Finding fun ways for kids to get outside is more important to families than ever this year. One of the best places to do that in the Rocket City is at the Huntsville Botanical Garden! HBG camp programs are designed to immerse children in nature and foster their connection to the natural world. Through hands-on, engaging STEM activities, certified instructors guide campers through an exploration of the natural world and the role we all play in our own environment.
Camp Director: Misty Hertzig, Manager of Youth Programming at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
Phone: 256-830-4447 ext. 253
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
Grades/Ages of Campers: Kindergarten through 6th grade
Counselor/Camper Ratio: 1:10
Camp Dates: March – July 2021
Camp Cost: Garden members, $175-250/week | Non-members, $280-400/week
Extended Care (morning or afternoon) also available for additional fee
Huntsville Botanical Garden Camps for Kids in 2021
More camp details & registration can be found at www.hsvbg.org/camps!
Camp Dates (Summary):
Spring Break Camps: March 15-19 and March 29-April 2
Summer Camps: May 31-July 23
Garden members: $175-250/week
HBG Camp Details
Is lunch or snack provided if a day camp?
Lunch and snacks are not provided. For full-day camps, campers should bring lunch and two snacks each day. For half-day camps, campers will need a lunch and one snack.
What is your camp’s predominant mission/philosophy?
Youth Science Camps at the Garden encourage young campers to cultivate a personal connection to plants, teach them about the rich biodiversity of North Alabama, and inspire them to take action to care for the green spaces around them. Through hands-on, engaging STEM activities, our certified instructors guide campers through an exploration of the natural world and the role they play in their own environment.
What sets your camp apart from other area programs?
Our camp activities take place entirely outdoors throughout the Garden’s 112 acres, giving campers the chance to immerse themselves in nature and learn about their environment in an authentic and hands-on way.
What activity opportunities exist for your campers?
Led by certified science instructors, campers conduct experiments, explore nature on guided walks, complete scavenger hunts, get their hands dirty while gardening, and discover the natural world on their own through nature play. Specific activities vary depending on the weekly theme of the camp.
What protocols are you following for Covid-19?
All camps take place outside (weather permitting). When gathered for activities, campers are appropriately distanced in accordance with guidelines from the ADPH and CDC. Face masks or coverings are required at all times when campers are indoors and anytime when it is not possible to maintain appropriate social distance outdoors. Staff are required to wear masks at all times when interacting with campers. Additionally, temperature screenings are performed upon drop-off every morning, and all supplies are sanitized daily after use.
What advice do you have for parents looking for a camp for their child(ren)?
Huntsville Botanical Garden camps are an opportunity for children to explore something new and expand their interests in a fun, safe environment. Plus, spending time outdoors encourages personal growth, sparks curiosity, and provides a multitude of health and wellness benefits, especially for young children.
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