Summer Camps at the Intersection of Art & Nature 2018

Lynden’s art and nature camps for children aged 20 months to 15 years integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture and temporary installations with the natural ecology of our hidden landscapes and unique habitats. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, the camps explore the intersection of art and nature through collaborative inquiry and hands-on artmaking, using all of Lynden's 40 acres to create a joyful, all-senses-engaged outdoor experience.

Camps are organized around themes--from pond habitats to narrating space--and introduce a range of imaginative experiences, materials, and tools. Working on projects individually and as a team, we'll be hatching and raising chickens, building rafts to float across the pond, and recording our discoveries in accordion books, prints, and sculptures. Whether we are exploring metamorphosis or the physics of flotation, digging in the vegetable garden or carving handles for our knives, our focus is on cultivating creativity and an appreciation of process. Most camps conclude with an informal showing for family and friends.

Join us for a summer of art and nature!

Become a member of the Lynden Sculpture Garden today to receive a discount on camp registration.

Register online now.

Download a brochure for our 2018 Summer Camps here.

Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education

Camps in red are full; contact Jeremy Stepien to be added to the wait list.
Dates Time Camp Ages
June 11-15 9 am-4 pm Fields of View 6-11
June 18-22 9 am-4 pm Pond Metropolis 6-11
June 25-27 9-11 am Flower Garden
20 mos.-4
June 25-27 9 am-4 pm Whittlers 10-15
July 9-13 9 am-1:30 pm Writers in the Garden 10-15
July 16-20 9 am-4 pm Pond Voyage 6-11
July 30-August 1 9 am-12 pm Hara's Home 4-6
July 30-August 3 1 pm-4 pm Symbiotic Relationships 10-15
August 6-10 9 am-4 pm < font color="red">Four Corners 6-11
August 13-15 9-11 am Roots & Feet 20 mos.-4
August 13-15 9 am-12 pm Story River 4-6
August 20-24 9-11:30 am Les Artistes 5-7


Flower Garden: A Camp for Very Small Children (and Their Adults) | 3 Mornings

June 25-27 | 9-11 am
Ages 20 months-4 years.
$96/$85 members (one adult and one child). Additional child: $50.

Take up residence in Lynden’s flower garden and get a close look at the flowers, pollinators, and animals (real and sculptural) that live there. We will listen to stories, plant some seeds, and create our own garden hats festooned with flowers.

Hara’s Home | 3 Mornings

July 30-August 1 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 4-6
$96/$85 members

Online registration is closed. Register by phone at 414-446-8481.
Sculptor Deborah Butterfield uses driftwood to create 3D portraits of horses. We will collect our own materials in the back acres to make miniature friends and habitats for Hara, Lynden's Butterfield horse.

camp photos

Roots & Feet: A Camp for Very Small Children (and Their Adults) | 3 Mornings

August 13-15 | 9-11 am
Ages 20 months-4 years
$96/$85 members (one adult and one child). Additional child: $50.

Join your child or grandchild in an up-close, hands-on exploration of the plants, insects, and animals that share the garden with us. Each day’s mini-safari will be followed by story time and art making.

Story River | 3 Mornings

August 13-15 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 4-6
$96/$85 members

Create an accordion picture book to record a week of discoveries at Lynden. Leaves and seeds become characters, plants provide colors, and sound maps will describe our nature walks in these experiential journals. At the end of the week, follow the line that meanders across the pages and watch the stories unfold.

Les Artistes | 5 Mornings

In collaboration with the Alliance Franḉaise de Milwaukee.
Register at or call 414-964-3855.
August 20-24 | 9-11:30 am
Ages 5-7

Immerse your child in the world of art and the French language, taught by a native French speaker. Enjoy creating art projects inspired by French songs and stories while making new friends and acquiring new concepts of the world through language. No French experience necessary, but all levels welcome.


Fields of View | 5 Days

June 11-15 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
Registration for this camp is closed. Contact
Jeremy Stepien to be added to the wait list.
The dynamics of the natural world ensure that Lynden's landscape is in constant flux. We can track change by exploring differences in scale, texture, shape, and form. Whether observing an ecosystem up close or hiking through Lynden's fields, whether viewing plants through a microscope or raising butterflies in the pollinator garden, we will seek out change and use watercolor, pressure printing, and paper pulp to interpret our discoveries.

