Florida Museum hosts four camps for children during school breaks
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This winter break students can ring in the holiday season with scientific exploration and natural history investigation during Florida Museum of Natural Historyâ€™s school holiday camps beginning Dec. 23 through Jan. 17.
The camps for students enrolled in grades K-5 for the 2013-2014 school year provide natural history exploration through museum exhibits and hands-on activities.
â€śHoliday camps are always an opportunity to have fun while learning about something new â€“ whether itâ€™s engineering feats or how prehistoric people managed day-to-day living,â€ť said Catherine Carey, Florida Museum of Natural History public programs coordinator. â€śMuseum camps are hands-on and sometimes messy, but always fun.â€ť
â€śFloat My Boatâ€ť on Dec. 23 will dive into engineering principles while students learn to construct a plane, float a boat and build a bridge as they create different models.
â€śEngineering is one of those subjects students donâ€™t always specifically learn about in school,â€ť said Florida Museum educator Tiffany Ireland. â€śItâ€™s amazing how much it takes to keep a boat floating or a bridge standing.â€ť
Starting 2014 off with a splash, students will gain an appreciation for Floridaâ€™s coastal waters by learning about the ecology of the beach and ocean in â€śSurfâ€™s Upâ€ť on Jan. 2. â€śPrehistoric Technologyâ€ť on Jan. 3 will teach students how to make everyday objects and discover how the earliest Floridians adapted to the environment.
The â€śMy Museumâ€ť camp on Jan. 17, which is a teacher workday and student holiday, explores everything the museum has to offer by touring the exhibits and going behind-the-scenes.
Camps are offered as full- or half-day programs. For non-members the full-day program is $50 per student and the half-day cost is $30. A special rate for museum members is available.
For full-day camps, drop-off is between 8 to 8:30 a.m. and pickup is 4:30 to 5 p.m. The half-day camps can either be for the morning, with pickup from noon to 12:30 p.m. or for the afternoon, with drop-off from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Pre-registration is available on the Florida Museumâ€™s website at http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/events/camps/school-holiday/.
For questions or more information, call 352-273-2061.