Cape Fear Botanical Garden has received a generous grant from The Summertime Kids Annual Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., in the amount of $3,000 to support summer camp activities including environmental education, outdoor exploration and natural enjoyment to children from our community. Camp sessions at the Garden include unique, hands-on, natural science immersion programs providing experiences such as quiet time in the woods listening for animals and searching for their tracks, catching and releasing butterflies and tadpoles, and feeling the thrill of touching a frog. Games and crafts are carefully selected to give campers an intimate experience with nature and science concepts and align with subjects taught in school. These experiences often stay with campers for life, making them more sensitive to the surrounding world and instilling in them the responsibility of being a good steward.
The awarded grant funds will assist with expenses related to providing a memorable camp experience for Summertime Kids Partner groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville and the Vision Resource Center.
“Summertime is one of our favorite times of year, we get to do fun activities we aren’t able to do during the school year. Getting to watch the kids learn and grow over the course of the week is truly amazing. It’s so fun to share in their excitement when catching their first tadpole, or picking fresh blueberries for snack-time. Summer is a special time to spend in the garden with kids, and we are so thankful for the support from Cumberland Community Foundation and its donors for the support that makes this possible.”- Bonnie Eamick, Environmental Education Coordinator
Established in 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s 80 acres are situated between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek. The Garden is an NC Environmental Education Center and an approved Cumberland County Field Trip Destination. In addition to summer camps, the Garden provides children’s programs, workshops and field trips throughout the year. For more fun and educational programs, visit our upcoming events calendar!