Pond Metropolis | 5 Days

June 18-22 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
Registration for this camp is closed. Contact
Jeremy Stepien to be added to the wait list.
A teeming world lies just below the water’s surface. Strap on waders to observe the intricate interactions in the pond and to collect specimens for our giant aquarium. Blending the observed and the imagined, we will paint, print, and sculpt a new world of fantastical creatures. A knee-deep adventure for those who like to get their feet wet.


Pond Voyage | 5 Days

July 16-20 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
Registration for this camp is closed. Contact
Jeremy Stepien to be added to the wait list.
Aquatic insects consider buoyancy, shelter, and the physics of moving through a liquid when building under water. We will adapt this knowledge to constructing floating sculptures, prototypes for the full-sized rafts that will carry us across the pond at the end of the week. Artist-in-residence Arianne King Comer will share her batik-dyeing skills as we adorn ourselves and the rafts with colorful bandanas and nautical flags.

Four Corners | 5 Days

August 6-10 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
Registration for this camp is closed. Contact
Jeremy Stepien to be added to the wait list.
Wander to the far edges of the sculpture garden to dwell in hidden landscapes and unique habitats. How do we encounter nature? What histories can you imagine for these places? What stories do they tell? Using mapmaking, movement, and collaborative projects, we’ll chronicle our discoveries in Lynden’s four corners.


Whittlers | 3 Days

June 25-27 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 10-15
$225/$195 members

There is a unique pleasure in working sustainable natural materials with simple hand tools, a pleasure shared by whittlers everywhere. We will use rasps and files to shape hardwood handles for our own fixed-blade carving knives, and then head to Lynden’s back acres to select buckthorn saplings and learn green wood carving techniques. You'll walk away with a staff, as well as a carving tool and new skills that will enable you to continue your whittling adventures at home. Returning students are welcome to bring their knives and walking sticks from last summer. They will add a chisel set to their tool kits and will work on advanced carving projects.

camp photos

Writers in the Garden | 5 Days

In collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project
July 9-13 | 9 am-1:30 pm
Ages 10-15
$215/$182 members

Aspiring writers are invited to join professional National Writing Project teacher leaders in a supportive writing community. With the sculpture garden as a source of inspiration, and Lynden staff and artists in residence to assist with art and nature activities, you will explore a variety of creative writing genres including poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, and you’ll engage in the entire writing process, from brainstorming and drafting, to providing and receiving feedback, revising, and editing. Meet and share your writing with other young writers and learn the foundational writing techniques used by professionals.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project (UWMWP) is an affiliate site of the National Writing Project (NWP), the premier professional development network anchored at colleges and universities, focusing the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. Teacher leaders associated with the site have a passion for teaching writing that includes creating new ways to inspire writers of all ages and a personal commitment to their own writing practices.

Symbiotic Relationships | 5 Afternoons

July 30-August 3 | 1-4 pm
Ages 10-15
$142/$121 members

Much of the activity we observe at Lynden is the result of organisms working in concert with each other. Symbiosis takes many forms, and guest artist Melissa Courtney draws a parallel between biology and art by asking questions about collaboration, artmaking techniques, and color theory. Focusing on printmaking and installation-building, we will explore mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism: some of the ways that artists, materials--and humans--can interact.

Registration, Fees & Policies

Enrollment is limited, please register early. Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Enroll online
OR drop off/mail/fax/email registration form and full payment to:
Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Fax: 414-446-8492

You will receive a confirmation via email with additional information.

Camp fees include supplies. Save on registration by becoming a Lynden Sculpture Garden member.

Sibling/Buddy Discount
Register for a camp with a sibling or with a friend who is new to the Lynden Sculpture Garden and you each receive a $10 discount. Registrations must be submitted together by phone at 414-446-8481 or by mail; campers do not need to register for the same camp to receive the discount.

Extended Care Options
$7 per day.
If you need to pick your child up after 4 pm, we offer extended care from 4-5:30 pm for most full-day camps. Pre-registration is required.

Tuition Waivers
Lynden is committed to making its programs available to all. Need-based tuition waivers are available.Contact Jeremy Stepien at (414) 446-8481 or for an application form.

Refund Policy
There is a $35 administrative fee for all refunds issued up to 14 days prior to the first day of a camp. No refunds are made after that period.

Cancellation Policy
If a camp is filled to capacity, or cancelled due to low enrollment (this will be determined 14 days prior to the first day of a camp), your registration fee will be refunded in full.

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