Campers in the Native Plant Garden for Earth Focus Day Camp

Explore and discover at Earth Focus Day Camp

Since 1991, Earth Focus Day Camp has created outstanding summer nature programs for children. EFDC helps children ages 5 to 14 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. Join us to learn, grow, and be a part of this special place.

The day camp consists of three programs: Young Explorers, Explorers, and Eco-Trekkers. 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.

Camp happens rain or shine. Campers must come prepared to spend time outdoors. A snack is provided (both morning and afternoon for full-day campers). Full-day campers must bring their own lunch. T-shirts are provided to all campers if registration is received before May 23, 2023. T-shirt availability for late registrants will depend on remaining sizes and quantities.

Registration closes three weeks before a camp begins, but camps may fill before the deadline and early registration is recommended. Financial assistance is available.

Online registration is preferred. If you are unable to register online or you need financial assistance, email us or call (608) 265-5872.

Cancellation policy: Cancel before April 15 to receive refund of session cost minus $15 processing fee per session. Cancellations after April 15 and up to 3 weeks before start of session will receive a refund of half the session cost. No refunds for cancellations within 3 weeks of the session start date.

2023 Earth Focus Day Camp

All camp are now full. If you would like to be on a waiting list for EcoTrekkers or Young Explorers camps, or if you need financial assistance, please email

All camps and wait lists for Explorers are full.

EcoTrekkers – camp is full

Ages: Entering grades 6–8
Full day: 9 a.m.–2 p.m., $250

Session 1: Birds and their Habitats
Monday–Friday, July 31–Aug 4

Practice birding skills while developing and carrying out a research project about birds and the places they live.

Young Explorers – camp is full

Ages: entering kindergarten and grade 1
Half-day, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., $110
Great for first time campers.

Session 1: Animal Adventures
Wednesday–Friday, June 14–16

Search for clues about where animals live, what they eat, and how they survive.

Explorers – camps are full

Ages: Entering grades 1–5
Half-day: 9 a.m.–12 p.m., $175
Full day: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., $350
Campers will be grouped according to age.

Session 1: Fun in the Sun
Monday–Friday, June 19–23

Play games, go on hikes, and learn about the sun’s role in the web of life.

Session 2: Incredible Insects
Monday–Friday, July 10–14

Investigate and discover the patterns and life cycles of insects as we explore their habitats.

Session 3: Wildlife Wonders
Monday–Friday, August 14–18

Explore habitats and learn about the animals that live in our forests, prairies, and wetlands.