures:

  • Staff and volunteers may wear masks at their own discretion and will welcome any campers and families who choose to wear one. Disposable masks are available upon request.
  • Tabletops and similar surfaces in camp spaces are cleaned and disinfected daily and as needed.
  • Our planning approach ensures that games, crafts, and activities can all be done outdoors, as camps operate rain-or-shine; this means campers will be asked to carry backpacks out in the Garden for up to 15 minutes at a time.
  • Campers will have access to and be encouraged to use outdoor porta-potties and handwashing stations to decrease congestion around shared indoor washrooms (though still available).
  • We are unable to provide 1-to-1 care for campers; please contact us to discuss further details if your child requires concentrated support or an aide.

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 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 inappropriate fit for program, 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

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.

Bursaries are available on a limited basis for all camps programs. Please indicate which date/theme/cohort you would like covered under the bursary when you submit the application form by email.

  • +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 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 camp-related inquiries, please contact Natasha Friedmann (Youth Programs Assistant Manager) at or call 604-257-8443.