Summer Explorer Programs: Nature Up Close!

Spend summer at the Bartlett Arboretum!  We offer two programs: Junior Explorers, for children entering grades K-2, and Eco-Explorers, for children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2017.  Our programs are hands-on, incorporating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) as we investigate the Bartlett’s extraordinary 93-acre campus.  We balance open-ended nature exploration with Next Generation Science Standards’ aligned activities that build explorers’ skills and knowledge.



Junior Explorers: Ages 5-7

Junior Explorers discover a new theme each week, which is tied to the plants and animals that live at the Arboretum.  We’ll roam the Bartlett’s grounds from swamp to forest to greenhouse.  Along the way we will create art, complete hands-on investigations indoors and out, have lots of time to play, and enjoy nature together!

Eco-Explorers: Ages 8-11

Eco-Explorers delve into several investigations over the course of the summer.  They are nature detectives, grow masters and cooks.  Together we will ask questions, carry out experiments, and discover all the Bartlett has to offer, from wetlands, to gardens, and everything in between.


Hours:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  (optional extended day:  3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)


3-day week (July 5-7 only): $210 (members), $240 (non-members)

5-day weeks: $350 (members), $400 (non-members)

Extended Day (until 6:00 p.m.): add $180 per week (members & non-members).  Preregistration required.  Late fees apply after 6:00 p.m. ($6 every $15 min)

Full payment is required at registration; 50% refundable up to April 15. No refunds after April 15.

Camp registration begins February 15, 2017 and continues until full. Space is limited, so please make your reservations soon.

Snack provided each day. Children should bring their own nut-free lunch.  Children should dress appropriately for the weather.

Prior to participation, enrolled campers must have their medical history and release forms submitted (download here). Additionally, campers with serious allergies that require medication after exposure should have an allergy mediation form submitted (download here). Please return forms to Emily Curry by email, fax, mail, or in person by June 1st. 

For more information or to apply, please call 203-883-4035 or email Emily Curry at You may also sign up from the Junior Explorers or Eco-Explorers camp pages.