Please note the 4-6 year olds (plankton) and 10-12 year olds (rays) will be in two separate camps and most likely not interact throughout the week.
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WHO: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve or GTM Research Reserve, a living laboratory and coastal recreation area!
WHAT (Day Camps)
4-6 year old (Plankton) - There's just so many cool ocean things to discover and explore. This camp is a fun and education 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 check out some current research projects conducted by our onsite biologists. This week of camp will be focused on the Ocean Habitat. Campers will leave camp understanding: 1) what makes ocean water different from river water, 2) how the ocean is involved with the weather, and 3) the biodiversity of the plants and animals in the ocean.
10-12 year old (Rays) - This week will be very similar to the 7-9 year old ocean week, but we're uping the game. We're adding an engineering and technology component to this camp. Underwater remote operated vehicles and 3-D Scanning/Printing! Campers will be immersed in the ocean and beach habitats. While investigating how and why the ocean is always changing they will get to experience the rich biodiversity within the ocean and on our beaches. Campers will take part in scientific monitoring activities very similar to the same monitoring programs our biologists conduct on site. Also, campers will be introduced to the chemistry behind ocean water and the underlying issues (ocean acidification, eutrophication or dead zones).
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.