Botanical Garden Half-day Camp 3-6
Monday to Friday sessions
A Summer in Nature
The Botanical Garden Camp is a summer program of half-day morning sessions, for 3 to 6-year-old children to learn hands-on natural science and outdoor skills.
We use a combination of Montessori, Forest School, and experiential learning methodologies to provide comprehensive, personalized, and engaging educational activities that nurture love, respect, and stewardship for the environment.
Above all, we believe that learning should be FUN!
Develop independence, self- confidence and risk assessment to explore Nature in safe ways. Practice building shelters, using knots, orientation, bush crafts.
Directly observe and discuss the relationships between the local ecosystem and its wildlife. Get a taste of botany, birding, identifying insects and listening to the sounds of nature.
Explore the less walked paths of the Botanical Garden to spot its secret colorful wildlife. Learn to find your way among forest and rocky grounds, developing balance and coordination.
Reveal the artist inside you, connect with your creative mind, assess and express your emotions while using natural elements and inspiration from the local environment.
Traditional team games from various countries that develop motor, social and emotional skills, while providing opportunities to get familiar with the surrounding nature.
Every day we enjoy our lunch together, on the grass or under a shelter. Each person prepares his own meal without using single use items. We aim for healthy habits and no impact.
The 3 C's
The sparkle of our learning journey
When one approaches the world with an eager mind to understand it, learning becomes fun. As an ever-growing tree, knowledge finds always room to enlarge its roots and bear new fruits.
A kind heart is our best companion
Happiness is a state of mind that starts from the inside. We celebrate life with gratitude towards the planet and contribute to making this world a better place for everyone. Stewardship for the planet starts early-age.
Sharing our self with the world
Our ability to connect ideas is linked to how confident we feel to fail and try again. Creating a positive environment where participants feel free to experiment and try new things is crucial to nurture someone's confidence.
This program aims to provide children living in the city with the opportunity to develop their connection with Nature. The objective is not to transform the child into an encyclopedia, but to ensure that she has a positive experience while being outdoors, thence developing awareness about the Natural processes around her and curiosity to learn more about the world at large.
Cross-curricular project-based study.
Team learning, communication, listening, and collaboration skills development.
Practical life activities that build independence and self-confidence.
Cultivate awareness and respect for the environment.
Create a sense of stewardship and community that transcends nationalities.
We are all citizens of one planet and we need to take care of it.
Introduction to the ecological mindset and how all lifeforms are important for maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.
Practice healthy living habits through offline activities outdoors.
Build social and emotional skills to relate to each other with kindness and compassion.
Everyday activities will be different, following participants' interests, natural rhythm, and unexpected observations during the Nature Walks.
It is possible to book a single session, a whole week (5 consecutive sessions), or two whole weeks (twice 5 consecutive sessions, the two weeks can be consecutive or not).
This camp program runs Monday to Friday.
From July 13th until August 21st
Green Steps Triple Focus
Explore the environment with a scientific mindset, understand the laws of nature and learn how to interact with the wilderness in safe and responsible ways.
Experience nature as a space to build awareness, respect, and compassion towards each other. Renew old and make new friendships in nature’s many playgrounds.
Shanghai Botanical Garden
As a green oasis in the city, this park is also the perfect outdoor classroom to organize nature discovery activities.
What makes this location attractive is the possibility to explore and interact directly with Nature. It is, without a doubt, one of the best spaces for recreation and outdoor environmental education within Shanghai downtown.
The largest municipal garden in China.
Over 202 acres of forest and gardens, in the heart of Shanghai.
Rare plants, birds, mammals, and other wildlife are a common sight.
50,000 plants of 800+ species create a diversity of forest environments.
The perfect outdoor laboratory to explore and understand natural sciences.
Our Nature Guides
MS Marine Biology degree from Spain University, Master in sustainable tourism management from the International Institute of Environmental Education, Montessori Early Childhood certified educator from North American Montessori Center. CEO and founder of Green Steps. Designer of environmental education activities and eco-tourism itineraries in China since 2011. Former mountain rescue officer. With over 10 years of experience as a diving instructor, first aid instructor, and swimming coach.
Postgraduate Degree in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University UK, and Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as a foreign language from East China Normal University, with a focus on deeper learning strategies. First Aid certified. Over 12 years of experience in the Charity/NGO sector as a board director, project coordinator, teacher trainer, and active volunteer for environmental education, disabled children, and migrant children projects. Teaching environmental topics in Chinese Primary schools and International Schools. Green Steps Nature Guide.
ESL English Teacher with a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certified teacher with a Teaching English to Young Learners specialization. First Aid certified. Having grown up on a rural farm she shares lots of knowledge about plants and first-hand experiences of the natural world, making her lessons fun and colorful. She is passionate about experiential education and uses creativity everything at hand to create engaging experiences.
Do you want to spend a blast of summer having fun outdoors while developing practical life skills and exploring natural wonders? Then join Green Steps on this Outdoor Nature half-day camp this July and August.
Every day we will be doing different outdoor activities and learn more and more about our local environment.
Explore with us the stunning wildlife of Shanghai – by foot and through games learn natural science hands-on. We offer you a Montessori inspired, bi-lingual experience (English & Chinese) you will never forget and guarantee that you will want to stay on when it’s time to say goodbye. Learn new skills for the 21st century, enhance your sense of self and confidence, build new friendships while you explore nature, and have fun outdoors.
