Our summer Family Discovery Camps are back for 2023! Explore Florida’s natural world with scientists and Museum staff in this outdoor experience for the whole family. Discover how scientists work in the field and learn how to use the tools of science yourself.
Camps are designed for children finishing grades K-6 and accompanying adults. Each week’s two-hour session will cover a different museum-based topic and includes either outdoor exploration of the University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Laboratory or hands-on learning in our new exhibit. The NATL camps are outdoors so wear appropriate footwear and clothes that can get dirty or wet!
Pre-registration is required and closes the Thursday before each camp.
|July 15 – Archaeology||9-11 a.m.||$15||$12||Sign up for Archaeology!|
|July 22 – Spiders||9-11 a.m.||$15||$12||Sign up for Spiders!|
|July 29 – Reptiles & Amphibians||9-11 a.m.||$15||$12||Sign up for Reptiles & Amphibians!|
|August 5 – Mammals||9-11 a.m.||$15||$12||Sign up for Mammals!|
* Prices are per participant
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- Each session includes a themed 2-hour session filled with science investigations, outdoor explorations and activities led by scientists and educators.
- Camps are designed for children finishing grades K-6 and their family.
- Participants will be given activities to take home and continue the fun.
- This program is rain-or-shine, weather permitting.
- Each camp has a capacity of 20 participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Registration is $15 for non-members and $12 for members, per participant.
Take a journey through past to the present with archaeologist Nigel Rudolph. Learn how Florida’s native people used their surrounding environment, from transportation to food and everything in between.
Explore NATL with us and Lisa Taylor to learn the many wonders of the natural world. Lisa is an arachnologist (scientist who studies spiders) here at the University of Florida. See the ways scientists collect and study spiders in the field and get a closer look at insects, jumping spiders and more.
Hop into herpetology—the study of reptiles and amphibians—with wildlife ecology and conservation Ph.D. student Lameace Hussain! From gators to tiny frogs, you’ll get a peek into this fascinating world and learn what may be in your back yard.
Take a walk on the wild side with mammals collection manager Verity Mathis. Learn about Florida’s marvelous world of mammals, from tiny bats to manatees, and about the collections at the museum.