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Summer Nature Day Camps (ages 3 to 15)

Join TBGKids for an exciting week of nature fun! Kids will unplug and recharge outdoors in the Teaching Garden and Wilket Creek ravine and explore the nature artifacts and make crafts in The James Boyd Children’s Centre. All camps are peanut and tree nut free.

NEW FOR 2015

  • Extended Care
    Busy schedule? Before and after care is available! TBGKids staff will provide supervision for free play or light recreational games, crafts and nature activities. Drop off campers as early as 8:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 4:45 p.m. Extended care not available for Animal Camp and Green Explorers Camp. $50 per camper, per week. Sign up for extended care when you register for camp.
  • LIT Program
    Interested in becoming a camp leader? Check out our new Leader-in-Training program!
Animal Camp – ages 3 & 4 with adult accompaniment
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Is your little animal fascinated by wildlife? Then this half-day morning camp might be just the right size. Spend some quality time outdoors with your child while we sing songs, explore the garden and create creature crafts.
July 6 to July 10, 9 a.m. to noon
Public $125; Members $100 [TG15SAC1]


Stones and Bones Camp – ages 5 & 6

Climb into the way-back machine for a Stone Age look at fossils, dinosaurs and geological wonders. Whip up a stone and bone snack, play dino bingo and make your own rock formation! [TG15SSBO] July 13 to July 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245


Bug Camp – ages 5 & 6

Grab your net and join the bug hunt! If you dream of dragonflies and are mesmerized by monarchs, then this is your camp. Every morning is spent in the garden exploring the tiny world of bugs. Build a bug hotel, make friends with worms and chase butterflies as they flutter by.
July 27 to July 31, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SBC]


Extreme Plants Camp – ages 5 & 6

Discover the incredible survival strategies that allow plants to grow in the world’s most forbidding climates. Meet plants that bite back, climb sheer walls and make friends with animals. Make carnivorous crafts, learn how to grow a great garden and take an extreme plant home.
August 17 to August 21, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SXTP]



Earth Science Camp – ages 7 to 9 (SOLD OUT!)

Explore the science of nature in the garden and river valley. Put nature under a microscope, have fun with science concepts, try amazing experiments and harness solar energy for a tasty snack! [TG15SSCI] July 20 to 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245


Farm-to-Table Camp – ages 7 to 9 (SOLD OUT!)

Where does your food come from? The Teaching Garden! Spend a week in the vegetable garden harvesting fresh ingredients, learning how to grow your own, creating simple delicious treats and making food art.
August 10 to 14, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SCOO]



Art Camp – ages 7 to 9 (SOLD OUT!)

Art Camp – ages 7 to 9 (SOLD OUT!)
For all the budding artists and nature lovers — this camp is for you! Create nature prints, paint outdoors in the garden and sketch the dappled sunlight in the woods.
August 24 to 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SART]



Green Explorers – ages 10 to 12

Are you growing up green? Learn about Toronto’s secret underground rivers, explore the glass houses at Allan Gardens and bike the Lower Don Trail while learning about your role as an enviro-leader for the 21st century.
August 4 to August 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SGRE] REGISTER TODAY


Green Front Leader-In-Training Program - ages 13 to 15 (NEW)

Do you want to be a leader in the green city movement? In this brand new program, teens can earn a 100-hour leadership certificate. Certificate will include 10 hours of training with peers by an experienced outdoor educator, a one-day field trip, a Red Cross child-minding certificate and 80 hours of volunteering experience as a camp leader and organic vegetable gardener throughout the summer. Leaders-in-Training will select two summer camps that they will help lead under the supervision of TBGKids staff.
Mentoring Camp: July 6 to 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Field Trip: July 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public $300; Members: $275 [TG15SLIT]


Questions about the Green Front LIT program should be directed to the Children’s Education Supervisor: or 416-397-1288.


Toronto Botanical Garden values accessibility and inclusion. Please contact the Children’s Education Supervisor for options available to campers with special needs.

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  • Matthias Grupp

    TBG Summer Camp rocks! My son had a great time tending the gardens and creating art projects. We will see you again this summer :-)

    • Toronto Botanical Garden

      Great! Thanks for sharing and we’ll look forward to seeing you both this summer

  • Finn Frankis

    I agree! I go to Cooking Camp, and I have so much fun.

    • Brandi Bechard

      I double agree! We love having you Finn! And all the other campers too :) What a wonderful summer it has been here at the TBG .

  • Finn Frankis

    I have had a great time at Cooking camp! I’m so sad to be leaving tomorrow! Making Jam was so fun! It was so cool how we used the solar oven to cook s’mores! I’m excited for pizza tomorrow.

  • Sarah

    What date does your registration open? Do you offer before/after care, and if so, what is the cost?

  • victoria morwick

    I’m interested in booking camp for my daughters age 9 and 11 next year – Is it only the Green explorers camp available to them? We can’t go that week but they would love the science or art one, possible to book for those instead?

  • Christy Cook

    My son, Finn is really excited about the NEW LIT camp. I knew he was keen but on the weekend he saw his granddad and the first thing out of his mouth was all about the LIT camp and volunteering! My dad was very impressed! I think attending the LIT camp makes Finn feel very grown-up! Thanks for creating such a great opportunity!