Explore the wonders of nature at the Gardens during our Family Fun Days, Summer Camps and other programs.




Budding Botanist Camp

Ages 6-8, Monday–Friday, 6/3–6/7, 8 am–12 pm, $150/$120

Allow your young gardener to explore nature with Tucson Botanical Gardens as their guide. Campers will learn about soil, vermicomposting, botany and native pollinators while exploring the gardens and enjoying the outdoors on our verdant campus.

(Registration closed on May. 17)


Youth Camp Session 1: Under the Soil

Ages, 9-11, Monday–Friday, 6/17–6/21, 8 am–12 pm, $150/$120

Horticulture begins with the ground, and this group of campers will be exploring soil, water, earthworms and insects to understand the natural processes of plant growth. Kids will test the soil and prepare a garden bed, create worm bins for vermicomposting, and learn about insects, fungi and other underground life.

[If you register  your child for both this camp and the Kids Cooking Camp in the afternoon, please provide a sack lunch.]

REGISTER HERE. (Registration closes May. 31)


Kids Cooking Camp

Ages 9-11, Monday–Friday, 6/17–6/21, 1 pm–4 pm, $150

This camp is full. Please email Ashley at education1@tucsonbotanical.org to be placed on a waiting list in case a space becomes available.

Chefs-in-training will learn basic knife skills, practice kitchen safety, read recipes, measure, bake, chop, and fold to create delicious treats with Tamara Read from Chantilly Tea.  Campers will work in teams and on their own to complete a variety of hands-on projects and fun crafts. Each day will incorporate a theme, such as Kitchen Skills, No-Bake Cooking Day, Scones, Cupcakes (baking from scratch and decorating with their own fondant flowers), and Tarts & Quiches. Kids will get to eat their treats, as well as take some home.  We cannot accommodate special diets.  Please contact Tamara for information about specific menu items at info@chantillytea.com. 

Kids Cooking Camp Sample Agenda

[If you register your child for both this camp and the Under the Soil Camp in the morning, please provide a sack lunch.]


Youth Camp Session 2: Up in the Air

Ages, 9-11, Monday–Friday, 6/24–6/28, 8 am–12 pm, $150/$120

Focusing on the science behind plant growth and the art behind garden design, young horticulturalists will learn about garden design and explore the life that exists on top of the ground and in the canopy. Campers will be tasked with designing a garden together and will learn how to grow native crops and wildflowers that they can continue to propagate at home.

REGISTER HERE. (Registration closes Jun. 7)

Children’s Field Journal

Pick-up a map of the Gardens made just for kids and families during your next visit.  The map highlights some of our favorite areas for children and includes prompts to encourage more careful observation in each garden.  Bring a pencil/pen to fill in and personalize your map.