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Summer Camps

We hope you had fun experiencing summer at our Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses!

Our six weekly sessions took place from June 6 to July 15, 2022. Stay tuned for more information about Camp Lookout 2023! 

Below are the themes of our 2022 summer camp sessions and key information about Camp Lookout.

Little Girl inspects flowerCamp Lookout is designed for nature lovers entering first to fifth grade. We offer six one-week sessions (Monday to Friday) from June 6 to July 15. Each week is packed with plenty of time in the great outdoors, wading in our waters and exploring our forests! We’ll explore a new theme each week through hands-on activities. Register for just one week—or all six! Registration for Camp Lookout is limited to 30 campers each week.

Our summer camp is generously supported in part by Longboat Key Garden Club.

2022 Camp Lookout Weekly Themes

Camp Lookout Session 1: Budding Creatives

June 6 to 10 at Downtown Sarasota campus

Explore Selby Gardens through a photographer’s lens! This week is all about photography, poetry, and looking at how nature inspires art. In this illuminating week, campers will experiment with a variety of techniques and unconventional materials to produce their own brilliant works of art.

Camp Lookout Session 2: Bay Buccaneers

June 13 to 17 at Downtown Sarasota campus

Arrrrrrrrgh you ready to get out your dip nets? Because it’s time to explore Sarasota Bay with a swashbuckling twist! Campers will explore the waters off of Selby Gardens’ coastline to search for the natural treasures that can be found in Sarasota Bay. Wade into our living laboratory to discover the adaptations that allow plants and animals to live in a watery world, and learn about how life on land affects life in the water.

Camp Lookout Session 3: Blooming Naturalists

June 20 to 24 at Downtown Sarasota campus

Ready for a STEM-u-lating week of nature exploration? This week campers will grow their knowledge through the power of observation, from the soil to the sky. We will explore the world with our five senses, making new buds in the process.

Camp Lookout Session 4: Mixed Media Makers

June 27 to July 1 at Historic Spanish Point campus

Do you love art? Campers will explore the connections between technology and contemporary art, comparing augmented and virtual reality. Investigating the theme of collaboration, campers will consider the roles artists play in informing our understanding of the world around us. Campers will experiment with a variety of mediums to produce their own exhibition. Because earth without “art” is “eh”!

Camp Lookout Session 5: Adventuring Archaeologists

July 4 to 8 at Historic Spanish Point campus

Can you spot the difference between an artifact and an artifake? This week campers will dig into the science of archaeology and what it takes to be an archaeologist. Campers also will learn how people in the past utilized resources and how past actions impact the present and future.

Camp Lookout Session 6: Hardy Homesteaders

July 11 to 15 at Historic Spanish Point campus

Break out your two-wheeled carts, because it’s time to build your homestead! Campers will put their wilderness skills to the test as they learn how to survive as pioneers. Travel back in time with us!