LOGGERHEAD MARINELIFE CENTER’S SUMMER MARINE BIOLOGIST CAMP (Florida)
Are you looking for an exceptional summer camp for your children? Would you like your children to know about marine life conservation and biology? Would you like them to have a lifelong love for the ocean?
I am pleased to share with you our experience at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, dedicated to promoting ocean conservation through education, research, and rehabilitation. Their mission is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a non-profit education and ocean conservation facility located in Juno Beach on the Atlantic Ocean (Palm Beach County, Florida).
It is located adjacent to one of the world’s most heavily-nested sea turtle beaches. Visitors of all ages can get up close to these beautiful turtles that have graced ocean waters for millions of years.
The Center facilities include a veterinary hospital, exhibit hall, outdoor classroom, research lab, and resource center. There is also an amazing marine-themed gift store with an excellent selection of children’s educational books.
The center is surrounded by playgrounds and picnic pavilions.
For over three decades, LMC has been committed to the rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles.
It is the only sea turtle hospital between Orlando and the Florida Keys and hosts thousands of school children each year through field trips, outreach programs, and summer camps.
Admission is always free, and donations are appreciated (and very much needed, so please support the Center!)
In addition, more than 200,000 visitors come to the center each year to see the exhibits (including a massive replica of the prehistoric sea turtle, Archelon) and the sea turtle hospital.
The Hatchling Release program is a unique experience that allows visitors to learn about sea turtles and the nesting and hatching process.
Last summer, both my kids attended the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s summer camp programs and I cannot recommend them enough. The Junior Marine Biologist camps are interactive, educational and stimulating.
Educating children on the importance of protecting ocean’s fragile ecosystem is an important mission of the Center.
The Center offers different camps for children ages 6 through 17, in which children gain an understanding of ecology, marine biology, and conservation. The 2018 schedule has already been announced and there are several camps depending on the children’s age and interest:
- Ocean Adventures will allow your kids to explore Florida’s coastal ecosystems and the marine animals that live there.
- Sea Turtle Savers: this is an all-new camp session dedicating to aspiring sea turtle researchers, veterinarians, and biologists. The perfect camp for sea turtle lovers.
- Conservation Kids: an amazing opportunity for children to learn the importance of ocean conservation for sea turtles, the ocean, and their future.
- Field Experiences: designed for high school-aged kids for a future in biology and other related sciences.
Summer camp takes place from Monday to Friday from 9 to 16 hours (kids should bring their own lunch) and we were impressed by the kindness and attention of their instructors (Thank you again Ms. Megan and Ms. Nicole!! You were truly fabulous!!) and volunteers at the camp.
A daily camp blog allows you to know what your kids did and learned each day. All summer camps include different field trips (very well organized) in nearby locations so it is truly a fun and interesting summer camp for children.
My kids did 2 weeks of summer camp at the LMC and we choose the Holiday Inn Express Juno Beach Oceanview for our stay. It is truly convenient as it is just a few minutes walk from the Center and has a walking access to the Beach. The staff was really nice and helpful during our stay.