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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ECO Adventure Days Summer Camp - K through 1st Grade @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm EDT

$30 per child. Pre-registration is required. K-1st, 2nd - 5th, or 6-8th

More Information:
Raymond Presley, 386-329-3721, raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Eco Adventure Days is a fun and educational way for your child to discover the amazing diversity of Florida’s natural resources. Campers will learn about the diverse habitats of Ravine Gardens State Park, conduct scientific experiments in a fun environment, and even work on projects at the park like a real park ranger! This three day event will be filled with learning objectives and corresponding activities, games, and crafts!

THIS YEAR'S THEME WILL BE: Pollinators!

WHEN

We are happy to announce that this year we will be providing camp for a variety of age groups! We will hold three camp sessions, each catering to a different age group.

When registering, please select the correct session based on the grade that your child will be completing/completed during the 2017/2018 school year.

For all sessions: Drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. with camp starting at 8:00am. Pick-up will be at 2:00 p.m.

HOW MUCH

The summer camp is $30 per child per session. This includes all activities and instruction for the week, as well as snacks. Campers will need to provide their own lunch. Camp fees benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens, who supply all of the materials for the summer camp.

All parents/guardians must complete a registration packet for each child attending. It will be sent to the email address you provide while purchasing your ticket. Please complete and email it back to raymond.presley@dep.state.fl.us or fax it to the office at 386-329-3718. You can register in person or drop packets off at 1600 Twigg St. Palatka, Florida 32177 Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm. Please call 386-329-3721 with any questions.

The camp is limited to 30 students and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If the camp is sold out please call the office at 386-329-3721 to be put on the waitlist.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Three scholarships per camp session will be awarded to those that show need. Please email terri.newmans@dep.state.fl.us if you would like to request a scholarship. Please include parent's name, contact information, camper's name, grade that he or she is finishing and a short paragraph explaining why you would like the scholarship. Scholarship requests will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. All scholarship requests must be submitted by 4:00pm the Friday prior to the camp session's start date:

  • K-1st Grade due June 8, 2018 at 4:00pm
  • 2nd - 5th Grade due June 22, 2018 at 4:00pm
  • 6th - 8th Grade due July 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

After the due date, the three spots saved for scholarship winners will be opened to those on the waitlist if not awarded.

LOOK AT THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON OUR EVENTBRITE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Park Office at 386-329-3721.

See you at Summer Camp!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Kayak Tour @ Curry Hammock State Park

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Single Kayak Rental: $17.20

Double Kayak Rental: $21.50

More Information:
305-289-2690

Located in the Southeast region at:
Curry Hammock State Park
56200 Overseas Hwy.
Marathon, FL 33050

Take a 90-minute paddle around one of the islands that comprise Curry Hammock State Park. This ranger-led tour will give you an appreciation for the fragility of the nearshore ecosystem. You will see some of the damage man has caused and learn of the ongoing effort to preserve this valuable resource.

Additional Information:

Tours are limited to six kayaks. Visitors should bring their own or rent from the park.

Registration is recommended.

2018 Summer Adventure Camp - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm EDT

$185 per session, per camper, includes all materials, such as rocket kit, art supplies, t-shirt, snacks, lunch, insurance, and admission fees. Personal checks, money orders, and cash are accepted. No credit cards. Make checks and money orders payable to: Silver River Museum.

More Information:
Call the Silver River Museum, 352-236-5401, or email drucilla.dickensheet@marion.k12.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

From "Spears to Rockets", campers will learn about Stone Age Tools, Pioneer Ingenuity, and Modern Marvels while doing activities that center on team-building games, fun crafts, and friendly competitions. Educational topics cover a wide range of Florida history and science, such as:

  • Ice Age: tomahawk throws, archery, and archaeology dig
  • Pioneer Life: exploring the pine forest, animal track ID, campfire cooking, candle making
  • Modern times: pontoon boat ride, rocket launching, movie night

This camp is a program of Marion County Public Schools and the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center.

  • This is a day camp with no overnight stays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There are three one-week sessions (June 4 through June 22)
  • Ages 8-12.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For camp application packets and more details, or for more information about the Silver River Museum, visit their website.

Campers are accepted to the Silver River Museum Summer Adventure Camp on a first come, first serve basis.  Capacity will vary.  Payment must accompany registration forms. When a camp session is booked full, campers may be placed on a waiting list. In the event of an opening, campers on waiting lists will be contacted in the order in which their applications were received.

For participation requirements, please contact the camp director to decide whether the program is a good fit for your camper.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m.  Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Junior Ranger Program @ St. Andrews State Park

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm CDT

Park entrance fees apply.

More Information:
amy.j.thompson@dep.state.fl.us or (850)708-6075

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Kids will enjoy exploring the natural environment with park staff and complete Junior Ranger activity sheets. Those who complete the activities and take the oath, will become official Junior Rangers. The activities are geared for youths ages 5-12, however anyone can come along and enjoy this fun time in the park. Bring a water bottle and sunscreen is recommended. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Movies and More 2018 @ Camp Helen State Park

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm CDT

Event is free. Donations are accepted and will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the parks resource management, projects and interpretative programs.

More Information:
Visit Friends of Camp Helen on Facebook or call (850) 233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

The Friends of Camp Helen State Park and Camp Helen Park staff, invite the whole family to the fifth annual Movies & More series, for an evening filled with movies, food & fun. The event starts at 5:30 pm and will begin with an interpretative program, followed by a campfire cookout, including hotdogs, s’mores and drinks, and will end with a movie sure to be enjoyed by all. The event will be held at the parks Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

June 13th “The Little Mermaid” (rated G) – National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will be presenting a marine touch tank and interpreting local sea life.

June 27th “A Bug’s Life” (rated G) – Bay County Mosquito Control will be presenting insects and a bug-cational activity for the kids.

July 11th “Madagascar” (rated PG) – Gulf World will be presenting an exciting animal ambassador and interpreting the animal’s biology and ecology.

July 25th “Fern Gully-the last rainforest” (rated G) – A Camp Helen Park Ranger will facilitate an educational activity and interpretive program on the Florida Black Bear.

Additional Information:

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

Participation Requirements

Visit facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark for additional information.

 

Sea Turtle Talk And Walk Registration @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:00pm EDT to Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:00am EDT

$12.00 per person

More Information:
Arthur.Carton@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Each June and July MacArthur Beach State Park offers evening turtle walks so that visitors can have a chance at viewing loggerhead sea turtles laying their eggs. This ancient ritual is a sight not to be missed! Turtle Walks fill up quickly so be sure to register early. The Walk schedule starts on June 4, 2018 and runs through July 13, 2018 (M, W, & F with the exception of June 8, 22 and July 4). Registration launches on May 29 at 9 a.m. Registration will be online and sold as "tickets" through www.macarthurbeach.org Price is $12.00 per ticket, non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by Park staff. The event is for adults and children 12 years old and up.