Camp Ginkgo

Camp starts the Monday after July 4th Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm. Extended time to 3:30 pm is available for an additional cost of $10 per day. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Our staff to camper ratio is at least 1-5.

Horticulture Center in beautiful Fairmount Park, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Maguire Museum, 50 Lapsley Lane, Merion, PA 19066 (just off City Avenue west of 54th Street)



With a rich tradition from 2002, WPCC has consistently offered this summer arts and nature program. This program, commencing right after the July 4 holiday, provides meaningful experiences that children have cherished for years. Over the first two weeks, children will work on special projects at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center with professional artists, exploring visual arts, theatre, and photography. In addition to artmaking, there will be field trips, swimming, and other recreational activities.

Weeks three and four will occur at St. Joe’s Maguire Museum (formerly the Barnes Foundation) at 50 Lapsley Lane. The museum is about sharing and celebrating the power of art and education with the community in their fifteen galleries. The grounds are a hidden treasure filled with magnificent specimens of rare trees, plant collections, and breathtaking blooms. The beautiful gardens and park-like spaces provide another beautiful environment for the children.

Since 2006, West Park Cultural has partnered with the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center as host for Camp Ginkgo. We are thrilled to have the Maguire Museum join as a camp host, further expanding our community collaborations and enhancing the camp experience for our participants.

There will be two field trips to the Independence Seaport Museum and to Otherworld, an exciting arts interactive.

See some camper 2023 creations

Tuition is $185 per week. The cost of providing the camp exceeds our tuition. The modest fee is made possible through grants and individual donations making it possible for us to never turn a child away for financial reasons. Partial and full scholarships are available for those who qualify.

To reserve a space for your child(ren) complete the Camp Ginkgo Registration below for each child. A $50 deposit is required at registration unless requesting scholarship. For questions email or call 215-473-7810.

Required forms for participation once registration is complete:
Camp Ginkgo Photo/Video Waiver
Camp Ginkgo Guidelines
Camp Ginkgo Insurance/Medical Info Form
Parent Checklist



The Camp Ginkgo experience has a positive impact on children. Some of the expected outcomes include:

– Improved interpersonal and communication skills

– Acquired arts skills

– Increased knowledge of the environment

– New motivation for learning


Jerry Puryear, Camp Manager

Jerry studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and later at Saint Joseph’s University (Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts). Most of his work is acrylic on canvas. However, he uses whatever medium that I can find from plexiglass, wood, or any upcycled material, because he believes everything has value and can be made into something beautiful. Jerry ahs been West Park Cultural Center’s Program Manager since June of 2022. Although, his creations are ultimately his strongest vehicle of change, He finds it important to have a hand in helping to change the world by impacting young people’s lives. Over the past 10 years he served as the Resident Teaching Artist and mentor with the Fine Art Through Our Eyes art program under the Mill Creek Community Partnership. Jerry joined the West Park Cultural Center staff as Program Manager in 2022.

Natasha Cohen-Carroll, Film/Photography Counselor

Natasha Cohen-Carroll graduated from Haverford College with a double major in English and Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. She was awarded the Center for Peace & Global Citizenship Grant and taught photography and theatre to children in Ahmedabad, India. Natasha is bilingual in English and French and advanced in Spanish. She has been a teaching artist with the West Park Cultural Center for six years. In addition to serving several years as a counselor for our Camp Ginkgo she teaches our fall and spring Photography/Poetry classes. Natasha co-organized the Mustard Seed Film Festival and works on documentary film projects about community and culture. Her most recent documentary work took her to Sri Lanka.

Imani Galbreath, VIsual Art

Imani is a self taught artist from Philadelphia. She began creating art at a young age, based on the places she’s been and things seen, cultivating her own unique perspective of the world to create beautiful works. In 2020 Imani started her own business, Moca Reign by Moca Mani, LTD, simply creating and selling her art. Then by 2021, a little over a year later, she realized that she not only wanted to create, but also wanted to construct a space where others can awaken the artist within them! Imani joined the West Park Cultural Center staff this year as the afterschool Visual Art instructor.

Erin Maguire, Theatre

Erin is a Philadelphia based Director, Actress, and Theater Educator. Currently, she is pursuing a B.A. in Theater Studies at Temple University and has been involved in Theater since the age of 6! Erin has always dreamed of being a Theater Educator to share the wonderful joys of live performance that have made her who she is today. In addition to Theater Education, Erin can be seen on and off the stage, most recently as “Betty Blast” in BYFY Musical Theater’s Production of Footloose. Erin is thrilled to be sharing her passion for Theatre at Camp Gingko this summer!

Felisa Adderley, Photography

Felisa is an artist and educator making work in mediums including printmaking, ceramics, metal, and paper-making. She often refers to her practice as “process based”, allowing for textures and shapes to reveal themselves on their own, but she also draws inspiration from nostalgia, community, and family heirlooms. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute and teaches 5th-8th grade during the school year.

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