For the first time, Powell Gardens will host an immersive culinary day camp for kids ages 9 to 12 from July 16 through 20, designed to explore the seed-to-plate cycle in a hands-on format.

This weeklong, interactive learning experience focuses on planting, growth, and harvesting of select items in the Gardens that will be featured ingredients in recipes that campers will create and eat.

The daily itinerary involves an hour in the gardens in the morning to learn about highlighted vegetables or herbs, how they are planted and grow, harvesting and storage techniques, and how they can be incorporated into fresh snacks and meals. Each afternoon, participants will work in a hands-on session, designed by Chef Lisa Yanamaka of Nourish KC, to take freshly harvested produce from the ground and prepare it for the plate. Participants will work in teams to make the daily recipes while receiving instruction on proper kitchen techniques including knife skills, measuring, sautéing, and mixing.

Campers will have the opportunity to take part in nature walks on the grounds and will receive a garden journal in which to write, sketch, brainstorm and record observations.

A daily boxed lunch and snacks are included with tuition. For more information or to register, visit or call 816-697-2600, ext. 306. An online application is required for each child, visit