Connect Kids with Nature at Houston Botanic Garden’s BotaniCamp

We are proud to partner with Houston Botanic Garden to share with Houston Moms about BotaniCamp, an opportunity for kids to connect with plants and nature this summer.

Every mom I know (including myself) is busy making summer plans for our kids. These days, scheduling their summer is almost a full-time job. Thankfully, there is no shortage of camps and activities to choose from in Houston. My kids are finishing up 3rd grade and kindergarten, and both have become really interested in science and learning about the environment this year. Their elementary school has a garden and one of the highlights of their year has been planting and tending to the plants and flowers. I want to continue to foster this interest with some hands-on learning for them this summer. That is why I am thrilled with the opportunity to register them for BotaniCamp at Houston Botanic Garden.

What is BotaniCamp?

children explore nature at BotaniCampBotaniCamp is Houston Botanic Garden’s plant-centric nature camp for K-5 students. The sensory and inquiry-driven curriculum presents many opportunities to go beyond just observation as campers plant, grow, and interact with the Garden’s natural ecosystems. BotaniCamp’s themed weeks help campers connect with plants through thoughtful and diverse lessons and hands-on activities.

Check out what this mom had to say about BotaniCamp:

BotaniCamp was a great experience for my child. It is a wonderful camp full of programming designed to help your child grow and learn. As a parent, there is nothing better than knowing your child is getting to safely explore nature, building skills to become a lifelong learner, and discovering themselves and the world around them in fun, engaging and developmentally-appropriate ways. I would highly recommend!

BotaniCamp Theme Weeks

children with nets kneel on bridge looking at waterHouston Botanic Garden will host BotaniCamp for 10 weeks during the summer, and parents can sign their kids up for as few or many of these weeks as they wish. Every week of camp has a theme, including:

  • Bug & Birds
  • Ecosystem Adventure
  • Arbor-Mania
  • Flower Power
  • Farms & Fields

My kids have been busy discussing which theme weeks they want to attend- it’s a tough decision, as they all look like so much fun!

Register for BotaniCamp

children work in a garden This summer, BotaniCamp runs Monday-Friday from 9 am- 2 pm, for $225/child. Parents also have the option to register their kids for a Gardening & Nature mini-camp, which is available from 2pm-5pm for $115/week/child. This is an excellent option for working parents, or for kids who just can’t get enough of camp!

Registration is easy! Just head to Houston Botanic Garden’s BotaniCamp website, choose which theme week you prefer, and click to register.

Note: Garden members receive discounts on both BotaniCamp and Gardening & Nature mini camp registrations. 

Our lives are so busy during the school year, and we often overlook the importance of letting our kids experience and interact with nature. Summer is the perfect time for all of us, including our kids, to slow down and spend time outdoors. Houston Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful spots in Houston to visit, and I am thrilled to give my kids the chance to attend BotaniCamp there while they are out of school for the summer!

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Elizabeth was raised in Houston and met her husband Ryan shortly after graduating from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. A few years later, Grayson {Sept 2010}, turned Elizabeth’s world upside down, not only with his sparkling blue eyes and killer smile, but with his profound disabilities and diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease. After two years of navigating the world of special needs parenting, Elizabeth and Ryan were blessed with Charlotte {Jan 2013} and Nolan {Sept 2015}, perfectly completing their party of five. Elizabeth and her crew live in Katy, and when she can steal a few moments for herself, she can be found out for Mexican food and margaritas with girlfriends, binge-listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or trying once again {unsuccessfully} to organize her closet. In addition to her role as Managing Editor of HMB, Elizabeth writes about faith, politics and special needs parenting for publications like Scary Mommy and HuffPost.You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, or


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