2017 K-12 Summer Camps
Make the most of your summer through discovery and exciting fun!
This summer is better than ever! Welcome the Tallahassee Museum’s 2017 summer camp! As a nationally accredited history and natural science museum, we are excited to bring science and the arts, to life through engaging hands-on activities.
From encounters with wildlife to exploring cultural heritage, your child will have an enriching camp experience at the Tallahassee Museum. Our integrated approach implements creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication into each day’s lesson plan.
Online registration will close at 12 p.m. on the Friday prior to each camp. You may download, and bring in a registration form on the day of camp, but please know this does not guarantee you a spot. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Early registration is recommended.
We understand that changes arise in scheduling and therefore allow for one change in date and time no less than 2 weeks prior to the camp date. A $25 administrative fee for program date/time change is applied to any change made in addition to the allowed change, or one that is less than 2 weeks prior.
CAMP LUNCH PROGRAM
The Museum’s Trail Break Café offers a lunch program for K-8th grade campers. Lunch order forms may be downloaded from the forms section. Forms should be filled out by a parent or guardian, and sent with payment to camp with campers.
GENERAL SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION
Hours: 9 am-4:30 pm, with extended care offered from 7:45 am-8:45 am, and 4:45 pm-5:45 pm.
Fees: K- 1st grade Camps are: $155 for members/ $165 nonmembers; 2nd-5th grade camps $185 for members/ $195 non-members; Jr. CIT program 6th-8th grade $115 for members/ $125 for non-members. Extended care: $35/week or $8 per day.
K-5th GRADE CAMPERS: Our camps are lead by experienced Museum educators, classroom teachers, and outdoor educators. Campers will experience a healthy balance of outdoor adventures and indoor exploration!
MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPERS: The Junior Counselor in Training (Jr. CIT) Program is available to students currently in 6th-8th grade. This program offers campers a chance to work alongside camp teachers to learn the ins and outs of becoming a CIT in the Tallahassee Museum camp program. Jr. CITs will exercise leadership and teamwork skills as they assist day camp teachers in setting up and facilitating activities, crafts, games, and projects. Only 4 spaces per day.
June 5-9: Art and Soul: Roll up your sleeves and unleash your artistic side as we paint, sculpt, sketch, craft and photograph animals, plants and historic objects at the Tallahassee Museum. Your child will create and take home beautiful works of art and even enjoy a private sitting with one of the Museum’s wild animal models. Express yourself!
June 12-16: Grossology: Icky, creepy, and just plain gross, is what your camper will boast! We will create disgusting food, get our hands dirty in the dirt, make goo, identify scat, learn funny facts about the human body, and create disgusting experiments! Drop your child off for yucky, stinky, science filled fun!
June 19-23: Extreme Team Adventures: We’ll spend the week learning new ways to build strong team dynamics, as well have a great time exploring the Tree to Tree ropes course and adventurous treks around the Museum and surrounding forestry land. Tree to Tree Adventure Camps: Children must be at least 39” tall. Waivers must be filled out online by a parent or guardian at https://treetotree.ezwaiver.com no more than 48 hours and no less than 24 hours prior to the date of camp, OR filled out manually the day of the camp. Children 39” – 60” tall may use the TREEmendous Adventures Course, $15 per child. Children at least 54” tall may use the Canopy Crossing Course, $25 per child. ****Fees are in addition to camp fee. Tree to Tree waivers must be filled out each time your child participates in the course.***
June 26-30: Zoo Crew: Campers will contribute to the Museum’s animals by helping in a habitat, creating different animal enrichments, assisting with diet making, telling animal tales, and discovering fascinating facts about the zoo world! Pounce on this week of adventure for your child!
July 5-7: Junior Scientist/ Bio Survey (There will be no camp on July 3rd & 4th in observance of the holiday): Thousands of species abound in our own backyards. Learn hands-on techniques employed by researchers to gauge biodiversity by humanely collecting or identifying insects, fish, plants and other wildlife and take a closer look at some of the Museum’s collections.
July 10-14: Creep into the DEEPEND: Creep into the DEEPEND™, takes campers to new depths! Students become part of the DEEPEND Science Team, a group of 60 deep-sea scientists investigating the animals in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep-sea. What’s in the deep that a kid would like? Animals dressed in red velvet, some as transparent as glass, and others that flash and ripple with light so bright they could light a room. Every animal and discovery in the deep is weirder and more wonderful than the next. Only 5% of the ocean has been explored. In order to protect the ocean, there is so much more we must learn. Join us on a mission to investigate how the cool creatures that creep in the deep survive!
July 17-21: The Celebration of Conservation: Gray Whales, Elephant Seals, and Vaquita. This exciting camp highlights three important marine conservation stories – two successful conservation stories and one still being written. Gray whales and elephant seals were once so close extinction it’s amazing either species survived. Due to protection efforts and public awareness, today both species are thriving. Both have been delisted (removed) from the endangered species list. Vaquitas need that same kind of happy ending. The vaquita is a small, adorable porpoise and the world’s most endangered whale. There are only 60 vaquita left. For our Celebration of Conservation kids become part of TEAM VAQUITA. They will learn about these three amazing marine mammals. Our Science Team will share current and very cool research. Kids will become part of the solution in protecting vaquita and all ocean animals. Our researchers for this program are world renowned marine mammal experts: Barbara Taylor (vaquitas), Dave Weller (gray whales), and Daniel Costa (elephant seals)
July 24-28: Zoo Crew: Campers will contribute to the Museum’s animals by helping in a habitat, creating different animal enrichments, assisting with diet making, telling animal tales, and discovering fascinating facts about the zoo world! Pounce on this week of adventure for your child!
July 31-August 4: Outdoor Adventures: Campers will have a blast exploring the many adventures they can have outside! We’ll trek about, learn the ins and outs of archery, and zip through the trees! Tree to Tree Adventure Camps: Children must be at least 39” tall. Waivers must be filled out online by a parent or guardian at https://treetotree.ezwaiver.com no more than 48 hours and no less than 24 hours prior to the date of camp, OR filled out manually the day of the camp. Children 39” – 60” tall may use the TREEmendous Adventures Course, $15 per child. Children at least 54” tall may use the Canopy Crossing Course, $25 per child. ****Fees are in addition to camp fee. Tree to Tree waivers must be filled out each time your child participates in the course.***
August 7-11: Wild Crafting: Do you have what it takes to make it in the wild? Learn skills formerly employed by the area’s pioneers and Native Americans including shelter building, rope making, tracking, native plant identification, and so much more. Also take a look at local animal builders and see how our human skills stack up.