Kids in the Garden

Kids in the Garden 2017

KIDS IN THE GARDEN 2017 –  Applications for campers will be accepted March 1st for TGC members for the Kids in the Garden 2017 – Tampa Garden Club – Youth Camp Click here for Kids in the Garden 2017 Registration.  Applications for campers from the general public will be accepted March 14th as long as space is available.  The fee is $65.  Scholarships are available; for more information call the Tampa Garden Club office at 813-251-5059.

Tampa Garden Club members wishing to volunteer can click here KIG Adult Volunteer Registration for an application.  If you would like to be a camp counselor click here KIG Camp Counselor Registration 2017.






Kids in the Garden, 2016:

Discovering Nature – Birds

The 13th year of the Kids in the Garden Summer Camp at the Tampa Garden Club was very successful. There were 35 youngsters, K to 5th grades, 6 teen counselors, 10 member volunteers. The fee for the five day half-day camp was $65. Children brought a snack each day and receive a camp Tshirt. Each of the 10 circles participated by providing volunteers, or materials. Azalea: colored stones for dish gardens; Amaryllis: flags for the dish gardens; Calliandra: books/materials on hummingbirds; Cactus Succulent: selection of cacti and succulents for the dish gardens; Founders and Moonlight: donation; Old Fashioned: canvas for collage; Rose: materials for the oil spill demonstration; Town & Country: bird houses; Village: Owl replica. Adult volunteers were: Kitty Wallace, Chairman, Kathy Echevarria, Pam Slagg, and Beverly Owen – all members of Old Fashioned Garden Circle. Adult volunteers from Town ‘N Country GC were Sharon Cooper, Leslie Allen, Sally Sutherlin, Lois McLane, Diana Sullivan, & Pam Keegan. Virginia Green, TNC, was the registrar. Dot Adler, Rose Circle, volunteered.

The children learned about backyard birds, wetland birds, birds of prey, and hummingbirds. There were presentations, activities, explorations, creative arts, collages, and skits produced. There was a very active butterfly habitat, microscopes, binoculars, and magnifying glasses available to each camper. Several monarchs and a polydamus, were seen developing their chrysalis and emerging. Two monarchs were released by the campers. The campers took home a variety of plants to provide backyard habitats for birds at their homes. The parents/family and garden club members were invited to attend the skits performed on the last day. The children made creative bird masks, and put together their skit based on the information that they learned at camp. Parents were provided information on Camp Wekiva, and other resources to follow up at home on the topics that were explored by their children during the camp.

Our teen counselors volunteered their time and are vital to the success of the learning environment. Several counselors were campers when they were younger. Several counselors were part of the Town & Country Youth Council. They earn community service hours.

Many of the campers return year after year until they are “clapped out” at the end of 5th grade. It is estimated that over 2,000 youngsters have attended this fun and informative camp.