Nature and Animal Camps

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581705 White Oak Road, Yulee, FL, United States

Join us this summer for a once in a lifetime, all-inclusive experience in conservation. With a variety of camps offered for kids aged 8 – 17, White Oak provides the opportunity to interact with endangered wildlife and conservation specialists across our 17,000-acre, remote property in northeast Florida. Campers experience unique programs which impact people, place, and animals around the world. Our innovative curriculum, experiential learning, and STEM programs immerse campers in the natural world combining wildlife, science, and leading experts in conservation to create a fun and dynamic camp.

Throughout the week, campers are granted unparalleled access to the facilities including our wildlife habitats, veterinary clinics, and world-class conference centers. In addition to wildlife experiences with rhinos, cheetahs, and okapi, your camper will also engage in classic summertime activities such as kayaking, hiking, swimming, bowling, campfires, boating, and more. Camp concludes on Fridays following a special family event that provides an interactive glimpse into their experience. While at White Oak, campers will gain independence and make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens LOGO
370 Zoo Parkway Jacksonville, FL 32218

When school’s out, Zoo Camp is IN! Nowhere else on the First Coast can your child spend the day nose-to-nose with an elephant or eye-to-eye with an anaconda!

Jacksonville Zoo’s spring, summer, and winter camps offer an opportunity for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade to experience educational activities in a structured and safe environment.

Jacksonville Zoo’s camps include zoo tours, activities and games, crafts, and hands-on encounters with animals. Members of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens receive discounts on educational programs, including our camps, and FREE admission every time they visit.

505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States

Our Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camps immerse campers in the ocean, beach, estuary, and forest habitats. Each of these themed day camps will include education-packed activities and environmental-based lessons! From learning about native and invasive species to field trips, guest speakers, daily outdoor activities and even eco-friendly projects! GTM Research Reserve combines summer fun with learning and inspiring environmental conservation within our youth to make a positive impact!

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9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080, United States

Each summer, we invite campers to join us and immerse themselves in a world of marine science, outdoor adventures and, of course, dolphins! Offered for ages 7 – 17, these exclusive camps provide opportunities of a lifetime and a special in-water dolphin interaction!

Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers the Seaside Scholarship Program to ensure that diverse audiences, regardless of economic status, have the opportunity to participate in our unique educational experiences at little to no cost.

To apply for our scholarship program, please send an email to [email protected] requesting information, using the subject heading “Seaside Scholarship Program.”

214 Stable Rd, Jekyll Island, GA, United States

Calling all junior scientists, marine biologists, conservationists, and sea turtle enthusiasts! The GSTC invites campers to enjoy fun-in-the-sun activities, field-based adventures, and unforgettable sea turtles. Each day will focus on turtle biology, conservation, and the threats these animals face. Campers will explore many habitats of Jekyll Island, including sandy beaches and muddy marshes while learning about the myriad of turtle species and wildlife found in coastal Georgia. Campers will interact daily with GSTC staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members during this unique week of learning and adventure. Come experience this unique program and learn how you can protect our natural resources, save a species, and make a difference!

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999 Anastasia Blvd, Saint Augustine, FL, United States

When school is out, Zoo Camp is in! Kids spend a day at the zoo creating crafts, playing games, viewing animal presentations and shows, trekking through the zoo, talking with keepers, and more. Our qualified educators guide groups of no larger than 12 students (per counselor) through an exciting, fun-filled adventure at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

Our zoo camps combine outdoor education with entertainment where your kids will enjoy learning about wildlife, getting an introduction to zoological conservation, and making new friends! Zoo Camp is open for students entering 1st through 6th grade. Lunch and a snack are provided daily.

The Alligator Farm offers spring break camps, which include single day and week-long opportunities, and summer camps.

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1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL. 32224

The University of North Florida’s Recreation and Wellness Department offers two youth day camps during the summer. Each camp is designed to so that each child has fun and learns new skills while staying active. Camps are offered on a weekly basis and typically run 8-9 weeks.

Discounts available for military, families with multiple children, and the UNF community. Call us at 904-620-2998 for more information.

