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, kayaking to Kingsley Plantation and SUP boarding at Huguenot Park. Each location has a historic and ecological focus.
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.
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 safetyDay's Focus – Proper kayak fit, paddle strokes and maneuvering Kayak Lesson-proper technique, Water safety kayak, Picnic lunch, Kayak Paddle. Each day campers will work on their nature journals
Day 2- Kingsley Plantation Kayaking ExperienceDay'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 bike / hikeDay'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 SUP 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- Big Talbot Island
Day's Focus –Estuary Exploration, Nature Art Athletic Stretch Kayak from KA to Big Talbot Beach Picnic Lunch and Explore Nature Art Project Completion
|Camp Hours||Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm|
Week #1 June 16-20 (7-10yr) (FULL)
Week #2 June 23-29 (11-14yr) (FULL)
Week #3 July 7-11 (7-10yr) (FULL)
Week #4 July 14-18 (11-14yr) (ALMOST FULL)
|Age Group||7 to 14|
|Activities||Hiking, kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boards), Team Building, Leadership skills, Nature Art, Swimming, Exploring Nature|
|Experiential Learning||Salt marsh plant and animal identification, local history exploration, tidal flow, estuary understanding, on-water safety and survival, kayak instruction, stand up paddle board instruction|
|Tuition||$225 / week (Includes: field trip entry fees)|
|The camp is based out of Kayak Amelia office in Talbot Island State Park, with the campers meeting @ 13030 Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32226|