Where do kids go for good old fashioned summer fun?

Mead Garden’s Young Naturalist Summer Camp!
The only official Summer Camp at Mead Garden
Returning Camper Family Registration begins Tue., February 18
New Camper Registration begins Tue., March 3
Scroll below for important information about COVID-19


Camp Hours 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Before & After camp supervision available from 7:30 am and to 5:30 pm available for additional charge

creeks and critters… birds and butterflies… wildlife and wetlands…
rain barrels and reptiles… pine trees and pollinators… going
green and getting grimy!

Does your child love nature, plants, animals, birds, bugs, butterflies and exploring the great outdoors? Then they will love the Young Naturalist Summer Camp at Mead Botanical Garden!



June 8 – June 12 – FULL
June 15 – June 19 – FULL
June 22 – June 26 – FULL
NO CAMP Week of June 29 – July 3
July 06 – July 10
July 13 – July 17
July 20 – July 24

All weeks of camp are open to children ages 5 – 12.



We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well despite these challenging and uncertain times. We are writing to share some updates on the status of The Young Naturalist Summer Camp at Mead Botanical Garden for summer 2020.

We remain hopeful that camp will kick off on Monday, June 8th, and that all weeks of camp will be held as originally scheduled. Please rest assured, you will receive immediate notification of any schedule changes. In the event camp is cancelled or delayed, a full refund or the option of rescheduling will be offered.

The Mead Garden staff is working hard to prepare for another fun summer for our campers. As in the past, campers will spend the majority of time outdoors and in well ventilated buildings. Camper safety has always been and will continue to be our top priority. Therefore, new precautionary measures and modifications to the camp will be implemented. A few developments we can tell you about:

  • Overall camp capacity will be reduced, and campers will be divided into smaller groups.
  • Check-in procedures will be modified and program activities adjusted to include time for hand sanitation and hand washing.
  • Procedures for frequent disinfecting and cleaning are being implemented.

We will continue to closely monitor state and local mandates as well as CDC safety guidelines for other recommendations.

We are excited to offer an opportunity for kids to get outside and have something fun to look forward to after being quarantined for so long! Please help us spread the word that on-line camp registration is underway and the Garden is currently open from 8 a.m. to dusk each day.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions, concerns, or thoughts about Summer Camp.

Mead Botanical Garden Young Naturalist Summer Camp

At the Young Naturalist Summer Camp, campers will have fun interacting with nature in the beautiful and unique setting of Mead Botanical Garden. They will make discoveries about wildlife, wetlands, plants, the environment and our ecosystem. And, they will develop a life-long love of nature and the great outdoors. Every day, campers will engage in interesting age-appropriate activities and games while exploring our 48-acre park, creek, woodland trails, and wetland.

With a running creek, hiking trails, tall pine trees, a greenhouse, butterfly garden and large pond that’s home to turtles, fish and wading birds, Mead Botanical garden is true hidden treasure. There’s so much for campers to do, see and experience every day. The spacious “Discovery Barn” serves as the camp base headquarters where arts, crafts, environmental activities, gardening and games take place. Throughout the week, visiting experts and certified naturalists bring mammals, reptiles, insects and interesting plants for campers to learn about and see up close.

Young naturalist campers explore Mead Garden’s unique wildlife habitats, hike the wetlands boardwalk, play games, learn fun survival skills and engage in age-appropriate arts & crafts. Campers learn about environmental awareness, wildlife, plants, birds, butterflies, crawling insects, water conservation and ecology — all in a loving, safely supervised environment. Additional Young Naturalist program highlights include nature walks, creek exploration, safe animal encounters, plant propagation, gardening, science games & experiments, rolling down the hillside, making memories & lasting friendships. Your kids will love the adventure; you will appreciate the learning goals that are linked to school success.

Camp is led by a team of cheerful certified teachers, master naturalists and fun counselors who love kids and love to inspire adventure. Camp curriculum and activities are designed to foster a life-long love of the great outdoors. Connecting children, nature and fun is what it’s all about. To ensure your child has a safe and rewarding summer, all adult camp staff members have been background checked. Camp Team leaders are chosen for their excellence in teaching and love for children, nature and the environment. Each has demonstrated an exceptional ability to inspire enthusiasm for learning.

REGISTRATION: Good news! Mead Garden is teaming with the Active Network registration system allowing you to fully complete your child’s camp registration online anytime! Plus the software has automated wait lists. While automation is great, you are always welcome to contact us directly if you have questions by emailing camp@meadgarden.org or by leaving a message at 407-622-6323. For example, if you decide to add before/after camp supervised recreation after completing your registration, just email us! It’s that simple.


Camp Early Registration Weekly Fee $235 (Register before April 6th!)
Camp Weekly Fee $245
AM Supervision $30 from 7:30 AM
PM Supervision $40 to 5:30 PM
AM&PM Supervision $70
Additional T-shirt $8

Camp fee includes one t-shirt, a water bottle, daily snacks and all activities.


All cancellations and requests for rescheduling and refunds must be submitted in writing via email to camp@www.meadgarden.org

• Requests to reschedule to another session will incur a processing fee of $25 if space is available.

• Cancellations made at least 2 weeks prior to start of camp week will receive 100% refund minus a 25% processing fee.

• No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made less than 14 days prior to the start of the registered camp session. You may opt to reschedule to another week, if space is available, for a processing fee of $25.

• No partial refunds will be processed for missed days of camp. For questions, please contact us at camp@www.meadgarden.org.