Summer Art & Nature Camps 2014

Lynden’s art and nature camps for children aged 4 to 13 integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture with the natural ecology of 40 acres of park, ponds, and woodland, creating a unique hands-on experience of art in nature. Art camps feature environmental programs, visiting artists, and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art media. Nature camps shift the balance toward ecology and make extensive use of the grounds to create a joyful outdoor experience. Each camp concludes 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 2014 Summer Camps here.

Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education

Garden Animals | 3 days

June 16-18 | 9 am–4 pm
Ages 6-8
$189/$158 members

Extended care option available.
Explore the role that animals play in art as we uncover the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s collection of animal sculpture and discover how animals are viewed in other cultures. Create sculptures of your favorite animals in a series of studio projects.

Across the Pond | 2 days

June 19-20 | 9 am–4 pm
Ages 6-11
$126/$105 members
Extended care option available.
Starting with Marta Pan’s Floating Sculpture No.3 (1971), we’ll investigate how sculpture responds to the environment in which it is placed. Working in groups, we'll build sculptures that float across Lynden’s small pond.


Sea & Sky | 3 days

June 23-25 | 1 pm-4 pm
Ages 4-6
$81/$68 members
Fly above the sculptures and swim beneath the water lilies in a series of games, stories, and hands-on projects with clay, collage and paint.

Grow Your Own | 2 days

June 26-27 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$126/$105 members
Extended care option available.
Spend some time in Lynden's vegetable garden, then pick up a hammer and nails and build a planter box to fill with vegetables and herbs that will grow all summer long. And because Lynden is a sculpture garden, we'll make our own miniature sculptures to plant in those boxes

Secret Garden | 4 days

June 30-July 3 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 4-6
$108/$90 members
Collect pebbles, twigs, mosses and feathers from Lynden’s sleepy hollows to create miniature environments for gnomes, elves and sprites. On the final day, we’ll lead our families and friends into the secret garden to discover these magical works of art.

Tree House | 4 days

Enrollment for this camp is now full. Contact Jeremy Stepien at to be added to the waiting list.
June 30-July 3 | 1 pm-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$108/$90 members
Imagine a tree house…then spend three days using wood, paper and clay to construct one of your own. With a focus on creative invention, we’ll help you design a miniature hideaway for your imagination.


Art Elements | 5 days

July 7-11 | 9 am–12 pm
Ages 6-8
$135/$113 members
Knowledge plus caring equals responsible choices for our environment. Learn about sustainability through environmentally-based art projects including solar-powered bugs, aquatic terrariums and felt flyers. Earth, fire, wind and water: each day we will interpret a new element through an art activity.

Into the Air | 5 days

July 7-11 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 9-12
$135/$113 members
There are many airborne creatures flying about the Lynden Sculpture Garden: birds, dragonflies, butterflies, bees, to name a few. We will closely observe how they get around in order to find a ways to create our own airborne experiences and art projects. Naturalist Naomi Cobb leads this outdoor exploration.

Moving Parts | 5 days

July 14-18 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 9-13
$315/$263 members
Extended care option available.
Marble runs are made of interchangeable wooden troughs, spinning wheels, and other obstacles for the marbles that use gravity to make their way from top to bottom. Using basic woodworking tools and our imaginations, we'll create our own marble runs--and on the last day we'll combine them into the largest marble run ever before taking them home.

Watch a marble run here.

Imaginary Creatures with Sally Duback | 5 days

Enrollment for this camp is now full. Contact Jeremy Stepien at to be added to the waiting list.
July 21-25 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 7-11
$135 /$113 members
Create your own world from recycled materials, scraps of metal and wood, modeling clay--and your imagination. Follow Sally Duback into the back acres to forage for interesting ingredients, then build dioramas and habitats for the elves, trolls, fairies and other imaginary creatures you make. Finish by telling a story about your imaginary world.

Flower World | 5 days

July 21-25 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 6-8
$135 /$113 members
The formal garden and the natural prairie at Lynden are bursting with flowers in July. We will use all of our senses to explore this beautiful world of flowers--the shapes, colors, structures and many visitors to them--and we will create a giant flower of our own. Naturalist Naomi Cobb leads this outdoor exploration.

Four Corners | 5 days

July 21-25 | 1 pm-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$135/$113 members
Travel to the far edges of the Lynden Sculpture Garden to re-imagine its four corners in collaborative projects combining art, nature and performance. On the final day expect visits from Lynden's visiting artists -- Los Angeles-based Nancy Popp and the Trisha Brown Dance Company -- who also make work in relation to place and landscape.

Bird House | 3 days

July 28-30 | 9 am–4 pm
Ages 6-11
$189/$158 members
Extended care option available.
During her residency at Lynden, artist Colombe Marcasiano made a series of whimsical birdhouses and hung them in one of our trees. While these diminutive structures look like they could almost be homes for birds, they are really temporary outdoor sculptures--and that's what we'll be making (and exhibiting in trees).

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Sculpture: Idea to Object | 5 days

August 4-8 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 9-13
$315/$263 members
Extended care option available.
How does an artist move from an idea to a finished work of art? We’ll learn about materials and techniques used by artists in the Lynden Sculpture Garden and investigate artistic processes through hands-on projects. Discover your own creative process as you unlock your ideas!

Instrument and Art Exploration Camp | 5 days

Offered in two sessions in collaboration with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory is handling registration for this camp. For full details on instructors and to register, call the Conservatory’s Student Services department at 414-276-5760 or visit them online at The registration deadline for this camp is July 29.

August 11-15 | Entering 1st-5th grades

Grades 1-2 | 9 am-3:45 pm
Morning drop-off at Lynden Sculpture Garden, afternoon pick-up from WCM Audubon Court.

Grades 3-5 | 9 am-4 pm
Morning drop-off at WCM Audubon Court, afternoon pick-up from Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Join us for five full days of instrument investigation and art exploration. Students will spend half of each day at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music‘s Audubon Court location (333 W. Brown Deer Rd.) where they will rotate in small groups learning piano, harp, guitar, and musicianship (with a focus on singing and rhythm skills). The other half of the day will be spent at the Lynden Sculpture Garden where students will make music in the fresh air in an Orff ensemble and participate in small group activities that explore the connections between art and nature. In the art studio we’ll investigate sound production as we build sculptures that will make an appearance in the exhibition/performance on the final day. No experience necessary.

Les Artistes | 5 days

In collaboration with the Alliance Franḉaise
Please note: The Alliance is handling registration for this camp. Visit or call 414-431-0943 for registration and discounts. Registration will open at the beginning of March.
August 18-22 | 9-11:30 am
Ages 5-7

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; campers do not need to register for the same camp to receive the discount.

Extended Care Options
Lynden offers two extended care options.
· If you need to pick your child up after 4 pm, we offer extended care from 4-5:30 pm for all full-day camps.
· If you are registering your child for a morning camp and an afternoon camp, and would like them to stay over the lunch hour, we offer supervised lunch (bring your own) and games.

The cost is $5 per day, or $25 for the week, for either option.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available; awards are based on need. For more information, contact Jeremy Stepien at (414) 446-8481 or

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.

For past camps, click here.

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