SUMMER FAMILY CAMPS

Get outside this summer to play and learn during our new Summer Family Camps! From garden crafts to bugs and wildlife tracks, our weekly family camps are sure to spark interest in all ages. Register for your favorite weekly themes, such as gardening, Texas rocks and water, or birding. Weekly camp programs will include thematic activities, arts and crafts, outdoor explorations, and lessons with Wildflower Center experts and guest speakers. We know young minds need a lot of room to grow, and the Wildflower Center is the perfect place for getting in touch with nature and learning through discovery.

Here's how this new camp program will work: Each week will feature a different theme, and camp will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 9 a.m. to noon. Families will register with one adult present each day as a chaperone. Pricing is per youth for three days (nine hours) of science-based learning. Each youth registered will receive the materials required for all crafts and activities throughout the week. Space is limited and registration is required.

This class will take place in person at the Wildflower Center. Face masks are optional when attending this class. Please review our safety guidelines before your visit.

Family Summer Camp is suitable for youth ages 6 – 11 years. 

 

SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

SCHEDULE

June 7 – July 30
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9 a.m. – noon

PRICING

$175 per youth, per week, non-member
$157.50 per youth, per week, member

Registration price is per youth and includes all three days of camp, Monday, Wednesday & Friday.*
Registration for individual days is not available for this program.

*Please Note: One adult chaperone over the age of 18 years must be registered and present each day. Chaperone participation is optional. The chaperone must remain on site at all times.

 

WEEKLY TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

Campers investigate gardens and soils with hands-on learning and study the coexistence of flora and fauna. Explore plant characteristics, life cycles and habitats as they hike through our gardens. Campers will also get their hands dirty as they create their own native plant container garden for their home to support pollinators.
Campers will become sleuths in the natural world as they hike along the trails, examining wildlife tracks, scat and habitats. Using their senses, campers will interpret clues left by plants and animals. Campers will also have the chance to make their own wildlife tracks and scat models.
Held during National Pollinator Week, campers will learn what all the buzz is around pollinators and their importance to the gardens. Get to know the insects and bugs in our gardens using microscopes and bug nets. Campers will create their own pollinators and use microscopes to examine pollen.
Let’s explore ecology! Campers will trek through the gardens and natural areas to observe the diversity of Texas ecosystems and what’s hiding in plain sight. Campers will enjoy a special presentation from Conservation Botanist, Minnette Marr, on iNaturalist and learn how to take the perfect research-grade photo. Campers may want to bring a camera this week.
Campers will dive into the topic of aquatic habitats and rocks in Texas while developing water conservation appreciation and skills. Explore a sinkhole, get to know the creek life and see how far rain in Austin really travels!
Nature is a great teacher and gives campers many opportunities to feel peaceful and creative. This week we will build on those benefits to create art, get messy and take chances! Campers will have creative freedom to express and maximize their love of nature into their very own piece of art.
Calling all birders! Get your nerd on this week with a deep dive into migration paths, bird calls and identification. Whether campers are experienced birders or interested in getting to know the world of birding, this camp is sure to ruffle some feathers and peak interest. This week will feature special guest instructor and youth birder, Cora Bautista.
This week is for the investigative camper who looks for signs from past prehistoric life for clues to future life and habitats. Campers will explore prehistoric Texas and the remnants of the past that are still present at the Wildflower Center as they talk about climate and the effects of climate change on the plants and animals of Central Texas with weather experts.


Week 1: Garden Heroes – CANCELED
June 7, 9 & 11

Register for Garden Heroes

Week 2: Wondrous Woodlands 
June 14, 16 & 18

Register for Wondrous Woodlands

Week 3: Pollinator Power
June 21, 23 & 25

Register for Pollinator Power

Week 4: Eco-investigators
June 28, 30 & July 2

Register for Eco-investigators

Week 5: Texas Rocks & Water
July 5, 7 & 9

Register for Texas Rocks & Water

Week 6: Nature Create
July 12, 14 & 16

Register for Nature Create

Week 7: Bird Nerds
July 19, 21 & 23

Register for Bird Nerds

Week 8: Dinos, Plants & Climate – Oh My!
July 26, 28 & 30 

Register for Dinos, Plants & Climate