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. Earth Academy Day Camp is offered to children in 1st through 6th grade.

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 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 SPRING BREAK CAMP 2020

March 23-27, 2020 

Spring Break 2020 EADC registration opens Monday February 3rd at 9AM online and in person at the PRCA Administrative Office, Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE 6th Ave.  (Registering in person will not guarantee you a space.) 

"THE ART OF NATURE" 
The “Earth” without “Art” is just “Eh.”  We’ll draw inspiration from the nature around us, and we’ll create and express ourselves in a variety of artistic formats including visual, performing, culinary and more! 

Camp Hours:  8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Fees: City residents: $134.00, Non-city residents: $201.25. Prices effective Oct. 1, 2019.  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 352-334-5067 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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Online Registration

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. 

 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 a.m.–5 p.m. 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.

SUMMER CAMP

EADC Summer Camp registration opens on Monday, April 6 at 9 am online and in person at the PRCA Administration Office, The Thomas Center, Bldg. B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE 6th Avenue (Registration in person does not guarantee you a spot).  

EADC SUMMER CAMP 2020 SESSION DATES

Session 1: June 1-5, 2020
NATURE UNDERGROUND

Below the surface…
Beneath our feet…
Beyond life giving sunlight…
Life lurks for us to explore

Earth Academy goes Underground as we discover burrows, bugs, rocks and more!  Join us as we dig into natural marvels below!

 Session 2: June 8-12, 2020
SPACESHIP EARTHYou don’t have to be an astronaut to ride in a spaceship.  We’re all crew members on Spaceship Earth, spinning and titling as we travel around the sun together!  The Earth Academy Spaceship Earth crew will explore the natural wonders of our shared journey and discover how we can all help take care of our one and only mother ship Earth.  The crew needs you!

Session 3: June 15-19, 2020
EARTH ACADEMY TIME MACHINE

Forward to the future!   Back to the past!  But where are we now? Through time nature is changing, growing and moving.  Let’s time travel together to explore the changing nature of our world by stepping into the Earth Academy Time Machine!  Past, present and future adventures await…join us!

Session 4: July 27-31, 2020
EARTH ACADEMY TIME MACHINE
Forward to the future!   Back to the past!  But where are we now? Through time nature is changing, growing and moving.  Let’s time travel together to explore the changing nature of our world by stepping into the Earth Academy Time Machine!  Past, present and future adventures await…join us!

Session 5: Aug. 3-7, 2020
SPACESHIP EARTH
You don’t have to be an astronaut to ride in a spaceship.  We’re all crew members on Spaceship Earth, spinning and titling as we travel around the sun together!  The Earth Academy Spaceship Earth crew will explore the natural wonders of our shared journey and discover how we can all help take care of our one and only mother ship Earth.  The crew needs you!

EADC Junior Naturalists

Kids in 7-12 grades are eligible to apply for the Junior Naturalist Program. Junior Naturalists volunteer from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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 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 17,2020.

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

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