Hamilton Children's Garden

Hamilton Children's Garden Events and Activities

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Upcoming Children’s Events

Insect Festival
July 25-26
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Youth Series - Making Music in the Garden
The course is designed for ages 3-6
Tuesdays, July 7 – August 11
(six meetings) • 10 – 11 am

This unique and inspiring program helps nurture children’s love for music by cultivating their senses of rhythm, sight and sound in an interactive group setting.
Instructor: Marina Sommers

Cost: Members $70, non-members $84.

Making Music in the Garden


Summer Youth Program Enrichment Camps 2015
Grades 6 – 8 9 am – 12 noon
Join us for five weeks of fun and educational activities at San Diego Botanic Garden’s Summer Youth Enrichment Camps. Each week is based upon five different garden themes and led by trained staff members who are experts in their field. Come for one week or all five! Space is limited to 20 campers per week. Go to SDBGarden.org or call 760/ 436-3036 x201 to reserve your space today!

Cost: Members $15/week, Non-Members $18 /week Maximum Enrollment: 20 students per week
This program was funded by a generous grant from the Ellen G. & Edward G. Wong Family Foundation.

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Youth Photography Camp: July 6 - 10

Led by a professional photographer, this camp will focus on appreciating the beauty of the plants in the garden around us. Students will go out into the Garden and shoot each day while practicing lighting, composition, portrait photography, and center of interest techniques. Photographs will be professionally critiqued. A culminating portfolio will be compiled and created by each camper highlighting the week’s work.

Please contact Stephanie Wilson 760/ 436-3036, x201
to be added to the waitlist.

Nature Camp: July 13 - 17

Campers will explore the beauty and diversity of the garden, as an instructor teaches them how to watch and listen for native life. Students will learn about Southern California’s unique ecosystem and the plants and animals that inhabit our region including raccoons, mule deer, cotton tails, lizards and coyotes, as well as chaparral and other native plants. Participants will also practice the art of bird watching while learning the different calls each type of bird makes.

Nature Camp

American Indian Cultures: July 20 - 24

Through interactive activities, campers will learn about the fascinating culture and history of Native Americans, focusing on local tribes such as the Kumeyaay that call Southern California home. Campers will have an opportunity to see the types of huts historic Native Americans lived in, how they ground their acorns and what daily life was like for indigenous peoples. Also included in the camp is a look toward the future, including new technologies such as solar power, and how important renewable energy sources are to our daily lives.

American Indian Cultures

Organic Gardening: July 27 – July 31

Campers will visit our organic vegetable garden and learn what goes into planting their own gardens including composting, worm cultivation and using organic fertilizers. During this hands-on week, participants will be introduced to our Rainwater Harvesting exhibit and will be able to plant a seed to take home with them and watch it grow!

Organic Gardening

Art in the Garden: August 3 - 7

Each day students will be engaged by a new art teacher presenting them with step-by-step instructions on how to work in different media such as watercolor, oils, drawing, sculpture, prints and basket weaving. Campers will create works inspired by their outdoor adventures.

Please contact Stephanie Wilson 760/ 436-3036, x201
to be added to the waitlist.

Ongoing Programs:

Free with admission or membership. Occasionally a program may be modified or cancelled without prior notice. Not available on bad-weather days.

For more information email Susanne at [email protected]

Nine to Five –
Seven Days a Week

Find out which vegetables and fruits are in season and help us water the raised plant beds in the Incredible Edible Garden. Don’t forget to check out the worm composting bin! Pot a succulent plant into a biodegradable pot to take home and watch it grow in your yard. Spell your name in plants in the Spell and Smell Garden. Have fun in the sand and use big wood blocks to build a balsa fort in the Earth Builder area. In the Art Garden, you can paint pictures on giant chalk boards or draw on paper with chalk pastels. Try out all the different instruments in the music garden and make some “noise”. Get your feet wet in the Mountain Stream and let boats and floating toys go down the stream. When the sun is out, try reading the time by the shadow cast on the sundial and find your way through the maze. Be creative with huge foam blocks, ramps and balls at the Tropical Surround, or enjoy reading a book from our Book Nook. Last but not least, have an amazing time playing in Toni’s Tree House!

Scavenger Hunt
Material for a scavenger hunt through the Hamilton Children’s Garden can be found in one of the flyer boxes at the shed in the Earth Builder area. We will post a new scavenger hunt for each month!

Art Garden Happenings
Daily, except first Tuesday of the month and some Sundays
Study posters featuring our Artist of the Month and Plant of the Month and then do a mixed media project, which is inspired by this artist or plant. Craft activities are always open ended and suitable for all skill levels.

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Toni’s Tree House
Go on a jungle adventure in Toni’s Tree House.

Incredible Edibles
Find out what vegetables and fruits are in season, help water the raised plant beds, check out the worm composting bin, and pot a succulent plant to take home.

Spell and Smell Garden
Spell your name in plants and test your sense of smell.

Quail Haven
Observe native California Quails.

Earth Builders
Play in the sand with a variety of toys and trucks

Balsa Wood Fort
Build a fort with giant balsa wood blocks

Art Garden
Draw a picture on large chalk boards.

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Garden Rhythms
Make music with instruments made from natural materials.

Mountain Stream
Let a boat go down the stream and splash in the water.

Birds & Butterflies
Observe butterflies and hummingbirds. Depending on the season you may find all stages of the Monarch butterfly metamorphosis in the Butterfly Bed and Breakfast.

Tropical Surround
Foam blocks, wood blocks, ramps and balls –
build whatever structure you like.

Amazing Sundial

When the sun is out, try reading the time by the shadow cast on the sundial.

Find your way through the grass maze

Play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe or Hop Scotch