Earth Academy Day Camp

Earth Academy Day Camp awakens your child's innate curiosity while encouraging an environmental ethic and appreciation of the natural world! This nature-based day camp is held at Morningside Nature Center and uses hands-on fun to focus attention on natural and cultural history. Instructors are career educators and science professionals experienced in working with children. Earth Academy Day Camp is offered to rising 1st- 6th grade children.

Camp is offered in one-week sessions during Alachua County School's spring and summer breaks. In addition to a variety of theme-based, multidisciplinary projects campers have fun with character development activities demonstrating trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Camp tends to fill quickly, and space is limited so be sure to register early! Sign up for our mailing list below to receive updates and reminders!


Registration Information

  • Summer camp registration for city residents opens Monday, April 4 at 9 a.m.
  • Registration for community builders, by telephone opens on Monday, April 11 at 9 a.m.
  • Registration is open for all on Monday, April 18 at 9 a.m.

Space is limited and registration is handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes one week prior to camp. If camp is filled, you may sign up for our waiting list. Under-registered sessions may be canceled with a full refund.

Session 1: June 6-10 - Your Classic Park: Can You Dig It?

What would it be like to live in a world of dinosaurs? Jurassic Park and other great stories fire our imagination.  Join us at Morningside and explore strange lost worlds of the past and present.

Session 2: June 13-17 - Avatar: The Power of the Elements

Earth, wind, fire and water - ancient names for the building blocks of the universe. We shall embark on a journey of discovery and adventure to uncover the natural power of the elements.

Session 3: June 20-24 - W.I.L.D. : We Investigate Life's Diversity!

From Florida to the Indian Ocean on the opposite side of the world-- and everywhere in between -- we will play detective and explore the clues and mysteries of life on Planet Earth.

Session 4: July 25-29 - W.I.L.D. : We Investigate Life's Diversity!

From Florida to the Indian Ocean on the opposite side of the world-- and everywhere in between -- we will play detective and explore the clues and mysteries of life on Planet Earth.

Session 5: August 1-5 - Avatar: The Power of the Elements

Earth, wind, fire and water - ancient names for the building blocks of the universe. We shall embark on a journey of discovery and adventure to uncover the natural power of the elements.

Fees: City residents $140.75; non-city residents $211.25. Proof of residency (GRU bill or voter ID card) is required at the time of registration. Fees are due at the time of registration (Prices effective Oct. 1, 2021).

If you are registering for the first time and your address is within city limits, you may get a “non-resident fee” applied to your registration charge. If you experience this, please call 352-334-5067 and we can confirm your address and make the appropriate changes in our system. Please do not proceed with the check out, as this is not refundable once the transaction is completed.

Lunch is not provided; campers should provide their own lunch that does not require heating.  Two snacks are provided daily.

Register Online

You will need an Active Net profile to register. If you do not already have a profile set up in Active Net, please follow this link to do so. This will make online registration quicker on opening day, as spaces will fill up quickly.  If you already have an Active Net account, please do not create another one. 

Register Online

Register by Phone

Telephone registration: 
Neighbors may register online or by phone 352-393-8240.  For phone registration please complete registration form(PDF, 110KB) and email to earthacademy@gainesvillefl.gov prior to registration opening. Registering by phone does not guarantee a spot.

Scholarships

Friends of Nature Parks, our non-profit support group, is proud to support Earth Academy Day Camp programs by offering a limited number of scholarships(PDF, 460KB) that cover up to 75% of registration fees to successful applicants. Scholarships are based on availability and eligibility. Scholarships are available for families that qualify through the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) for free or reduced lunch. You may request proof of free or reduced lunch through your child’s school by calling the SBAC’s Food Service Office at 352-955-7539, extension 1569. Ask that the letter of proof be emailed to earthacademy@gainesvillefl.gov

Apply for a scholarship

EADC Junior Naturalists

Rising 7th-12th graders are eligible to apply for the Junior Naturalist Program. Junior Naturalists volunteer from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for one-week camp sessions and assist with camp activities. Additional volunteer opportunities are available for special events and programs throughout the year.

  • In order to participate, candidates must complete an application each year. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Applicants will be interviewed and successful candidates must attend an orientation on June 4 to participate in the program.
  • Junior Naturalists who have volunteered at least one week in a previous summer are eligible to volunteer for spring break camp. New Junior Naturalists applications are not accepted in the spring. 
  • Fill out the 2022 application and submit by April 15, 2022.
    Junior Naturalist Application(PDF, 170KB)
  • For more information, please call 352-393-8240 or email earthacademy@gainesvillefl.gov.