Summer School Program

Hershey Gardens offers an outdoor learning experience for camp groups of all ages. Spend the day at the Gardens with lunch in our outdoor picnic area!

Programs offered from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday through Friday from June to August.
Fee: $8.00 per student (minimum of 15 students or equivalent value)
1 free adult for every 5 students (must maintain a 1:10 ratio)
$9.00 per additional adult

Summer youth programs provide a service beyond regular Garden admission. Therefore, no discounts, passes, or memberships are accepted for this program.

"Winging It"

Students will become "lepidopterists" as they explore the magical metamorphosis of the butterfly. Program includes a guided tour of the Butterfly Atrium, educational activity, and a self-guided Gardens exploration.

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Summer Camps

Enroll your child in a summer day camp at Hershey Gardens that is sure to be full of discovery, adventure, exploration and fun! Kids ages 4 to 14 can explore art, science and theater.

Art Camps

Enjoy your creative side with Hershey Gardens as your studio! Join instructor Jamie Clark as she teaches students how to turn clay into art, as well as learn about famous artists and their styles.

Mini Monets and a Touch of Clay

June 19 - 23 from 9:30 a.m. - Noon
For grades 1 - 3
$120 per student

Students will complete two mini paintings and air-dry clay projects. Students will learn how to pinch and stamp clay. Registration begins April 1 and is required by June 12.

Pottery & Picasso

June 26 - 30 from 9:30 a.m. - Noon
For grades 4 - 6
$120 per student

Students will complete two mini paintings and air-dry clay projects. Students will be shown coiling and pitching techniques in clay. Registration begins April 1 and is required by June 19.


Theater Camp

The Stuff of Legend

July 17 - 28 from 9 a.m. - Noon
For grades 4 - 8
$265 per student
Instructor - Laurie Miller Petersen

Join us for two weeks of improvisation, stage combat, scene and character work as we take a thrilling ride into a new production, "The Stuff of Legend." This original play features a cast of classic and popular literary characters in an epic adventure. The culmination of camp will be a fully produced presentation for an audience on the final day of camp. Registration beings April 1 and is required at HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com


Science Explorers

Our hands-on approach to science provides children the unique opportunity to conduct exciting and engaging experiments and activities. The curriculum is developed by educators and lessons are aligned with the national science standards. We make learning science fun!

Wacky World of Science

July 3, 5 - 7
For ages 7 - 11
9 a.m. - Noon or 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.: $189 (half day)
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: $320 (full day)

Each day we'll explore a different topic. Become kitchen chemists and investigate ingredients that pop, fizz, and foam. Transform cream to butter, create gooey gum drops and make your own frozen slushie. Become a geologist as you build and erupt your own volcano. Enter the world of paleontology and uncover the stories that fossils tell and participate in a dinosaur dig. Put on your CSI badge and use forensic techniques to lift prints, conduct simulated blood typing and use a black light to reveal glowing evidence. Blast off to an out-of-this-world adventure as you investigate science and the final frontier. Launch film canister rockets, construct a telescope and take on an astronaut challenge. Finally, join our physics team and make Bernoulli ball poppers, create an electric game and mix up a fizzy, foaming fountain.
Registration required here.

Take a Dive

July 10 - 14
For ages 7 - 11
9 a.m. - Noon or 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.: $229 (half day)
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: $399 (full day)

Dive into the world of marine biology and oceanography! In our half day camp, you'll dissect a real shark, participate in a fisherman's challenge, examine the anatomy of a fish and learn the ancient technique of gyotaku or "fish rubbing," learn to survive at sea with a homemade solar still, create a kelp forest and make your own submarine. Stay for the full day camp and come face-to-face with some unique sea creatures! You'll complete a squid dissection, bring to life genuine "Triassic Triops," conduct a whale adaptations lab, and examine many weird wonders that live under the sea! Registration required here.

Amusement Park Adventures

July 31 - August 4
For ages 7 - 11
9 a.m. - Noon: $229 (half day)

Come along for the ride as we build, mix and spin our way to an awesome Science Explorers' carnival day! Visit the midway where you'll experience first-hand a rockin' rollercoaster, bouncing bungees and creations and concoctions straight from the lab including a super spin-art machine, home made ice-cream, awesome art potions and a "gingerly-made" soda. Registration required here.