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Summer Camps 2015

Every day is an adventure as our campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation in the classroom and on the trail to learn about the world around them. Each day brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children’s literature, free-choice learning, art projects and more! Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch.  

Early Childhood Drop-off Camps (ages 4 - 6)

Here Comes the Sun! (4 days) | Register Now
May 26 - 29 | 8:30 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m.
Members: $130 | General Public: $160

Campers discover a well-known character in the desert—the sun—as they search for shadows and delve into the hot wonders of the sun with hands-on experiments that explore the sun’s relationship with plants and animals. Our campers even test the power of the sun by capturing its energy to see if a solar oven can cook their very own snack! Two classes, limited to 12 campers per class.

Desert Plant Friends (5 Days) | Register Now
June 1 - 5 | 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Members: $145 | General Public: $175

Your child investigates the fascinating world of plants in this exciting hands-on Sonoran Desert experience and learns how our desert plants use fascinating strategies to survive in this harsh environment. We plant seeds, explore roots and dissect flowers in this interactive camp. Two classes, limited to 12 campers per class.

Elementary School Drop-off Camps (ages 7 – 12)

Let’s Dig In! (5 days) | Register Now
June 15 – 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Members: $250 | General Public: $310

Campers learn about the cycle that brings food to our tables and explore what it takes to grow food in the desert during this hands-on camp. A trip to a local farm to see some large-scale production in action highlights this camp. Two classes, limited to 14 campers per class.

Home, Home in the Desert (5 days) | Register Now
June 22 -
26 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Members: $250 | General Public: $310

Your child discovers how plants, animals and people survive and thrive in our desert home. Campers explore the amazing adaptations of desert wildlife and the plants they rely on in order to flourish in this harsh environment. We also learn how desert plants can be used as resources for food, tools and entertainment. And, a magical visit from Childsplay sends imaginations soaring! Two classes, limited to 14 campers per class.

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How to Read a Plant Label

As a place of education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants, the Garden provides information about plants using many different techniques. One of these methods is through labels. These labels provide the Latin name used by the scientific community, its common name, where it grows and when it blooms.

You can customize your Garden experience further by downloading the Garden app. It includes trail guides, maps, garden tour, plant information and pictures, and a learning center that helps you care for your plants at home. You can download the app through iTunes or Google Play for 99 cents.

The Garden app was developed by Clarisoft & MuseumXP and Garden staff members.

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