Sharks: Magnificent & Misunderstood
Celebrate Shark Week by getting to know these incredible kings and queens of the sea! Sharks are important members of the world ocean who keep marine ecosystems in balance, but these powerful apex predators need our help! This week, we’ll discover which shark species we share our beautiful Florida home with, the dangers they face, and how we can help them in our everyday lives. Create your own artificial dermal denticles, unearth shark and stingray fossils and discover which species they belonged to millions of years ago, and experience how these ancient fish (yes, sharks are fish!) breathe!
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.
There are two field trips scheduled this week and campers will be going on either one based on their age.
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Ages 5-8
Campers will be traveling to the depths of the ocean at this beautiful museum. Located in beautiful downtown Miami, campers will explore the Aquarium three different levels, and learn all about the sea creatures that live there.
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).