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Summer Camp for Kids Offered at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. announces a new format for summer camp this year.  Nature Explorers Art & Science Camp will engage campers to discover plants and the natural world through art and science. Explorers will spend time discovering the Botanical Gardens, completing multimedia art projects, learning drawing and painting skills, participating in games, taking home their own plants to care for and so much more.  This is a full-day camp for kids that begins July 10 and runs weekly through August 18. 

The Botanical Gardens Nature Explorers Art and Science Camp is perfect for parents that are looking for a fun and educational summer experience for their children. Campers that have completed kindergarten through 6th grade will have the opportunity to experience nature through art and science. This day camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 4:00pm and campers are required to bring a bagged lunch. Morning and afternoon snack is provided at camp.

The Nature Explorers Art and Science Camp highlights a different topic each week.  July 10 through July 14 is Wild Wacky Water Week.  This week is all about water and the art focus will be on painting in watercolor using techniques of washes, salt, dropping in color, and spattering.  Campers will paint beach, stream, and ocean landscapes. Campers will also learn all about the water cycle and the different ways plants use water. This week also includes watery projects and wacky water games.  July 17 through July 21 will be Pollinators Week where campers will sculpt a honeybee using clay, paint the symmetry of flowers in watercolor and tempera on the camp wall mural. The art of quilling to make a 3-D picture is also part of the fun. Campers will learn how pollination works by dissecting flowers and visiting our busy beehive.  Explorers will also create beautiful butterflies, play pollination games, create a take-home garden and more.

July 24 through July 28 is Plants We Eat Week. Campers will consider how many different plants they eat in a day, paint a classical still life composed of fruits and vegetables and discover the method of botanical drawing by carefully inspecting plant parts and drawing them to scale.  Explorers will discover how many plants in the Botanical Gardens are edible, squish oranges and other fruits into juice, make flour, and sample weird looking fruits this week of camp. July 31 through August 4 campers will learn about protecting the environment and how to become stewards of the planet during Plants And Our Planet Week. Campers will design posters on preserving habitat for our wild animals using colored pencils and markers, cover discarded bottles with paper scraps, paint, and glue to create beautiful vases and use recycled materials to craft planters and bird feeders.  Explorers will also participate in environmentally themed games, explore the outdoor Arboretum and test the effects of pollution.

August 7 through August 11 is Rainforest Week where campers will discover how plants and animals live in the rainforest while exploring tropical greenhouses.  Drawing colorful parrots, hummingbirds, and monkeys in oil pastels and creating a collage of tropical flowers is all part of the fun. Explorers will also learn how to fold an origami snake, play games and build a tropical terrarium to bring home. Woodland Adventures Week takes place August 14 through August 18 where campers will learn about what plants, animals and insects live in the forest.  Explorers will create a painting in tempera of a north woods scene complete with birds, deer, raccoons, reptiles, and bugs. They will weave a wall-hanging using grasses, twigs, and feathers and use pencils to create leaf and bark rubbings.  Campers will also explore woodland habitats while learning about local plants and animals, participate in a special camp scavenger hunt, and build a fairy garden.

The Nature Explorers Art and Science camp is an all-day camp. Prices are $180 per week or $36 per day for Botanical Gardens’ members and $200 per week or $40 per day for the general public. Camps are appropriate for kids who have finished kindergarten through 6th grade.  Pre-registration is required, and completed camp forms are due by the Wednesday before each camp session.  To register go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 for more information.

Use #GardensCamp and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

Travel Raffle Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces an exciting Travel Raffle.  The Travel Raffle will offer three amazing prizes; the grand prize is a dream vacation of the winner’s choosing, the second prize is a relaxing weekend getaway to Ellicottville, NY, and third prize will make its winner a Botanical Gardens VIP for 2018.  Travel Raffle tickets are $20 each and are available June 1, 2017 through September 1, 2017.

The grand prize winner will be able to choose their dream vacation.  The prize includes a trip for two to Ireland, Mexico, the Caribbean, wherever and whenever the winner would like to go.  Arrangements will be made for the winner through The Travel Team Inc. The prize voucher has a maximum value of $3,000. The winner can modify their package based upon their preferences and will have one year to redeem their trip. Due to fluctuations in travel pricing, all costs incurred above $3,000 are the sole responsibility of winner. This package is not redeemable for cash.

The second prize is a relaxing getaway to Ellicottville, New York.  Ellicottville is a vibrant four season community complete with outdoor activities in any season, ski resorts, charming shops, cafes, exciting events and so much more. Ellicottville is conveniently located one hour south of Buffalo; three and a half hours from Pittsburgh, PA; three hours from Cleveland, Ohio; and two and a half hours from Toronto, Canada.  The winner will enjoy a two-night stay at the Wingate by Wyndham in Ellicottville.  Nestled among the mountains, the Wingate offers an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and a delicious breakfast buffet each morning. Whether the winner is interested in winter sports or a romantic getaway, Ellicottville is a wonderful place to escape to. Also included in the prize is $150 in cash.

The third place winner will become a Botanical Gardens VIP for 2018.  This winner will receive a one-year family membership to the Botanical Gardens, two tickets to the 2018 Lumagination Launch Party, an awesome January cocktail party to kick-off the Botanical Gardens’ winter light exhibit, two tickets to Taste of Paradise, the opening tropical rum party to the Botanical Gardens’ Spring Flower Exhibit in March and two tickets to Botanics and Brews, a fun July event complete with great music and craft beers.

Travel Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket.  Each ticket has three chances to win and only 700 tickets will be sold. Winning tickets will be drawn Friday, September 1 at the Botanical Gardens (winners need not be present).  Tickets can be purchased online at www.buffalogardens.com, in the Botanical Gardens’ Gift Shop, or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 295. All proceeds benefit the Botanical Gardens. Tickets will only be sold to individuals 18 years of age and older.

