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A-Z Nature Camp

Polk's Nature Discovery Center's free summer camp is back for 2021.

Outdoor play and exploration is critical to a child's growth and development.

Through educational programs, Polk County's Environmental Lands Program fosters an appreciation for the natural world through hands-on, outdoor, experiential learning. In doing so, our staff hopes to inspire young people of today to become positive stewards of the environment, to spark a lifelong love of learning and to forge a deep and abiding connection with the natural world.


Dates & Times:

Registration for Summer 2021 is now closed and all dates are full. To be placed on a waitlist, email the natural resources educator at nreducator@polk-county.net with your registration information.

  • Week 1: June 15 - June 18
  • Week 2: June 22 - June 25
  • Week 3: June 29 - July 2
  • Week 4: July 6 - July 9
  • Week 5: July 13 - July 16
  • Week 6: July 20 - July 23

DROP OFF: 8:30 to 8:45 a.m.

CAMP TIME: 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

PICK UP: 2:35 to 2:45 p.m.

Additional Information:

Please prepare a cold, boxed lunch for your child to have onsite, daily.

Dress to be outdoors and appropriate for current weather conditions: close-toed shoes, long pants, change of socks, layered clothing for cold weather, waterproof gear for inclement weather (please refrain from bringing umbrellas).

Make sure to apply sunscreen and bug spray before coming into the classroom.

Please consider donating a healthy, pre-packaged snack to share with 25 children (cheese sticks, pre-sliced/packaged fruit, granola bars). We will be taking a snack break before and after lunch.

There are opportunities for your older children to become a Junior Volunteer if they are between the ages of 14 and 17. Please email the Natural Resources Educator for further information.

AFTER online registration:
You will be emailed the Camper Information form, which is due April 28, 2021 to finalize participation.

Summer Rec Outdoor Education Program

Free, fun and exciting adventures await your Summer Camp group. Participants will discover nature and wildlife while being educated about caring for our environment.

Explore the natural wonder of Florida with hands-on exploration, interactive games, field excursions, hikes, crafts and songs designed to nurture the love of the great outdoors. Students will learn about our incredible Florida wildlife, the interdependence of all living things and concepts of conservation crafted especially for the young mind.

Contact our Natural Resource Educator to reserve your spot!

Dates & Times:

Stay tuned for future updates

Self-Guided Outdoor Education Program

Polk's Nature Discovery Center and Polk County's Environmental Land Sites are the perfect place for summer camps in Polk County to explore the outdoors and learn about our environment. Exploring connections in nature is the focus of programs and resources available. A variety of programs are designed for all ages to enhance your visit. If you are planning to bring a group of 10 participants or more, you must schedule your visit with our office. All educational programs are always FREE! Staff, volunteers, and facilities are limited, but we will do our best to help you plan your visit. It is strongly recommended that reservations / requests are made well in advance. Regardless of what you plan to do on your next visit, we hope you have a memorable time discovering Polk's water, wildlife and wilderness.

A self-guided program is designed to give the teacher or group leader the confidence to inform their students of science content with already made accurate, relevant onsite activities. The teacher or group leader guides their student participants through each activity program. Below are all of the educational options to make a visit informative and engaging.

Dates & Times:

Stay tuned for future updates

See Available Dates and Register for a Self-Guided Program

Additional Information:

Outdoor Education Mission:
Polk's Nature Discovery Center will provide hands-on learning experiences in an outdoor setting that engage students in investigating the value of Polk County's natural resources. Through this exploration, students will discover the interconnection of water, wildlife and wilderness; understand their impact on the environment; and foster a sense of personal stewardship towards the environment.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE SELF GUIDED (a Circle B Staff member is NOT present to facilitate your program)

Program Options:

  • Agents of Discovery Mobile App Game and 2-mile hike
  • Nature Explore-Outdoor Classroom
  • Nature BINGO
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt

Program Details:

  • Agents of Discovery Mobile App Game and 2-mile Hike is a revolutionary, fun gaming experience, which requires players to walk a 2-mile hike to solve challenge questions related to the environment and the plants and animals that live at Circle B Bar Reserve.
  • Nature Explore - Outdoor Classroom encourages children and educators to connect with nature in meaningful ways and play authentically. This play, in turn, yields rich learning opportunities (for pre-K through 2nd grade only).
  • Nature BINGO allows students to go on a leisurely hike and observe nature's home and make a game out of it. Be the first to find all the items in a row, or a column, or corner to corner.
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt is another alternative game to allow students to observe nature's home while on a leisurely hike.

Contact

Eric Eversole
Natural Resources Educator
Circle B Bar Reserve
Parks and Natural Resources Environmental Lands Program

Emailnreducator@polk-county.net
Office Phone(863) 668-4673 ext. 204

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