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.

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

Update: 5/26/2022-The Kids in the Garden Summer Camp is full for the 2022 Session.

We are no longer accepting applications, but thank you for your interest!