Our activities aim to minimize the impact on the environment and to strengthen relationships with mother earth. We encourage the use of reusable equipment and containers to avoid unnecessary waste.
Green Steps activities follow a supervision ratio of one Nature Guide for a maximum of 6 participants, this increases the capacity to provide personalized interactions and ensure appropriate safety control.
All Green Steps Nature Guides are trained as First Aid providers, with internationally recognized certification, completed within the last 24 months.
This program of activities is suitable for children age 3+ years old without accompanying adults.
Please inform us during the booking process and when dropping your child the first time, if there is any medical condition that you think we should be aware of to maintain appropriate safety during this camp. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples: asthma, allergies, recent injuries, behavioral issues, strong fears, etc.
Parents are welcome to attend the camp activities, it is however optional. If parents prefer to just drop off and pick up their child it is also fine.
The first hours, sometimes days, of a camp are often challenging for the younger ones if they did not have previous experience with spending time away from their usual caregivers. It takes some time, a few activities and games so that children build up their confidence and get familiar with the camp staff and other participants.
Adult tickets for the Shanghai Botanical Garden are not included in the camp fees, if you would like to join as a parent or caregiver, you are welcome to let our team know and we will help you purchase the ticket.
In the park there are some coffee terraces and rest areas where some parents might like to stay reading or working while the half-day program unfolds, then pick their child at the end.
Our program takes place even in case of light rain; in case of heavy rain or storm, we will organize alternative activities in line with natural science and outdoor skills topics by using the Botanical Garden sheltered spaces and exhibitions.
In case of rain make sure your child brings a spare set of dry cloths secured inside a dry bag, a light raincoat.
Photos & Videos:
Every day there will be a selection of photos and/or videos from the activities shared to the parents via a WeChat group established for this purpose.
The media materials collected may be used in our social media for marketing purposes, if you wish not to appear in our public posts please let us know during the event, or any time by email at email@example.com.
Participants need to bring:
Comfortable sports clothes, light, and quick to dry.
Reusable bottle of water 300 ml to 500 ml.
Zero-waste picnic lunch and 1-2 small snacks (avoid single-use containers)
Hiking shoes or solid sports shoes (we walk muddy paths inside the forest)
Your Nature journal (provided on the first day attending the program).
Small backpack for carrying own equipment.
Be mindful of the ongoing season (i.e. bring a raincoat and an additional set of clothes in case of rain, bring sun protection in case of sunny day, bring mosquito repellent in the hot season, etc.)
BRING REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE - ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES AIM TO BE ZERO WASTE
Each child needs to bring a lunch box from home with a picnic meal. Depending on the weather, meals happen outdoor on the grassland over a blanket or under shelter. We eat a mid-morning snack at 10:30 am and lunch at 12:00. Before eating we all wash hands with water and soap. To avoid allergies we will ask participants not to share food. Please inform us of any allergies during the booking process and also when starting the activity.
We expect all participants and Green Steps staff to engage in respectful, compassionate, kind behaviors, and respectful communication to each other. We prevent and avoid the use of violence (verbal and physical by any staff and participant). In case of repeated behavior issues that affect safety and others' wellbeing or non-following the Green Steps staff instructions, a participant may be excluded from the program, in this case, fees are not refunded.
The program is facilitated in English & Chinese. This is not a language camp, the objective of our communication is that concepts are understood and that participants have fun while maintaining appropriate safety measures.
Transportation is not included.
The exact gathering location every day for drop-off and pick-up your child is:
The ticket office at Gate No.2 of Shanghai Botanical Garden
The most convenient transportation to Gate No. 2 is the public bus: 56, 178, 342, 714, 720, 770, 824, 956, 958, or Shangfeng Special Line and get off at Longwulu Longshuinanlu Station.
Nearby subway stations are Line 1, 3, 12.
Shanghai Botanical Garden address:
No.997 Longwu Road (near Luocheng Road)
Botanical garden phone: 0570-4333111 / 135 6701 1112
Wechat contact and phone of the Nature Guide in charge of the activity will be shared by email and WeChat 48h before the activity.
Booking, Cancellation & Fees:
Booking requires full payment using the registration link here provided (top of the page).
Cancellation more than 7 days before the event starts gets a 100% refund.
Cancellation 7 days or less before the event starts gets a 50% refund.
Cancellation 24h or less before the event starts don't get a refund.
If the camp gets canceled for major events (government notice, site notice, weather alert, or other) a full refund is provided to participants.
Included in the Camp fees:
Activities, equipment, teacher fees, botanical garden, and electric car ticket fees.
Not included in the Camp fees:
Meals snacks, transportation, insurance.
Do you need help
Let us know your questions
Come and meet us:
Make an appointment and meet our Shanghai Nature Guide team in our Shanghai downtown office. Share with us your questions and concerns. We are more than happy to explain to you about this experience.
Maybe join one of our half-day activities before the summer camp and connect with Nature.
Green Steps Shanghai Address:
Shanghai, Xuhui District, Panyu Road 1199, building 3, 101 Office.
It's near Yishan Road subway station (Line 3-4)
phone: (86) 134 2499 8471
Green Steps connects people with nature. We design and implement experiential activities to increase respect and understanding for Mother Earth. We teach hands-on natural sciences using the outdoors as a playground and laboratory. We provide families, schools and companies with a personalized solution to develop environmental knowledge.