Summer Discovery Camps

Nature calls! Maymont’s wildly popular summer camps offer outdoor adventures, animal encounters, games, crafts and hands-on activities for nature explorers ages 3-rising 6th graders. Your child will learn and explore with a teacher from Maymont’s discovery camps team, which includes our full-time environmental education staff and certified teachers from local schools. As a special treat, Maymont campers are invited to an end of summer ice cream party hosted by Silver Diner, with special guest Jonathan Austin, games, music and more!

Become a Maymont member and you can sign up early for summer camps and receive a discount! Additional Maymont membership benefits include free admission to the Nature Center, discounts on programs and events, and more! Become a Maymont member.

Registration opens Tuesday, February 6 for Maymont members. Registration opens to the general public Tuesday, February 20.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or call 804-358-7168.

Ages 3-4

Cub Camp

Explore nature with your favorite pre-schooler in this exciting camp! You and your cub will learn about wildlife through games, hikes, crafts, stories and visits with Maymont’s friendly animals. $70/$58 members; second child: $55/$48 members.

Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:45am

Session 1: June 12-14
Session 2: July 10-12
Session 3: August 7-9

Ages 4-5

Wild Things

Maymont is where the wild things are! Discover the incredible plants and animals living in Virginia today as well as creatures that roamed the earth long ago. $165/$139 members.

Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm

Session 1: June 18-22
Session 2: July 9-13
Session 3: July 23-27

Living Alphabet

From alligators to zebra swallowtail butterflies, we have a lot of awesome wildlife here in Virginia! Learn about the plants and animals around us one letter at a time. $165/$139 members.

Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm

Session 1: June 25-29
Session 2: July 30-August 3

Tales and Tails

Stories about animals have been around for thousands of years. Listen to tales from around the world, and meet the real animals behind the characters. Plus create a tale of your own! $165/$139 members.

Monday-Friday, 9:15am-12:15pm

Session 1: July 16-20
Session 2: August 13-17

Rising 1st Graders

Senses and Defenses

Run, hop and use your senses to discover survival tricks that animals use in the wild. Great eyesight, camouflage and slimy scales are just a few animal adaptations we’ll explore. $165/$139 members.

Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm

Session 1: June 18-22
Session 2: August 6-10

Animal Architects

From nests to dens & hives to webs, nature’s construction crews build in order to survive. Engineer your own structures and learn how the natural world inspires man-made creations. $165/$139 members.

Monday-Friday, 9:15am-12:15pm

Session 1: July 9-13
Session 2: July 23-27

Animal Antics

How do owls hunt in the night? Why do skunks spray? Discover those answers and many more as we investigate animal adaptations and the fascinating ways they survive in the wild. $165/$139 members.

Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm

Session 1: July 16-20
Session 2: August 13-17

Rising 2nd-3rd Graders

Awesome Animals

From fast fliers to sneaky hiders, animals go to amazing lengths to survive. Set out on an exciting escapade each day to uncover the superstars of the wild kingdom. $270/$227 members.

Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

Session 1: June 25-29
Session 2: July 23-27
Session 3: August 6-10

Maymont Explorers

Explore the Mansion, gardens, Nature Center and grounds through geocaching and scavenger hunts as we decode secret messages, solve mysteries, and discover hidden treasures! $165/$139 members.

Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm

Session 1: July 16-20
Session 2: July 30- August 3
Session 3 – August 13-17

Rising 4th-5th Graders

Feeding Frenzy

Animals often display beastly behavior to find their next meal, all while avoiding being eaten themselves! We’ll explore the tricks animals use to hunt, forage and hide in their habitats. $270/$227 members.

Monday-Friday, 9:15am-3:15pm

Session 1: July 16-20
Session 2: August 13-17

Junior Animal Keeper Camp

Discover what it takes to care for the animals at Maymont. Join aquarists and animal keepers during daily tasks like feeding and making enrichment treats. $165/$139 members.

Monday-Friday, 9:15am-12:15pm

Session 1: June 18-22
Session 2: July 30-August 3

Rising 6th-8th Graders

NEW! Adventures in STEM Academy: Water for Wildlife

Explore wetlands and watersheds where wildlife abounds. This learning-intensive two week program delves into the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with connections to the James River and Chesapeake Bay ecosystems. Two-week camp. $500/$420 members.

Monday-Friday, 9:15-3:15pm

Session 1: June 18-June 29
Session 2: July 30-August 10

Senior Animal Keeper Camp

Dream of working with animals? This is your chance to shadow aquarists and animal keepers during their daily tasks. Make treats, train animals, feed fish, and meet animal care specialists. $270/$227 members.

Monday-Friday, 9:15am-3:15pm

Session 1: July 9-13
Session 2: July 23-27

Ages 15-18

Camp Volunteers

Junior Naturalists assist in teaching younger campers about our natural environment while gaining great experience in the environmental science field! Email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 804-358-7166, ext. 327.

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