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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- The St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Office and the Oxbow Eco-Center are offering six different summer camps that explore insects, nature and art.
Surviving the Wild Camp (ages 12 - 17) takes place at the Oxbow June 10 - 14 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learn the skills it takes to survive in the wild, including making cordage or rope, constructing a shelter with nothing but natural materials, building a fire using primitive tools, and making a compass to find your way home. In addition, participants will learn the plants that indigenous peoples and early pioneers used to survive. Bring your own snacks and lunch. The cost is $90.
Going Wild Camp (ages 8 - 12) takes place June 24 - 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Travel through time and meet some of the massive animals that once roamed Florida, from the mastodon to the megalodon. Then learn about their relatives that live among us today. Campers will travel to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary where they will be able to get an up-close view of some of Florida's mammals. Bring your own snacks and lunch. The cost is $85.
Spirit of Nature Art Camp (ages 7 - 10) takes place July 15 - 19 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and (ages 10 - 17) from July 29 - Aug. 2 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Join us for a week filled with creativity and fun. We will be exploring many different art and craft mediums in an effort to allow your child to improve their self-expression and gain confidence. Let your child catch the wave with this year's "Underwater Theme." Bring your own snacks. The cost is $95 for the first session and $125 for the second session.
Bug-a-Boo Camp (ages 8-11) takes place July 15 - 19 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Held at the St. Lucie County Extension Office, camp activities will include offsite trips to area nature preserves to collect insects and kayak, and a visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Campers should bring a packed lunch; however, two daily snacks will be provided. The cost is $160 and includes all field trips.
Discovery Camp (ages 5-12) takes place July 22 - 26 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Campers are in for quite the adventure at this week-long camp. Each day they take a trip to discover the wonderful world around them, including visiting a science museum and zoo, doing a Treetop Trek challenge, learning about beach treasures, going on an airboat ride, taking in an alligator show and so much more. Campers must be able to swim to attend this camp. The cost is $165 and includes all field trips.
Junior Naturalist Day Camp (ages 4-7) takes place daily Aug. 6 - 9 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Bring your younger ones to day camp and let them get a little wild. Each day will focus on different families of animals ... where they live, what they need to survive, and some of the strategies they use to outsmart their predators. Each day will be filled with fun learning and creative crafts that participants will take home. Choose one day or all four. The cost is $12 per day.
Space is limited for all of these camps.
For the Oxbow camps contact the Oxbow at (772) 785-5833, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.oxboweco.com. To register for the Extension's Bug-a-Boo Camp or Discovery Camp call 772-462-1660 or e-mail Kate O'Neill (Bug-a-Boo Camp) at email@example.com or Sue Munyan (Discovery Camp) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oxbow Eco-Center is a St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center located on 225 acres of conservation land on the beautiful St. Lucie River. The St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Office is located at 8400 Picos Road in Fort Pierce.