Cape Fear Botanical Garden strives to serve this region as a center for conservation, education, research and the encouragement of environmental stewardship. Education is one of the Garden’s highest priorities.
Cumberland Community Foundation (CCF) provides essential funding to programs that enhance the quality of life in every corner of Cumberland County. Grants award to the Garden by CCF have provided general operating support and funding for numerous programs including therapeutic horticulture, nature-based learning experiences, and Summertime Kids Camp. Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s summer camps inspire a love for nature and science. CFBG now serves over 200 campers a year with inspiring activities like pond dipping, butterfly catching, meeting live animals, creating nature art, and more. CFBG is proud to supply scholarships for many of our low-income and special needs campers.
The Garden, in partnership with Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center, presents Nature Tales – a free morning story and craft time for children. Each month we explore a different natural science theme through books and crafts which have the power to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in a myriad of ways as their creativity and imagination receive strong stimulation.
The sessions are held twice monthly and fill up quickly! Details are available on the Calendar.
NEW! The Garden also now offers monthly programs at the Cumberland County Headquarters Library starting with Nature STEM at the Library: Super Salamanders on Feb. 22nd at 2 pm. Library classes are free for everyone!
FLORENCE ROGERS CHARITABLE TRUST
Florence Rogers Charitable Trust (FRCT) has provided Cape Fear Botanical Garden with support for projects focusing on arts, education, recreation, children’s programs, and quality of life in the area. Funding awarded by FRCT has allowed the Garden to expand the number of children we serve with natural science education, outdoor play and exploration.
Extension Master Gardeners volunteer thousands of hours each year of their time, energy, knowledge and passion for the Garden and gardening! A Master Gardener team leader is available each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning to lead community volunteers in planting, caring for and maintaining garden beds and trails. Master Gardeners maintain a strong connection to the Heritage Garden and provide annual support through a generous grant to help maintain the history and traditions of the buildings and garden beds. Sharing their knowledge and love of teaching, many Master Gardeners volunteer with the Education Department providing tours and other educational opportunities to adults and thousands of school children who visit the Garden each year.
Contact “Ask an Extension Master Gardener” Help Desk: (910) 321-6882
North Carolina Science Museums (NCSM) grant program is one of the many ways that the State of North Carolina invests in sustaining and advancing its diverse and widespread networks of science museums. Funding awarded by NCSM provides environmental educational learning experiences in and out of the classroom that enhances science literacy and teaches children to be good stewards of the environment.
A highlight of the Garden’s educational outreach is a partnership with the students and staff of the Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) Horticulture Technology/Management curriculum. This strong partnership benefits both the students of the HEC and the visitors and students of Cape Fear Botanical Garden. The Garden’s Therapeutic Horticulture program is generously supported through donations of planting supplies, greenhouse space and learning opportunities in the FTCC lab and classroom. As an outdoor laboratory, the Garden provides practical applications of horticultural principles and practices, complementing the student’s curriculum. Additionally, students can work in the Garden perfecting job skills with hands-on activities including landscape and construction techniques, irrigation design and installation, and plant identification.
Youth Growth Stock Trust’s (YGST) ongoing commitment to Cape Fear Botanical Garden supports our mission to transform people’s relationships with plants and the natural world. Funding awarded by YGST has supported environmental education and cultural arts programming that blend art and nature and provide enriching learning experiences for children and adults alike.