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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.

Program Details

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our summer 2020 Arboretum Explorer Camp will not take place. The safety and welfare of our campers, counselors, and staff is our top priority. While all will be greatly missed, we are looking forward to seeing each one of you next year!!

*Full refunds will be processed for those who have registered and paid in full. 

 Ages 5 - 6: June 15 - 19, 2020 Half Day 9am-12pm

Program Fee: $95/child

One snack will be provided each day.

Ages 7 - 10: June 22 - 26, 2020 Full Day 9am-4pm

Program Fee: $200/child

Bring your own packed lunch Monday- Thursday, lunch will be provided on Friday. One snack will be provided each day.


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