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Banish cries of “I’m bored!” this summer with Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Camp Quercus! This exciting, outdoor environmental science camp drives kids wild about nature as our 330-acre property is transformed into an outdoor classroom and playground. Children ages 6 to 14 are engaged in hands-on STEM activities in each of the themed, one-week camps. Sign up for one week or better yet, all seven! Prices range from $149 for members to $189 for non-members, with discounts of up to 25% for multiple-week registrations. Reduced rates for families with multiple children as well as before- and after-camp care are also available.

NEW THIS YEAR! SEVEN weeks of camp! The one week camps begin June 13 and conclude with the final week of July 25.

The LIT Program: This is a new leadership development program for 12-14-year-old campers looking to gain new skills, lead activities and made new friends. All LIT participants must attend the first week of camp June 13 for Junior Master Naturalist training. In the following weeks, the Leaders in Training (LITs) will help lead craft projects, hikes, songs, skits and team-building activities for younger campers under the guidance of Taltree staff.






For more information, call (219) 462-0025 or email TAGEducation@taltree.org.


Ages: 6-14 years old

Times: 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Pre- and post-care are available for an additional charge. Pre-care is 7:15am-8:30am and post-care is 3:30 pm-5:15 pm. Parents may not come later than 5:15 or earlier than 7:15am. Late pick up will be assessed a fee of $1/minute.


Scholarship: $25/week (Must fill out application and be awarded a scholarship. Scholarships criteria are specified in the application.)

Members: $149/Week Non-Members: $189/Week

Pre/Post Care: $20/Week for each session (i.e. $20 for pre-camp care AND $20 for post-camp care).

Discounts: 10% off two weeks. 15% off three weeks, 20% off four weeks, 25% off five or more weeks.

QUESTIONS? Email TAGEducation@taltree.org or (219) 742-6078.

LIT=Leader in Training Program: Must attend Week 1 (June 13-17) to participate in later weeks! The LIT program is a leadership development model where 12-14 year old campers gain new skills, lead activities and make new friends. Youth will have staff present to guide them, but will be able to lead crafts, hikes, songs, skits, team-building activities and much more with younger campers throughout the summer. Youth attending subsequent weeks (weeks 2-7) are required to attend the first week of camp for Junior Master Naturalist week for training.

Young Naturalists Week (June 13-17): Open to campers ages 6-11 years. Become a nature pro! Activities include learning how to identify trees, testing water, gardening and wilderness skills. Let Taltree be the lab and classroom for a fun week of hands-on activities!

Nature Detectives Week (June 20-June 24): Make way for the next generation of CSI experts! Campers will be introduced to the scientific method where they will investigate and test their own hypotheses. They will investigate larvae, fungi, and macro-invertebrates. On their Live Things hike, they will explore decaying plant matter and identify various fungi species. Local police will visit and demonstrate how they use science to solve crimes.

Wacky Water Week (June 27-July 1): This week is dedicated to all things water! Campers will learn about weather, hike Taltree’s wetlands and observe Northwest Indiana’s water ecosystems. In the wetlands, they will observe swans, create wetland-themed art and play water games. Campers will also hunt for macro-invertebrates, frogs, and create their own terrarium.

Nature Explorers Week (July 5-8) 4 day week Tues-Friday:  This week is all about Indiana’s Bicentennial, July 4th, the history of our land and who lived here before us. Campers will learn how the land was utilized and how it has changed from dinosaurs and the ice age to trains and technology.

Live Wild Survivor Week 5 (July 11-15) Campers will learn about woodland wildlife, gardening and more from area conservationists. They will learn how to tie nautical knots, create their own mini-veggie garden and understand why bluebirds are so important. They will visit Taltree’s Adventure Garden animals and gardens, go on many hikes, and build their own bird house or themed garden.

Nature’s Super Heroes Week (July 18-July 22) How do the powers of superheroes really work? Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Ant Man, X-Men and Squirrel Girl will be the basis of lessons in spiders, trains, bats, ants, weather and nature. Have a blast in a hero’s obstacle course, make your own comic book and explore earth, wind and fire!

Minds and Machines Week (July 25-July 29) What will the future of science and technology bring? This theme will relate to the mechanics of the body and how super minds work like magic. Campers will learn about robots and robotics, how things are made, how fuel and food are used, how animal systems and parts are different or similar to humans and more.