Rochester Garden Club Gives Nature Camp Scholarships

The Rochester Garden Club offers a scholarship program for elementary school students in the Rochester area each year.

A middle school boy stands, wearing a backpack, and poses for a photo.

As a part of its mission, the club supports environmental education and is especially interested in helping students of all ages experience the natural world. Graduating seniors receive scholarships toward college degrees in environmental studies, middle school students are sent to a weeklong 4-H sponsored sleep away camp for environmental education (currently on pause due to covid), and elementary students can attend the “Nature Discovery Camp” hosted by the City of Rochester Hills.

In late July, elementary school students Tony Lopez and Kameron Harris were recipients of the “Nature Discovery Camp” scholarship and enjoyed an outdoor experience with the help of naturalists at Bloomer Park. They loved learning about nature, playing on the big slip and slide, and discovering the fun of fishing. Kameron even took the prize for the largest fish. Parents Irma Lopez and Brittany Westlake were grateful for the opportunity for their children to get outside and experience nature first-hand, and are glad there are scholarship programs available for the younger students.

As a local nonprofit, Rochester Garden Club is pleased to offer these experiences to encourage our future environmentalists. In addition to scholarship programs, the club serves the community in the areas of conservation, education, horticulture therapy, and civic improvement. Funds for these projects come from sales at the annual Gifts and Greens Market, held this year on December 2, 3 and 4.

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