GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Summer camps aren’t just for kids! The Florida Museum of Natural History will be hosting “Family Discovery Camps” this July, immersive science activities that explore the natural world.

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The camps will have activities and materials for the whole family, with scientists and experts on hand to help. ©Florida Museum/Kristen Grace

Each Saturday from July 10 to July 31, the Florida Museum and the University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Laboratory will feature a two-hour program with scientists and experts who will lead activities and teach participants about their work, as well as provide take-home activities.

The dates for the camps are as follows:

Catherine Carey, Florida Museum education program coordinator, says the camps offer adults the chance to join in on the fun and speak with scientists while taking part in hands-on science.

“Over the years the parents of campers have told us that they wish they could go to camp too and join in on the activities. This past year has shown us that people are eager for trusted science content, which they can take part in with their children,” Carey said. “Why should the kids have all the fun?”

Camps will take place outdoors. Participants should wear appropriate footwear and clothes that can get dirty or wet. Activities are intended for children in grades K-6 and their families. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-registration is required. Fees are $12 for non-members and $10 for museum members per participant. Registration is open for members and opens June 1 for non-members.

The events will be socially distanced, and masks are recommended.

For more information or to register, visit


Writers: Ryan Helterhoff; Nikhil Srinivasan,
Source: Catherine Carey,
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