Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Age Limits
Caregiver Information
Camper Code of Conduct
Camp Communication
Camper Illness/Injury
Camp T-Shirts
Check-in and Checkout
Childcare Tax credit
Special Attention
Garden Member Discounts
Refund Policy
Registration Deadline
What Not to Bring

Age Limits
Campers should be registered for the grade they will enter in September 2017.
Please note following guidelines:
  • Kindergarten
    o Must be entering kindergarten in September 2017
    o Most campers ages 5-6
  • 1st/2nd Grade
    o Must be entering 1st or 2nd grade in September 2017
    o Most campers ages 6-8
  • 3rd/4th Grade
    o Must be entering 3rd or 4th grade in September 2017
    o Most campers ages 8-10
  • 5th/6th Grade
    o Must be entering 5th or 6th grade in September 2017
    o Most campers 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. This ensures the best academic and social environment for all campers.

Campers in Kindergarten camps and above must be toilet trained.

Caregiver Information
Caregivers are not allowed to remain with their camper during camp. If you feel your child is unable to be in camp without you, it may be best to wait a year before you send your camper to summer camp.

A weekly Camp Overview can be found online for most camps. Each overview lists the day’s theme for each camp and includes suggestions to help you and your camper share the camp experience and continue learning at home. The order of events may change due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

The week before your camp session starts, you will receive an email reminder that includes important information about camp such as check-in/checkout details, instructor biographies, and more.

Camper Code of Conduct
At the time of registration, you will be asked to review the following with your camper:

Red Butte Garden takes the physical and emotional well-being of its campers very seriously, and strives to create a positive, warm, and supportive atmosphere during summer camp. Our camps are strict No Bullying Zones and place a strong emphasis on developing healthy relationships with people, plants, and the natural world.

In order to create an environment conducive to learning, campers agree to:
• Follow directions, obey camp rules, and stay with their group.
• Treat fellow campers, instructors, volunteers, and the Garden with respect.

In the event that a camper’s behavior endangers other campers, interferes with an instructor’s ability to provide quality programming, or fails to adhere to the Camper Code of Conduct, the instructor will inform the caregiver at pick-up or through a phone call/email. If more than two incidents occur, the camper will be asked to withdraw from camp. Refunds will not be given for behavior-related withdrawals.

At the staff's discretion, any consequence may be bypassed due to the severity and nature of a camper's behavior.

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.
Camper Illness/Injury
Due to the contagious nature of some illnesses, children with the following symptoms should not attend camp:
• Elevated temperature
• Diarrhea or vomiting
• Undiagnosed rash
• Sore or discharging eyes or ears, profuse nasal discharge
• Diagnosed contagious disease such as strep throat or chicken pox

Should your camper become ill or injured while attending 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. Our staff will determine if Emergency Personnel need to be contacted.

Camp T-Shirts
Commemorative camp t-shirts are available for purchase ($10) throughout the week. Please ask your camp instructor for help in purchasing a t-shirt.
Check-in and Checkout
Details about check-in and pick-up will be communicated via email the week before the start date of each individual camp. * For your child’s safety, only authorized individuals with a valid picture ID will be allowed to check campers out each day. Camp staff will check IDs daily, so please plan accordingly. To update your camper’s Carpool List
please click here.

If your camper will be absent or late to camp, please let us know by calling (801) 581-8454.

If you need to pick up your camper early from camp, please contact us at (801) 581-8454 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.

*Discovery Gateway, Natural History Museum of Utah, Tanner Dance, and Wasatch Community Gardens partner camps have different check-in and checkout locations and times. Please see camp descriptions and reminder emails for details.

Childcare Tax Credit
The Garden’s tax ID number is 87-6000525. If you need an additional receipt verifying the cost of your camper’s tuition, please call (801) 581-8454 or send an email to:
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. Close-toed shoes are strongly encouraged.
Special Attention
We are happy to accommodate all children in our Summer Camp program. Please let us know if your child has physical, emotional, educational, or medical special needs so we can plan accordingly. If your camper has any severe allergies or chronic illnesses (including food or other allergies) please let us know and advise us on what we can do to help your camper have a safe and fun time at camp. To discuss specific details about your camper, please call (801) 581-8454 and we’ll be happy to help.
Garden Member Discounts
Garden Members receive special discounts on 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 in to the site and your discount will be applied at checkout.
Refund Policy
Please see the Summer Camp
Refund and Cancellation Policy.
Registration Deadline
Registration is open until camps fill or five business days prior to the start date of the individual camps. No day of registration is allowed. Registration is limited to online only at this time.
The Garden provides a light snack each day. Snacks are nut free but may contain other potential allergens. If you prefer, you are welcome to send your camper with a small snack from home. Please let your camp instructor know at check-in if you plan to send snacks with your camper.
In order to provide the best experience for your camper we limit enrollment to our camps as follows:
• Kindergarten: limited to 10 campers
• 1st through 6th Grade Camps: limited to 16 campers.

Qualified Red Butte Garden employees, including several professional educators, lead camps, with assistance from interns and volunteers.

Many of our camps fill early! If the camp you're interested in is currently sold out, you may add your name to a waitlist for that camp by filling out the online form

We know that the uncertainty of the waitlist is inconvenient, so we work hard to be very transparent with the process. Movement on the waitlist generally starts 2-3 weeks before the start of camp as our campers’ summer plans change, with the most movement happening the week before camp starts. If a space opens up and you're next on the list, we’ll send an email letting you know. You’ll then have until the end of the business day to sign up for that camp. If you don't sign up, we’ll email the next camper on the list to offer them the spot.

What Not to Bring
The Garden is NOT responsible for any item lost or broken during camp. Please leave the following items at home: personal video game players, MP3/iPods, iPads, and other tablet devices.


Closed Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24-Jan 1

*On days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, garden hours are 9AM-5PM

Only Service Animals are allowed in the garden


Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $12
Seniors (ages 65+): $10
Military w/ID: $10
Children (ages 3-17): $7
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $10
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

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

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February


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Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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