Our summer Family Discovery Camps are back for 2024! 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 outdoor exploration of the University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Laboratory. 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.

Sessions Hours Non-Members* Members* Registration Link
July 13 – Insects 9-11 a.m. $15 $12 Sign up for Insects!
July 20 – Archaeology 9-11 a.m. $15 $12 Sign up for Archaeology!
July 27 – Fish 9-11 a.m. $15 $12 Sign up for Fish!
August 3 – Birds 9-11 a.m. $15 $12 Sign up for Birds!

* Prices are per participant

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Program Details

Camp Sessions

July 13 | Discover Insects

Come explore with Lepidopterist (scientist who studies butterflies and moths) Sarah Steele Cabrera from the Florida Museum’s Daniels Lab to learn the many wonders of the insect world and how scientists collect and study insects in the field. Investigate a diversity of live insects and their life cycles, role as pollinators and learn the importance of museum collections.

July 20 | Discover Archaeology

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.

July 27 | Discover Fish

Learn more about water and what lives in it! Lab technician Basil Williams from the Museum’s Fish Collection will lead our adventure as we come face-to-face with some fishes.

August 3 | Discover Birds

Fly away with the Museum’s assistant curator of ornithology Glaucia Del-Rio as we explore how scientists track birds and learn how to observe Florida’s fine, feathered friends in the wild.