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. 

IMPORTANT - DUE to COVID19 the summer bee camp has been cancelled for summer 2020. We may be able to schedule some spring 2021 Saturday programs. Please check back in the Spring for this announcement!

FREE Summer Camp 2021 – 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 21st – July 2, 2021, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (lunch and snacks provided).

Are you in middle school or high school? Are you interested in learning about science, engineering, and technology through doing tons of great science experiments and activities? Do you want to explore careers in science, technology, and engineering? Do you love flowers, to go outside and look at things, to learn about bees and beekeeping, and to go on field trips? Do you enjoy indigenous crafts and poetry? Do you like biosensors, robotics, and to conduct experiments? Then our program is for you!

This FREE two-week summer day camp at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will introduce you to the exciting research of pollinators, insects, plants, and pollen! You’ll go on field trips, participate in hands-on experiments, and learn from professors and college students what it is like to be scientists. Come and join in on the fun!

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Rita Hagevik at rita.hagevik@uncp.edu or 
Anastasia Oxendine at anastasia.oxendine@robeson.k12.nc.us 

Twenty-four students will be selected to participate in the summer program.  Parents will be notified of acceptance at the end of May 2021.

FREE June 2021 Summer Camp  – 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 21st – July 2, 2021, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (lunch and snacks provided).

Are you in middle school or high school? Are you interested in learning about science, engineering, and technology through doing tons of great science experiments and activities? Do you want to explore careers in science, technology, and engineering? Do you love flowers, to go outside and look at things, to learn about bees and beekeeping, and to go on field trips? Then our program is for you!

This FREE two-week summer day camp at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will introduce you to the exciting research of pollinators, insects, plants, and pollen! You’ll go on field trips, participate in hands-on experiments, and learn from professors and college students what it is like to be scientists. Come and join in on the fun!

For additional information please contact Dr. Rita Hagevik at rita.hagevik@uncp.edu or Anastasia Oxendine at anastasia.oxendine@robeson.k12.nc.us. Applications will be accepted through May 2021, and twenty-four students will be selected to participate in the summer program.  Parents will be notified of acceptance at the end of May 2021.

Apply in the spring of 2021 for the summer 2021 bee camp! Stay tuned for some possible spring 2021 Saturday programs!

Cick here to read about the 2019 float trip on the Lumber River!

Activities/opportunities include:

  • UNCP Campus Garden – Kids in the Garden Outreach Booth
  • Academic year program on Saturday mornings at UNCP
  • Bee Camp during the last two weeks of June at UNCP
  • BEE the Change Teacher Workshops – Focus on Literacy
  • BEE the Change Science Curriculum – Middle and High School
  • Demonstration Pollinator Gardens – Robeson Co. Early College/Robeson Community College (Robeson Co.), Jack Britt High School (Cumberland), Tar Heel Middle School (Bladen Co.)

For additional information contact the Kids in the Garden team – Dr. Rita Hagevik at rita.hagevik@uncp.edu

The Kids in the Garden programs are possible because of generous support from the Burroughs-Wellcome fund (middle and high school program) and Duke Energy Foundation (elementary program), with additional support from Robeson County Farm Bureau and UNC Pembroke.

Kids in the Garden Application 

Please complete the application below during spring 2021. If you have any questions feel free to email Anastasia Oxendine, KIG Program Director at anastasia.oxendine@robeson.k12.nc.us or Rita Hagevik at rita.hagevik@uncp.edu.

Where: UNCP Oxendine Science Building
 

Student Information

Gender
Race/Ethnicity

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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