Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp - Forest Week (4-6yr & 7-9yr & 10-12yr)
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Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp - Forest Week (4-6yr & 7-9yr & 10-12yr)

Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp - Forest Week (4-6yr & 7-9yr & 10-12y...

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GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center

505 Guana River Road

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082

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Age Groups: 4-6yr (Plankton), 7-9yr (Gobies), and 10-12yr (Rays)

Please note the 4-6 year olds, 7-9 year olds, and 10-12 year olds will be in three separate camps and most likely not interact throughout the week.

If tickets are sold out please click the link here and complete the form. We will call/email you when a spot becomes available. You will have 24 hours to respond; otherwise we will move to the next person on the waitlist.

WHAT (Day Camps)
4-6 year old (Plankton) - This camp is a fun and educational way for your child to discover the importance of the coastal community, learn more about the adaptations of animals that call northeast Florida home, explore the many habitats found at the GTM Research Reserve, and even participate in some current research projects just like the biologist who work here. This week of camp will be focused on the Forest Habitat. Campers will leave camp understanding: 1) the forest system and what makes it different from the other habitats, 2) the biodiversity of the many different types of forest animals, and 3) the adaptations those animals use to survive in the forest habitat.

7-9 year old (Gobies) - Campers will be immersed in an extensive experience of the plants and animals inhabiting Northeast Florida. Each day will focus on a new group (e.g., phytoplankton, land plants, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, and birds and mammals). Campers will learn common names of plants and animals (and as much as possible some scientific names in order to demonstrate how plants and animals are grouped). They will also become aware of some amazing adaptations these local plants and animals have in order to survive in our surrounding habitats. We will introduce students to multiple resources available to them to assist in their discovery of plants and animals and share with them the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula and how these plants and animals have enhanced the cultures of the peninsula.

10-12 year old (Rays) - Campers will be immersed in an extensive experience of the plants and animals inhabiting Northeast Florida. Each day will focus on a new group (e.g., phytoplankton, land plants, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, and birds and mammals). Campers will learn common names of plants and animals (and as much as possible some scientific names in order to demonstrate how plants and animals are grouped). They will also become aware of some amazing adaptations these local plants and animals have in order to survive in our surrounding habitats. We will introduce students to multiple resources available to them to assist in their discovery of plants and animals and share with them the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula and how these plants and animals have enhanced the cultures of the peninsula.

WHEN: Campers should arrive by 9:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday), no earlier than 8:50 a.m. unless you have purchased the Earlier Arrival option (available during registration, $25/camper/week). Camper pick-up is at 3:00 p.m., no later than 3:10 p.m. unless you have purchased the Late Pick-up option (available during registration, $50/camper/week).

ADDITIONAL COMMON QUESTIONS

  • Due to the structure of activities and based on experience we try to stick to the age requirements. However, we'll permit campers that are posed to turn the minimum age within ONE MONTH after the camp start date. Meaning if you'd like your 6 year old to attend the 7-9yr camp then we'll allow it if they turn 7 within one month after the camp start date.
  • We will provide snacks throughout the day. The morning will consist of a healthy snack (fruit/nuts/grains) and the afternoon will usually consist of a popsicle (to help cool down).
  • Lunches - Parents/Guardians must provide a lunch for their campers. We try to encourage the campers to bring a litter-less lunch (lots of resuables). We will provide a water bottle and water throughout the day.
  • Campers must bring: insect repellent (strongly encouraged), sunscreen (strongly encouraged), towel, change of clothes, close-toed shoes (no flip flops), sunglasses, hat
  • Your camper(s) will only be allowed to go home with people you have indicated on a list that will be sent around (via email) closer to the start of camp.
  • We usually work on the agenda up until the week before because there's lots of cool activities. We will send that around to registrants closer to the start of camp. Usually (because of the heat) we'll be inside in the morning, conducting experiments or working on projects and then outside in the afternoon (the breeze usually picks up by this time).

REFUND POLICY: There are no full refunds. A 50% refund will be issued if you cancel four weeks prior to the start date the summer camp. No refunds will be issued after this deadline.

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