Registration open March 2 at 8 AM. Sign up for one our of summer camps early to reserve your spot! To learn more about each camps offerings, visit the Eco Camp page and the Youth Sports Camp page below.

1010 N. McDuff Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32254

Duval County 4-H camping opportunities provide great summer experiences for both 4-H members and prospective 4-H youth! Summer experiences include residential camps, day camps, and state-level sponsored teen programs. Camps are affordable, educational, and experiential for boys and girls ages 5 -18. and range in topics and prices

7117 Crane Avenue, Jacksonville, FL, United States

Summer Camp at Happy Acres offers your child an unique opportunity to experience what summer camp should be without having to leave the city. Our outdoor program gives campers a rare opportunity to be involved in traditional camp experiences and enjoy a natural relaxed setting. All activities are on site.

The Summer Camp program is divided into 10 weeks, with each week having a different theme. Each week has special events and new activities. All campers who have completed first grade are eligible to take in any horseback riding program (additional charge). Interested to see what your camper will be doing throughout each day? Each group follows their own set schedule during the day. School age campers swim 2x per day and Preschool campers swim every morning. All groups also have a special activities multiple times per week. The special activities are Art, Archery, Outdoor Ed and Nature and the groups will rotate through these activities every week.

3111 Tiger Hole Road, Jacksonville, FL, United States

At Camp Chippewa, we offer campers aged seven to twelve a structured opportunity for growth.
It’s time to get outside and have fun, instead of being stuck inside watching TV or playing video games.

Our no-technology policy allows the campers to unplug from electronics and find joy in outdoor activity – just the way that we were raised. To find out more and discover if our Summer Camp is a good fit for your child, please read on or get in contact with us.

The Jacksonville Humane Society LOGO
8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216, USA

JHS is proud to offer a selection of educational camps for children of all ages. JHS camps provide children with the unique and invaluable opportunity to learn about animal welfare and sheltering, animal behavior, helping pets in our community, and the importance of kindness, compassion, and generosity. We’ll learn all about animal body language and behavior, try out some clicker training, make all kinds of fun enrichment items for the animals at JHS like treats and toys, help promote pets for adoption, plant catnip, and SO much more!

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171 Canal Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

Consistent with the mission of Collage, the program aims to cultivate in each child a sense of wonder and curiosity for the natural world. Our camps are designed to inspire creativity, collaboration with others, and confidence to engage in new experiences.

Our programs offer unique crafts, group games, hiking, exploration, and nature-based play on Collage’s beautiful 8-acre campus. Mixed-age groups provide a welcome opportunity for new and lasting friendships across grades.

Camp Collage, our 9 week summer camp, aims to cultivate a sense of wonder and curiosity for the natural world, creativity, collaboration with others, and confidence to engage in new experiences.

TimberNook Camp offers two-week camps for ages 2-3 years and ages 4-10 years. Children will be encouraged to explore nature, while challenging their minds and bodies in beautiful natural settings.

Our Surf Camp is offered for children ages 5-10 years old and is located at 8th Ave North in Jacksonville Beach where campers will learn and enjoy a week of fun in the sun and build confidence in the fundamentals of surfing and water safety.

We are excited to offer an interactive music camp where children participate in singing, creating, listening, playing musical instruments, and exploring various types of music and music related activities.

432 South 8th Street Fernandina Beach Florida, 32034

Our Amelia Island Adventure Camp is for kids age 9-12 who would enjoy an immersive nature and skill building experience. Kids learn kayak skills and paddleboarding, and go on nature tours, finding dolphins and other wildlife.

Our Adventure Camp goals are very simple: Learn about nature, develop confidence building skills, and have fun! Camp includes three days of activities and an optional bonus day for your child and family.

Kayaking and paddleboarding in and around Amelia Island immerses kids into the nature and wildlife of our coastal islands. This is an incredible experience for our children. Learning the technical and leadership skills required to safely paddle boosts both teamwork and self confidence in our children.

Nature exploration continues as your child embarks on a boat nature tour in search of eagles, manatee, dolphins, sea turtles and more!

