Summer Camp at the Garden

Summer Camp returns to the Garden!

Nurturing a new generation of nature lovers

The Garden launches a new camp program this summer! Children ages 5-10 are invited to join us this summer for a week of outdoor play, exploration, and connection. Campers will create, get dirty, ask questions, and seek answers in one of California’s premier native botanical landscapes.

Registration opens March 2nd for Garden Members and March 16th for the general public. 


If your desired program is currently unavailable click here to join our waitlist. 

Watch the video below for a sneak peek into the Garden's summer camp adventures:



Camp Overview


Camp Program (9am-3pm): $295 

Extended Day (3-5pm): $100 

2022 Dates: July 11th – August 12th  

Camp Programs:

Acorn Adventurers (5-6 year old’s) – Week of July 11th, 25th and August 8th  

Adventure awaits at the Garden! Acorn Adventurers will connect with the natural world and each other through outdoor play, arts and crafts, wildlife viewing, and exploration.  

A Sense of Nature (7-8 year old’s) – Week of July 11th, 25th and August 8th  

The world is ripe with wonder; we just have to know how to observe them.  Campers will discover how powerful our senses can be in exploring and understanding the world around us.   

Create in Nature (7-8 year old’s) – Week of July 18th and August 1st  

Nature has been a source of inspiration for the arts for thousands of years. Campers will be inspired by our native landscapes and plants to get creative by creating art, writing poetry, performing skits and more.  

Jr. Naturalist (9-10 year old’s) – Week of July 18th and August 1st 

Naturalists observe and explore nature in order to build an understanding of the natural world so that we may better protect it. Campers will experience what it means to be a naturalist by learning real-life skills, such as how to use observational tools, identify common plants and animals, and perform conservation actions used by our own scientists. 

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Registration Documents 

Emergency Contact Info and Authorized Pick-Up

Medical Information

Accident & Liability Form

Photo Release

For more information on our COVID and illness prevention protocols, see our Communicable Disease Control Plan.


Formularios requeridos – español

Contacto de emergencia y recogida autorizada

Información médica

Formulario de exención de responsabilidad de accidentes

Formulario de autorización de fotos



Youth and Family Program Manager

Image of Michelle Cyr

Michelle Cyr is the Youth and Family Programs Manager for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Michelle graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Earth Science, with an emphasis on biology. Since graduating, Michelle has spent her career connecting youth to nature. Michelle is a certified California Naturalist, Project Learning Tree Educator and Facilitator, and Environmental Educator through the Association of Environmental & Outdoor Education.  She has worked for camp and outdoor programs at UCSB, the Santa Barbara Zoo, United Boys & Girls Club, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. With the opening of the Backcountry, Michelle is ecstatic to create this new camp program that will build children’s understanding and love for our native ecosystems.