Summer Camps

Habitat Hunters Summer Camp

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Session I: June 13 – 17; Session II: August 1 – 5

Elementary (PK-5)

$300 per member child, $325 per non-member child.

This Cleveland summer camp explores the diverse habitats of the Ohio woodlands, the Madagascar Spiny Desert, and the Costa Rica Cloud Forest!

Campers will investigate the connections between flora and fauna featured at this Cleveland Botanical Garden summer camp by touring our curated spaces, meeting our animal residents up close, and enjoying exciting games and creative activities

Session I: June 13 – 17

Grades: Rising grades 1 – 3

Price: $300 member; $325 non-member

Register for Session I

Session II: August 1 – 5

Grades: Rising grades 1 – 3

Price: $300 member; $325 non-member

Register for Session II

What to Bring Daily

  • Small Snack & Lunch – No refrigeration provided. 
  • Water bottle – we will provide water for refills. 
  • A backpack with belongings. 
  • Appropriate outdoor attire – We will be exploring outdoors in all weather.
  • A face covering* 
  • Hat 
  • Jacket
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sturdy footwear 
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Please mark all belongings with your child’s name. Holden Forests & Gardens is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Drop Off & Pickup Procedures

Cleveland Botanical Garden Summer Camp

Camper Drop Off

  • Cleveland Botanical Garden front circle 8:45 – 9:00 a.m. – 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland Ohio 44106.
  • Children may be dropped off no sooner than 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. 
  • Children who are not checked in by 9:15 am will not be able to attend camp for the day. 
  • Please drop campers off in the front circle. (Your GPS may take you to the side entrance. Please continue to the main entrance on Wade Oval Dr.) Do not park in the front circle. If you need to park your vehicle, please use the attached garage.  
  • Check-in with camp staff will occur inside the front entrance.
  • Parents should not interact with campers during camp activities. If parents wish to visit the Garden while their child is at camp, they may do so only during public hours. Please be aware that the Garden is closed to the public until 10 a.m. and is closed on Mondays.
  • Camp families should perform a daily self-administered health check. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms or if they have come in to contact with someone who has, they should not come to camp. 

Camper Pick Up

  • Cleveland Botanical Garden front circle 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. — 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106   
  • Anyone picking up your child from camp, including yourself, must be listed in the Authorized Pickup section of the Camper Contact Information Form.    
  • A photo ID (ex: driver’s license or state ID) is required from anyone picking up your child. For your child’s safety, we are not able to release your child without proper identification.    
  • You are welcome to stay and visit the Gardens during public hours after pickup. Please note that the Garden is closed to the public on Mondays.   
  • Early pick-ups can only be accommodated with prior written notification.
  • In the event of an emergency, please call the Garden Security Desk at 216-721-1600 ext. 222 and ask to be put in contact with Summer Camp. The security department will put you in touch with the education department to assist in locating your child. 

Covid-19 Policies

Currently, staff and visitors are not required to wear masks while indoors at Holden Forests & Gardens campuses. However, all staff and instructors are required to be vaccinated. Staff and visitors are advised to stay home if feeling ill or have a known exposure to Covid-19.

Due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, Covid-19 policies and procedures will be updated and clarified closer to the summer camp season in alignment with CDC guidelines and best public health practices. Parents will be notified by email of any changes or updates prior to the start of camp.

Camp Forms

Summer camp forms are available to fill out and submit online or in paper format. Completed forms are due no later than 7 days prior to the start of camp.

2022 Forms


Children are always expected to display appropriate behavior while at summer camp. To keep all campers safe and enjoy our time together, please review the following guidelines with your child.

  • Show respect to all participants, staff, and nature.
  • Refrain from causing harm to self, other participants, and staff.
  • Use equipment, supplies and facilities properly.
  • Leave electronic devices at home.
  • Stay with the group.
  • If you’re unsure, ask.
  • Have fun!


Should behavioral problems arise, you will be contacted that day to discuss the nature of the problem. The following disciplinary steps will be applied as needed:

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Supervised time-out, away from the group
  3. Parents/guardian notified of inappropriate behavior either personally or via email/phone call.
  4. Dismissal from camp

Photo Policy

Holden Forests & Gardens may take pictures during programs and events for use in future promotions, publications and advertising. By registering for a program, you are indicating consent to have your picture taken and shared unless you indicate otherwise.

Cancellation Policy

If it is necessary for Holden Forests & Gardens to cancel a program due to insufficient registration you will receive a full refund. Every attempt will be made to notify you regarding the status of your program. Should you choose to cancel your registration, you must notify the registrar at least 14 business days prior to the start of the program. You will receive a refund minus a $10 handling fee. Holden Forests & Gardens cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to illness or other personal situations.


Summer camp scholarships are available to Access Membership holders for all full-week camps and microcamps. For more information about Access Membership, click here.

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