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. 

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 in June 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!

    Spring 2018

    Guardians of the Planet

    Dates: Monday, March 26 - Friday, March 30
    Times: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Registration is open now! 
    Theme: Our theme this session is “Guardians of the Planet”, with a focus on youth action for the future of the planet.  We will time travel to learn about past and future climate change and come back to the present to learn what kids and teens around the world are doing right now to help the health and wellbeing of our planet, Earth.  We hope this camp will inspire our youth to be Planetary Guardians through innovation and creativity. 

    Ages: Camp is open to first through sixth graders. Seventh through twelfth graders are eligible for the Junior Naturalist program, which uses the skills and talents of the older youth to enhance the Earth Academy experience for the younger children. All Spring Break Camp Junior Naturalist positions have been filled, but please sign up for our mailing list to apply for summer positions!

    Fees: City Residents: $127.50 / Non-City Residents: $191.75. To receive a full refund, registrations must be canceled in writing at least 10 days prior to the first day of camp.  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. This is a known error in ActiveNet and unfortunately it is not changeable. Please call the Morningside Nature Center office and we will refund the fee and edit your account to reflect City resident status.
    No field trip fees. Lunch is not included, campers are to provide their own lunch. 

    Questions: Please call 352-334-3326 or email EarthAcademy@cityofgainesville.org.

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    Summer Camp

    Summer EADC registration opens Monday, April 16th at 9am online and in person at the PRCA Administrative Office, Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE 6th Ave., 32601, Mon.-Fri., 8:00am–5:00pm.

    Camp Hours:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Session I:  June 4-8
    Session II:  June 11-15
    Session III:  June 18-22
    Session IV:  July 30-Aug 3
    Session V:  Aug 6-10

      Fees: City Residents: $127.50 / Non-City Residents: $191.75. To receive a full refund, registrations must be canceled in writing at least 10 days prior to the first day of camp.  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. This is a known error in ActiveNet and unfortunately it is not changeable. Please call the Morningside Nature Center office and we will refund the fee and edit your account to reflect City resident status. 
      No field trip fees. Lunch is not included, campers are to provide their own lunch. 

    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 serve and scholarship recipients are not guaranteed a spot in any camp session. If you receive confirmation of a scholarship, please go ahead and pay the camp fee and we will reimburse the cost after you have registered. 2018 Summer Earth Academy Day Camp Scholarship Form

    Registration: Space is limited and registration is first come first serve. 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 at Thomas Center B, 3rd floor. 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. 

Junior Naturalist Program:

The Junior Naturalist program is a rewarding opportunity for seventh through twelfth graders to earn volunteer hours, gain work experience, learn about environmental topics, mentor younger campers and have fun outside! Junior Naturalists volunteer for one week camp sessions to assist with camp activities. Additional volunteer opportunities are available for special events and programs throughout the year.

To participate, candidates must complete an application and an interview each year. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance in to the program. Once the Junior Naturalist has been accepted, then parents can complete the registration for each session.

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