Heinrich Ecological Services has facilitated a series of engaging weeklong nature camps at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Brooker Creek Preserve, and Weedon Island Preserve for over ten years. These popular, hands-on, science-based camps are designed for children (ages 7-11) with a strong interest in nature. All camps are facilitated by George L. Heinrich with support from other environmental educators, as well as high school and college interns. Unsolicited comments received after past nature camps include:
Campers explore the fascinating world of amphibians and reptiles through a blend of classroom and field sessions. Up-close encounters with a variety of animals, such as gopher tortoises, frogs, lizards, and snakes, help campers learn about the ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Daily hikes provide an opportunity to search for gopher tortoises, alligators, and other wildlife from the safety of the preserve’s trails and boardwalks.
This nature camp introduces the scientific study of mammals with an emphasis on diversity, ecology, and conservation of Florida species. Campers learn about food chains and webs, predators and prey, skull and fur identification, determining diets, reading tracks and sign, co-existing with wildlife, and conservation efforts.
Nature Detectives Winter Camp
This engaging camp focuses on wildlife tracks, bones, snake sheds, roadkills, feathers, eggs, scat, seeds, and other bioartifacts. Children learn how to find, identify, and interpret wildlife signs and natural objects. Hands-on activities allow campers to practice their nature detective skills along the preserve’s trails.
Wildlife Ecology Camp
Campers explore the ecology and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and wildlands, and learn about the relationships between living things and their environments. A blend of classroom and field sessions includes hands-on activities, guest presentations, and exploration of the preserve’s diverse habitats, where campers practice their nature detective skills.