Summer Camp Group Visits

Offered June 7 – July 8. Registration for summer 2022 is open!

Manatee Lagoon offers summer camps the opportunity to reserve a visit that will offer their campers a fun and engaging introduction to “all things manatee” and the Lake Worth Lagoon ecosystem. Our 90-minute summer program will be tailored to various age levels and may include an exhibit gallery tour, observation deck viewing and marine science-focused activities. Although most manatees are up north during summer months, there is almost always something interesting to see in the waters that surround our center.

During the program, Manatee Masters (our educational docents) will touch on manatee biology and ecology, share details about the lagoon’s estuarine habitat and suggest ways campers can help to protect their local environment. They will also explain the special role that Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Clean Energy Center plays in ensuring that manatees stay warm during the cooler winter months.

Visiting groups will rotate through three stations which may include presentations or activities in our exhibit gallery, classroom and observation deck depending on the weather and other factors.

Important information for all group visits:

  • All group visits are by reservation only.
  • Group size – minimum of 10 and maximum of 57 students (no exceptions due to physical space limitations), plus up to 12 chaperones, but no more than 65 students and chaperones combined. Large groups will be split into smaller sub-groups to rotate through the stations.
  • Chaperones – at least one teacher or chaperone per ten students is required. Please note that due to space limitations, not all chaperones may be able to attend one of the three stations in the program rotation.
  • Picnicking – picnic tables are available on the Manatee Lagoon grounds on a first-come basis. Manatee Lagoon is not able to store lunches or coolers for visiting groups and for security purposes, large coolers are not permitted in the building and may not be left unattended on site.
  • Personal items – it is recommended that personal belongings (e.g. backpacks, water bottles) remain in the group’s vehicles to allow the children’s hands to be free and to minimize the potential of items being left behind.

Additional important information for summer camp group visits:

  • Available days/times – Tuesday through Friday, June 7 through July 8, 2022 starting at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost – $6 per camper; $60 minimum; chaperones are complimentary; free parking. A deposit of $60 will be due by May 1st. Please register for the maximum potential number of campers you anticipate to ensure we plan our staffing accordingly. Your number of campers may be adjusted down and your remaining balance updated accordingly. The remaining balance will be due on the date of the scheduled visit and can be paid with a credit card or check. Cash payments are not accepted for summer camp group visits.
  • Cancellation policy: Groups who cancel 90 days or more before the scheduled visit will receive a full refund. Any requests for cancellations within 90 days of the scheduled visit will not receive a refund. However, groups can request to reschedule for a different date and transfer the deposit to that reservation. The rescheduled date must be within the same summer and is based on Manatee Lagoon’s availability. If there are no available summer camp group visit sessions for the remainder of the summer, the group will not receive a refund. In the event that the scheduled visit is cancelled by Manatee Lagoon staff, a full refund will be issued within 7-10 business days.

Self-guiding group visits – Groups with 10 or more people not registering for a tour or program
For camp groups looking to visit Manatee Lagoon during summer 2022 prior to June 7 and after July 8 are welcome to visit without a tour or program reservation, but are asked to provide at least two week’s advance notice of their plans (e.g. preferred date and time, number of visitors and mode of transportation). We may ask groups to adjust their plans to help manage visitation and parking levels to provide everyone with the best visitor experience. To coordinate a group visit outside of a tour or program, please contact us.

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School kids learning about manatees.

 

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