Summer Nature Camps 2023

Fun and adventure abound as we investigate amazing animals and other wonders of nature this summer at Ladew.  Ladew camps provide an entertaining and educational experience for children aged 3 to 12.  Ladew’s beautiful 250-acre property includes formal gardens, a native butterfly and caterpillar house, forests, meadows, ponds and streams.  Staffed by our year-round, adult environmental educators and art instructors, we provide a low teacher/volunteer to camper ratio and incorporate engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities throughout our curriculum.

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

Space is limited. Full payment is due at registration. For questions or to be added to the wait list, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570, x226 or

Registration to begin Wed, Feb. 1 for members and Wed, Feb. 8 for non-members

Things with Wings

Join us as we discover the wonderous creatures that use their wings at Ladew.  Our exploration will take us through the gardens, meadows, and forests in search of butterflies, dragonflies, birds, beetles and more.  We'll use our senses and perfect our detecting skills.  Activities include outdoor exploration, arts & crafts, experiments, stories, puppet shows and games. 

Session 1 | June 19 – June 23
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Session 2 | June 26 – June 30
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Ages | 6 - 7 years & 7 - 9 years
Time | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fees | $275 Members |  $325 Non-members

Things with Wings

Flap your wings and fly! Let’s encounter some fascinating animals and insects with wings.  We will visit the gardens, meadow, ponds, Butterfly House, and Nature Walk to learn what makes all of these critters so special. Activities will include outdoor exploration, crafts, stories, puppet shows and games.

Session 1 | July 10 - 14 
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Session 2 | July 17 - 21
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Ages | 4 - 5 years
Time | 9:00 am - 12:00 noon  (no lunch time; snack time is included)
Fees | $180 Members  |  $220 Non-members

NATURE TOTS CAMP (with an adult)
Things with Wings

Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to share in the wonder of discovering nature through the eyes of a preschooler. Explore the gardens, ponds, Nature Walk and Butterfly House in search of things with wings. We’ll incorporate activities practicing fine motor skills, counting, colors, shapes, ABCs and more. Songs, stories, games and a snack are part of every day.

Session 1 | July 10 - 14
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Session 2 |July 17 - 21
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Ages | 3 - 4 years

Time | 9:15 am - 11:45 am
Fees | $150 Members  |  $175 Non-members

Art in Nature Camp:
Where Will Your Wings Take You?

Join us as we immerse ourselves in nature and let it inspire our creative minds.  In this camp we will use all of our senses combined with observation skills to experience the animals, plants, and landscapes of Ladew’s gardens, Butterfly House, meadows, and Nature Walk trail.  Exploration of pattern, color, energy, movement, and sound will lead us to exciting and fun discoveries to inspire experimentation, creativity, and design.  Using recycled, found, or professional art materials, we will create poems, sculptures, paintings, prints and more! The week will culminate in a group art show in Ladew’s Barn Gallery.  

Dates | July 24 - 28
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Ages | 9 - 12 years  
Time | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fees | $300 Members  |  $350 Non-members

Be A Scientist Camp:
Let’s Take Flight

Come along for a science-eye view of Ladew! This camp will incorporate science lessons, engineering, art, and experiments to investigate things with wings in nature, including animals and plants. We will enjoy outdoor explorations of the gardens, meadows, Butterfly House and Nature Walk as well as summer camp fun with games and nature journaling.

Dates | July 31 – August 4
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Ages | 9 - 12 years
Time | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fees | $275 Members  |  $325 Non-members