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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.
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 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 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.