The EcoAcademy summer camp creates an engaging atmosphere for young students to explore the natural world around them. Each week is thematically driven to help campers learn science, particularly biology, through a range of fun, hands-on activities.
Campers discover South Florida ecosystems through kayaking, snorkeling, wildlife surveys and scientific experiments in the labs on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. At the end of each week, campers take an educational field trip into the community that reinforces the concepts and topics learned during the week.
Veteran camp counselor, Erika Samoza, has watched campers come out of their shell over the course of the summer as they are inspired by the world around them.
“This camp is different from other camps, there is not a lot of free time and campers are constantly engaged,” Samoza said. “Being on the bay creates a unique experience for campers as they see first-hand the habitats being taught to them in camp.”
EcoAcademy will run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $250 per week and is intended for ages 6 – 14 years old. The registration fee includes all indoor activities, swimming, kayaking and arts and crafts supplies. Pre and post-care is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an additional $30 per week.
Week 1 (July 8 – 12): Tech to Protect
Week 2 (July 15 – 19): Rescue and Restore
Week 3 (July 22 – 26): Shifting Shorelines
Week 4 (July 29 – Aug. 2): Take Back the Wild