Friday, June 06, 2014

Three Themed Summer Camp Sessions for Children Being Offered at Springfield Botanical Center in June and July

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
Contact Katie Stienhoff, director of the Botanical Center at 417-891-1515

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with University of Missouri Extension, and the Friends of the Garden will offer a unique series of themed, week-long, half-day camps for children ages 7 – 11 in June and July.

Each week, campers will explore a special theme about the garden and learn more about plants, the planet and the way people connect with the environment. Keepsake crafts, field studies, garden games, and botanical snacks are all part of the daily activities.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students per week. The idea is to provide a special experience connecting kids with different areas of the gardens. Fees are $75 per child per week with a discount of $25 per child per week to Friends of the Garden members.

A complete guide sheet, application form and descriptions of the activities is available inside the Botanical Center at the front desk, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield or online at:  For more information call 417-891-1515.

The summer schedule includes:

June 9 – 18 & July 14 – 18:  Themed to Arts in the Garden, Inspiration from Nature!
June 16 – 20 & July 21 – 25:  Themed to Birds, Bugs & Butterflies, Garden Friends!
July 7 – 11:  Themed to Plants and Gardening, Growing for Food and Fun!

The 12,700-square-feet Botanical Center is surrounded by the 114-acre, Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The main building serves as a welcome and education center to the outdoors, 22 themed gardens, 15 special plant collections, natural areas and a play trail with six nature themed activity stations located along over three miles of paved surface.

Community rooms, gardens and pavilions may be reserved inside the Botanical Boutique gift shop. Public services include the Lois K. Boswell Botanical Reference Library and the Master Gardener Hotline, 417-881-8909 ext. 320. Offices of Greene County Extension and Friends of the Garden are also located in the building.


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