Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Discover. Create. Explore. Learn.

Summer Nature Camps 2016

(Ages 4-15 years)

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Nature Camps at Ladew Gardens provide a unique, fun and educational experience for children
aged 4 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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The outdoors will be our inspiration as we use our senses to uncover nature’s mysteries and explore all around Ladew Gardens. Discover the variety of beautiful colors, textures, smells, and patterns in nature. Activities include outdoor exploration, arts & crafts, experiments, stories, puppet shows, butterfly house visits, and games.

Session 1        June 20 – 24   Sorry this session is full.

Session 2        June 27 - July 1 Sorry this session is full.

Ages    6 – 7 years & 7 – 9 years

Time    9 am to 2 pm

Fees    $200 Members  •  $250 Non-members


MINI NATURE CAMP: Sense of Wonder

Let your imagination go wild as we learn about the wonders of nature and use our senses to explore and create. Activities will include outdoor discovery walks, story time, crafts, games, butterfly house visits, and puppet shows. Snacks are provided.

Session 1        July 11 – 15

Session 2        July 18 – 22

Ages    4 – 5 years

Time    9 am - 11:30 am

Fees    $125 Members  •  $160 Non-members


ART IN NATURE CAMP:  Design Discoveries

Each day we will explore different design disciplines such as landscape architecture, sculpture, and painting to see how nature inspires design. This program, blending art and environmental education, will be co-facilitated by different design professionals. Through discovery and creativity, students will sharpen art, design, and observation skills. We will explore a variety of styles and techniques using conventional and natural materials. Additional activities will include daily sketching, hikes, and group projects. 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.

SESSION 1      July 25 – 29     Sorry this is full

AGES              9 - 12 years    

TIME               9 am - 2 pm

FEES               $250 Members  •  $300 Non-members

SESSION 2      August 1 - 5 Only 1 spot left

AGES              12 - 15 years  

TIME               9 am - 2 pm

FEES               $250 Members  •  $300 Non-members


For all Camps:  Space is limited. Full payment is due at registration. Contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570 ext. 226 or

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