Earth Academy Day Camp

  Earth Academy Day Camp awakens your child's innate curiosity while encouraging an environmental ethic and appreciation of the natural world! This nature-based day camp is held at Morningside Nature Center's 416-acre nature sanctuary and uses hands on fun to focus attention on natural and cultural history. Instructors are career educators and science professionals experienced in working with children. 

Camp is offered in one week sessions during Alachua County School's spring and summer breaks. Five sessions are offered during the summer, typically the first three weeks immediately after school ends in June and the last two weeks before school beings in August.

In addition to a variety of theme-based, multidisciplinary projects campers have fun with character development activities demonstrating trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Camp tends to fill quickly and space is limited so be sure to register early! Sign up for our mailing list below to receive updates and reminders!

EADC Summer Camp

Summer 2019 EADC registration opens Monday, April 15 at 9am online and in person at the PRCA Administrative Office, Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE 6th Ave.

Register Online

All sessions are full for 2019.  Please follow the online registration process if you wish to get placed on a waiting list.



Camp Hours:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Session 1 - June 3 - June 7- The Sky is the Limit

Look up!  There’s a world of wonder above our heads 
that we’ll discover as we look to the skies.   From bird 
migration to the moon the sky is the limit on fun and 
learning as we get our heads in the clouds!

Session 2 - June 10 - June 14- Florida as it Was

Travel back in time to discover Florida as it was…  
Florida as it was before people lived here, Florida 
as it was
 when people first arrived, Florida as it was 
when the Timucua made a living off the land and 
Florida as it was when settlers arrived and when 
pioneers drove their wagons through the piney woods.  
Get ready for an adventure through time!

Session 3 - June 17 - June 21- Creek Week

Creeks, rivers, springs and streams; things to fill 
summer dreams!   Join us as we bring those dreams 
to reality when we explore the wonder of water in 
North Central Florida and how it connects plants, 
animals, and us!  Water you waiting for? 
Sign up to go with the flow!

Session 4 - July 29 - Aug 2- Creek Week

Creeks, rivers, springs and streams; things to fill 
summer dreams!   Join us as we bring those dreams 
to reality when we explore the wonder of water in 
North Central Florida and how it connects plants, 
animals, and us!  Water you waiting for? 
Sign up to go with the flow!

Session 5 - Aug 5 - Aug 9- Florida as it Was

Travel back in time to discover Florida as it was…  
Florida as it was before people lived here, Florida 
as it was
 when people first arrived, Florida as it was 
when the Timucua made a living off the land and 
Florida as it was when settlers arrived and when 
pioneers drove their wagons through the piney woods.  
Get ready for an adventure through time!

 

Fees: City Residents: $127.50 / Non-City Residents: $191.75. To receive a full refund, registrations must be canceled in writing at least 10 days prior to the first day of camp.  A 50% refund is available if your child cannot attend due to extraordinary circumstances. Proof of residency (GRU Bill or Voter ID card) is required at the time of registration.  Fees are due at the time of registration. 

If you are registering for the first time and your address is within city limits, you may get a "non-resident fee" applied to your registration charge.  If you experience this, please call 334-5067 and we can confirm your address and make the appropriate changes in our system.  Please do not proceed with the check out, as this is not refundable once the transaction is completed.

No field trip fees. Lunch is not included, campers are to provide their own lunch. 

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Scholarships: The Friends of Nature Parks, our non-profit support group, is proud to support Earth Academy Day Camp programs by offering scholarships that cover up to 75% of registration fees to successful applicants. Scholarships are based on eligibility and availability. They must be applied for in advance. Registration for all camp sessions is first-come-first-served basis and scholarship recipients are not guaranteed a spot in any camp session. If you receive confirmation of a scholarship, please go ahead and pay the camp fee and we will reimburse the cost after you have registered. 2019 Summer Earth Academy Day Camp Scholarship Form

Registration: Space is limited and registration is first-come-first-served basis. Registration closes one week prior to camp regardless of the enrollment status. If camp is filled, you can sign up for our waiting list. Under registered sessions may be canceled with a full refund.

Register online or in person in person at the Administrative Office, Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE 6th Ave., 32601, Mon.-Fri., 8:00 am–5:00 pm. Earth Academy Day Camp has grown in popularity and our sessions fill quickly. We recommend signing up for our mailing list below to receive updates about registration dates. If you do not already have a profile set up in Active Net, please follow this link to do so.  This will make online registration quicker on opening day, as spaces will fill up quickly.  If you already have an Active Net account, please do not create another one.  If you need assistance accessing your Active Net account, you can call 352-334-5067 and we will be happy to help you.

Questions: Please call 352-393-8240 or email earthacademy@cityofgainesville.org.

EADC Junior Naturalists

 Youth in 7th through 12th grades are eligible to apply for the Junior Naturalist Program. Junior Naturalists volunteer from 8:30 am-4:30 pm for one week camp sessions and assist with camp activities. Additional volunteer opportunities are available for special events and programs throughout the year.

  • In order to participate, candidates must complete an application each year. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Applicants will be interviewed and successful candidates must attend an orientation (date TBA) to participate in the program.
  • Junior Naturalists who have volunteered at least one week in a previous summer are eligible to volunteer for spring break camp.New Junior Naturalists applications are not accepted in the spring.
  • Please fill out the application and submit it by April 26, 2019.

 

For more information, please call 352-393-8240 or email earthacademy@cityofgainesville.org.

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