Campers explore a recreated Calusa leader's house in the "South Florida People & Environments" exhibition during a 2011 summer camp. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace
Campers explore a recreated Calusa leader’s house in the “South Florida People & Environments” exhibition during a 2011 summer camp.
Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace

Early sign-up for museum members opens March 1

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Register your child beginning March 15 for adventures and scientific exploration at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s summer and field camps.

Students in grades 1-4 for the 2015-2016 school year can examine fossils, discover ancient cultures, learn about past and present ecosystems and meet some of the most interesting members of the animal kingdom during the weeklong camps that run June 8-July 31. Students in grades 5-6 may register for a field camp focusing on nature photography the week of Aug. 3.

“Museum camps are always an exciting and fun way to learn about everything from insects, collecting, engineering and chemistry to geology,” said Florida Museum public programs coordinator Catherine Carey. “This summer will be extra special since our featured exhibit is ‘A T. rex Named Sue,’ about the most complete T. rex fossil ever discovered.”

Pre-registration is required for all camps and is available on the Florida Museum website at Museum members may register early beginning March 1.

Morning, afternoon and full-day sessions are available for summer camps. The Nature Photography field camp includes field trips and is a full-day session.

Half-day sessions are $115 for museum members and $125 for non-members. Full-day summer camp sessions are $220 for members and $245 for non-members, and field camps are $265 for members and $295 for non-members.

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.

There is still time to secure your child’s spot through early registration by becoming a museum member at Household member benefits include free admission to the “Butterfly Rainforest” and all fee-based featured exhibits, invitations to exclusive events, museum gift shop discounts and free or reduced admission to more than 300 museums worldwide.

For more information, call 352-273-2061.


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