Summer Camps

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Online under each camp description

Call: 614.715.8022
Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

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With nature as the touchstone for each workshop, the Conservatory’s camp programs allow children to gain hands-on experiences exploring the natural world through the lens of science and the arts. Each workshop is planned around a theme and includes age appropriate and enriching activities. Popular half-day camps for preschool and kindergarten students are again available in the morning and afternoon. Full-day camps are available for 1st–6th grade students. Download the full camp brochure. 

To be added to a wait list for sold-out camps, please call 614.715.8028.

View camps for:   
Ages 4–6      Ages 5–7     Ages 6–8     Ages 6–11     Ages 8–11

Junior Naturalists

July 21–25, 9am–4pm
Ages 8–11. Campers explore the gardens and grounds of the Conservatory to discover what is living in the ponds, trees, and under the soil. Hands-on experiences and experiments educate about water and the natural world.

$200 members; $210 non-members

Bugs, Bats, and Butterflies in the Garden

July 21–25  
Morning Session 9am–12pm  

Afternoon Session 1–4pm  Sold Out
Ages 4–6. What do bugs, bats and butterflies have to do with plants? Campers discover how insects and bats help plants grow, how bees make honey, and why ladybugs are a gardener's friend. Campers examine the bug world, plant seeds, and explore in the garden as they learn. 

Children must be 4 by June 1 and potty-trained. 
$95 members; $105 non-members

Becoming Animals

July 28–Aug 1  Morning Session:  9am–12pm  Afternoon Session: 1–4pm
Ages 5–7. Notice a lot of wildlife in your neighborhood or backyard? Ever wanted to run like a deer or fly like a bird? Each day, campers learn about a different urban animal and explore their world through imaginative play as they build dams, make nests, dig burrows, and “become” animals.

$95 members; $105 non-members

Cookbooks & Passports

July 28–Aug 1, 9am–4pm Sold Out
Ages 6–8. Campers travel the world and learn about faraway places and cultures as they prepare fresh, healthy, international recipes using organically grown produce from the Conservatory’s Community Garden Campus. The budding chefs will impress friends and family with their new skills!

$200 members; $210 non-members

Nature’s Canvas

August 4–8, Morning Session 9am–12pm, Afternoon Session 1–4pm
Ages 5–7. New this year! Young artists develop a wonder and love of nature as they create and express themselves through art. The Conservatory’s unique plant environments and landscapes serve as inspiration to draw, paint, and create naturally beautiful artworks.
$100 members; $110 non-members

Summer Scientists

 August 4–8, 9am–4pm
Ages 6–11. New this year! Enjoy science, technology, engineering, and math? Campers create their own projects using recycled materials, mixed media, and critical thinking skills to figure out how things work. Projects include soda bottle rockets and homemade lava lamps.
$200 members; $210 non-members

Summer Drama Camp

August 11–15, 9am–4pm
Ages 6–11. In collaboration with the Columbus Modern Dance Company, join us for an adventure into the world of acting and dance. Kids create their own original production including creative movement, character development and script writing, concluding with a special performance in the Serenity Garden.
$200 members; $210 non-members