Virtual Summer Camp with Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Kids Out and About Minneapolis/St. Paul

Virtual Summer Camp with Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

*The event has already taken place on this date: Fri, 07/03/2020
As we navigate the continued safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Arboretum has decided to offer the first 5 weeks of Summer Camp in a completely virtual format. This virtual camp will allow your family to connect with nature while supporting the Arboretum’s crucial conservation and education efforts.

Please help us keep this calendar up to date! If this activity is sold out, canceled, or otherwise needs alteration, email so we can update it immediately.

Virtual Camp

$125 Members / $150 Non-members


What can you expect from virtual Summer Camp?

  • Pre-recorded video lessons from Arboretum Naturalists
  • Hands-on crafts and experiments, materials provided
  • Daily live virtual instruction with an Arboretum Naturalist
  • Fun, family-friendly outdoor activities
  • Mindfulness moments to encourage reflection on each day’s theme
  • A supplemental list of videos and reading recommendations to build on your child’s interest

*Family Tree membership level and above required for member discount.

*Registration Notes: Campers must be registered according to the age they will be at the time of the camp. 4-year-old campers must be at least 4 years old to participate. The Houston Arboretum reserves the right to transfer (if possible) a camper to the appropriate class according to age. Parents will be notified. 

**Be sure to double-check your cart at checkout for waitlisted camps before processing! Once the registration is paid it is considered final.


Summer Camp 2020

Spiders & Arachnids – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 1 – 5
Registration closes Friday, May 22 at noon
What do the Green Lynx, Brown Recluse, Golden Orb and Black Widow have in common? They’re all spiders! Spiders can climb the tallest buildings and creep through the tiniest of cracks. Their silk is stronger than the strongest steel or any other man-made fiber. No wonder they are heroes of lore and literature from mythology to the movies. Join us for a week of exploring spiders through stories, hands-on crafts, games, and field investigations.


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Survivor – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 8 – 12
Registration closes Friday, May 29 at noon
Come and experience the skills that animals, plants, and people need to survive. We will learn how to build a basic shelter, use echolocation to find food, and find out how to navigate with a compass. Enthusiastic instructors will ensure that everyone succeeds in our Arboretum tribes.


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WOW! The Wonders of Water – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 15 – 19
Registration closes Friday, June 5 at noon
Explore the wonderful world of water! Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet’s rocky crust to inside the cells of the human body. Water cycles, a wetland safari, water creatures, and water labs will make this week a splash!


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Creative by Nature – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 22 – 26
Registration closes Friday, June 12 at noon
Explore the connections between art and nature as we use the world around us as creative inspiration. Go for hikes to study Arboretum organisms, and then see how nature will inspire our works of art! Explore the use of natural materials to create projects like hiking sticks, mud paintings, and flower presses.


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Eat or be Eaten – VIRTUAL
Dates: June 29 – July 3
Registration closes Friday, June 19 at noon
Please note – this camp session is NOT prorated for the 4th of July holiday.

Why does a cat stalk its prey? Why are some grasshoppers shaped like a leaf? Life on our planet is a never-ending struggle between predators and prey. Come and find out how creatures great and small use smarts, speed, strength, special senses, coloration, and weapons to survive.


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*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


Contact name: 
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
The event has already taken place on this date: 
$125 Members / $150 Non-members


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