Kids in the Garden Program

Kids in the Garden visit a natural area on the Lumber River

The Kids in the Garden program (KIG), funded by Burroughs-Wellcome, is a STEM program for rising 7th – 12th grade students from Bladen, Cumberland, Richmond and Robeson Counties, as well as the surrounding area, to investigate the mystery of colony collapse in honey bees at the UNC Pembroke campus garden and the importance of pollen and pollinators in the environment. 

Students who participate in the program experience STEM related content to its fullest extent! Students conduct research in a college setting; take field trips such as to BASF, the Bahr lab, visit a commercial bee operation and Cape Fear Botanical Gardens to learn about the importance of honey bees, pollen, and pollinators; and conduct research at various field sites. Snacks, supplies, transportation, activity fees, and equipment used during the program are provided. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from UNCP. Click here to read about the 2019 float trip on the Lumber River!

Summer Camp Information

Are you interested in learning about science, engineering, and technology by doing tons of great science experiments and activities? Do you want to explore careers in science, technology, and engineering? Do you love flowers, insects, to go outside and explore, to learn about bees and beekeeping, and to go on field trips? Do you like to make crafts from natural objects? If so, then, our program is for you!

FREE Summer Camp 2022 – for middle and high school students or those CURRENTLY in middle and high school when the program begins. The two-week summer camp experience called the “Bee Camp” will occur from June 20th to July 1st, 2022. 

Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (lunch and snacks provided) in the Oxendine Science Building, at the Campus Garden & Apiary, and in the surrounding area. We will eat lunch in the UNCP cafeteria, or the cafeteria will pack us a lunch if we are on a field trip that day.

We will follow CDC guidelines for mask wearing.

Apply Now for the Summer 2022 Bee Camp! 

The Kids in the Garden programs are possible because of generous support from the Burroughs-Wellcome fund and UNC Pembroke.

Kids in the Garden Application 
Please complete the application below during spring 2022. If you have any questions feel free to email the Kids in the Garden Program Director, Dr. Rita Hagevik at

Twenty-four students will be selected to participate in the summer program.  Parents will be notified of acceptance at the end of May 2022.

Brochure for kids in the garden program-link available below

Kids in the Garden Application 

Please complete the application below during spring 2022. If you have any questions, please email KIG Program Director Rita Hagevik at

Where: UNCP Oxendine Science Building

Student Information


To be Completed by Parent/Guardian

We ask this question to make sure all students from all socioeconomic groups have an opportunity to participate in our program.

Yearly Income

Additional Information

In order to best meet the needs of all participants, please describe below any special needs that your child has. Additionally, please provide any other information that you think is important for the selection committee to consider in regards to your child's application for this program. 

Parent/Guardian Support

My signature below indicates that I have read and understand all the information included in my child's application and that my child's application for the Kids in the Garden requires them to attend 10 Saturday sessions in the Spring (1/2 days).

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Student Signature

Please sign this agreement. I agree that if I am invited to participate in the Kids in the Garden program and I elect to participate that I will follow all the rules of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and of the Kid's in the Garden instructors. I agree to be a positive participant and to attend all Saturday sessions during the fall and spring semesters. I understand that I am to complete a research project and that I will participate in the Science Fair held at UNCP each February. I also understand that if I violate the rules of UNCP or of the Kids in the Garden project my parents/guardians will be notified, and I may be asked to leave the program.

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