Safari Camp
SummerCamp2016
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Safari Camp
Ages 7-12 years
If your child enjoys nature, critters, conducting experiments, building stuff, and simply finding out how and why things work then we have an adventure for them! Science Eye Safari Camp provides engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based programs that enables children to explore the world around them, gain new insights and make them aware that science is an exciting part of everything they do.


The days are filled with interactive-learning simulations, games, animal encounters, nature, crafts and edible activities. Our goal is to have fun while instilling self-confidence, develop critical thinking skills and to create a positive relationship with the environment.
Camp Activities
Every day is filled with science exploration activities that build on current scientific principles from the life, physical and Earth/space sciences. Campers are immersed into the roles of scientists in the different scientific fields making observations, conducting experiments, participating in field studies, engaging in dialogue with a visiting scientist and so much more…as they would in real life. By participating in fun, interactive, hands-on projects, campers learn to explore the world around them to gain new insights in becoming better Scientists and Environmental Stewards.

Parents are welcome to join us for our Nature Photography (see below for more information) display and discuss with the photographer (your child) their inspiration for the shot. Afterwards, join us for a graduation ceremony which happens on Fridays at 3:15 pm for our new Scientists and Environmental Stewards.

Although each camp week will have various activities that build on the previous week(s), it is not necessary for campers to attend each week in order to participate.
Highlighted Camp Activities

photographyScience Eye Safari Camp enjoys the environs at Tree Tops Park allowing for lots of trails to explore on our nature hikes. One of our favorite activities ties in with the nature hikes-nature photography. We provide instruction on how to snap shots with the best lighting available and focusing on the subject matter whether it is fishingbig or small. We will save the best shots for each camper and choose their favorite to be printed as a photo and displayed during our last day of camp for the week.

We incorporate fishing (at least once a week) into our curriculum. Fishing is a huge part of the Florida economy be it commercial or recreational and so the Environmental Conservation Organization provides the equipment for ethicalScienctistangling. Activities could include: choosing, using & care of the proper equipment, knot tying, casting techniques, cast netting, catch and release methods and of course fishing.

Last year the campers enjoyed guest industry experts. These experts discuss, share and interact with the campers providing a real world perspective of their science field.

Many of the activities we have done at past camps were very popular and we will be doing again... however, there are many more new activities we will be doing this year - especially with the addition of a fourth week!

Life Sciences

floraWe will cover the gamut of life sciences from the microscopic to the ecosystem level and how it’s all connected, so it’s all affected.  Although we may explore different ecosystems found around the world, one of the focuses each week will be on those specific to Florida including its flora and fauna. Campers will immerse themselves in nature exploring a variety of different methods that real biologists use to study both in the lab and in the field.  Various interactive hands-on activities include catching, indentifying, and classifying small aquatic animals, identifying different animal calls, nature photography, and creating cellular models.  Each day campers will return home as an Ecologist, Animal Behaviorist, Wildlife Manager, Cell Biologist, or Geneticist. We build on what your child has learned or will learn in school so they can teach you a thing or two about their natural world.

recycleAt Science Eye we want our science campers and future Environmental Stewards to understand the impact we have on our biosphere, so we also explore various environmental issues that are affecting our planet. We conduct water quality tests investigating possible sources of pollution, look at soil erosion, deforestation, and ocean dumping. However, we know it is important to find positive solutions to these problems and we have awesome activities that cover alternative energy, resource conservation, and ethical angling.


Physical & Engineering Sciences
roller coasterAfter attending camp, the physical sciences will no longer be overlooked.  At our Science Camp we investigate why we observe certain actions and reactions as we conduct some exciting and sometimes messy experiments, demonstrating different principles, laws, and theories that Newton, Bernoulli, and others have described.  Your physicist will have a blast testing these ideas on the angle needed for a roller coaster curve, maximum rocket flight altitude, or the possibility of defying the law of gravity. What our campers learn will shock and amaze you.
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Building on the fundamentals learned with the physical sciences, the inquisitive young mind will be able to apply them to engineering problems that we then test. Can the campers solve various scenarios by engineering a solution based off physics principles? Is it possible to build a boat out of stuff in the junk drawer and make it float? What does it take to make a plane fly a loop? What would it take to knock down a castle wall? Our camp has an answer(s) for each of these questions. We further build on the Scientific Method and S.T.E.M., but in a way that your child will never forget.

