Sensational Sharks: Our Friends from the Deep!
Celebrate Shark Week by getting to know these incredible kings and queens of the sea! Discover the sharks and stingrays that we share our ocean with, their behaviors, and why it is so important to protect them. It’s safer than you might think to study sharks in the wild, and even to go diving with them. We will cover their incredible anatomy, senses, and adaptations by participating in a dogfish dissection! Did you know that some sharks and stingrays live inside active underwater volcanoes? How do these volcanoes help them to survive, and create your own erupting seamount!
In addition campers will participate in a long standing tradition of creating their own silk screen shirt. Campers are also encouraged to bring their mask and snorkel to camp during this week as our instructors will be teaching snorkeling skills to campers of all ages.
Campers will be going on an exciting Ocean Quest Field Trip! As you will see below, there are two field trips during this week and the campers are divided based on their age as to which they participate in.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Palm Beach, FL Age 5-8
“The Science Center’s 10,000 gallon Aquariums of the Atlantic house some of Florida’s most beautiful native fish such as Queen Angels, Lookdowns, Moray Eels, Stingrays and seahorses as well as a few fish that have invaded Florida’s coasts. The different habitats will take campers through the depths of our coral reefs and interpret Florida’s diverse ecosystems of the Everglades, Coral Reefs, Gulf Stream, and the Open Ocean.” Campers will travel to the center in an air-conditioned charter bus.
Snorkel trip to John Pennekamp National Park, Key Largo Ages 9-16
Campers ages 9 – 16 will be visiting John Pennekemp National Park on a daylong snorkeling adventure! Located in Key Largo, FL, John Pennekamp National Park is a true treasure of Florida. The Park offers access to the reefs of the Florida Keys, which are one of the most uniquely beautiful and accessible wild areas in the country. The Florida Keys Reef is the only living coral barrier reef in North America, and is the 3rd largest coral barrier reef in the world! Campers will see many fish and marine species that call the reef home as they adventure out in the dive boat with experienced leaders. Masks and snorkels are provided to the campers, but they need to bring a towel, bathing suit. Dinner, snacks, and drinks will be provided throughout the day and campers should bring a bagged lunch along with extra snacks and drinks. For this trip there will be a normal drop off time in the morning, however buses will return to their respective sites around 7:30pm (Dania) 8:00pm (Ft. Lauderdale).