We have innovative programs and are able to offer a variety of activities for you to choose. Our programs include an interactive tour of our facility, a touch tank demonstration, and a hands-on educational activity. We strive to help students learn about the Loxahatchee River and its surrounding natural areas while having fun.
Program Times: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Group Size: up to 50 campers
Cost: $4 per camper (tax not applicable) due at time of program. Additional fees may apply to special programs.
Programs offered June 1 – August 20
Discover the island through nature. Campers learn about seeds, plants, crabs, snails, etc. that naturally occur in Burt Reynolds Park. Groups are then split into teams to hunt for these special native treasures.
Campers learn about special shark adaptations and participate in activities to better understand how keen shark senses are. Campers will also take a shark survey to see what we know vs. what we believe about sharks and explore the River Center’s new exhibit Jupiter Shark Exploration. Campers may get wet during this activity.
Teams race to get all the recyclable items in the proper bin. This is a fun and active way to get kids recycling! Campers will then have an opportunity to learn how the Loxahatchee River District recycles water as well as learn about Nature’s Recyclers in our migratory bird and butterfly garden.
This fun and unique program provides a detailed look into the differences between fish species and adaptations found throughout nature that allows them to survive. Students get the opportunity to create their own fish using different art media to create different adaptations based on their ecosystems and specific habitats.
Campers find their inner scientist as they conduct basic behavioral experiments with LIVE sea urchins! Campers will participate in an activity to learn how sea urchins survive in their environment; compare them to other aquatic species, and the adaptations needed for survival.
Campers explore the mangroves, the creatures that live there, and learn to identify the three different types of mangroves using multiple senses. Afterwards campers participate in multiple games of tug of war to show what happens when changes in the mangrove habitat occur and the vital role they play in Florida’s ecosystem.
Outdoor | $1/camper additional fee
Campers will explore the estuary at Burt Reynolds Park by wading in coastal waters utilizing scientific collection techniques to gather live aquatic animals. Campers will also learn about mangroves, food chains, and the Loxahatchee River’s unique and special ecosystem.
*** Campers get wet and MUST wear protective water shoes (no flip flops). Subject to tides and must be approved by a River Center Educator.
Inspired by the popular children’s book Going on a Bear Hunt, campers explore outside as a group. They will find and follow clues leading them to live crabs!
Learn more about the turtles living at the River Center; get up close and personal with these awesome animals! Find out the differences in turtles that live in the Loxahatchee River while playing fun counting games! Note: This is not a sea turtle program.
Nature Says: Campers learn about animal sounds and movements, as well as other naturally occurring activities through our version of “Simon Says.”
Wildlife is Everywhere: Campers will become Wildlife Scientists going on an adventure looking for wildlife. They will learn how to sneak up on animals, observe them, and maybe even catch some animals along the way.