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Plants are the world’s greatest superheroes! This camp session will take a look at the amazing power of plants to feed the world, clean the air, regenerate and much more. But watch out, a few villains may show up during this week of camp. We will learn how to fight plant villains and save the world as we explore what insects, and plants threaten the population of East Tennessee. Find out ways to help improve the environment and reduce threats from villains. This camp will also explore comic book heroes and villains and how some superpowers were created by looking at plants.
Cost: $115/members, $135/nonmembers
**Please review our cancellation policy before registering**
This camp will explore aspects of theater while enjoying spending time in the Gardens. Campers will learn theater skills and techniques throughout this fun filled week of camp. Campers will end the week with a performance in the UT Gardens for their friends and family. This session will be directed by Tracey Copeland Halter. Tracey is an Adjunct Lecturer for the University of Tennessee Department of Theater. Her professional acting credits include Seven Guitars , (Broadway) Richard III and Two Gentlemen of Verona , (New York Shakespeare Festival) and much more.
Campers will be divided into two groups by age, 6-10 & 11-15.
This camp will explore the concept of Nature Art. We will view examples of art around UT Gardens, learn what it meant to make nature art, and how to make sustainable art. We will compare examples of traditional art and nature art, explore simple design principles. Then we will learn to make some of our own art supplies from materials around the garden, use them to sketch and plan a sculpture, and then each grandparent and grandchild will create their own temporary nature art sculpture installation!
Ages 4-12 and a grandparent
Cost: $25/members, $30/nonmembers
In this week-long camp, young explorers will learn skills to become a Garden Master Chef. Participants will spend four days learning essentials of eating the garden from harvest to a final three course meal preparation and service competition. Skills to be learned will include: identifying edibles in the kitchen garden, harvest, cleanliness/food safety, kitchen safety, food storage, the food groups/nutrition, staples for a useful pantry, integrating fresh raw foods into every meal, food preparation, cutting and chopping techniques, and service! We will also have special guest cooks, chefs, and restauranteurs from around Knoxville! Join us for this tasty culinary adventure in the garden!
If you have food allergies, this is an opportunity to attend a food allergy friendly camp at the UT Gardens. We will spend time learning about plants, exploring the gardens and making new friends. This camp also gives campers a chance to learn about living with food allergies. Campers with and without food allergies are invited to attend.
Ages 6-12 (Children under 6 may attend with a parent)Cost: Free
In this day camp we will learn all about different species of butterflies, the life cycle of butterflies, and the interdependence of butterflies and host plants. We will learn how to identify specific species, how to sketch and color illustrations of them, and hunt for them in around the gardens. We will also learn the essential elements to create and inviting habitat for butterflies in your garden. To help get your butterfly garden started we will sow seeds and propagate plants for you to take home and grow together!
This day camp will be all about eating in the outdoors! We’ll explore the gardens learning how gardens fit into the food web, different ways to grow food, harvest it, and how to forage for food as well! We’ll learn to plant, collect, clean, and a prepare snacks and recipes from the garden. Participants will transplant veggie seedlings to take home to grow!
Let your imagination run wild in this earth focused fairy and gnome adventure camp. Fairies are a great source of inspiration for children to connect with the natural environment. We will let nature be our guide as we build a magical fairy village in the children’s garden, make pinecone fairies, wind streamers, stick mobiles, a kid size stick fort and fresh from the garden snacks and herbal teas.