May 15, 2011 | Lisa Davis, Former Associate Director of Education

Pack your sleeping bag for an urban campout in the Mordecai Children’s Garden. Pitch your tent next to Springmelt Stream in the Mist-ery Forest.  While the sun is still out, discover what lives in Pipsqueak Pond, practice your orienteering skills and make granola for breakfast in the morning. Watch the sunset from the top of Pika Peak, and then gather around the campfire in Sagebrush Stage for s’mores and campfire songs. Fall asleep to the sounds of the trickling stream and the city night. Wake early to the sounds of singing birds and eat breakfast in the Home Harvest Garden. After breakfast, plant a few special plants to take home. Whether you’re an experienced camper or a first-timer, this is sure to be a memorable evening!

Campouts include evening snack and s’mores, breakfast and all activity supplies. Participants are responsible for their own sleeping bag and pad. Tents are provided for Group and Kids Only campouts; private tents are not allowed due to space restrictions. During Family Campouts, families may bring their own private tent (size limitations apply) or share one of the Gardens’ tents with another family. For groups that do not wish to sleep outside, indoor accommodation in the Morrison Discovery Center is available. While dinner will not be provided, participants are welcome to come early and picnic in the main Gardens before the campout begins.

All campouts begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until 9 a.m. the following morning. Groups are welcome to explore the Gardens on their own after the campout ends. Campouts are limited to 30 participants. We recommend that participants have already had a sleepover (not necessarily camping) experience.

Rather than mess with the crowds in the mountains, families can spend their holiday weekends camping in the Gardens and experience the wonders of nature together. A minimum of one parent per family must attend.
Fee: $45 per child, $15 per adult
Dates Offered:
- Memorial Day Weekend – May 28-29, 2011
- Fourth of July Weekend – July 2-3, 2011

The perfect opportunity for your school, scout or youth group to experience the great outdoors together. A minimum of one adult is required for every five children. Recommended age for a group campout is 8-12 years old, although children six and older may attend.
Fee: $45 per child, $15 per adult
Dates Offered:
- June 18-19, 2011
- July 30-31, 2011
- July 16-17, 2011

Camp out in the Gardens, just you and your friends – and no parents! It’s the perfect end to a fantastic summer. Minimum age for a Kids Only campout is eight years old. Instructor to child ratio is one to eight.
Fee: $60 per child
Dates Offered:
- August 13-14, 2011

To register for a Family or Group Cottonwood Campout, please fill out our registration form.  For the Kids Only campout, you can register online.


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