Garden Discovery Camps

We have an exciting line-up of summer camps for all ages planned in 2015. 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. You will need to register online and send in the required forms along with a $10 deposit to secure your child space. Final payment at least two weeks prior to the start of a camp session.


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 
(grandparent & 5-9 year-old grandchild camp )
Make memories while gardening with your grandchild. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch.

Peter Rabbit's Escape

May 27, 9:30-2:30

Peter rabbit often gets in trouble sneaking around Mr. McGregor’s garden. Come and enjoy some garden stories and learn about Peter and other garden creatures. Find out ways to help keep unwanted critters out of your home garden.

Cost: $15/member family, $20/nonmember family

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Pollination Nation

July 17, 9:30-2:30

Bring your grandchild to learn how pollination makes the world go round. We will explore how vital pollinators are for our food supply and life on earth. Campers will discover native pollinators and make a native pollinator house to take home.

Cost: $15/member family, $20/nonmember family

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Garden Sleuth

August 11, 9:30-2:30

There is a mystery out there in the garden. Who done it? Bring your grandparent and help us discover the great garden mystery. Put the clues together to see how plants and animals live in our garden.

Cost: $15/member family, $20/nonmember family

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Lil' Gardeners
(4 to 5-year-olds)

These half-day camps are designed to be shorter in duration for your little gardeners. A snack will be provided each day.

Pirates & Fairies

May 29, 9:00-noon
Ahoy matey! Learn about tasty fruit that helps to keep sailors healthy while on the high seas. Find how where the lost boys hide away from a pirate captain. Make your own pirate/fairy garden to take home.
Cost: $10/member, $15/nonmember

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Insect Safari
June 16, 9:00-noon
Learn all about insects and how they help the garden. We will explore the life cycles of some common insects and go on an adventure safari in the garden. Campers will get to make their own discoveries and share what they learn in their garden journal.
Cost: $10/member, $15/nonmember

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It’s All About The Seed
July 20-24, 9-noon
Campers will spend the week learning all about seeds. We will explore how tiny seeds can grow in to mighty oaks. We will also explore different seeds from small to large. Each day we will go on a seed hunt through the garden. Campers will go home with a few seeds to sow.
Cost: $50/member, $60/nonmember

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Edible Gardening
August 12, 9:00-noon
See how gardening can be tasty. This session will explore how to grow your own fruits and vegetables. We will also get to make a few garden fresh snacks from what is growing in our garden.
Cost: $10/member, $15/nonmember

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Garden Explorers 
(6 to 12-year-olds)
hese 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.


Garden Explorer Camp

June 2-5, 9-2 each day 

*This camp session is for 6 to 11-year-olds  

*A separate application and registration form is required for this session.    

UT Extension and Tennessee Master Gardeners will help the UT Gardens bring this fun-filled week of camp. Campers will grow into gardeners from the ground up. Sow your own seeds to take home. Learn about soils, composting, harvesting, photosynthesis and much more. Garden camp will be a feast for the senses as youth have fun exploring sights, sounds and tastes of the garden as they learn in a hands-on environment. 

Cost: $35/member, $45/member

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Garden Explorers: Magnificent Monarchs        

July 14, 9-3

This session will explore the life of a Monarch butterfly. Campers will get to discover how to attract these insects and other butterflies to your garden. Campers will also learn how to rear your own Monarch at home.

Cost: $15/member, $20/nonmember

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Seed Savers

August 3-7, 9-3

Without seeds, life could not continue. This week we will take a closer look at the seed and discover how seeds can change the world. Campers will explore different seeds and the plants that they grow into.

Cost: $70/member, $95/nonmembers

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Camp Cultivate

6-12 years old, children under 6 may attend with a parent.

Camp Cultivate offers a unique opportunity to cultivate awareness among children. This program offer camps that focus on children who have specific medical issues and invites children with non-medical issues to also attend. Gardening will be used to develop an understanding of each other while having fun at the same time.

Garden Senses: Open Session

July 6-8, 9-noon

This session is an open session. If you have a child with a special need and are looking for a day camp program this is it. Our sessions will focus on nature, gardening, and tons of fun and games. Camp cultivate offers opportunities for children to learn from each other. We will explore the garden from all of our senses.

Cost: free

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Food Allergy Friendly Session

July 27-29, 9-noon

If you have food allergies, this is an opportunity to attend a food allergy friendly camp at the UT Gardens. If you do not have food allergies, this camp will give you an opportunity to learn about food allergies and meet some new friends who have food allergies. We will also spend time learning about plants and having fun in the gardens.

Cost: free 

Click here to register.

*New this year*

Camp Roses are..... Workshop 

(Children’s Rose Workshop) 

6-8 years old (older siblings welcomed)

June 24-26, 9:30-11:30

Kathy Brenna, ARS Consulting Rosarian and member of the TN Rose Society will lead this fun, hands on, rose workshop for kids.  We will make our own soil, dig the perfect hole, and top it off with easy care rose culture. Plus enjoy exciting adventures each day exploring the gardens.

Cost: $15/members, $25/nonmembers

Click here to register.

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