GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kids will have the opportunity to enjoy November break at the Florida Museum of Natural History school holiday camps on Nov. 19 and 20.

Stephanie Stocks, with the UF entomology and nematology department, shows an emperor scorpion to campers. ©Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

Students in grades K-5 can spend a full day learning about natural history through hands-on activities and games during the sessions with different themes.

“Museum camps are a great way for children to get a taste of the amazing world of museums and science,” said museum educator Tiffany Ireland.

On Nov. 19, kids can discover fun facts about birds, learning about their unique characteristics and relationship to dinosaurs during the “Bird is the Word” camp. At the Nov. 20 session, “Fantastic Beasts and Who They Really Are,” children can investigate the truth behind the monsters described in myths and legends, including ancient creatures like the cyclops, kraken, and gryphon, as well as the more modern mysteries of Bigfoot, Godzilla and even Pokémon.

Registration closes Nov. 15, and each full-day session cost $50, or $45 for museum members. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, with drop-off from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and pickup from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit or call 352-273-2061.


Writer: Kelly Hayes, 352-273-2032,
Source: Tiffany Ireland, 352-273-2061,
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,