We have innovative programs and are able to offer a variety of activities for you to choose. Our programs include a tour of the River Center’s exhibits, a hands-on educational activity (teacher selected), and a touch tank demonstration. We strive to help students learn about the Loxahatchee River and its surrounding natural areas while having fun.
Program Times: Mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and afternoon from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Group Size: Minimum of 10 campers, maximum of 50 campers
Cost: $5 per camper (tax not applicable) due at time of program.
Programs offered June 1 – August 3
Our summer is booked! In the event of a cancellation, please join our waitlist!
This fun and unique program provides a detailed look into the differences between fish species and adaptations that allows them to survive. Campers get the opportunity to create their own fish using different art media to create special adaptations based on their ecosystems and specific habitats.
Campers will learn about special shark adaptations and participate in activities to better understand how keen shark senses are. Campers will get hands-on with fossils and replicas as well as design their own shark habitat. Campers will also explore the River Center’s Jupiter Shark Exploration exhibit to learn about different local species, adaptations, biology, and what makes them top predators.
Reptiles are considered eco-enrichers and play a significant role in the Loxahatchee River ecosystem. Reptiles such as alligators, freshwater turtles, lizards, and snakes have unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in swamps and marshes. Campers will come up close with some of the resident reptiles, learning about their characteristics and discover what makes them unique.
Campers explore mangroves, the creatures that live there, as well as learn to identify the three different species of mangroves using multiple senses. Afterwards campers participate in 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.
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 that are closed toe, closed heel (no flip flops). Only offered on limited days; subject to tides.
Indoor & Outdoor
Campers get an introduction into bird adaptations such as feeding techniques, behavior, nesting locations, and migration. Campers will learn about the difficulties, influences, and unique characteristics of the great bird migration. Students will practice their birding skills in our migratory bird garden.
Campers will become Wildlife Scientists looking for wildlife in the River Center’s garden. They will learn how to sneak up on animals, observe them, and maybe even catch some animals along the way. Students will learn about animal camouflage, adaptations, and the behaviors needed for survival.
Campers will learn about the production of plastic, how it’s used, and the problems that are created when plastics become marine debris. Campers will participate in hands-on activities about pollution solutions, as well as come up with creative innovations and ideas for reducing, reusing, and rethinking single-use plastics.