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The Arboretum Explorer Camp is the perfect place for budding naturalists, animal lovers, and young outdoor enthusiasts. Join us on the beautiful grounds of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum as we learn about the life cycles of trees and butterflies, explore animals’ behavioral adaptations like camouflage and mimicry, and get up close and personal with salamanders, turtles, and birds.

Activities include hands-on lessons, team scavenger hunts, and a field trip to an off site hiking location for a group hike. Learn how to pitch a tent, cook food on trail and navigate with a map. Campers will make new friends, encounter plants and animals, and gain new skills of wildlife observation and identification in the Arboretum’s oak-hickory forest ecosystem!

Instructors include Arboretum staff, JMU professors and students, as well as local Master Naturalists.

Half Day Camp for Ages 5-6


Dates: June 14-18, 2021, 9:00am - noon

Program Fee: $95

One snack will be provided each day.

Full Day Camp for Ages 7-10


Dates: June 21-25, 2021, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Program Fee: $200

Bring your own packed lunch Monday-Thursday, lunch will be provided on Friday.

One snack will be provided each day.

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