2016 Garden Discovery Camps

We have an exciting line-up of summer camps for all ages planned in 2016. Whether you are interested in attending one single-day camp or are looking for a week-long session, we have sessions to meet your camper's needs and schedule. Registration is  now available online by clicking the links below. You will need to register online and you can choose to pay online using the link in your registration confirmation email or pay by check. Final payment is due on May 15.

Campers are divided by age-
Grands & Me (4-12 & a grandparent)
Lil’ Gardeners (ages 4-5)
Explorers (ages 6-10)
Teen Thrive (ages 11-13)
Specialty Camps

Aftercare: Need a little more time to pick up your camper? Our new after-care program will run from 3-4:30 p.m. each day of the camps.

Cost per week: Garden member $20/nonmember $25
Cost per single day session: Garden member $5/nonmember $10

Download and print off Garden Discovery Camp application by clicking here.

Download and print off the Garden Explorer Partnership camp application by clicking here.

Grands & Me
(ages 4-12 & a grandparent)

Make memories while gardening with your grandchild. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch.




Fabulous Fossils, Gorgeous Gems and Ravishing Rocks — Friday, May 20; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Join us for a fascinating day of geology. Learn how plants become fossilized and check out our living pre-historic trees and rock and gem collection. Campers will make their own plaster of Paris fossil creation to take home. 


Incredible Insects —Monday, June 6; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  
Beetles, butterflies and bees, oh my! Learn about pollinators and how to attract more to your garden. Go on an insect hunt and help the UT Gardens collect and document specimens. Learn skills to scout and manage exotic invasive insects in your yard.

Music in the Garden —Friday, July 8; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Birds are chirping, leaves are rustling and nature is calling us to play! Come explore the garden using your sense of sound. Campers will create their own musical instruments and take part in a melodious garden parade. 

Critter Scene Investigation — Friday, July 29; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  
Investigate the scene of a garden crime and deduce “whodunit?” This session will look at plants, insects and animals. Campers will find all the clues and determine who is eating our plants.

Lil' Gardeners
(ages 4-5)

 A snack will be provided each day. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch.



SINGLE DAY SESSIONS 
Cost: Garden member $20/nonmember $25

Wind and Rain  —Tuesday, May 31; 8:30a.m. -3 p.m.
Campers will explore the Garden’s new wetland and learn about how wind and rain help the gardens grow. We will look at seed dispersal, how plants use water, and how plants have adapted to survive strong winds.

Wonderful Worms —Wednesday, July 6; 8:30 am-3:00 pm.
Come learn about worms and how they help the garden. First we’ll study different kinds of compost and discover how worms turn food scraps into nutrient rich plant food.  Then campers will create a fully functioning worm-bin to take home.

Creature Creations —Thursday, July 28; 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m.
Who lives in the garden? Join us as we discover all the animals of the garden and create models of the animals using natural materials. 


WEEK LONG SESSIONS
Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120

Garden Art —Monday, May 23,-Friday, May 27; 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m. 
Come exercise the right side of your brain as we use the beauty of nature to inspire artistic creativity. Learn to press flowers, weave baskets, create leaf masks, build rock sculptures and let your imagination run free.

Your Wild Front Yard —Monday, June 20-Friday, June 24; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Get to know the untamed organisms right outside your door. Mammals, reptiles, insects and more! Each day will focus on a different local plant/animal theme.  Participants will sharpen their observation skills and learn how to build gardens that attract and support wildlife such as butterflies, lizards and songbirds.

Eat Wild —Monday, July 11- Friday, July 15; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Learn to grow, harvest, and prepare fresh fruits and veggies. Campers will gather ingredients from the garden for delicious culinary creations. Build a solar powered oven, cook over a camp fire, and experience food in a whole new way! 

Chemistry in the Garden —Monday, Aug. 8- Friday, Aug. 12; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Experience chemistry in the great outdoors. From combustion to saponification to germination, chemistry is happening all around us. Campers will conduct safe and exciting experiments and learn about the role of chemistry in everyday life.

Explorers 
(6 to 10-year-olds)

These full-day camps are longer in duration for your older children. A snack will be provided, but campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day.




WEEK LONG SESSIONS
Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120

Your Wild Front Yard —Monday June 27-Friday, July 1; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  
Get to know the untamed organisms right outside your door. Mammals, reptiles, insects and more! Each day will focus on a different local plant/animal theme.  Participants will sharpen their observation skills and learn how to build gardens that attract and support wildlife such as butterflies, lizards and songbirds.

Eat Wild
—Monday, July 18-Friday, July 22; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Learn to grow, harvest, and prepare fresh fruits and veggies. Campers will gather ingredients from the garden for delicious culinary creations. Build a solar powered oven, cook over a camp fire, and experience food in a whole new way! 

Chemistry in the Garden —Monday, Aug. 1-Friday, Aug. 5; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Experience chemistry in the great outdoors. From combustion to saponification to germination, chemistry is happening all around us. Campers will conduct safe and exciting experiments and learn about the role of chemistry in everyday life.

Teen Thrive

(ages 11-13)

WEEK LONG SESSIONS
Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120

Plant Stem —Monday, June 13-Friday, June 17; 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m.
Stems are crucial plant structures which provide support for leaves and flowers as well as protection for the vascular system. This camp will utilize Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) to understand plants and other garden elements. Campers will develop and test hypothesis and perform experiments to gain a deeper knowledge of the natural world.

Specialty Camps









Garden Explorer Camp
—Tuesday, June 7-Friday, June 10; 9 a.m. –2 p.m.
Grow into a gardener from the ground up with this fun-filled camp hosted by the Knox County UT Extension Master Gardeners. Sow your own seeds to take home. Learn about soils, composting, harvesting, and photosynthesis while exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of the UT Gardens.

Explorers (ages 6-10)

Cost: Garden member $35/ nonmember $45


Camp Cultivate: Food Allergy Friendly Camp Monday, July 25- Wednesday, July 27; 9 a.m.-noon 
This is an opportunity for kids with food allergies to learn healthy coping skills in a beautiful garden setting. Explore the gardens, learn about plants, make new friends and join in the fun! Children without allergies are welcome to attend.

Ages 6-12 (Children under 6 may attend with a parent):           

Cost: Free


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