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Landscape Architecture Explorations Summer Camp

July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015

Student sketching a plant with watercolors

Design Ideas into Action

Landscape Architecture Explorations: Design Ideas into Action is a weeklong day camp developed by the faculty of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture for high school students (age 14–18) to explore landscape architecture, an exciting profession that encourages creative expression and critical thinking and inspires civic responsibility. Landscape architects focus on the planning, design, and preservation of built and natural environments from gardens to rural landscapes to urban parks and infrastructure.

Who: High school students, age 14–18
What: Landscape Architecture Explorations Summer Camp
When: July 13–17, 2015 (9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday; 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Wednesday; see schedule)
Where: LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Come find out if landscape architecture is right for you!

The camp will be held at LSU Hilltop Arboretum on historic Highland Road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The camp includes individually tutored design workshops, information sessions, lectures by advanced professionals and faculty, drawing workshops, and field trips to the LSU main campus, professional design offices, and to award-winning project sites in the greater Baton Rouge area. Transportation for field trips is included in the program fee.

As a camp student, you are introduced to the discipline of landscape architecture through a design workshop environment. Your time will be divided between design and drawing exercises in the classroom space of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Hilltop Arboretum. Mornings will begin with lectures presented by faculty and practicing professionals, walking tours of Baton Rouge’s open spaces and the LSU campus, and drawing skill workshops. The design workshops are held every afternoon and will consist of individual time with the instructor, group discussions, and review of student work with guest instructors.

The camp director is a faculty member of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, who will be assisted by guest lecturers and other instructors, current and former students in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs at LSU.

Meals & Supplies

Students should pack a brown-bag lunch for each day of the camp, Monday–Thursday. Lunch will be provided for students on Friday, the last day of camp, in celebration of the final project review. A basic kit of drawing and modeling supplies is included in the program fee, and other supplies will be available for students as needed.

Admission, Registration & Fees

Landscape Architecture Explorations is open to anyone between the ages of 14–18, still in high school, and interested in landscape architecture. No specific academic standard is required with the exception of a letter of recommendation from a person who is familiar with your academic and artistic activities, such as a teacher, counselor, or employer. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Registration is open from now through June 30, 2015. A registration form is available here, or call 225-767-6916 or e-mail Enclose or attach a copy of the completed form and recommendation letter and mail or e-mail to Friends of Hilltop Arboretum, PO Box 82608, Baton Rouge, LA 70884,

Fees & Payment

A nonrefundable camp fee of $125 can be paid online when you submit your application and letter of recommendation via e-mail to Checks made out to the Friends of the Hilltop Arboretum will be accepted in the mail with your application and letter of recommendation.

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LSU Hilltop Arboretum
11855 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810 United States
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