The Butterfly Rainforest will be closed due to weather Jan 17-18. Behind-the-scenes tours available on Thursday. More Info

Enjoy Summer Camps at the Museum! Camps create lasting friendships and memories through hands-on, minds-on activities and exploration. Unearth fossils, learn about different cultures and meet fascinating members of the animal world.

Camps are designed for students enrolled in grades 1-4 for the 2017-2018 school year. Nature Photography is for grades 5-6. Lep Camp is for grades 5-8. Students should dress for outdoor activities and full-day students should bring a sack lunch.

Pre-registration is required. Registration for each week closes the Thursday before.

 Times + Prices

Session Camp Hours Members Non-members
Morning (AM) 8:30 a.m.-noon $115 $125
Afternoon (PM) 1-4:30 p.m. $115 $125
All Day (Best Value!) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $220 $245
Field Camps (All Day) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $265 $295
Lep Camp (AM Only) 8:30 a.m.-noon $130 $140

• 8-8:30 a.m. for morning and full-day sessions
• 12:30-1 p.m. for afternoon session
• noon-12:30 p.m. for morning sessions
• 4:30-5 p.m. for afternoon and full-day sessions

A refund (minus a $25 administrative fee per child, per class) will be issued if written
cancellation is received no less than 10 working days prior to the beginning of a class.


Registration for members begins March 1 and open registration begins March 15. Registration for each camp CLOSES the Thursday prior to the start of that camp.

Register Online


 Camp Sessions

June 12–16

Camp is full for 1st/2nd grade. Waitlist available. Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface! Explore the many ways water is part of our lives— from how we use it at home and in recreation, to the impact of storms on humans and the environment.

Why are dogs called man’s best friend? Let’s find out the history of dogs and their connection with wolves. And we might learn a little about the history of cats too.

June 19–23

Camp is full for 1st/2nd grade. Waitlist available. Ever wondered about the ground beneath your feet? Uncover the many ways geologists study the world around us—from deep ocean exploration to monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes.

Camp is full for 1st/2nd grade. Waitlist available. Are ants insects? Do moths really eat clothes? Inspect the vast world of insects and their importance to Earth’s ecosystems.

June 26–30

Camp is full for 1st/2nd grade. Waitlist available. Why can some birds fly? What is a bird brain? Do birds of a feather really stick together? Answer these questions and more as you learn about birds, including Florida’s fine, feathered friends.

Camp is full for 1st/2nd grade. Waitlist available. The sky’s the limit! Explore rockets and other innovations in aerospace technology while learning how and why we venture into the sky.

Camp is full. Waitlist available. Photography is a wonderful way to see nature in a new light. For grades 5-6, campers learn basic photography skills to take amazing photos. (Please note: Students provide their own digital cameras. During the Field Camp, students are transported by trained staff members in a Museum van.)

July 10–14

Camp is full for 2nd/3rd/4th grade. Waitlist available. Lights, cameras, action! What is the science behind your favorite movie? How are sound effects made? Learn movie tricks and skills to create your own theatrical masterpieces!
Would you drive to Kansas to visit the grocery store? Many species travel long distances throughout the year. Discover who these animals are and the reasons why!

July 17-21

Camp is full for 1st/3rd/4th grades. Waitlist available. How do archaeologists know about Egyptian pharaohs? How were the pyramids built? Why is Egypt called the gift of the Nile? Unlock the secrets of the ancient past with us.

Camp is full for 1st/3rd/4th grades. Waitlist available. We are the champions! Learn about the tallest mountains, oldest tortoises, smallest trees and largest mammals living today. Explore the superlatives in nature and see what makes them unique.

July 24–28

Camp is full for 1st/2nd/3rd/4th grades. Waitlist available. From dinosaurs to trees and sharks to shells, fossils come in all shapes and sizes! Discover how they are formed and why they are a window to the past!

Camp is full for 1st/3rd/4th grades. Waitlist available. Amphibians rock! Bright red or transparent, small as a fly or large enough to eat a bird, frogs are among the most remarkable animals on earth. Investigate local wetlands and learn about creatures that call them home.

Really serious about science? Ready to go outside and get dirty? Lep Camp is an opportunity for adventurous campers in grades 5-8 to experience field collection, specimen preparation and the conservation of butterfly and moth species. Join scientists from the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity for this hands-on science adventure.

July 31–Aug. 4

Worms, ants, pollen and whales are all on some animal’s menu. Explore the differences among carnivores, herbivores and every other kind of –vore! Learn why species eat what they do and what really is for lunch.

Camp is full for 1st/2nd grades. Waitlist available. Monkey business is the order of the day. Join us as we study apes, monkeys, lemurs and more! Discover what it means to have primate pride!

Sponsor a Smile!

Help a deserving child in our community attend a Museum program. The Florida Museum offers scholarships for children in need. These scholarships are funded by donations from Members, volunteers and Museum friends like you! To make a donation and enrich the life of a child in our community, contact Kara Schwartz, or 352-273-2047. Learn more about supporting worthwhile programs at the Florida Museum.

Museum programs and activities are sponsored in part by the Florida Museum Associates Board.

Questions? Call 352-273-2061.
Disclaimer: The Florida Museum of Natural History does not consider itself to be nor hold itself out as a dependent care center for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code.