Use #GardensRaffle and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

Fairy & Gnome Fest 2017 People’s Choice Awards

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Fairy & Gnome Fest 2017 People’s Choice awards go to:

🍄Fairy Skyway by Stephen & Vicki Cocca (Group Category) (Bottom Left)

🍄Ferntasia by Melissa Swiatek-Odien (Adult Category) (Top Left)

🍄There's No Place Like Gnome by Braden Shelley (Child Entry) (Top right)

The Botanical Gardens Announces Their Annual Great Plant Sale!

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold their annual Great Plant Sale on May 18, 19, and 20. On May 18 the sale will only be open to Botanical Gardens’ members and volunteers from 4-7pm.  The sale will then open to the public on May 19 from 10am-8pm and May 20 from 9am-4pm.

The Great Plant Sale is the best sale of the year, and it is even bigger and better than ever! Be the envy of all your neighbors with exciting and unusual plants not found anywhere else such as; exotic Japanese maples, expanded vegetable and herb selections, native and drought-tolerant rarities, plants for sun and shade, locally grown lilacs, luxurious hanging baskets, perennials, striking house plants and so much more! At the Great Plant Sale, many amenities will be offered including; knowledgeable staff and volunteers to help with purchases and 10% discount for Botanical Gardens’ members.  Plants will be marked according to specific growing conditions so selection will be a breeze. 

The Great Plant Sale is free to the public and takes place in the Botanical Gardens’ Administration building May 18-20. On May 18, Botanical Gardens’ members and volunteers have the privilege to attend the event first from 4 to 7pm. This sale is then open to the public May 19 from 10am to 8pm and on May 20 from 9am to 4pm. There is no admission fee for the sale.  The Great Plant Sale is sponsored by Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.

Use #GreatPlantSale and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

Scout Programs and Overnights Offered at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has enhanced their scout offerings to include a wide variety of programs.  Hands-on offerings include a general program for all scouts, badge programs for girl scouts and new this year, an overnight program for all scouts and youth groups.

The Botanical Gardens’ General Scout Program engages scouts in a hands-on activity and a tour of the Botanical Gardens. Hands-on activities include a tropical terrarium where scouts learn about plant care, growth, and anatomy as well as the water cycle as they make their own sealed garden to take home. The second option is a desert dish, where scouts make their own desert garden to take home while learning about desert biomes and different ways plants adapt to their environment. These programs can be tailored for different ages and abilities and the cost is $8 per scout, one adult is admitted free for every 10 scouts and additional adults are required to pay Botanical Gardens’ general admission. For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact the Botanical Gardens’ Education Department at 716-827-1584 ext. 223.

Badge Programs at the Botanical Gardens offer many different opportunities for Girl Scout troops ranging from Daisies to Cadettes. Daisies can partake in the Use Resources Wisely program where they can earn a Clover Petal through activities that include a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens, a recycling challenge, story time and building a take home terrarium. In the Brownie Outdoor Art Creator badge, girls will explore the different ways nature can be used in art through stations such as; creating a desert dish, crafting plant rubbings, making a rain stick and a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. This program satisfies all but one requirement for this badge. Brownies also have the opportunity to work on their Brownie Bugs! badge. During this program, girls will learn all about bugs through a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens, creating wildflower seed bombs, participating in a spider craft and making a bug hotel. This program fulfills all but one of the requirements for this badge. 

Juniors have an opportunity to learn the science of flowers through participating in hands-on education stations such as creating a terrarium, deciphering flower codes, making dried flower art and a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. This program satisfies all requirements for the Junior Flower Badge.  The Junior Gardener badge explores what it takes to help plants grow and how to design a garden. This program satisfies all of the requirements for the Junior Gardener badge and includes four stations; a beginning garden design lesson, a seed experiment, creating a desert dish and a mini tour of the Botanical Gardens.

Cadettes can work toward a Breathe Badge.  Activities for this badge include lessons on how plants help clean the air around us, how plants are used in essential oils, how to take care of their own air-purifying house plant cuttings and a mini tour of the Botanical Gardens.  This program fulfills most requirements for the Breathe Badge. Cadettes are also able to earn a Tree Badge. Activities include a tree tour of the Botanical Gardens’ Level II Accredited Arboretum, scientific nature journaling and a tree craft.  This program also fulfills all requirements for the Cadettes Tree Badge.

All Badge Programs are two hours in length and do not include the badge. The cost of each program is $10 per scout, one adult per 10 scouts is included and additional adults are required to pay Botanical Gardens general admission.  For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact the Botanical Gardens’ Education Department at 716-827-1584 ext. 223.

For the first time ever, the Botanical Gardens offers an Overnight Program for all scout troops and youth groups! Campers will enjoy activities such as, participating in a planting activity and a flashlight scavenger hunt inside the Botanical Gardens. Before lights out, campers will play a fun game in the main Palm Dome and enjoy a snack while watching a nature-themed movie. Campers will also enjoy a morning stretch and a continental breakfast. Overnight Packages are $1,020 for up to 30 campers and 6 adult chaperones. Additional campers are $30 each and additional chaperones are $20 each. For every 5 campers, 1 adult chaperone is required. Following the Overnight Program, troops have the option to add-on a General or Scout Badge program at a discounted rate of $160 for up to 20 scouts and 2 adults, and $8 per additional scout or adult chaperone. Botanical Overnight iron-on patches are also available for purchase to commemorate your group’s adventure. For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact the Botanical Gardens’ Education Department at 716-827-1584 ext. 223.

Use #ScoutingtheGardens and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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