The three one-week camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning on July 28.
“Campers will investigate the amazing plants at the Botanical Center and learn about wildlife on the grounds, including birds, insects and mammals,” said camp director Amy Cabaniss. “They’ll harvest and taste locally-grown produce, play wildlife-themed games, create arts and crafts projects, keep journals, collect treasures for their nature boxes and more. It’s a great opportunity to engage children in their outdoor world in a fun and exciting way.”
Week one, (July 28-Aug. 1), called Eco-Crusaders: Urban Discovery, is for those entering grades 3-6 and features games and activities that connect them to the importance of local food, composting, pollinators and clean water.
Week two (Aug. 5-9), Where the Wild Things Live, introduces children entering grades 1-3 to the biodiversity in Roger Williams Park by viewing birds and mammals and participating in animal-themed games.
Week three (Aug. 11-15), Urban Garden Explorers, is for those entering grades 3-6 and focuses on activities to investigate where their food comes from.
Each weekly session costs $150 and includes lunch. Need-based and diversity scholarships are available on a first-come first-served basis, thanks to the generosity of the URI President’s Office, URI Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, the College of Engineering, and the College of Environmental and Life Sciences. Additional sponsorships have been provided by the Botanical Center Conservancy and private donors.