Escape to Summer ‘Scapes!

 Longue Vue’s summer camp for kids.

 Longue Vue Summer ‘Scapes Camp inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and celebrates
nature through week-long classes based on a different theme each week. Guided by enthusiastic
Camp Educators and Counselors, campers make interdisciplinary connections through garden
observation, arts & crafts projects, games, water play, yoga, and more. Each day is a balance of
structure and freedom with project-based learning in the classroom, hands-on investigation in
the Discovery Garden, and peaceful relaxation under the shady oak trees.


Camp runs from 9am-3pm. We offer Before Care (beginning at 8am) for $10 per day, and After Care (ending at 5:30pm) for $15 per day. Please sign up for Before/After Care in advance.


Camp Fee: Family level members or higher $225 per week, other member levels and nonmembers $275 per week. Scholarships are available for qualifying families. Click the button below to apply.



Registration opens for members on February 5th, and nonmembers on March 5th. To register please fill out a Camp Interest Form. A Longue Vue Staff member will assess the form and send you a registration form to sign up. More info to follow soon!



Week 1: June 4 – 8 – SOLD OUT – Wait list available

To get on the wait list, please submit this camp in the Camper Interest Form.

Garden Creatures
Come explore themes of horticulture and earth science as we take a closer look at the tiny creatures who live in the garden. Campers will investigate bugs, bees, and insects through a variety of hands-on activities. Creatures will come to life through a combination of bug-themed arts and crafts, games, stories, and exploration in the garden. We will draw connections between the life of plants and the life of bugs as we observe them creeping, crawling and buzzing about!

Week 2: June 11 – 15 – SOLD OUT – Wait list available

To get on the wait list, please submit this camp in the Camper Interest Form.

Let’s Make a Mural! Art in the Garden
Together, we will create a beautiful mural that will live in the garden for all to see. Using recycled materials and techniques of drawing and painting, campers will collaborate to create a work of wall art that tells a story. We will take a look at the work of mural artists such as Diego Rivera and Walter Anderson for inspiration. The week will culminate in a celebration and presentation of the mural by the campers themselves.

Week 6: July 16-20 – SOLD OUT – Wait list available

To get on the wait list, please submit this camp in the Camper Interest Form.

Swirl, Splatter, Explore: Experimental Painting in the Garden
Dive into the world of experimental painting as campers test out unique ways to make a mark on the world! Giant canvases, crazy collaborations, and investigations of unconventional materials will expand our ideas of what it means to paint. We will learn about artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Jackson Pollock, and Ushio Shinohara to inspire the painting process. At the end of the week, campers will share their work with family and friends with a live painting celebration.

Week 7: July 23-27 – SOLD OUT – Wait list available

To get on the wait list, please submit this camp in the Camper Interest Form.

Eco-Art Camp
Make creative and colorful artwork using nature as both inspiration and medium! In Eco-Art Camp we’ll learn about the wonders of plants and bugs to inspire our creation of clay insects, land art, pressed flower collages, and more. As we play games and explore in the garden, your camper will learn that art can be made just by stepping outside!


Week 3: June 18-22

Bird’s the Word: Birdwatching and Bookmaking
Waddle, flap and fly into a week of birds and books! Campers will look to the skies during an exciting camp of bird-themed activities and crafts. Stories and songs about birds will inspire us as each camper creates a small bird book of their own over the course of the week. Poetry, comics, and drawings will fill our journals while outdoor activities will allow campers to stretch their wings. We will celebrate our fine feathered friends with a reading for families and community at the end of the week.

Week 4: June 25-29 – SOLD OUT – Wait list available

To get on the wait list, please submit this camp in the Camper Interest Form.

Do It Yourself: Garden DIY Projects
Let’s get resourceful in the garden as we discover the potential of natural and recycled materials to make the things that we use every day. Campers will use their very own hands to make paper, pickle veggies, create rope out of plastic bags, grow and steep herbs for tea, and more! Learn how to do it yourself in this week-long investigation of self-sufficiency, discovery, and playfulness in the garden.

Week 5: July 9-13

Found Object Sculptures
Channel imagination and creativity as you unlock the potential of found objects! Campers will draw, design, and build their own sculptural creations out of natural and recycled materials as we push the boundaries of time and space in sculpture. To inspire our 3D creations, we will learn about artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Louise Nevelson, and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as organizations like The Green Project who promote creative reuse of salvaged building materials. Come play, learn, build, and create in the garden!


How long is each camp session?

Each session is one week – Monday through Friday. Partial weeks are not available. Campers may sign up for one or more sessions.

What time is drop-off/pick-up?

Drop off is from 8:45-9am. Pick-up is from 3-3:15pm. We offer Before (8am-8:45am) and After Care (3:15-5:30pm) for an additional fee.

What does a typical day look like for my camper at Longue Vue?

A typical day at Summer ‘Scapes Camp is a blend of project-based learning, guided activities and free play in the gardens, and time to cool off with some lemonade and a book. Every day is a new and exciting journey within a predictable and slow-paced schedule. On Fridays we have an end-of-the-week celebration that campers’ families can attend. Here’s an example of what a day might look like for your camper:
9am – Drop off
9:15 – Opener Activity
9:30-11:30 – Crafts, Games, Yoga, Garden Walks, Water Play
11:30-12 – Lunch
12-12:30 – Free Play in the Discovery Garden
12:30-12:45 – Lemonade & Water Cool down
12:30-2:30 – Crafts, Games , Yoga, Garden Walks, Water Play
2:30-3 – Cleanup, Closure Activity, Snack, Story time
3pm – Pick–up

What is the camper/adult ratio?

Each week of camp has an Educator, Head Counselor, Assistant Counselor, and a few Volunteers. Our camp class size ranges from 15-18 students. A typical camper/adult ratio is 4:1.

What should my camper bring to camp?

Summer ‘Scapes is an arts/activity camp so campers should dress in comfortable clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty and close-toed shoes. Please generously apply sunscreen on your child before they arrive at camp. Each child should bring the following items to camp daily: Lunch, snack, bathing suit & towel, sunscreen, hat, reusable water bottle, a jacket or sweater, a backpack to carry everything in.

What can campers do on rainy days?

All of our buildings are air conditioned and provide ample inclement weather activity areas. When its rainy outside, we usually play group games, work on art projects, and on occasion have movie time!

Do you have camp scholarships?

Yes we do! Scholarship assistance is rewarded to cover 80% of camp tuition. Families rewarded scholarships will pay the remaining 20% of camp tuition. Funding is limited and scholarships are not guaranteed to all applicants. Scholarships will be rewarded based on need and merit, and exclude before and aftercare. You can download and print the scholarship application here. Applications are due by April 20, 2018.


What is your refund policy?

If notified before May 21, a refund will be given minus a 20% processing fee. After May 21, no refunds will be given.