Virtual Summer Camp

Thank you to all of the campers who joined us this summer! Stay tuned for 2021 details.

Join us as we embark on an action-packed virtual summer adventure.

August sessions will feature educators from Manatee Lagoon, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Zoo Miami and the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Week-long virtual camp experiences will feature half-day afternoon schedules filled with animal observations, experiments, games, crafts and educational lessons hosted by educators from each organization, and will be focused on wildlife and the environment. Themes will vary each week throughout the summer and activities will be tied to the weekly theme. Lessons are targeted for children ages 6 to 9, however other ages are welcome to register and participate. Please note, afternoon camp sessions throughout the month of August will feature prerecorded content only. There will not be any live sessions available during August. Weekly sessions in August are repeat themes and content from the month of July.

Space is limited and registration is required for all participants. Parents and legal guardians may complete one registration per household. 

Dates: Week-long sessions will resume on August 10 and run through August 28. Please note that while we encourage families to sign up for the week-long sessions, campers are not required to participate in every session. The camp schedule is provided as a guide for the week, however campers can choose which sessions they want to join throughout the week.
Registration: Registration for each week will close at noon on the Monday that the camp week begins. 
Ages: Topics and sessions are targeted towards ages 6 to 9, however other ages are welcome to register and participate
Cost: Free, voluntary donations can be made during the registration process. Donations will be evenly distributed among organizations that helped make this program possible to support their environmental and educational missions. Thank you for your generosity during this challenging time. 

August donations will support the following organizations: 

  • Friends of Manatee Lagoon: Dedicated to expanding environmental education in Palm Beach County through future enhanced exhibits and experiential learning opportunities. Friends of Manatee Lagoon is a separate 501(c)(3) organization from Manatee Lagoon.
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Dedicated to promoting conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.
  • Zoo Miami Foundation: Zoo Miami Foundation fosters community pride and involvement with Zoo Miami and secures financial support for the Zoo. Your donation is critical in helping us save wildlife and educate future generations. 
  • Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS): As a 501(c)(3) organization, MODS’ mission is connecting people to inspiring science. Funds raised will benefit MODS’ First Responders Program, which honors first responders (doctors, nurses, hospital workers, EMTs and police officers) and their immediate family with admission to the Museum upon reopening. 
Click below to register for each weekly session

Please note, after registering online you will receive an email confirmation which will include a link to the Camp Welcome Packet. This packet will have the instructions for accessing the Google Classroom for your registered session. For more information on how to navigate Google Classroom, please click here to watch a tutorial video.

Weekly sessions in August are repeat themes and content from the month of July.

July 27 – 31: Artful Animal Adventures
Morning Session (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Registration has passed
Afternoon Session (1 - 4 p.m.) Registration has passed

Get your creative juices flowing, because this week is sure to be a WILD time! Campers will take a closer look at the art of recycling, the colorful fish that live in the ocean, how to make your own animal art, as well as discover the many camouflage colors of a chameleon with the Museum of Discovery and Science.

August 3 7: Junior Wildlife Explorers
Afternoon Session (1 - 4 p.m.) This session has been canceled

You don’t want to miss this adventure-packed week of fun! Campers will see creepy crawlers and sea turtles up close, learn about how chimpanzees communicate with each other and learn how one of Manatee Lagoon’s Manatee Masters uses drones to study manatees.

August 10 – 14: Water for Wildlife
Afternoon Session (1 - 4 p.m.) 
Registration has passed

Campers will take a deep dive into the world that lies beneath the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida, see otters in a live training session, learn about native and invasive frogs and toads, as well as explore the intertidal zone with Loggerhead Marinelife Center. 

August 17 – 21: Exploring Florida Wildlife
Afternoon Session (1 - 4 p.m.) Registration has passed

From coral reefs to crocodiles, campers will get an up close look at the magnificent wildlife that call Florida home. Explore native fish, sea turtle nests and even learn about the Everglades with Zoo Miami. Campers will be amazed in this week full of fun!

August 24 – 28: Artful Animal Adventures
Afternoon Session (1 - 4 p.m.) Registration has passed

Get your creative juices flowing, because this week is sure to be a WILD time! Campers will take a closer look at the art of recycling, the colorful fish that live in the ocean, how to make your own animal art, as well as discover the many camouflage colors of a chameleon with the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Frequently Asked Questions

A link to the camp Welcome Packet is provided within the registration email confirmation/receipt. It is located within the yellow highlighted portion of the email. 

