Our 2018 Camp Schedule and registration will be available January 2018 
 
All programs require preregistration. Contact Derrick Stowell, Director of Education, at dstowell@utk.edu, (865) 974-7151, or click on the links below to register. 
 
Payment must be received to guarantee your child's space in a camp session.
 

   
 

 
 
 
 
 

 



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Grands & Me (ages 4-12 with a grandparent)

Make memories while gardening with your grandchild. These camps give grandparents a chance to be a kid again and experience the UT Gardens with their grandchildren.

Gardening for the Birds
Date: 6/2/17
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cost: $20/members; $25/nonmembers
In this day camp we learn all about birds around the garden. We will learn what birds do for a garden and what gardens can do for birds. We will explore the gardens looking for birds in their natural habitats and how they make their homes. We will also learn how to build a birdhouse/feeder to take home to get your garden ready for the birds of summer!
Fairy Gardens
 
Date: 7/21/17
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cost: $20/members; $25/nonmembers
Have you ever wondered where fairies live and how to attract them? Well, look no further than this day camp where young and old can learn all about fairy gardening. We will learn all about dwarf and miniature plants and then we'll design and construct the perfect miniature landscape to attract fairies to your garden for all seasons.
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Lil' Gardeners (ages 4-5)
 
Single Day Sessions
 
How does your Garden Grow?
 
Date: 6/5/17
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cost: $20/members; $25/nonmembers
 
Children will spend time learning how plants grow in this exciting camp session. Campers will get to help us cae for the plants in our Children's Garden. We will also get to harvest and taste some of the things growing in our Kitchen Garden.
 
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the Garden
Date: 6/5/17
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cost: $20/members; $25/nonmembers
Enter into the amazing world of the UT Gardens and share in the excitement as Newt Scamander helps us explore the many beasts that we find crawling and flying around the garden. Learn how to help encourage beasts like pollinators and birds in your garden. We will learn ways to help conserve these beasts. Of course we will throw a little magic into the mix also.
 
Week-long Sessions
Growing Art in the Gardens
 
Date: 6/12-6/16
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $110/members; $130/nonmembers
 
During this week-long camp, we will learn about plants and gardening through arts, crafts and exploration. We learn about different kinds of plants, gardens and art. Participants will learn how to find art in nature and put nature into art using observation, collection, patterns, and manipulation of found objects to create two and three dimensional art.
 
Lil' Gardeners on the Farm
 
Date: 7/31-8/4
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $110/members; $130/nonmembers
 
In this week-long camp, campers will learn about where people get their food. We will explore the ideas of gardening, farming, producers, consumers and food chains. Lil' gardeners will learn to plant vegetables, care for the vegetable garden, harvest, clean, store and prepare summer veggies for snacks! We will also learn about different kinds of food using MyPlate.
 


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Explorers (ages 6-10)

 

Single Day Sessions

Art in the Garden

Date: 6/12-6/16
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $110/members; $130/nonmembers
 

Join us for this day camp where we will learnabout gardens in art, art ingardens and make art in the gardens. We will look at gardens in artworkthroughout arthistory. Then, we will explore the gardens looking for art. Participants will practicedrawing while observing plants in the gardens, use collage to make a plant portrait and learn to make an impressionist inspired landscape drawing.Don't let the idea of creating art intimidate you. This camp will be fun and give youplentyofopportunityto be creative and develop your artistic side.  

 

Week-long Sessions

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the Garden
 
Date: 6/12-6/16
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $110/members; $130/nonmembers
 
Enter into the amazing world of the UT Gardens and share in the excitement as Newt Scamander helps us explore the many beasts that wefind crawling and flying around the garden. Learn how to help encourage beasts like pollinators and birds in your garden. We will learn ways to help conserve thesebeasts. Of course we will throw a little magic into the mixalso. 
 
Cultivating the Edible Garden
 
Date: 6/12-6/16
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $110/members; $130/nonmembers
 
In this week long camp we will explore the world of edible gardening and foraging in nature. We will learn how to plant, maintain and harvest seasonalvegetable gardens. We will also learn about different ways that people grow vegetables, how to identify them, clean them, prepare and serve them. Participants willlearn through exploration of the gardens' plant collections how to forage for unusual edibles.  
 
The Garden as a Science Lab
 
Date: 6/12-6/16
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $110/members; $130/nonmembers
 
During this week-long camp, we will learn all about the science behind plants and gardens. Participants will learn how plants grow, the movement of materials through plants, the life cycle of plants, the water cycle, the nitrogen cycle, decomposition and more! In this exciting week of camp participantswill learn how to indulge inquiry in the garden,set up simple research experiments, collect andshare data! It's never too early to cultivate research gardeners! 
 


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Specialty/Partner Camps

 

Garden Explorer Camp

Date: 6/12-6/16
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $35/members; $45/nonmembers
 
Grow into a gardener from the groudn up with this fun-filled camp hosted by the Knox Co. UT Extension Master Gardeners. Sow your own seeds to take home. Learn about soils, composting, harvesting, and photosynthesis while exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of the UT Gardens. This camp has a different registration process. Please download the registration form and mail it into the address on the form.
Ages 6-11.
 
Camp Cultivate: Food Allergy Friendly Camp
 
Date: 6/12-6/16
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
 
​This is an opportunity for kids with food allergies to learn healthy coping skills in a beautiful garden setting. Explore the gardens, learn about plants, make new friends, and join in the fun! Children without allergies are welcome to attend.
Ages 6-12  (Children under 6 may attend with a parent)