2022 Family Discovery Camps have been completed. Stay tuned for more information on camps in 2023.
Our summer Family Discovery Camps are back for July 2022! 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 9 – Water||9-11 a.m.||$15||$12||Sign up for Water!|
|July 16 – Fossils||9-11 a.m.||$15||$12||Sign up for Fossils!|
|July 23 – Spiders||9-11 a.m.||$15||$12||Sign up for Spiders!|
|July 30 – Reptiles & Amphibians||9-11 a.m.||$15||$12||Sign up for Reptiles & Amphibians!|
* Prices are per participant
- 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.
- 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.
- Social distancing guidelines will be implemented and masks are welcome.
Learn more about water and what lives in it! Scientist Crystal Hartman, from UF’s Fishing For Success program, will lead our adventure as we come face to face with some amazing aquatic invertebrates and fishes. This camp is water-based so wear appropriate footwear and clothes that can get dirty or wet!
Get ready for some fossil fun! Join us and our paleontologist Rachel Narducci to explore what it takes to uncover life from the past. Have fun discovering everything from giant dinosaurs to tiny fossils while digging in to the science behind the Science Up Close: Fantastic Fossils exhibit.
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.
Join us this week with a walk on the wild side with scientist and educator Camila Rodriguez as we learn about herpetology: the study of reptiles and amphibians. From gators to tiny frogs, you’ll get a peek into this fascinating world and learn what may be in your back yard.