About the Job: Taylor Swearingen – Education Intern

youth education activity of colorful animals made from yarn like pigs, tigers and bumblebees

July has begun, and it is sad to think that my time as an education intern here is half over. This summer I have had so many opportunities to grow and expand my knowledge of plants and butterflies, as well as gain experience working with children and speaking to large groups of adults.

The most exciting thing about working in education is that each day is different and exciting with new challenges and experiences. Pictured above is a craft from one of our reoccurring programs, Kid’s Story Time. We read books in the Gardens about animals, and then using yarn and pinecones the kids made garden mice.

One of the projects I am working on this summer is planning and organizing summer day camps for kids. There are three summer camp days planned for this summer, one for June, July, and August. Each camp day has a specific theme, and I am very excited for the next camp will be next week, Green in the Garden. Kids that attend in this camp will experience a behind the scenes tour of the greenhouse, participate in leaf collecting and pressing, and even get to try out a floral arranging project.