After a two-year hiatus, we hope you will choose VCMGA’s summer camp as one of the fun, educational, and creative activities for your kids this summer. The VCMGA Summer Camp is designed to discover and learn about nature, exercise creativity with interesting projects and meet new friends. We all missed these activities, so it will be exciting and refreshing to enjoy them again with your kids.
The Growing Healthy Kids Summer Camp will be held June 20-24 from 8:30am-12:00pm at the Victoria Educational Gardens, 282 Bachelor Drive, near Victoria Airport. Registration is possible from May 10th to June 10th. The fee per camper is $60. We have space for 60 campers.
Registration forms are available on our website www.vcmga.org or from the Victoria County AgriLife Extension Office, 361-575-4581, 529 Waco Circle at Victoria Regional Airport. Questions? Call 361-938-1556. Complete applications and fees must be received by the June 10 registration deadline.
Focus: CROPS (composting, recycling, organics, propagation, six-legged insects)
- Master gardener Cindy Brewer will discuss the pros and cons and the pros and cons of composting. Campers will gain an understanding of the importance of composting in producing the food we eat and enriching the plants that surround us.
- Tour of the gardens with their team leaders. Crafts: Master gardener Pat Koenig and her team will guide campers to create stepping stones for themselves.
- Christy Youker, Managing Director of Keep Victoria Beautiful, will speak about recycling and the importance of this issue and how recycling affects everyone now and in the future.
- Master Gardener Debbie Krueger will guide campers to visit the VEG Butterfly Haven and learn all about butterflies. Craft: Mini Garden in a Recycled Cup is led by master gardeners Betty Tovar and Marcia Kauffman.
- Javier Aguilar, HEB Product Manager, will share his knowledge and expertise on organic fruit and vegetables. Craft: Paint rocks as bees and ladybugs to use with a covered tic-tac-toe board. Activity: Beekeeper Emory Powsitski will teach and encourage campers to learn and understand bees.
- Master gardeners Joy Reed and Norene Perry demonstrate how to propagate cuttings from other plants and grow new plants from seeds.
- Recycled paper rolls are used as seed pots for planting. Craft: Faux stained glass paintings are facilitated by master gardener Pat Koenig and her team.
- Calhoun County Advisory Commissioner Steven Biles will present integrated pest management principles. This session will increase campers’ knowledge and experience of six-legged insects and bugs. Campers learn about the good, bad and ugly insects and how they can positively or negatively affect gardens and plants.
- Insect scavenger hunt in the garden. Crafting: Complete all of the week’s incomplete crafting projects or enter a tic-tac-toe tournament using the bugs, bees, and boards they create. Campers can also play bug bingo and other fun games. The finale is the award ceremony and the farewell program.
Victoria County Master Gardeners look forward to having children at summer camp. Our goal is for the campers to develop knowledge about CROPS, develop creative ideas and create great memories.
Victoria County Master Gardeners are volunteers trained through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The goal of the master gardener program is to share horticulture-related information throughout the community.
If you are interested in learning more, the next master gardener class will start in January 2023. You can follow us on Facebook and on our website vcmga.org.
The master gardeners invite you to experience the beauty of nature at the Victoria Educational Gardens, affectionately known as the VEG. The gardens are free and open 24 hours a day. Group tours can be arranged.
The Gardeners’ Dirt was written by members of the Victoria County Master Gardener Association, an educational initiative of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Victoria County. Submit your questions to Advocate, PO Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77901.