Arboretum Nature Kids


To be placed on the WAIT LIST, please click HERE and complete the required form. Spaces do occasionally become available, and will be assigned in the order in which names appear on the wait list. Families will be notified if a space becomes available.  

Welcome to Arboretum Nature Kids!

Arboretum Nature Kids is a school-year camp enrichment program designed to provide children with joyful experiences in nature, exciting hands-on projects, and meaningful peer interactions, all in a safe setting.  By integrating playful exploration of our gardens with nature-themed science and art activities, Arboretum Nature Kids unlocks entirely new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace while fostering safe socialization and healthy child development.  


Led by a team of experienced educators, Arboretum Nature Kids curriculum incorporates outdoor explorations of our gardens with interactive programs that foster curiosity for our natural world.  Each day includes a garden walk, nature journaling, a hands-on project, and a fun physical wellness activity.  We begin each week with Mad Science Mondays, continue with Wild Wednesdays, and end each week with Foodie Fridays. On Mad Science Mondays, we experiment with the kookier side of science. On Wild Wednesdays, we explore the wild side of our world, from animals to exploding seed pods. On Foodie Fridays, we create dishes made from the bounty of the earth. To add a spark of creative whimsy to the week, campers are encouraged to attend Wild Wednesdays sporting any “wild” fashion of their choosing!  


Arboretum Nature Kids strictly adheres to COVID-19 Safety Protocol crafted in partnership with LA Parks & Recreation, the LA County Department of Public Health, and the State of California. Protocol includes but is not limited to such things as mask requirements, social distancing, and daily wellness checks.  Cohorts are composed of stable groups of no more than 12 children that remain with the same instructors throughout the month-long session. The full COVID-19 Camp Safety Protocol document can be found HERE.   


Arboretum Nature Kids is designed for children ages 5 to 10 years old. Children must fall within this range to participate.  


The size of our groups will not exceed 12 children per cohort. Our program accommodates two different cohorts of 12 children in separate parts of the garden. 


All sessions are from 1:30-5:30pm, Monday/Wednesday/Friday:

4 week sessions: 

January Session: 1/18/21 to 2/12/21
February Session: 2/15/21 to 3/12/21
March Session: 3/15/21 to 4/9/21
April Session: 4/12/21 to 5/7/21


  • $525 non-members; $500 members


Please register your child below. You will enter payment information on the next screen after answering the registration questions for your camper.


Cancellations made up to two weeks in advance of session start dates will qualify for a full refund. Cancellations made less than two weeks in advance will only qualify for a refund if the space can be filled by someone on the wait list. In the event any weeks are required to close due to public health concerns or mandates, refunds will be provided for the canceled dates.  


Please contact Brooke Applegate, Youth Education Manager, at or (626) 821-5897.