Summer Nature Camps 2024

Ladew camps provide an entertaining and educational experience for children aged 3 to 12 years.  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 begins on Wednesday, February 7 |  9:00 am for Members and Wednesday, February 14 for Non-members. |  9:00 am.


My Maryland: From the Mountains to the Sea

Join us as we examine why Maryland is nicknamed "America in Miniature." Each day, we will focus on a different ecosystem unique to Maryland. Our explorations will take us through the different habitats of Ladew in search of mammals, insects, plants, and more! We'll use our senses and perfect our detecting skills. Activities include outdoor hikes, arts & crafts, experiments, stories, puppet shows, and games.   

Session 1June 17 - 21
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Session 2 | June 24 - 28
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Ages | 6 - 7 years & 7 - 9 years
Time | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fees | $275 Members |  $325 Non-members

Home Sweet Home

Adventures abound as we investigate various Maryland habitats.  From mountainous forest to meadow to ocean, we’ll discover the many plants and animals that make each area so special.  Activities will include outdoor walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows and games.

Session 1 | July 8 - 12
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Session 2 |July 15 - 19
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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)

Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to share in the wonder of discovering nature through the eyes of a preschooler. We’ll explore the gardens, ponds, Nature Walk trail and Butterfly House.  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 8 - 12
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Session 2 |July 15 - 19
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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:

Creativity and exploration await us as we discover the beauty of Ladew.  In this camp, we will use our observation skills to experience the animals, plants, and landscape of Ladew's gardens, Butterfly House, meadows, and Nature Walk trail.  Investigation of art from Ladew's resident artists (papercuts and wire sculpture) will inspire experimentation and creative design.  Using recycled, found, or professional art materials, we will create sculptures, paintings, prints, sketches, and more! The week will culminate in a group art show in Ladew's Barn Gallery.   

Session  | July 22 - 26
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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:
Maryland: Full STEAM Ahead!

Join us as we discover and learn what makes Maryland such a unique state. This camp will incorporate experiments using science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to investigate the various ecosystems of Maryland.  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.

Session | July 29 - Aug. 2
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Ages | 9 - 12 years
Time | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fees | $275 Members  |  $325 Non-members

Camp Volunteer Opportunity for Teens and Adults

Volunteer with Ladew’s nature camp, while learning and having fun at the same time!  Assist staff with daily activities including outdoor explorations, games, crafts, program set up, program breakdown and overall supervision of camp children, ages 4 – 9 years.  (New volunteers require an interview and background check/fingerprinting.)

Ages:  14 years & older
Time Commitment:  3 -5 days per week; June 17 through July 19;
4-6 hours per day, depending on camp week.

For more info or to schedule an interview, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410-557-9570, ext. 226 or