The Welcome Packet provides the information about the virtual summer camp, including the schedule for the week, how to join the Google Classroom, instructions for joining live sessions (morning session only), our camp Code of Conduct, a link to a brief tutorial video and a social media toolkit to share your child’s experience with us.

The virtual camp sessions are designed to span a daily three-hour window throughout a week. Each day includes about three main topics consisting of video or live (morning sessions only) lessons and activities which typically range in timeframes of 15 – 40 minutes, with supplemental activities. Depending on the camper’s pace, there will likely be some break time within the three-hour window.

The camp sessions are designed to span a daily three-hour window through a week either at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m. The schedule of a session includes three main topics each day which typically include a recorded or live (morning sessions only) video lesson and supplemental activities, such as printable coloring sheets, worksheets, quizzes and simple experiments. These main topics become visible in the classroom at the time they are scheduled. In addition, there are other activities, such as questions of the day, a camp song and yoga videos, for campers to experience during the week.

The camp is hosted on the Google Classroom platform, where activity information can be accessed as it becomes available throughout the week. Morning sessions feature a variety of prerecorded and live* lessons, as well as supplemental at-home activities and printables. Afternoon camp sessions feature the same content as the morning camp sessions, however all of the lessons will be prerecorded. There are no live lessons in the afternoon session.

For morning sessions, live lessons are presented via either Zoom or WebEx Events and information on the platforms can be found in the camp Welcome Packet. Directions to join each live lesson become available in the classroom at or just before the scheduled session start time.

*Please note, lives lessons offered in Zoom are limited to the first 100 campers who access the link. If you are unable to view the live session, the lesson will be recorded and posted in the classroom afterwards. 

If you receive an “invalid” message when entering the Classroom Code, please confirm that you are not attempting to log into the camp’s classroom using a Gmail account issued by another educational organization, such as a school district. The camp’s classroom is not accessible via such a Gmail account and should be accessed via a personal Gmail account.

If that is not the issue, please contact us.

We recommend checking for parental control or other settings or limitations on the equipment or Gmail account being used to access the camp’s content. It may be necessary to change settings or log into the camp’s classroom using another type of Gmail account.

Please review the information in the camp’s Welcome Packet regarding the platforms used for the camp’s live lessons (morning sessions only).

Please note that our camp counselors will do their best to address any comments made in the classroom in a timely manner. At times there may be unexpected delays due to technology in the display of links to live lessons or uploading videos.

The virtual camp sessions are designed to span a daily three-hour window throughout a week. Camp activities can be completed within the three-hour timeframe. However, campers are not required to participate in every lesson, nor complete them at the scheduled time (unless they plan to join a live lesson – morning sessions only; recordings of live lessons are posted to the classroom at a later time for viewing) and once the lessons have displayed in the camp’s Google Classroom, they may be accessed at the camper’s own pace throughout the week. Please note, this content may not be accessible after the camp week is finished.

To navigate the camp’s Google Classroom, campers will need to use a keyboard and/or mouse to click on and open assignments, videos, links to live lessons (morning sessions only) and supplemental materials. Campers may need to print items to work on them offline. Depending on a camper’s age and experience with technology and the camp’s platforms, parents may need to provide some assistance.

While we strive to keep the camp’s Google Classroom and assignments within it as user-friendly as possible and targeted to the 6 to 9-year-old age range, the digital nature of the camp does unfortunately require a parent to assist at times, such as the creation of the free Google Account, learning how to navigate the classroom and printing or gathering supplemental materials.

We strive to keep the camp’s activities and materials as user-friendly as possible and to include items typically found in most households. While lessons may involve using supplies, typically the video or live lessons are intended as demonstrations and do not require campers to perform the activities at that specific time. Supply lists may be included in supplemental materials to accompany recorded or live (morning sessions only) lessons. These may become available in the camp’s Google Classroom at or shortly before a topic’s scheduled time. Campers may follow along with demonstrations whether they have the supplies on hand or not. In addition, recordings may be accessed throughout the week if a camper is able to gather supplies to perform the activity at a later time. Due to the nature of this collaborative virtual camp offering, providing a comprehensive supply list at this time is not feasible. We appreciate your understanding.

While the camp’s Google Classroom offers campers the option to submit their work, while we enjoy seeing work from our campers, submitting it is not required.

Camp counselors will moderate the live lesson audio and chat features and the comments posted in the Google Classroom. If necessary, our team will communicate through the specific platform or via the Gmail account used to log into the classroom or the email used at the time of registration.