Atlatl lesson
Children learn to use an atlatl, a prehistoric hunting tool, during a 2013 spring break camp.
Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Students will have the opportunity to explore Florida habitats and learn how living things move during the Florida Museum of Natural History’s new series of spring break camps March 23-27.

The camps for students enrolled in grades K-5 for the 2014-2015 school year provide natural history exploration through museum exhibits and hands-on activities.

“Museum camps are a great way to channel your child’s spring fever,” said Florida Museum public programs coordinator Catherine Carey. “Here is a chance to learn about nature and have fun all at the same time.”

Pre-registration is required for all camps and is available on the Florida Museum website at

In the morning, students will “Meet the Neighbors” by seeing Florida habitats firsthand in the adjacent University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Laboratory and discovering local plants and animals. In the afternoon, students will learn about the “Locomotion” of past and present wildlife.

Camps are offered as full- or half-day programs. For non-members the full-day program is $245 per student and the half-day cost is $125. For museum members, the full-day price is $220 and the half-day cost is $115.

For full-day camps, drop-off is 8-8:30 a.m. and pickup is 4:30-5 p.m. The half-day camps can either be for the morning, with pickup from noon to 12:30 p.m. or for the afternoon, with drop-off from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

For more information call 352-273-2061.


Writer: Katina Prokos,
Source: Catherine Carey,
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,