To help bring the summer camp experience home and complement at-home activities, Manatee Lagoon, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Lion Country Safari, and the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society have partnered to unveil a Wild About Wildlife Virtual Summer Camp program. Geared toward campers ages six to nine Registration for the weekly sessions is free with a voluntary donation to support the organizations’ missions to educate and empower people through environmental awareness.
The virtual summer camp will feature half-day morning schedules filled with animal observations, experiments, games, crafts, and lessons hosted by educators from the organizations. Lessons will include a variety of pre-recorded and live sessions, as well as supplemental at-home activities and printable worksheets.
“We are excited to be able to offer the community this unique, virtual experience,” said Sarah Marmion, manager of Manatee Lagoon. “While our center remains closed until further notice, our hope is that this virtual program keeps curious minds engaged and learning about the environment during these unprecedented times.”
The organizations’ shared goal in creating the weekly virtual summer camp program is to provide an engaging experience for children, connect them to the people and the wildlife around them, and to keep them learning all summer long. Helping parents that are working from home is an added bonus.
“We’re excited to bring summer fun to the forefront with our environmental partners,” said Hannah Campbell, director of education for Loggerhead Marinelife Center. “The camp will provide kids a closer encounter to our local ecosystems, which can have a profound effect on how younger generations champion ocean conservation.”
“Experiencing nature, even virtually, is a fun summer activity. We hope participants enjoy the engaging stories of the animals that call Palm Beach Zoo home,” said Kristen Cytacki, education director for Palm Beach Zoo.
Families can register for the virtual summer camp sessions here.