Dive into a fun-filled summer of ocean adventures!

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REEF Ocean Explorers Camp will immerse you into an ocean of learning and fun! Explorers will be exposed to the underwater world, all of its amazing creatures, and a week filled with creative activities and adventures. Discover all that the ocean has to offer and experience conservation actions in the sunny, salty, and wonderful Florida Keys. Each camp session runs Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm. All sessions will be hosted at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

REEF's 2021 Summer Camp Season has come to an end - thanks for a great summer! 

Stay tuned for more information on 2022 Summer Education Programs!

What to expect: 

A camp for the ocean-minded and adventurous! Join REEF Ocean Explorers Camp to make a splash this summer! 

The camp hosted at John Pennekamp State Park is heavily based outdoors. The 'home base' is a shaded outdoor pavilion and a small indoor classroom. All swimming opportunities will require a snorkel vest or life jacket. Campers should be comfortable in the water. 

Each week will include:

   ⦁Snorkel trip to the coral reef 

   ⦁Kayak ventures into winding mangrove trails

   ⦁Outdoor games and adventures 

   ⦁Marine science lessons, dissections, and conservation activities

Camp tuition 

Camp tuition is $300 per camper, per week. The price includes: 

   ⦁State Park entry fees

   ⦁Activity, field excursions, and equipment fees

   ⦁REEF T-Shirt and water bottle


Sample Camp Schedule 

Monday: Fun in the Florida Keys

We're starting off the week learning about all the amazing things the Florida Keys has to offer! Explorers are sure to have an exciting first day of camp. 

Tuesday: Life Under the Sea

Dive under the water's surface and learn about the largest habitat in the world - the ocean! In the morning, we'll learn all about the different animals that call the ocean their home, and in the afternoon, we'll take a snorkel trip to see them in their natural habitat. 

Wednesday: Top of the Food Chain

What makes the perfect predator? Find out what special adaptations Florida's native predators have to help them survive, and discover what effects non-native predators have on the Florida Keys. 

Thursday: Wetland Wonders

We're exploring the wetlands today! From alligators and fish to birds and manatees, a wide array of species can be seen in this diverse habitat. We'll explore the mangroves by kayak, the most extensive wetland system found in the Keys, and test our critter knowledge. 

Friday: Walk on the Wild Side

Discover all the relationships between humans and nature, and learn just what it takes to be a friend to the natural world. We will spend the last day learning how to protect our oceans and take steps to help in conservation science! 


Please read our Camp Policies and Procedures, Camp FAQs, Parent Information, and visit our Registration page to sign up today! 

Questions? Please email explorers@REEF.org or call 305-852-0030.

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