Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Summer Nature Camps


(Ages 2-15 years)
Nature Camps at Ladew Gardens provide a unique, fun and educational experience for children aged 2 to 15.  Ladew’s beautiful 250-acre property includes formal gardens, a 1500 square foot, native butterfly & caterpillar house, forests, meadows, ponds and streams.  Staffed by adult naturalists, an art instructor and a former school teacher, we provide a low teacher to camper ratio to ensure a safe environment and individualized attention.

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Join us as we investigate the wonderful world of insects. We will explore the life cycle and habitats of many insects including butterflies, bees, fireflies and many more. Daily activities include discovery hikes, experiments, stories, puppet shows and art projects.

SESSION 1    June 18 - 22
SESSION 2    June 25 - 29
AGES             6 – 7 years  &  7 – 9 years
TIME                 9 am – 2 pm                                           
FEES  $200 Members  •  $250 Non-members

 I Love Bugs!
Come discover some of the 6-legged, 8-legged, and no-legged friends of Ladew. Learn about a different critter each day including butterflies, ladybugs and more. Activities include discovery walks in the gardens, forest and butterfly house, outdoor games, stories, puppet shows and art projects. Snacks are provided. 

SESSION 1   July 9 - 13
SESSION 2   July 16 - 20
AGES  4 – 5 years
9:00 – 11:30 am 
FEES  $125 Members  •  $160 Non-members   

NATURE TOTS CAMP (with an adult) Fun with Bugs!
Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to share in the wonder of discovering nature through the eyes of a toddler. From wiggly worms to beautiful butterflies, we’ll have a fun time seeking some cool bugs at Ladew. We’ll incorporate activities practicing fine motor skills, counting, colors, shapes, ABC’s and more. Snacks are provided.

SESSION 1   July 9 - 13                                                   
SESSION 2  July 16 - 20
AGES 2 – 3 years w/adult
TIME             9:15 – 11:15 am                                         
FEES $100 Members / $125 Non-members 

In this program blending art and environmental education, students will be inspired by the big sky with its vast galaxy, along with things in nature that fly, float and flutter. Each day will include sketching, art projects, hikes, and outdoor activities. A variety of genres, techniques and materials will be used. Students will have the opportunity to work with Ladew’s featured 2018 artists: kinetic sculptor Paul Daniel, and plein air artist, Henry Coe. Art kits will be provided. We will showcase the students work during an art show in Ladew’s Barn Gallery.

SESSION 1   July 23 - 27
AGES                9 - 12 years                                                
TIME 9 am - 2 pm 
FEES  $250 Members  •  $300 Non-members 
SESSION 2       July 30 - August 3
AGES 12 - 15 years 
TIME  9 am - 2 pm                                            
FEES   $250 Members  •  $300 Non-members 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  For more info, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410-557-9570, ext. 226 or

Register on-line here 


Ladew is a Maryland Certified Youth Camp (MCYC) through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.