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Bradenton, FL 34205

Summer Science Camp

Summer Science Camp

2018 Summer Science Camps: Registration is Now Open!

For kids entering 2nd through 5th grades in the 2018-2019 school year:
Explore animals, rocks, insects, and more at the South Florida Museum! Let science be your guide as your universe expands each week with a new theme.

Camps take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except for the July 4th shortened week) beginning the week of June 11th, 2018. Camps are held at the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. West, in downtown Bradenton, FL 34205.

Camp Fees:
Museum Members: $200/week, $180 per week for each additional camper in the same family.
Non-Member Campers: $250/week
(Fees for the 4-day holiday week will be pro-rated.)

Checks should be made payable to the South Florida Museum or use Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express.
*Enrollment fee is due at time of registration. Limited scholarship opportunities are available. Contact Susan McCarthy (contact information below) with scholarship inquiries. 

Registration forms must be completed and signed before your camper may begin camp. Forms are available online or may be picked up at the Museum’s front desk. Download your registration form now.

Still have Questions? Check out our FAQ document here!
Also feel free to contact Susan McCarthy at 941.746.4131, ext. 113, or

Week 1 (June 11 – 15):
Mermaids Around Us: Manatee Camp

Manatees are mermaids?? Manatees were once thought to be the beautiful “sirens of the sea”, but they’re not exactly what we envision as “mermaids.” In this camp, students will learn all about the structure, physiology, habitats, and habits of manatees, dugongs, and even the extinct Steller’s Sea Cow. Visit our museum’s manatee rehabilitation habitat and learn how to help us protect these amazing mammals that share our Florida home and waters around the world.


Week 2 (June 18 – 22):
Shells, Shells, Shells…and Seahorses!

Have you ever wondered about the different types of shells that you collect on the beach? Then this camp is for you! Learn about the shells of Florida, shells found around the world, odd shells, and more! Campers will also be treated to a “behind the scenes” presentation in the exclusive William Clendenin Shell Collection. Campers will even start their own shell collection… It’s going to be “Shelliferous”!


Week 3 (June 25 – 29):
ROCKS and Roll: Geology Camp

Rock hounds…it’s time to ROCK and roll! This camp ‘digs’ into the formation, not only of rocks, but of the Earth itself. Campers will learn about the three types of rocks and the rock cycle, dig deeper into soil formation, and even learn about the sands of our many Florida beaches through hands-on activities, classroom visuals and collections. Roll your sleeves up because we are going to get the ‘dirt’ on rocks!!


Week 4* (July 2 – 6, no camp on July 4):
INSECT-OPIA! Insects and Arachnids

Creepy, slimy, yucky, grimy, cool: bugs, bugs, BUGS…and spiders, too! This camp is not for the faint of heart. Campers will learn about the huge variety of creatures in this branch of the biological tree, from the smallest to the largest, the cutest to the deadliest. Campers will have the opportunity to not only learn about these creepy-crawlies, but can sample edible crickets and larvae, becoming the ULTIMATE entemologist!
*Four-day holiday week. No camp on July 4th. (Fees for the 4-day holiday week will be pro-rated.)


Week 5 (July 9 – 13):
SHARK-TOPUS! (Sharks, Octopus, Squid and Cuttlefish)

It’s SHARK WEEK! Dive deep into the ocean depths and learn all about the “brutes” of the ocean. From Megalodons to cute little cuttlefish, campers will learn all about sharks, octopus, and giant squid of the present-day ocean, as well as the ancient seas. Campers will start their own shark tooth collection. Then, they will check out other “monsters” – octopus and squid, who are thought to be the Kraken of ancient myths and legends.


Week 6 (July 16-20):
Nightmares of Nature – Almost Sold Out!
Click here to register for this camp online now!

Campers: get ready to rumble with the fiercest and most dangerous animals on Earth, from the Tasmanian Devil to the Komodo Dragon! Every day we will learn about the different animals you NEVER want to run into in the wild. Campers will experience how these animals live, their predatory nature, and those that are toxic terrors. Join us to learn more about these “Nightmares of Nature”!

For more information, contact Susan McCarthy at 941-746-4131 ext 113 or by email at