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Summer Camps

Have fun this summer at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus! 

June 3 – June 28, 2024

Little Girl inspects flower


Camp Lookout is designed for nature lovers entering first to fifth grade. Take on a new role each week and experience the natural world through exciting and enjoyable outdoor activities. Register for just one week or join us for all four! Registration is limited to 30 campers per session.

Camp Lookout consists of four weekly sessions, running from June 3 to June 28, 2024 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. 

Camp hours: 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 thanks to the generosity of the Longboat Key Garden Club! Email for more information.

2024 Weekly Themes

Camp Lookout Session 1: Flowering Artist

June 3 to 7 

Selby Gardens is a canvas of many colors, patterns, shapes, and forms. Look to nature as a source of artistic inspiration and express your creativity through a variety of art-making activities tied to our current art and horticulture exhibition.

Camp Lookout Session 2: Plant Detective

June 10 to 14 

Apply your sleuthing skills and follow nature’s clues to uncover the secrets of the gardens. Investigate the many ways in which plants have adapted to their environment and deduce why plants are essential to life on Earth.

Camp Lookout Session 3: Budding Naturalist

June 17 to 21 

Use your powers of observation to reveal the wonders of nature. Follow in the footsteps of plant scientists as they collect, classify, and conserve the natural world. Find out how you can help promote plant conservation and environmental sustainability.

Camp Lookout Session 4: Nature Explorer

June 24 to June 28 

Discover plants from around the world and encounter diverse cultures from across the globe. Learn about the many uses of plants and how they enrich our lives. From cotton T-shirts to vanilla ice cream, plants are an essential part of our everyday experience.

Calling all teen volunteers for summer camp!

Summer is right around the corner! We know there are a lot of things you can do during your summer break, but we think you should join us as a volunteer for summer camp at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus! Camp counselors gain valuable skills while feeding their own love for the outdoors, science, and the arts.

Camp Lookout has four week-long sessions running from June 3-28. This year’s themes surround shapes and patterns in nature, nature detective work, and ethnobotany! You can learn more about Camp Lookout here.

If you–or your friends! –are warm, enthusiastic, dedicated, and fun-loving (bonus points for nature-loving and tree-hugging) we hope you’ll consider becoming part of our camp family. Please contact Tracy Calla at

*Teens must be 14 or older to be a camp counselor.