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Summer Camps

Experience Summer at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses! 

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Camp Lookout is designed for nature lovers entering first to fifth grade. Each week is packed with plenty of time in the great outdoors wading in our waters and exploring our forests! Register for just one week—or all four! We will explore a new theme each week through hands-on activities. Registration for Camp Lookout is limited to 30 campers per week. (There will be four one-week sessions from June 5 through June 30.)

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m., pick-up by 3:15 p.m. 

Weekly Camp Tuition: $230 for Selby Gardens members, $250 for non-members 

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available! Email for more information.

2023 Weekly Themes

Camp Lookout Session 1: Plant Power

June 5 to 9 at Downtown Sarasota campus

Ever wondered how plants adapt to their environment? Curious about plant communication? In this week of Camp Lookout, your camper will become a junior botanist, learning all about the science of plants and even practicing setting up camp like a real field scientist! 

Camp Lookout Session 2: Magical Marine Life

June 12 to 16 at Downtown Sarasota campus

How does an octopus change colors? Why can whales hold their breath underwater for so long? How do marine plants affect the ecosystem around them? Answer these questions and more in this week of camp! Your camper will learn about Sarasota Bay and a different kind of marine life each day. 

Camp Lookout Session 3: Scientific Survivors

June 19 to 23 at Historic Spanish Point campus

Could you survive in the wilderness? In this week of camp, your camper will become a survivor! Campers will build a shelter and test it to see if it can keep them dry, learn about how boats are built, and go on a scavenger hunt to identify dangerous plants. 

Camp Lookout Session 4: Factual Florida

June 26 to June 30 at Historic Spanish Point campus

Florida has so many amazing features, and campers will learn all about them! Learn about the indigenous cultures who lived at Historic Spanish Point, and practice some skills they may have used such as basket-weaving, tracking, and fishing. Learn all about Florida native wildlife and how to help protect it too!