Maymont Summer Discovery Camps

June-August 2020

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 8th graders. There’s no better place to spend the summer than amongst Maymont’s giant trees, rolling hills, winding waterways and wide open spaces. In a world full of electronic gadgets, nurture your kids with nature!

Check out the wide variety of camp themes listed below and visit to find out more about registration, session dates and pricing and to sign up online.

Questions? Call (804) 358-7168. Camps fill fast, so register now!

Camps for Ages 3-4

Cub Camp: You and your cub will learn about wildlife through games, hikes, crafts, stories and visits with Maymont’s friendly animals.

Camps for Ages 4-5

Tails and Tales: Listen to stories and music from around the world while discovering the joys of Maymont through crafts and hikes.

Living Alphabet: From alligators to zebra swallowtail butterflies, learn about the plants and animals around us one letter at a time.

Camps for Rising 1st Graders

Jaws, Claws and Paws: Explore awesome adaptations that animals use in the wild by meeting critters with excellent eyesight, creative camouflage, and more.

Busy Builders: Investigate and create shelters for tiny insects to large mammals.

What’s on the Menu: Get tangled up in nature’s food web, from grazing goats to hunting hawks, to discover who got lunch and who got munched!

Camps for Rising 2nd-3rd Graders

Maymont Explorers: Explore the Mansion, gardens, Robins Nature Center and grounds through geocaching and scavenger hunts as we decode secret messages, solve mysteries, and discover hidden treasures.

Fight or Flight: Take a journey of survival, acting like an animal in the wild as you “choose your own adventure.”

Mesozoic Maymont: Learn about creatures that roamed Virginia before, during, and after the dinosaurs. 

Camps for Rising 4th-5th Graders

Junior Animal Keeper Camp: Join pro aquarists and animal keepers during daily tasks like feeding and making enrichment treats.

Feeding Frenzy: See how animals demonstrate wild behaviors to find their meals and avoid becoming dinner! Explore tricks animals use to hunt, forage, and hide.

Camps for Rising 6th-8th Graders

Field Investigators: Learn to evaluate habitats, monitor wildlife, and study animal behavior using STEM skills.

Senior Animal Keeper Camp: Join aquarists and animal keepers during their daily tasks. Make treats, train animals, feed fish, and meet animal care specialists.

Camp Volunteers

Junior naturalists, ages 15-18, assist in teaching younger campers about our natural environment while gaining experience in the environmental science field.

Camp Scholarships

Looking for a way to support environmental learning for youth in our community? Help children in need attend Maymont’s Summer Discovery Camps with a contribution to the Camp Scholarship Fund. Any gift amount is appreciated, just add your additional donation when registering or call (804) 358-7166, ext. 341.

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