Summer Camp - kayak, paddleboard, hike, nature crafts
With 46000 acres of nature to explore your children will never get bored. We will utilize kayaks and stand up paddle boards to access some of the most pristine ecosystems Northeast Florida has to offer. Day are filled with travel to new exciting locations within the Timucuan Preserve such as hiking the Talbot Islands State Park, kayaking to Kingsley Plantation and SUP boarding at Huguenot Park. Each location has a historic and ecological focus. This is a very active program with water sports every day (kayaking, swimming and paddleboarding).
Thru crafts and hands-on activities the campers learn about the human and natural history of the area. They'll keep a daily journal to share their adventures with you. Campers will leave with a tangible memory of all they have learned and explored. Activities are perfect for kids 7-14 years old. There are three week long camps for 7-10 year olds and two weeks for 10-14 year olds. Hours are 9am-4pm Monday- Friday, kids bring their own lunch each day. Fee is $250/wk
Week 1 - June 12-16 - 10-14 year olds
Week 2 - June 19-23 - 7-10 year olds
Week 3 - June 26-30 - 10-14 year olds
Week 4 - July 10-14 - 7-10 year olds
Week 5 - July 17-21 - 7-10 year olds
Sample Daily Agenda
(activities for each day are subject to change due to weather, tides, and group ability. This will be up to the discretion of the Lead Counselor)
- Day 1- Kayak instruction and water safety
Day's Focus – Proper kayak fit, paddle strokes, proper technique, water safety, Kayak Paddle. Each day campers will work on their nature journals
- Day 2- Kingsley Plantation kayaking experience
Day's Focus – History- Plantation Life, Agriculture on the Coast, Kayak Lesson Refresher, Kayak to Kingsley Plantation, Picnic lunch on the ground of Kingsley Historic walk and learn of the grounds and the way of life on the Plantation.
- Day 3- Big Talbot Island State Park bike / hike
Day's Focus – Pre History/ Ecology- Learning the ways and customs of the indigenous people that once inhabited this area. Trail hike through the tree canopy of the ancient maritime forest, Picnic Lunch on Big Talbot Island Beach Free Play- swim, shell collecting, and scavenger hunt End at Kayak Amelia and work on nature art project.
- Day 4- Huguenot City Park Lagoon stand up paddle boards
(this is a very safe area for beginner SUP boarders). We will paddleboard around the lagoon landing on exposed sand bars, finding the critters that inhabit this part of the estuary.
Day's Focus – Marine Biology- Learning about the estuary, in particular a salt marsh, an ecosystem prominent in the coastal Timucuan Preserve.
- Day 5- Little Talbot Island State Park
Day's Focus – Estuary exploration, nature art, kayak from Kayak Amelia office to Little Talbot beach for picnic lunch and explore, nature art project completion