We continue follow UW–Madison COVID-19 guidance about Arboretum operations, including the Visitor Center, public programs, and facility use. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host Earth Focus Day Camp for summer 2021, based on UW–Madison guidance for summer activities. However, we will offer modified outdoor programs that youth and adults attend together. If you would like to be contacted when we have more information about these programs, please email us. For more information about current Arboretum operations, see our COVID-19 updates.
Since 1991, Earth Focus Day Camp has created outstanding summer nature programs for children ages 3–14. EFDC helps children develop an understanding of how ecosystems work, nurtures a sense of wonder for nature, and guides children as they explore the habitats, plants, and animals of the Arboretum. Children are empowered to be a positive influence on their world. Our naturalists are enthusiastic and experienced, but the real teacher is our most treasured resource: the land. Join us to learn, grow, and be a part of this special place.
The day camp consists of five programs: Learning Together, Young Explorers, Explorers, Eco-Trekkers, and Afternoon Adventures.
Camp activities include outdoor discovery hikes and observations, hands-on science exploration, and nature games and activities. Returning campers will find new and exciting experiences every year. Children are encouraged to ask questions, play, and share, create, discover, construct, and cooperate. Campers must come prepared to spend time outdoors, wearing long pants, socks, closed-toe shoes, a hat, and weather appropriate layers. A snack is provided in the morning and afternoon.
Lunch care will be available from 12 to 12:30 p.m. for Explorers and Afternoon Adventures campers. Lunch care cost is per session (sessions are either 3 or 5 days). Campers must bring their own lunch.
T-shirts are provided to all campers if registration is received before June 1. T-shirt availability for late registrants will depend on remaining sizes and quantities.
Scholarships are available through the Valerie Kerschensteiner Fund. For more information email us or call (608) 265-5872.