Archaeology Summer Camps
Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE) in partnership with Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) will again sponsor two “Hands on Weedon” archaeology camps at Weedon Island during the summer of 2015. These camps are designed for students interested in exploring the past and are conducted by professional archaeologists and educators.
This summer camp is designed for children with a strong interest in prehistory and history as well as in learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers will learn about the importance of archaeology and will gain understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the Tampa Bay region.
Herpetology Summer Camps
A science-based, hands-on nature day camp. Inquisitive children love this five-day nature camp where they explore the fascinating world of amphibians and reptiles side by side with George Heinrich, a professional herpetologist. Through up-close encounters with a variety of animals such as gopher tortoises, frogs, lizards and snakes, campers learn about amphibian and reptile ecology and conservation.
Wildlife Ecology Summer Camp
This summer camp is designed for children with a strong interest in nature. Campers will explore the ecology and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and wildlands. 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.
Sponsored by Heinrich Ecological Services, call George Heinrich at (727) 865-6255 for more information or email.
Saltwater Fishing Camp
The Saltwater Fishing Camp is a hands-on program of fishing and instruction for campers. Campers will be provided valuable instruction regarding saltwater fishes, their habitats and various fishing techniques, with the goal of creating a new “school” of responsible anglers. All aspects of fishing are covered, ranging from fish identification and fish biology to basic boat navigation and ethical angling techniques. Campers will leave the Saltwater Fish Camp with a greater appreciation for the sport of fishing as well as new angling skills. Campers are provided all the necessary fishing gear needed during camp activities.
Sponsored by Sensing Nature, call Jeanne Murphy at (727) 397-2306 for more information or email.
Ranger Naturalist Program
High school students yearning to learn more about the environment and gain volunteer experience at the same time should be sure to check out the Ranger Naturalist Program at Weedon Island Preserve. Volunteer hours may be applied to Florida Bright Futures Scholarships for those eligible. Through the program, students will take part in experiential learning activities including nature hikes, guided canoe trips, invasive plant removal days, and coastal cleanups.
Ranger Naturalist Program Overview for interested parents and students will take place on April 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center.
Applications for the program (students ages 15-18) will be due Wednesday, May 18, and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by Friday, May 20.