We’re having a great time at the Naples Botanical Garden summer camp. Campers are flying kites, getting to know the ‘Stinky Plants’ Curator Brett Adams brings in, learning to weave, building rainbow tacos with Julie from Whole Foods and exploring the colorful residents of the wildflower meadow.

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That is only a small taste of the Garden summer camp activities happening all week every week this summer in the Garden. Every day our campers are getting their hands on new art activities, exploring in the Garden and meeting speakers who come from many organizations, from Rookery Bay to the Naples Museum of Art and walks of life, from solar engineers to printmakers.

With access to the plants, butterflies, gardens and staff, the Naples Botanical Garden makes it easy for the counselors, all CCPS teachers, to keep everyone entertained. Our Camp Coordinator, Laura Foht agrees.

“The Garden is the perfect place for curious minds to wander and explore,” said Laura. At least one camper agrees. “This is the best camp ever!  I wish I could go to the Garden all year!,” enthused Trevor. 

This is the third of seven weeks of summer camps. Each week is a different theme: Wild Florida Wanderers, Solar Explorers, Green Gardeners and the brand new Botanical Sketchers. So far, the kids have enjoyed them all. No matter what the theme, the counselors have set up activities that involve art, nature and exploration.

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Best of all, even picky eaters have been satisfied with the meals and snacks from Whole Foods Market! There are 4 weeks to go and still a few spaces left, so register today. Email education@naplesgarden.org or download a registration form from our summer camp page.

Camp would surely not be the success it is without the incredible donation from the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Thanks to their contribution we have been able to offer a number of scholarships to students of Avalon and Shadowlawn Elementary Schools and extend the summer program for an extra week. Thanks, NCEF!