Fun and adventure abound as we investigate amazing animals and other wonders of nature this summer at Ladew.  Ladew camps provide an entertaining and educational experience for children aged 3 to 12.  Ladew’s beautiful 250-acre property includes formal gardens, a native butterfly and caterpillar house, forests, meadows, ponds and streams.  Staffed by our year-round, adult environmental educators and art instructors, we provide a low teacher/volunteer 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 Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

Please download the Youth Camp Health History Form. Complete the form and submit it to Sheryl Pedrick at
Youth Camp Health History Form

Space is limited. Full payment is due at registration. For questions or to be added to the wait list, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570, x226 or


Join us as we explore different habitats at Ladew and learn about the animals that live there. Our exploration will take us through the gardens, meadows, and forests in search of fish, frogs, turtles, birds, mammals and more. We’ll use our senses and perfect our detecting skills. Activities include outdoor exploration, arts & crafts, experiments, stories, puppet shows, and games.

 Session 1 | June 20 – June 24 < Sorry, Sold Out
 Session 2 | June 27 – July 1 < Sorry, Sold Out
Ages | 6 - 7 years & 7 - 9 years

Time | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fees | $250 Members |  $300 Non-members


Hop, run, fly! Join us as we encounter many different animals that call Ladew home.  We’ll visit the gardens, meadows, and forests and learn what makes those critters special. Activities include outdoor exploration, arts & crafts, stories, puppet shows, and games.

 Session 1 | July 11 – 15 < Sorry, Sold Out
 Session 2 | July 18 – 22 <  Sorry, Sold Out
Ages | 4 - 5 years

Time | 9:00 am - 12:00 noon  (no lunch time; snack time is included)
Fees | $180 Members  |  $220 Non-members

NATURE TOTS CAMP (with an adult)

Parents, grandparents and care-givers are invited to share in the wonder of discovering nature through the eyes of a preschooler. Explore the gardens, ponds, Nature Walk and Butterfly House in search of amazing animals. We’ll incorporate activities practicing fine motor skills, counting, colors, shapes, ABCs, and more. Songs, stories, games and a snack are part of every day.

Session 1 | July 11 – 15 < Sorry, Sold Out
Session 2 |July 18 – 22 < Sorry, Sold Out
Ages | 3 - 4 years

Time | 9:15 am - 11:30 am
Fees | $135 Members  |  $165 Non-members


Become a “nature-ologist”! This camp will dive deep into various fields of study in the world of science. We will explore the gardens, meadows, and forest with hands-on science lessons, experiments, games, and nature journaling.  Topics will include Herpetology, Ornithology, Entomology, Meteorology, Phytology (or Botany) and more!

Dates | July 25 - 29 < Sorry, Sold Out
Ages | 9 - 12 years

Time | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fees | $270 Members  |  $320 Non-members


ART IN NATURE CAMP: Designs in Nature

Architecture, fashion, biomimicry, and visual arts are inspired by nature in endless ways. In this camp we will use all our senses combined with observation skills to experience the animals, plants and landscapes of Ladew's gardens, butterfly house, meadows, and nature walk. Play and exploration of pattern, color, energy, movement, and sound, will lead us to exciting and fun discoveries to inspire experimentation, creativity, and design. Using a wide variety of materials and styles, in two and three dimensions, we will create totems, mandalas, stories, sculpture, painting, prints and more!   The week will culminate in a group art show in Ladew’s Barn Gallery. 

 Dates | August 1 - 5 < Sorry, Sold Out
Ages | 9 - 12 years  

Time | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fees | $270 Members  |  $320 Non-members