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. 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!


Registration opens on the following dates (see below for more details): 

City residents: Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m. online or by phone 352-334-5067
Community Builders* and city residents: Monday, April 26 at 9 a.m. online or by phone (*Community builders must register by phone)
Resident & non-resident: Monday, May 3 at 9 a.m. online or by phone 352-334-5067.

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 may sign up for our waiting list. Under-registered sessions may be canceled with a full refund.

Session 1: June 21-25, 2021 - 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 28-July 2, 2021 - 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! 

Session 3: July 5-9, 2021- Earth Academy Time Machine   We will be hosting camp on Monday, July 5.

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 26-30, 2021 - 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: August 2-6, 2021 - 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! 

Fees: City residents $140.75; non-city residents $211.25. Proof of residency (GRU bill or voter ID card) is required at the time of registration. Fees are due at the time of registration.(Prices effective Oct. 1, 2021.)

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.

Lunch is not provided; campers are to provide their own lunch. Two snacks are provided daily.

Scholarships: We have limited number of scholarships. 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 availability and eligibility. Scholarships are available for families that qualify through the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) for free or reduced lunch. You may request proof of free or reduced lunch through your child’s school by calling the SBAC’s Food Service Office at 352-955-7539, extension 1569. Ask that the letter of proof be emailed to earthacademy@cityofgainesville.org. This request must be made the week prior to registration. Scholarship applicants must apply over the phone (352-334-5067) starting on Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m. Scholarship applications are available online.

Registration opens on the following dates: 

City residents: Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m. online or by phone 352-334-5067.

Community Builders* and city residents: Monday, April 26 at 9 a.m. online or by phone (*Community builders must register by phone. Please complete a registration form and email to HarringtonJL@cityofgainesville.org along with proof of employment prior to registration opening)

All residents (city and non-city): Monday, May 3 at 9 a.m. online or by phone

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 may sign up for our waiting list. Under-registered sessions may be canceled with a full refund.

Online registration:
You will need an Active Net profile to register. 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. 

Register online!

Telephone registration: 
Please complete registration form and email to HarringtonJL@cityofgainesville.org prior to registration opening. Registering by phone does not guarantee a spot.

COVID safety precautions:

  • Fewer campers per session
  • Fewer staff per session
  • Physical distancing built into all parts of the day
  • Frequent hand washing and disinfecting of all surfaces
  • No sharing of supplies
  • Masks to be worn by campers and staff when social distancing is not possible. Campers will need to bring their own mask daily.
  • Temperature checks each morning
  • Socially-distanced parent drop off and pickup

Questions: Please call 352-393-8240 or email earthacademy@cityofgainesville.org.


EADC Junior Naturalists

Rising 7-12 graders 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 2021 application and submit it by Friday, April 23, 2021.

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

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