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Nature Camps

Nature Camps

The adventure awaits! Campers will discover nature and wildlife, exercise creativity, all while learning to care for our environment. Camps take place when Pinellas County's schools are on break. See information below for ways to create amazing memories for your child. Fee assistance and discount options may be available. For more information, please contact (727) 893-7326.


Registration is first come, first served.


Spring Camps

Spring camps run March 13-17, 2023.

REGISTRATION for Spring Camps opens February 1.
(Camps will go live on Parks & Rec Connect via the link below on February 1.)

REGISTER FOR CAMP

Summer Camps

Summer Camps May 30 - August 4.

REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 15.
(Camps will go live on Parks & Rec Connect via the link below on March 15.)

REGISTER FOR CAMP

Camps are offered weekly. Weekly camp schedule:
  • Week 1: May 30 - June 2 (4-day week)
  • Week 2: June 5 - 9
  • Week 3: June 12 - 16
  • Week 4: June 20 - 23
  • Week 5: June 26 - 30
  • Week 6: July 3, 5 - 7 (4-day week)
  • Week 7: July 10 - 14
  • Week 8: July 17 - 21
  • Week 9: July 24 - 28
  • Week 10: July 31 - August 4

FAQs

Have a question about registration? Check out our Parks & Rec Connect frequently asked questions page:

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Nature Programs

Looks for more activities? Check out some of the other nature related programs we offer to all ages.

Spring Camp List

Age Camp Description Location
3-4 SPROUTS CAMP Each day, the program includes a combination of nature stories, songs, games, crafts, and hikes to explore the outdoors. The goal is to nurture a child's curiosity, help them acquire developmentally appropriate skills, and instill appreciation and respect for the natural world. Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.
5-6 YOUNG NATURALIST CAMP Young Naturalist Camp focuses on nature and science topics. Exciting activities include nature hikes, games, and animal and plant studies. Campers explore the natural world, learn to share discoveries, work together, develop their personal creativity, and have fun. Hammock Hall, Classroom, 3010 31st Street S., Gate 2
7 - 8 EXPLORING SPRING IN FLORIDA Explore the changes that occur during the winter season in Florida. Campers will investigate a variety of topics, including black bears, manatees, vultures, and much more! Campers will head out on the trails each day and do fun hands-on activities. Hammock Hall, Banquet Room, 3010 31st Street S., Gate 2
7-13 PIONEER CAMP Campers experience a time when family, friendship, and character were as important as food, water, and shelter. Activities are adapted from the Association of Experiential Education to foster team building, leadership, and self-esteem. Agriculture Education Building, 3130 31st Street S. (Gate 4)
6 - 11 ELEMENTAL SEASONS Join Ruthie for a week of studying seasonal changes and the accompanying traditional celebrations found around the world. Campers will take daily hikes, participate in homemade celebrations of nature, and create take home crafts. Osprey’s Roost, 2900 31st Street South, Gate 1
4 - 7 NATURE AROUND THE WORLD CAMP A tour of the world's natural settings with songs, crafts, and other activities, indoor and out, that tie the continents together creating a comprehensive picture of world geography. Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.

Summer Camp List

Age Camp Description Location
3-4 SPROUTS CAMP
Week 1 - 10
Cost: $100 for nonmembers / $80 for Friends of Boyd Hill members

Kids grow better outside! Join us for Sprouts Camp, a week filled with songs, stories, games, and nature walks! Each week is a different theme with habitat investigations and activities that will demonstrate environmental concepts. Children must be potty trained.

Limit of 15 children
Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.
5-6 YOUNG NATURALIST CAMP
Week 1 - 10
Cost: $180 for nonmembers / $160 for Friends of Boyd Hill members

This camp is filled with a variety of exciting activities including nature hikes, games, animal and plant studies, crafts, and wildlife watching. The goal is for campers to explore and learn about their natural world, encourage personal creativity, and learn to share discoveries by working together and having fun. Themes will change weekly.

Limit of 20 children
Hammock Hall, Classroom, 3010 31st St. S. (Gate 2)
6-11 SONGS AND SOUNDS
Week 7
Cost: $180/camper

Campers spend the week learning about music and handicrafts in all shapes and sizes. Find art and melodies in the trees, plants, critters, and bumblebees to create and play!

Limit 30 campers
Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.
6-11 ELEMENTAL SEASONS
Week 8
Cost: $180/camper

Campers will enjoy a week of studying seasonal changes and the accompanying traditional celebrations found around the world. Campers will take daily hikes, participate in homemade celebrations of nature, and create take home crafts.

Limit 30 campers
Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.
7-8 WILD FLORIDA FOR KIDS
Week 1 -10
Cost: $180 for nonmembers / $160 for Friends of Boyd Hill members

This unique camp is focused on introducing campers to the diverse ecosystems found in state parks found throughout Florida. Each week, campers will take a field trip to local destinations to help reinforce learning and to give campers hands-on experiences in various ecosystems.

Limit 45 campers
Hammock Hall, Banquet Room, 3010 31st St. S. (Gate 2)
7-11 HERPETOLOGY CAMP
Week 5
Cost: $180/camper

Explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians such as gopher tortoises, frogs, lizards, and snakes with hands-on learning, hikes, and live animal encounters.
Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.
7-11 WILDLIFE ECOLOGY CAMP
Week 6
Cost: $180/camper

Campers will explore the ecology and conservation of Florida's wildlife and wild lands. A blend of classroom and field sessions will include hands-on activities, guest presentations, and exploration of the preserve's diverse habitats where campers will practice their nature detective skills.

Limit 30 campers
Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.
7-12 ANIMAL EVIDENCE
Week 3
Cost: $180/camper

Campers will learn how to identify bones, tracks, and scat through daily hikes in the preserve.

Limit 30 campers
Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.
7-12 TALONS, BEAKS AND FEATHERS
Week 4
Cost: $180/camper

Campers will dive into the world of birds through an assortment of activities, fun crafts, and educational hikes through the park. We will explore how to identify birds, the different environments they are found in, and how we can protect our feathered friends.

Limit 30 campers.
Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.
7-13 NATURE ADVENTURE
Week 1 - 10
Cost: $180 for nonmembers / $160 for Friends of Boyd Hill members

Campers learn about Florida's unique habitats and their inhabitants, get dirty during dip-netting, observe wildlife while hiking preserve trails, and acquire basic birding skills. Designed with new themes and guest programs throughout the summer, every day includes relevant natural history topics and exciting adventures, crafts, and activities.

Limit 30 campers
Osprey's Roost, 2900 31st St. S. (Gate 1)
7-13 PIONEER CAMP
Week 1 - 10
Cost: $180 for nonmembers / $160 for Friends of Boyd Hill & Pinellas Pioneer Settlement members

Campers experience a time when family, friendship, and character were as important as food, water, and shelter. Young pioneers will learn through activities adapted from the Association for Experiential Education to foster team building, leadership, and self-esteem. They will have hands-on experiences at the blacksmith shop.

Limit 45 campers
Agriculture Education Building, 3010 31st St. S. (Gate 4)
7-13 THE UNSEEN WORLD OF THE FOREST
Week 1 & 2
Cost: $180/camper

Discover the wild world of the deep woods! Campers will learn about how plants communicate within the woods, slime molds, fungi, and insects. The campers will create different types of art in nature while exploring the real wild world!

Limit 30 campers
Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, Classroom, 1101 Country Club Way S.