Click the panels below for answers to common questions about our Summer Camp program. If you have any additional questions, please email

Age Limits

2018 Summer Camp registration opens Monday, February 26 at 9AM for Garden Members and Wednesday, February 28 at 9AM to the General Public.

Campers should be registered for the grade they will enter in September 2018.

Please note following guidelines:

  • Kindergarten
    • Must be entering kindergarten in September 2018
    • Most campers ages 5-6
  • 1st/2nd Grade
    • Must be entering 1st or 2nd grade in September 2018
    • Most campers ages 6-8
  • 3rd/4th Grade
    • Must be entering 3rd or 4th grade in September 2018
    • Most campers ages 8-10
  • 5th/6th Grade
    • Must be entering 5th or 6th grade in September 2018
    • Most campers ages 10-12

Age limits are strictly enforced to ensure the best academic and social environment for all campers. Any child who doesn't fall within the prescribed age range for a specific camp will not be allowed to attend, 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.

Caregiver Information

Caregivers are not allowed to remain with their camper during camp. If you feel your child is unable to attend without you, it may be best to wait a year before sending your child to Summer Camp.

Camp Overviews are available online for each camp. Overviews list daily themes and include 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 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 diseases such as strep throat or chicken pox

Should your camper become ill or injured while attending camp you 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 of each 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 exclusive discounts on camp tuition. To receive your discount you will need to REGISTER in Red Butte Garden’s online portal using the email associated with your membership.

After you are logged in you will be able to register for classes / workshops / activities and receive your discount. Your discount will be reflected after you add items to your cart, before you complete check-out.

If your discount is not being reflected please call 801-581-8454.

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.


The Garden provides a small snack each day that is nut free but may contain other potential allergens. If you prefer, you are welcome to send your camper with snacks from home.


In order to provide the best experience for your camper we limit enrollment to our camps as follows:

  • Kindergarten & 5th/6th Grade: limited to 12 campers
  • 1st through 4th Grade Camps: limited to 16 campers.

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

Full Camps

Many of our camps fill early! If the camp you're interested in is currently sold out, check back often. Movement within camps 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.

What Not to Bring

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

2018 Summer Camp Partners

Thank you to our 2018 Summer Camp Partners

  • Camp Kostopulos
  • Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
  • Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Play-Well TEKnologies - New!
  • Tanner Dance
  • This Is The Place Heritage Park
  • Utah's Hogle Zoo
  • Wasatch Community Gardens

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