Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

2020 Summer Nature Camps

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 native butterfly & caterpillar house, forests, meadows, ponds and streams. Staffed by our year-round, adult environmental educators and art instructors, we provide a low teacher to camper ratio and incorporate engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities throughout our curriculum.

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

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

NATURE DETECTIVES CAMP Monarchs, Milkweed and Mexico 
Come explore the life of the monarch butterfly from its start as a tiny egg, to its 2,000-mile journey to the mountains of Mexico. We’ll investigate all life stages of the monarch and the habitats in which it lives. And we’ll explore some Mexican culture and the relationship between monarchs and the Mexican region where the butterflies overwinter. Plus, other butterfly, moth and caterpillar species, as well as other animal co-habitants, will be examined throughout the week. Activities include outdoor exploration, experiments, stories, arts & crafts, cultural studies, games, and 
puppet shows. 
SESSION 1    June 15 - 19 
SESSION 2 June 22 - 26 
AGES 6 – 7 years
& 7 – 9 years
TIME 9 am – 2 pm  
FEES $250 Members   
$300 Non-members


NATURE PALS CAMP Waiting for Wings 
Join us as we encounter the many caterpillars, butterflies, and moths that call Ladew home. We’ll visit the gardens, meadows, forests, and butterfly house in search of these metamorphic wonders. Activities include outdoor discovery walks, storytime, crafts, games, and puppet shows. 

SESSION 1    July 6 - 10   Canceled
SESSION 2 July 13 - 17 
AGES 4 – 5 years  
9:00 – 11:30 am  
FEES $150 Members      
$185 Non-members 

NATURE TOTS CAMP (with adult) Budding Artists 
Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to share in the wonder of discovering nature and art through the eyes of a toddler. Explore the Gardens, ponds, Nature Walk, and Butterfly House in search of natural objects to create art projects. We’ll incorporate activities practicing fine motor skills, counting, colors, shapes, ABCs, and more. Snacks are provided.

SESSION 1    July 6 – 10 Canceled
SESSION 2 July 13 - 17   Canceled
AGES 2 – 3 years w/adult  
TIME 9:15 – 11:15 am  
FEES $125 Members 

$150 Non-members 

 Metamorphosis and Migration 
Discover the fascinating life cycle of butterflies, moths and the meadow community. Students will experience the inner workings of the Butterfly House as well as explore Ladew’s gardens and natural areas. Daily sketching, art projects, and outdoor activities. Art projects of a variety of styles and techniques using painting, sculpture and ephemeral art and traditional, recycled and natural materials will be explored. Art kits will be provided. 
SESSION 1    July 20 – 24
AGES 9 - 12 years    
TIME 9 am - 2 pm     
FEES  $270 Members      
$320 Non-members

ART IN NATURE CAMP Inspired by Nature
This teen camp celebrates exploration and learning, inspires curiosity and empowers students with new tools and techniques to spark creativity. Under the guidance of experienced, professional artists, students will have more independence and be encouraged to embrace their own personal artistic style. Resident sculptor Laura Amussen will work with students on the creation of their own personal mandala using natural materials. While exploring Ladew’s gardens, meadows and forests, hikes and field work will include daily observations, sketching and citizen science. Art projects will be inspired by nature's abundant life, the magical life cycle of butterflies and the interwoven relationships between plants, people and wildlife. Students will improve skills and experiment with a variety of styles, unique techniques, and traditional and newer art materials. Projects include drawing, painting, environmental art and 3-D work. All skill levels are welcome in this fun, supportive and non-competitive environment. Students are welcome to bring their favorite music to get the creative juices flowing. Art kits will be provided.

SESSION 2    July 27 -  July 31  Canceled 
AGES 12 - 15 years  
TIME 9am - 2 pm  
FEES $270 Members          
$320 Non-members