Earth Academy Day Camp

Summer 2017

Registration for each camp begins on April 17, 2017 at 7 a.m. in person/online, and registration for each session closes one week before it begins—see below for dates and times. 

Session I: Monday, June 5-9, Gamers Unplugged! 
Join us for a week of hands-on outdoor games, leave those devices at home!  We are unplugged and outside!
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Registration closes Monday, May 29th at 6 p.m. in person and 11:59 p.m. online.

Session II: Monday, June 12-16, Nature Underground

Geology and caves and limestone, oh my!  We will learn about nature underground through hands-on activities and real world observation.
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Registration closes Monday, June 5th at 6 p.m. in person and 11:59 p.m. online.

Session III: Monday, June 19-23, Animal Architects
We will explore the wild world of animal architects from ant builders to gopher tortoises to wasps!
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Registration closes Monday, June 12th at 6 p.m. in person and 11:59 p.m. online.

Session IV: Monday, July 31-August 4, Animal Architects
We will explore the wild world of animal architects from ant builders to gopher tortoises to wasps!
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Registration closes Monday, July 24th at 6 p.m. in person and 11:59 p.m. online.

Session V: Monday, August 7-11, Nature Underground
Geology and caves and limestone, oh my!  We will learn about nature underground through hands-on activities and real world observation.
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Registration closes Monday, July 31st at 6 p.m. in person and 11:59 p.m. online.

Hours:  Monday-Friday8:30 am - 4:30 pm, please inquire about early drop off and late pick up: 353-334-3326.

     

About Earth Academy

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. 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!

    Dates: 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. 
    Ages: Camp is open to first through sixth graders. Seventh through twelfth graders are eligible for the Junior Naturalist program, which uses the skills and talents of the older youth to enhance the Earth Academy experience for the younger children.    
    Hours:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm, please inquire about early drop off and late pick up: 353-334-3326.
    Fees: City Residents: $121.50 / Non-City Residents: $182.50.  Proof of residency (GRU Bill or Voter ID card) is required at the time of registration.  Fees are due at the time of registration. 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. Lunch is not  included, campers are to provide their own lunch. 
    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 serve and scholarship recipients are not guaranteed a spot in any camp session. Click here for an application and details
    Registration:  Space is limited and registration is first come first serve. 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 at Thomas Center B, 3rd floor. 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. 
    Questions: Please call 352-334-3326 or email EarthAcademy@cityofgainesville.org.

Junior Naturalist Program:

The Junior Naturalist program is a rewarding opportunity for seventh through twelfth graders to earn volunteer hours, gain work experience, learn about environmental topics, mentor younger campers and have fun outside! Junior Naturalists volunteer for one week camp sessions to assist with camp activities. Additional volunteer opportunities are available for special events and programs throughout the year.

To participate, candidates must complete an application and an interview each year. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance in to the program. Once the Junior Naturalist has been accepted, then parents can complete the registration for each session.

  • Applications for Summer 2017 are available now! They are due Monday, May 1. Click here to download an application.
  • Applicants will be interviewed and successful candidates must attend a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9 am-12 pm in order 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.
Junior Naturalists Registrations:

Session I: Junior Naturalist Program

Session II: Junior Naturalist Program

Session III: Junior Naturalist Program

Session IV: Junior Naturalist Program

Session V: Junior Naturalist Program

 

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