Green Stuff Summer Camp

Have your child spend a magical week at the UC Botanical Garden’s award-winning nature camp. Green Stuff camp is a fun hands-on science day camp for children ages 5 to 10, with a special alumni week for returning campers 10-12 years old.  Examples of activities campers do include:

  • Go on a five senses tour of the Garden
  • Learn about amazing plant adaptations and habitat diversity
  • Taste foods growing in our Crops of the World garden
  • Become a young botanist and see plant parts up close under microscopes
  • Keep a nature journal
  • Experiment with growing your own seedlings
  • Hunt for garden animals including birds, newts, lizards and compost critters
  • Discover how Native Americans of California used plants
  • Make art and crafts from plant material to take home
  • Investigate in a different part of the Garden everyday!

Green Stuff is wonderfully small camp, limited to 12 children per week with 2 counselors, where each child gets very personal attention. We break up into even smaller groups for walks with our Botanical Garden docents – 6 children and a counselor with a docent. The two counselors are a team of one lead staff with a degree and experience in childhood education paired with a well-trained UC Berkeley undergraduate or graduate student in Plant Sciences, both of whom have experience and a love for sharing with young children the wonders of the natural world.

Registration for Summer 2020 opens January 1

Monday – Friday; 9 am – 2 pm
$390 per week
$350 w/ Family Membership

Aftercare available 2 – 4 pm
$100 per week or $30/day

Week-long sessions are grouped by age: 5-7 year olds OR 8-10 year olds, plus special Alumni Week for returning campers 10-12 year olds

 If a week is full,  email to be put on a waitlist.

Please click on Registration Information below for more information, including our refund policy.

Registration Information

Summer Camp Registration Information

Refunds, less a cancellation fee ($40), will be issued only if your cancellation request is made before May 1st. No refunds will be given after that time. Please choose your camps carefully.

Registration transfer to another week of camp may be made if space permits and it is requested before May 1st.

We are unable to reduce or prorate camp fees for a partial week of attendance.

Registration for Aftercare may be done in advance for the entire week or on a per-day basis once camp starts. Space is always available.

All registrations are processed through our online system.  If you prefer to not register online yourself, you may register over the phone with a credit card by calling 510-664-7606, or with a check/credit card in person at the Garden Entrance Kiosk.

To receive the Member rate you must have current Membership at the Family level or higher. Click here if you’d like to become a Member and save $40+ on camp fees.

For Child Care Tax Credit purposes, please keep the receipt emailed to you upon completing your registration.  The UCBG tax ID or EIN number is 94-6002123.

A few scholarships are available.  Inquire with an email to

Policy updated 3/16/2018


June 8 – 12
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June 15 – 19 
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June 22 – 26
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July 13 – 17
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July 20 – 24
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August 10 – 14
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June 29 – July 3
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July 6 – 10
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July 27 – 31
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August 3 – 7 [Alumni Week: AGES 10 -12]
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For more camp information, email the Camp Director at or call 510-643-4832.