Summer & School Break Camps in the Gardens 

Summer & School Break Camps in the Gardens 

Summer Camp in the Gardens

Summer Camp in the Gardens offers children a unique outdoor experience. We offer a variety of themed, hands-on activities tailored to a specific age camper. We make sure the activities are developmentally appropriate, educationally relevant and most importantly fun! At the Gardens campers will be able to learn about relevant  environmental subjects through hands on activities, work together with their peers, and spend time outdoors!
All of our camps are half day, 8am-12pm, and run Monday through Friday (unless otherwise noted). Campers should register for the camps associated with the grades they will enter in Fall 2019.


Before Camp Care
Need to drop off your camper a bit earlier to get to work on time? Before camp care begins at 7:15, and campers will be supervised by our summer camp staff. Before camp care is an additional fee of $30 per week.

We want to make camp affordable for YOU! Apply for a scholarship today! We offer 25-90% off camp fees for qualified individuals thanks to our generous donors.
To apply click here to fill out an application. Thank you to Covantage Cares Foundation and the WoodTrust Bell Foundation for funding our scholarships in 2019.


How to Register

Download the brochure for full details here...

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Eventbrite - Summer Camp in the Gardens

Download the camp registration form, fill out and mail in with a check to Monk  Botanical Gardens Summer Camp 518 S. 7th Ave, Wausau, WI 54401.

Refund Policy

$15 administrative fee is applied to any refund

Full refund (minus admin fee) if registration is cancelled 4 weeks prior to camp start date.  Full refund (minus admin fee) if camp spot can be filled if registration is cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to camp start date.


Sponsored in part by Cellcom, Mid Wisconsin Foundation Legacy Fund, and the Murco Foundation.  


Pre K-1st Grade Campers

Bug Olympics

Can you hop like a grasshopper, march like an ant, or build a web like a spider? Learn about all the amazing abilities bugs have while testing your skills.

Dates: June 17-21

Water World

Get your hands wet to find out what calls the pond home at the Gardens. Use magnifying glasses and nets to see plants and critters up close.

Dates: July 8-12

Secret Gardens: Fairies and Gnomes

Work as a group to build fairy and gnome worlds. Campers will create woodland creatures and their homes in the least explored parts of the Gardens.

Dates: July 29-August 2


2nd-4th Grade Campers

Picasso of Plants-CANCELLED

Sculpt a tree, paint the pond with watercolors, sketch a flower, and hone your nature art skills! Using our artistic eye, campers will explore the Gardens as they create a variety of art pieces.

Dates: June 10-14

CSI: Critter Scene Investigation

Every day will start with a critter mystery that will be studied and solved!  After solving all the critter mysteries, the new “CSI” Agents will receive their official badge the last day of camp.

Dates: June 24-28

Pollen Nation

What do birds, insects and bats all have in common?  They are pollinators!  Campers will discover the world of flowers, the critters that pollinate them and design and plant a small pollinator garden. 

Dates: July 22-26


5th-6th Grade Campers

Building With Nature-CANCELLED

Explore the different ways animals build, and try it out yourself. We’ll learn about different wild construction projects, and see what we can make with the natural materials at the Gardens.

Dates: July 15-19

Nature Diva

Start the day with yoga, then learn how to make your own natural soaps, bug repellent, scrubs, and teas. Use natural ingredients, including some we’ll collect from the Gardens.

Dates: July 1-3