Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Summer Nature Camps


(Ages 2-15 years)
Nature Camps at Ladew Gardens provide a unique, fun and educational experience for children aged 2 to 15.  Ladew’s beautiful 250-acre property includes formal gardens, a 1500 square foot, native butterfly & caterpillar house, forests, meadows, ponds and streams.  Staffed by adult naturalists, an art instructor and a former school teacher, we provide a low teacher to camper ratio to ensure a safe environment and individualized attention.

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Investigate the many ponds and streams of the gardens and Nature Walk for amphibians, reptiles, insects and other organisms that depend so much on water.  We’ll conduct daily experiments to demonstrate the various properties of water and how they benefit plants, animals, and humans.  Other activities include hikes, stories, puppet shows, games, and arts & crafts. 
SESSION 1    June 19 – 23 only1 spot left
SESSION 2  June 26 – 30 only 1 spot left
AGES 6 – 7 years  &  7 – 9 years
TIME   9 am – 2 pm
FEES  $200 Members  •  $250 Non-members

– Splish Splash!
Join us as we explore the wonders of water at Ladew. We’ll investigate the many ponds and streams of Ladew in search of the fish, frogs and other animals that make these watery worlds their home.  Activities include outdoor discovery walks, active games, stories, puppet shows, and arts & craft projects.  Snacks are provided.

SESSION 1   July 10 – 14  sold out
SESSION 2    July 17 – 21 sold out
AGES  4 – 5 years
TIME   9:00 – 11:30 am 
FEES  $125 Members  •  $160 Non-members 

– Water Babies!
Parents, grandparents or caregivers are invited to share in the excitement of learning about water animals and their babies alongside your little one.  Learn about the frogs, fish, turtles, dragonflies and other water animals that live in Ladew’s ponds and streams.  Activities include outdoor exploration, games, stories and crafts.  Snacks are provided.     

SESSION 1  July 10-14  Sold out.
SESSION 2   July 17-21 Sold out
AGES 2 – 3 years w/adult
TIME 9:15 – 11:15 am
FEES $100 Members / $125 Non-members

:  Celebrate Water! 
Precious, beautiful, life-giving water, in its many forms, is the focus of this year’s art camp. This program, blending art and environmental education will explore watery habitats, cultures and conservation. Together with discovery, experimentation and creativity, students will sharpen art, design, and observation skills. Students will express themselves with a variety of styles, techniques and materials. Ladew's 2017 featured artist Mary Ann Mears, and Artist-in-Residence, painter, Palden Hamilton, will each teach a lesson one afternoon of the camp week. Daily sketching, hikes, and outdoor games will be blended into each day. Strong emphasis will be on nature study. Each child will receive their own art supply kits. We will celebrate the campers’ work during an art show in Ladew’s Barn Gallery on Friday afternoon.

SESSION 1    July 24 – 28 sold out
AGES  9 - 12 years 
TIME 9 am - 2 pm 
FEES  $250 Members  •  $300 Non-members 
SESSION 2    July 31-August 4 sold out
 AGES 12 - 15 years 
TIME  9 am - 2 pm
FEES   $250 Members  •  $300 Non-members 

For more info, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410-557-9570, ext. 226 or           


Ladew is a Maryland Certified Youth Camp (MCYC) through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.