Plans for summer camp are growing at the Everglades Wonder Gardens, with registration open April 3 to 30 for specially themed sessions and local field trips for campers ages 7 through 11.

During Animal Artistry week, offered June 11-15 and July 9-13, young artists will be inspired by the Gardens’ animals to explore their creativity with 2-D, 3-D and performing arts, followed by a visit to a local art museum.

Blossoming Biologist week, offered June 18-22 and July 16-20, will provide young scientists opportunities to discover more about ecology, animal behavior and anatomy by observing, hypothesizing and experimenting with the Gardens’ flora and fauna. The week culminates with a trip to explore a local beach habitat.

Campers in Tall Tale Tellers week, offered June 25-29 and July 23-27, will use the Gardens’ unique history and rescued animals to write spoken stories, act and create art in the tradition of great storytellers like Rudyard Kipling, Janell Cannon and Beatrix Potter. An exploration of a downtown Bonita Springs historical site will conclude the week.

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost per week is $125 for family-level members; $150 for nonmembers. To register, contact Zuliana Salerno, education/volunteer coordinator at or 239-992-2591. Camp themes and field trips are subject to change.

A cultural icon and designated historic resource of the City of Bonita Springs for more than 80 years, the Everglades Wonder Gardens is a community centerpiece that has provided generations of Floridians and visitors the opportunity to experience rare and exotic plants and wildlife.

In 2014, Bonita Wonder Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to purchase and operate the Everglades Wonder Gardens. While preserving the iconic attraction, the nonprofit organization is in the process of restoring wildlife enclosures, nurturing the botanical beauty of the property, adding education programs and further enhancing this Bonita Springs jewel.

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