Earth & Space Sciences
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Throughout the weeks, campers will become a Geologist, Paleontologist, Meteorologist and Astronomer. Our different hands-on activities help make what can be a dull topic into a completely engaging one. We will be able to cover the span of a few billion years into the week (we are that good) as our newly minted scientists come home with their awesome discoveries.  They will be able to mine precious gems or perhaps even excavate a piece of dinosaur bone or megaladon tooth. We make sure not only are the campers able to identify what they discover but how it formed in the first place.  In addition, our campers may be able to make a weather forecast for that night or even the next morning after they hone their sky reading skills.  Who needs the Weather Channel when you can have a Science Eye camper? A week would not be complete if we didn't determine how our planet fits into our solar system or investigate and discuss current research NASA is conducting to better understand our universe.  Have you ever made a model comet?


We feel a good scientist has a well rounded knowledge base, so don't be surprised if our activities also get involved with Archeology, Forensics, Cultural Sciences, Math, Geography and more. Each week will cover different aspects and activities for each of these science groups. If you attend one week, or all the weeks we make sure there are always fun activities and something new to learn.
Field Trip Fridays
Anne Kolb Nature Center & Pontoon Boat Ride - Campers will explore the Anne Kolb exhibit hall with a short movie and tide tanks. This will enhance their pontoon boat ride where they will take a trip out on the lake learning about the connection between the ocean, changing tides and the history and uniqueness of West Lake. It doesn't end there... there are trails to explore and climb the 68-foot observation tower to see Hollywood's West Lake mangrove estuary, the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean!
 
Dania Beach Fishing Pier & Swimming - Campers put into practice their ethical angling skills and try to catch the "BIG one" off the Dania Beach Fishing Pier using various baits and tactics. Sorry, campers won't bring home dinner as it is all catch and release. Besides fishing they may get the chance to see a pod of dolphins, a herd of manatees or even a giant ocean sunfish! You never know what one might see... After a couple of hours fishing, campers will get to take a dip and cool off!
 
Discover Our Coast - Shuffle through the sand and search for what has helped make South Florida a visitor’s hot spot. Observe what so many who visit the beach miss…from sand fleas to gumbo limbo trees! Takes place at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park. See our Coastal Excursion for more information.
 

Discover Our Wetlands - Step into Florida’s unique natural treasure and the only ecosystem of its kind on the planet! The survival of the Earth depends, in part, on the level of environmental awareness we develop in our children and maintain in ourselves. Takes place at the Science Eye Lab Shack in Everglades Holiday Park. See our Everglades Excursion for more information.

Trips are not listed in order. Dates are listed below.
 
Camp Details
 
2016 Camp Dates, Times & Registration Deadlines
 

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Week 2
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Week 4

Dates June 20-24
9am to 4pm
July 11-15
9am to 4pm
July 25-29
9am to 4pm
August 8-12
9am to 4pm
Registration
Deadline
June 17 4pm July 8 4pm July 22 4pm August 5 4pm
On-line registration closes at the end of the business day the Friday before camp starts. If you wish to register after the deadline, please email, as space might still be available.
Field Trip Friday Anne Kolb NC Discover our Wetlands Discover our Coast Dania Beach
Location

Tree Tops Park Broward County Parks and Recs
Camp is located at Tree Tops Park in the Oak Ridge Auditorium Hall (air conditioned).
3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie, FL 33328

For more information and directions, click "Tree Tops Park" link above.

Registration Cost, Discounts

Field trips, lunch and transportation are included in the price of the camp.

john the bakerLunch is being Catered by John The Baker. If your child does not like what is on the menu for that day, please feel free to provide lunch. Click to view/download Lunch Menu.
Menu will be uploaded as soon as it is confirmed at the end of May.ace tours logo


Field trip transportation is being provided by Ace Tours & Transportation.

Multi-Week Discount
(per child
)
1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks
$300 $575 $850 $1125
Multi-Child Discount $25 off for multiple child (One per family/household-if multiple children go multiple weeks, the $25 is off the final cost)
Early Registration Discount $25 off for early registration (Deadline May 13, paid in full by May 27, One per family/household)
* On-line registration closes at the end of the business day the Friday before camp starts. If you wish to register after the deadline, please email, as space might still be available.
After Care
After care is $10/child/day from 4pm to 5pm. After 5pm the rate is $2/minute.
Payment Options

We can receive payment by cash, check, or Credit Card/PayPal.

 
Camp Registration Open!

Pre-registration is required!
To register, click on "Registration Form" button below and fill out the information requested. Camp will be cancelled if the minimum number of registered campers is not met by the registration deadline.

     
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