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Community Presbyterian Church 150 Sherry Drive, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

Join us for the fun filled adventures we have created for your children at Spring River’s Summer Camp by the Sea!

Our Camp Counselors are experienced Spring River teachers ready to share a sense of fun and a love of learning with your children. Weekly activities will include seasonal songs/music/stories, weekly themed crafts, camp t-shirt making, nature hikes to local parks and the beach for exploratory learning and play, nature journaling, and guided relaxation. Each week will end with a guest performance based on the weekly theme!

Children will be expected to bring their own snack, packed lunch, water bottle, sunscreen and hat in a small backpack for nature and beach walks. All other supplies and craft materials provided by camp.

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5514 118th St. Jacksonville, FL 32244

Y Knot Ranch invites all horse lovers, 8 and up, for our summer horse camp. The camp is filled with fun and excitement. Your child will learn the basics needed to be around a horse and much more, from grooming and saddling up to riding with a proper seat at a walk, trot and canter depending on experience. The camp is from Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Each child will be assigned one horse for the week according to the child’s experience, size, and behavior. The first two hours consists of grooming, tacking up, and riding the horses. Then we stop for a one hour lunch break. The last hour will be a different activity each day such as: horse trivia, how to properly clean a horse, match the horse with its color, working with a horse at halter, and more. Each camp is limited to 16 students per week. If you sign up before May 1st the price is only $325. Anytime after the 1st the price is $350. A $100 deposit must be collected in order to sign up.

5903-1 Solomon Road Jacksonville, Florida

Diamond D Ranch provides young people an opportunity to learn about horses and horsemanship. Our program is designed to benefit the beginner and those who already have some knowledge of horses. Participating in a horse camp is a great way to build a child’s self-confidence and help a child develop good decision making skills. Attending horse camp promotes independence while the child learns responsibility and cooperation.

​Not only will your child spend HOURS in the saddle, he or she will become a cowhand for a day & take part in an old fashioned cattle drive. In addition, there will be classroom and video sessions or horse identification, anatomy, grooming, conditioning, nutrition, health, tack, and western horsemanship.

We also do many bible devotions throughout the week with our campers.

​During the week – overnight campers will experience horseback riding under the moon!

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Nocatee Landing
Mandarin Park
Tillie K. Fowler Park

Just like in their favorite video games, kids will be given a number of challenges throughout the day, and all the while be building their shelters before ‘night’ falls and the monsters wake up! Players will light their own campfires, ‘mine’ for resources and use sharp axes; all activities are closely supervised by experienced Forest School leaders. There’ll be plenty of time to get creative with play and imagination, of course. Wildcraft is a full week of video game inspired activities ideal for kids aged 7+ years.

Some activities include:
~Sharp tool workshop – knives, axes, and more
~Shelter building
~Fire lighting
~Wet and muddy adventuring
~Forest exploration
~Creativity, art, and imagination!

Who is this for?
If your child Ages 7+ loves playing video games like Minecraft and Fortnite, Wildcraft Adventure is the perfect way to get them off the screen and into the outdoors, all while sneakily learning about nature and outdoors skills. The game is usually played in groups of between 12 and 20 kids. Children play in teams of 4 or 5 and work together to score as many points as possible, though the emphasis is not on winning the game but on scoring points through effort, participation and being creative.

What to expect
Please be aware that Wildcraft days include several bushcraft activities including; splitting wood with a small axe, fire-lighting, den building, toasting marshmallows and whittling. Our staff are trained and experienced at tutoring children through such skills and will cater each activity to suit the child’s age and experience as appropriate. Your child’s safety is our primary concern.

What to Bring
~Water Bottle
~Lunch and Snack
~Closed toed shoes
~Personal bug spray/sunscreen (we also have some available for use)
~Optional: change of clothes for wet/muddy days
~A spirit for adventure!

The prices listed are on a sliding scale. Please use this opportunity to pay what you are able to afford rather than what is the best value. Doing so ensures the continuation of these programs!

Week 1: Nocatee Landing (Ponte Vedra)
Week 2: Mandarin Park (Mandarin/Southside)
Week 3: Tillie K. Fowler Park (Westside)

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