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Delaware Arts and Entertainment Education: Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Meet Me in the Treehouse, Make Me an Artist, Nurturing Curiosity

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Through the Nurturing Curiosity School Programs, kids K-12 can participate in Capture It, where they’ll study impressionism and create a work of art inspired by the gardens. During the summer, the program becomes Make Me an Artist, but the emphasis is the same. Tweens and teens can study writing and photography during a weeklong summer camp on environmental journalism, and the weeklong Meet Me in the Treehouse and What’s the Buzz? camps encourage the use of nature as inspiration for writing. (Though they meet at Longwood, the camps are run by the Pennsylvania Literature Project.) Participants use the garden and famous conservatory as their classroom. “Here you can incorporate nature in your everday world,” says curriculum specialist Michelle Cugini. “I think that piece of nature is sometimes missing in our everyday lives. Learning about it through art is a good thing.” Adults can take credit courses and personal enrichment classes in a wide variety of horticultural topics. Kennett Square, Pa., 610-388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
 

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