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Green Stuff Summer Camp

Children walking along a Garden path with a Camp counselor

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 entering Grades 1 to 4, with a special “Alumni Week” for returning campers entering Grades 5 and 6.  Examples of activities campers enjoy include:

  • Go on a five senses tour of the Garden
  • Learn about amazing plant adaptations and habitat diversity
  • Collect seeds 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 traditionally use plants
  • Make art and crafts from plant material to take home
  • Investigate in a different part of the Garden everyday!

Green Stuff is a wonderfully small camp, limited to 10-12 children per week with 2 counselors, where each child gets very personal attention. 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.

Our 2023 Summer Camp weeks are listed below.

We are full.
Please join our Waitlists below to be notified if a space opens up.

Summer Camp Information & Policies

COVID-19 Protocols: Although Green Stuff camp is primarily an outdoor camp, we will follow the most current City of Berkeley and UC Berkeley campus health policies, which could include requiring face masks and checking vaccination status. Our camp requirements will be outlined on the Health Form to be completed by camp families in April.

Before camp care or Aftercare is not available Summer 2023.

Refunds, less a cancellation fee ($100), will be issued only if your cancellation request is made before May 1st. No refunds or credit will be given after that time. Please choose your camps carefully.

Children sitting on picnic blankets while being read a story and eating lunch

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.

In the event that the Garden must cancel camp due to changes in public health guidelines, families will be refunded no more than the registration fees received.

Our camp activities are different for the three different age groupings, but the same week-to-week for those ages. Therefore, we do not recommend more than 1-2 weeks per camper as the activities will be the same.

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.

To receive early Member registration access you must have an active UCBG Membership and be registered with our online ticketing system to enable membership verification. (Register and Sign In buttons appear at the top right corner of all ticketing pages. If you have never Registered with our ticketing system before, be sure to use the same email address and contact information as your membership when setting-up. Once registered with the ticketing system, you can use your associated email address and your chosen password to Sign In whenever you are using our ticketing site to receive your access/member benefits. If you have already Registered with ticketing before but forgot your password, click Sign In and then Forgot Your Password? to reset.) Click here if you’d like to become a Member.

Due to our limited capacity, there is no Member discount on summer camp.

If needed, please keep the receipt emailed to you upon completing your registration.  The UCBG tax ID or EIN number is 94-6002123.

Policy updated 1/10/2023


Campers Entering Grades 1-2

Monday – Friday; 9 am – 2 pm

June 5 – 9:  FULL  WAITLIST

June 12 – 16:  FULL WAITLIST

June 19 – 23: FULL WAITLIST

July 24 – 28:  FULL WAITLIST


Campers Entering Grades 3-4

Monday – Friday; 9 am – 3 pm

June 26 – 30:  FULL  WAITLIST

July 10 – 14:  FULL WAITLIST

July 17 – 21: FULL WAITLIST

August 7 – 11:  FULL  WAITLIST


Alumni Campers Entering Grades 5 – 6

Monday – Friday; 9 am – 3 pm

July 31 – August 4: FULL   WAITLIST

For more camp information, email