Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Age Limits
Campers should be registered for the grade they will enter in September 2015.
Please note the age groupings below:

  • Kindergarten: Ages 5 - 6
  • 1st/2nd Grade: Ages 6 - 8
  • 3rd/4th Grade: Ages 8 - 10
  • 5th/6th Grade: Ages 10 - 12

Campers who are too old or too young for the camp they are registered for will not be allowed to attend camp and their registration will be dropped. We regret that we cannot make any exceptions to this policy. Campers in Kindergarten camps and above must be toilet trained.

Registration Deadline
Registration is open until camps fill or one week prior to the start date of the individual camps. No day of registration is allowed. Registration is limited to online only at this time. For detailed registration steps click here.

Paperwork (medical information, emergency contacts, carpool information, liability waivers, etc.) is required for each camp and must be submitted at the time of registration. For tips and tricks to expedite Summer Camp Paperwork click here.

Garden Member Discounts
Garden Members receive special discounts on Summer Camp Tuition. In order to receive discounts, members must create an account on the Red Butte Garden website. To register for the site click here. Once registered, log into the site and your discount will be applied at checkout.

Many of our camps fill early! When cancellations occur in full camps, vacancies are filled from the waiting lists in the order of receipt. To be placed on the waitlist, please call (801) 581-8454 or send an email to with your name, phone number, and the camp waitlist you’d like to be added to. You will be contacted via email and/or telephone to inquire if you remain interested in accepting the available spot(s). You will have 24 hours to respond and complete registration before the available spot is offered to the next person on the waiting list.

Refund Policy
Please see the Summer Camp Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Parent/Guardian Information
Parents and Guardians are not allowed to remain with their camper during camp. If you feel your child is unable to remain in camp without you, it may be best to wait a year before you send your camper to Summer Camp.

Camper Illness/Injury
Should your camper become ill or injured while attending Summer Camp you and/or an emergency contact will be notified by phone immediately. Members of our staff are CPR/first aid/defibrillator trained and will respond to all emergencies as needed.

Pick-Up / Drop-off
Details about camper drop-off and pick-up will be communicated via email the week before the start date of the individual camps.* Camp groups will leave the Courtyard promptly at 9AM for morning camps and 1PM for afternoon camps. If a camper misses the departure of his/her camp group, it is the responsibility of the caregiver who brings the camper to check in to then escort the camper to his/her group. If your child will be absent, please let us know by calling (801) 581-8454. If you must pick up your camper early from camp, you must contact us by phone or send a note to camp with your child so that we can make special arrangements for his/her early pick-up ahead of time.

*Natural History Museum of Utah, Wasatch Community Gardens, Tanner Dance, Camp K, and Utah’s Hogle Zoo partner camps all have different drop-off and pick-up locations and times. Transportation between sites is provided. See camp descriptions for details.

We provide a light snack for our campers. If your camper has food allergies or diet restrictions that may prevent him/her from consuming nut-free snacks, please specify on the Medical Information section of the camp paperwork (completed during the registration process).

Special Attention
Please let us know if your child has physical, emotional, educational, or medical special needs on the Medical Information section of the camp paperwork (completed during the registration process). Advise us on any severe allergies or chronic illness. This includes information regarding food and airborne allergies. If your camper will require special accommodations please call (801) 581-8454 to discuss your situation prior to registering.

In order to provide the best experience for your camper, our Kindergarten camps are limited to 10 campers, and our 1st-6th Grade camps are limited to 16 campers. Camps are led by qualified Red Butte Garden employees, with assistance from interns and volunteers.

Your camper will spend most of his/her time at camp exploring the Garden. Please prepare your camper for the weather by sending them with sunscreen, a hat with a brim, and appropriate clothing and footwear.

Camp Communication
Summer Camp runs rain or shine. In the event of a Garden closing, you will receive an email indicating Red Butte Garden is closed. If you need to contact Red Butte Garden for any reason, please call (801) 581-8454 for immediate assistance.

Camp T-Shirts
T-shirts are available for purchase ($10) Mondays at Summer Camp Check-in.

I would like to submit my child's Summer Camp fee for a childcare tax credit or flex plan. What is your tax ID number and how do I get an enrollment receipt?
The Garden's tax ID number is 87-6000525. If you need an additional receipt verifying the cost of your camper's enrollment, please call (801) 581-8454 or send an email to

Jan 2-Mar 31: 9 am-5 pm
April 1-30: 9 am-7:30pm
May 1-Aug 31: 9 am-9 pm*
Sept 1-30: 9 am-7:30 pm*
Oct 1-Dec 23: 9 am-5 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Dec 24-Jan 1

*Days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, hours are 9 am-5 pm.

Only Service Animals are allowed in the Garden


Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $10
Seniors (ages 65+): $8
Military w/ID: $8
Children (ages 3-17): $6
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $8
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February


300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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