Our young people are our future and it is important to share with them our love of nature and gardening. We share our knowledge and encourage care for the environment and conservation. We interact with them in maintaining a butterfly garden at Jackson Elementary School. Our Junior Gardening Committee visits the school each month with various programs including Arbor and Earth Day. The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs hosts 6 weeks of camp at Wekiva State Park. Students in elementary and middle school spend a week making new friends, learning about nature and conservation, swimming and canoeing. In the words of one of our students, who has attended camp for seven years and is now a counselor “Throughout my years here, I have learned many things. How to make a fire, how to make friends ….even how to make a bed! More importantly I’ve learned how to love and respect nature. Seven years ago, I was a little third grader that really had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. Today, I am a first year counselor, looking at colleges for environmental law. Without Camp Wekiva I honestly believe that I would still be a little girl with no idea what she would do when she grew up.” Plant City Garden Club supports Camp Wekiva with funds and volunteers.
In addition to Camp Wekiva we also support SEEK with funds. SEEK (Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge) is an annual environmental conference for high school students sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Each summer, 70 students from across the state attend the outstanding 4-day conference. Students entering grades 10, 11, or 12 are eligible to attend.
Plant City Garden Club offers a college scholarship to Plant City Area High School Students. The scholarship is in the field of conservation, environment, horticulture, botany, landscape design.