Summer Camps at the Intersection of Art & Nature 2017

Lynden’s art and nature camps for children aged 20 months to 15 years integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture 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 the life of the forest to pond habitats--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 creating our own civilization on Lynden's back acres. Whether we are exploring the mechanics of flight or the physics of flotation, digging in the garden or pit-firing beads made from local clay, 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.

Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education

Dates Time Camp Ages
June 12-16 9 am-4 pm Art of Change 6-11
June 19-23 9 am-4 pm On the Wing 6-11
June 26-28 9-11 am Wild & Tame Ones
20 mos.-4
June 26-30 9 am-4 pm Music & Art Exploration 6-11
July 5-7 9 am-4 pm Whittlers 10-15
July 5-7 9 am-12 pm Garden Animals 4-6
July 17-21 9 am-4 pm Pond Voyage 6-11
July 24-28 9 am-4 pm Nature's Design 6-11
July 31-August 2 9-11 am Flower World 20 mos.-4
July 31-August 4 1-4 pm Critters & Personalities 8-15
August 14-18 9 am-4 pm Folk Story 6-11
August 21-25 9-11:30 am Les Artistes 5-7
August 28-30 9 am-12 pm Secret Garden 4-6


Wild & Tame Ones: A Camp for Very Small Children (and Their Adults) | 3 mornings

June 26-28 | 9-11 am
Ages 20 months-4 years.
$86/$73 members (one adult and one child). Additional child: $48.

Registration closed. Contact Jeremy Stepien at to be added to the waitlist.
Explore the natural world using equipment and activities adapted for the very young. Share hands-on experiences with your grandchild--or child--as we examine plant and animal life seeded and hatched at Lynden, and discover the garden's wild visitors.

Garden Animals | 3 Mornings

July 5-7 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 4-6
$86/$73 members

Deborah Butterfield often works with her collection of driftwood when creating her horse sculptures. We will create a miniature home for Hara, Lynden's horse, using tree products we collect in the back acres.


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

July 31-August 2 | 9-11 am
Ages 20 months-4 years
$86/$73 members (one adult and one child). Additional child: $48.

Online registration closed. Register by phone at 414-446-8481.
Lynden in summer is ablaze with the color of flowers and the pollinators that visit them. We will create our own garden hats and adorn them with versions of the flowers, bees, and butterflies we discover on our journeys through the garden.

Secret Garden | 3 Mornings

August 28-30 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 4-6
$86/$73 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.

Les Artistes | 5 Mornings

In collaboration with the Alliance Franḉaise de Milwaukee.
Register at or call 414-964-3855.
August 21-25 | 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.


Art of Change | 5 Days

June 12-16 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
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, 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.

On the Wing | 5 Days

June 19-23 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
Birds have inspired art, dance, literature, and personal adornment, and our fascination with birds has led us to observe and record their patterns and behaviors for centuries. We will immerse ourselves in avian life as we identify bird species, build a coop for a clutch of young chicks, make feeders, create whimsical birdhouses, and weave our own nests.

Music & Art Exploration | 5 Days

In collaboration with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Register at or call 414-276-5760.
June 26-30 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11

The beautiful outdoor setting of the Lynden Sculpture Garden is the inspiration for creativity in this one-of-a-kind camp. Each morning starts at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Audubon Court location (333 W. Brown Deer Road) with small group instruction in singing, playing instruments, creative movement and more. At lunchtime we will travel to the Lynden Sculpture Garden (transportation provided). After a picnic lunch, we’ll explore both the sculptures and living inhabitants of the garden with Lynden faculty and create original music with Conservatory faculty to reflect our discoveries. The day ends in Lynden’s art studio with projects that explore the connections between monumental sculpture, music, and Lynden’s landscape. No musical experience required.


Pond Voyage | 5 Days

July 17-21 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
Registration closed. Contact Jeremy Stepien at to be added to the waitlist.
Water is both habitat and barrier, divider and connector. We will investigate the multitude of creatures in and around the pond and collect samples for aquariums, and we will consider the physics of buoyancy as we build floating sculptures and examine the underwater architecture of the caddisfly. Working in teams, we will design and construct rafts to carry us triumphantly across the pond.

Nature's Design | 5 Days

July 24-28 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
Many of the animals, birds, and insects at the sculpture garden rely on Lynden's wooded areas for food and shelter. Conversely, humans are beginning to appreciate that biomimicry can provide sustainable solutions to our challenges. We’ll examine Lynden's tree habitat--its structures and tenants--and use nature's patterns and strategies to create tabletop tree houses and our own shelter in the woods.

Folk Story | 5 Days

August 14-18 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$332/$282 members

Extended care option available.
Linda Wervey Vitamvas’s shoreline Feast suggests a story: Who used these dishes? What did they eat? Where have they gone? Using storytelling, local materials, and traditional crafts, we'll imagine a community that lived here long before the sculptures arrived. We'll roam the grounds to discover their home, reconstruct their language and folklore, and recreate their tools and toys.


Whittlers | 3 Days

July 5-7 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 10-15
$225/$195 members

There is a unique pleasure in working 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 kit, and will work on advanced carving projects.


Soft Sculpture Critters & Personalities with Sally Duback | 5 Afternoons

July 31-August 4 | 1-4 pm
Ages 8-15
$142/$121 members

Registration closed. Contact Jeremy Stepien at to be added to the waitlist.
Della Wells has been making mixed media, hand-painted soft sculptures--dolls--for eighteen years. For Wells, the dolls are a way to tell stories and to connect with her personal history. Sally Duback invites you to work with fabrics, yarn, fake fur, buttons, and beads to create real and imaginary critters and little stuffed people, each with its own story.

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 rzegistration 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
$5 per day, or $25 for the week.
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
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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