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Kids in the Garden 2017

June 5, 2017 – First day of Kids in the Garden. “Water, Water Everywhere”

 

They learned many things. A few things they learned and did are pictured:

* learned the importance of water for our bodies, for our plants, and for all living things
* made masks
* acted in skits they created
* made sun prints for Father’s Day cards
* saw some live web cams in aquariums (fish and sharks) and US Parks across the nation (bears)
* used globes to see how much of Earth is water
* learned about the natural streams and rivers in Florida
Thank you to all the Kids in the Garden Committee and their leader, Kitty Wallace.

 

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Kids in the Garden, 2016

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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.