Garden Club of St. Augustine, Inc.
Founded in 1926
Youth Programs
The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs
and The Garden Club of St Augustine
offers many programs for our youth
- The Citizens of Tomorrow -
who we encourage to learn about and conserve our
air, water and other resources.
We sponsor programs for many age groups from
Camp Wekiva to Junior Gardeners, and SEEK.  
We do have scholarships for grades 3 through 8.
Click on the logos below for more information.

2019 SJCPLS Nature Detective Workshops for Kids


St. Johns County Public Library System and the Garden Club of St. Augustine are partnering for
the 11th year in a row to present Nature Detective Workshops for Kids throughout St. Johns
County Public Library branches.

This year, the workshops will focus on a very unique pollinator – bats – and be presented by
various Garden circles of the Garden Club of St. Augustine. Each engaging and educational
workshop is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Garden Club of St. Augustine and
each branch Library’s Friends of the Library organization.

Children ages 6 – 12 and their caregivers are invited to register for a workshop at any branch
Library starting Thursday, May 16 to learn more about bats, why they matter, and how we can
help them. At each workshop, attendees will receive a newly published bat book about Florida
bats by Marta Magellan, Nature Detective notebooks, a reading list of related books in our
Library System, plants, and more to continue the scientific journey at home with their families.

These STEM-based workshops provide an opportunity for children to learn more about nature,
pollinators, and combat “summer slide” – a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that
can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session. These workshops fill up quickly, so
don’t miss your opportunity to register.

These workshops will be held throughout St. Johns County in July 2019 – please contact the
branch Library of choice for more information and to register for these exciting workshops
starting May 16:

Anastasia Island Branch Library – Wednesday, July 17 at 2 pm and 3 pm (repeat workshop)
904.209.3730

Bartram Trail Branch Library – Workshops will be held in Fall 2019 after this Library reopens!
904.827.6960

Hastings Branch Library – Wednesday, July 17 at 1 pm and 2:30 pm
904.827.6970

Main Library – Friday, July 26 at 10 am and 11:15 am (repeat workshop)
904.827.6940

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library – Saturday, July 13 at 11 am and 1:30 pm (repeat workshop)
904.827.6950

Southeast Branch Library – Saturday, July 27 at 11 am
904.827.6900


* In the instance of two workshops being held at a branch library,
the second workshop is always a repeat of the first.


Photographs from the Workshops -- CLICK here

Greetings, PR contacts and Library Supporters:

In 2019, the St. Johns County Public Library System celebrates a successful 11-year partnership
with the Garden Club of St. Augustine for summertime Nature Detective Workshops for Kids at all
six branch locations of the Library System. The Nature Detective Workshops for Kids throughout
St. Johns County Public Library System are made possible each year through the generous
sponsorship of the Garden Club of St. Augustine and of each branch Library’s Friends of the Library
organization. Each year, a different pollinator is studied by children ages 6 – 12 with workshops
designed by the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants, and the pollinator for the 2019 workshops is
bats. These STEM-based workshops – which have won State Gardening awards and American Library
Association recognition – are dedicated to defeating “Summer Slump” and engaging children as
activists in nature by incorporating interaction, hands-on activities, hand-outs, a recommended
reading list, and materials to take home. These workshops help children put their scientific skills to
use and better learn why pollinators matter and how to help.

There are six pollinators studied over a five-year rotation – Butterflies, Bees, Lizards, Bats, and
Hummingbirds/Dragonflies – so 2019 represents the first time bats will be studied as pollinators.

Children ages 6 – 12 are invited to attend these free, educational, and fun workshops by contacting
the Library branch whose workshops you wish to attend either by calling or stopping by that Library
branch. Materials and space are limited, so please contact the branch Library to see about
registration. This summer’s dates are listed above and any interested children and caregivers are
welcome to attend whichever workshop works best for their families.
Held at  County Libraries during Summer Break
(See details below. Call your local Library for more information)