Summer Camp at The PlayGarden

The PlayGarden offers a fully inclusive nature-based summer camp experience for kids with disabilities and their typically developing peers, ages 3.5-21. Camps are Monday-Thursday, from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. With a high staff to camper ratio, we are able to support every child in their quest for adventure and play!  

Parent Testimonial

“The PlayGarden just feels right. Other day camps have required a lot of work to support Alex and help him be able to have a good time. Here it was easy. I didn’t have to explain about his wheelchair, his communication device, or his disability. We didn’t feel self conscious, out of place, or rushing to keep up. I was impressed by the quality of the people working with the kids. They really engaged the kids, and supported and expanded on their play. Thank you!”

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Ronni as a Junior Counselor
Annie as a teenager plays with a camper at Teen Camp.

Ages 3.5 to 8

Garden Explorers
Ages 4 to 12

Teen Camp
Ages 12 to 21

Junior Counselor
Ages 13 to 16

2023 Camp Dates

All PlayGarden Summer camps are Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-1:30pm. 
No camps are held on Fridays. We hold this time open for our Free Play program and to serve the broader community. 


One Week Camps: 

Huckleberries, June 26th- June 29th, ages 3.5- 8

Teen Camp 1, July 17th- July 20th, ages 12-21

Teen Camp 2, August 7th-August 10th, ages 12-21


2 Week Camp Sessions: 

We have made changes to the camp registration process. Due to high demand for our programs and our desire to continue to build deep relationships with the campers and families we serve, and limit the transitions children go through during the summer, we have adjusted our Garden Explorers camp weeks to be in two week block sessions *All Garden Explorers block sessions are for ages 4-12 years old. 


July 3rd- July 13th Garden Explorers Session 1 *No camp on 7/4, cost is adjusted. 

July 24th- August 3rd Garden Explorers Session 2

August 14th- August 24th- Garden Explorers Session 3


2023 Camp Registration & Application

To reduce the inequitable strain of first-come, first-serve enrollment we use an open enrollment period. We will open our open enrollment period from March 1st-March 15th. All applications collected in this period will be shuffled and then considered equally. Our staff will then work through the applications and notify families if they have received a camp slot or been added to our waitlist by the end of the day on March 27th. 


The PlayGarden is here for EVERY child who wants to play! No family is turned away, because of financial restrictions and we need your help to make that happen. Therefore, our program fees operate on a sliding scale, with a full and reduced rate. Summer camp fees will be posted soon.


  1. We offer financial aid to families. This is done by submitting a short explanation of your financial circumstances and whether you can contribute to the camp fee. More information will be on the application. 
  2. We accept DDA respite funds. When filling out the application, please fill in the appropriate line with your child’s case manager’s information. 
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Looking for more information?

Descriptions of each camp session can be found on our camper registration form. If you have more questions please read the Frequently Asked Questions and the PlayGarden’s COVID Policies and Precautions.

 If you have more questions you can email