A Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Event

Winter Break Extreme Science Exploration Camp

Starts December 29

Note: This information is from the event archive and is no longer current.

Extreme Science Exploration Camp for middle school students provides a field oriented hands-on exploration of science in the Florida Keys. This is a wonderful opportunity for middle school students who enjoy science, being outdoors, and exploring new places.

The cost is $120 ($100 early bird special if you register by December 19th.) Deadline for registration December 23rd. Cost is for materials fee only.

Tentative schedule (subject to change)
The camp will run from December 29 to January 2nd, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. each day.

Day 1) Water Garden Restoration Project. Learn plant biology and environmental requirements, test soil chemistry and propose a design for a water garden for freshwater fish and aquatic turtles.

Day 2) Travel to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Learn about the issues of invasive versus native species management; seine shallow seagrass beds for juvenile fish and invertebrates such as lobsters and shrimp; examine special adaptations of these creatures that help them survive.

Day 3) Travel to Big Pine and No Name Keys. Explore Blue Hole for alligators and aquatic fish and turtles. See endangered species such as the key deer and learn the issues surrounding their management. Hike through hardwood hammocks and other Keys habitats on Big Pine and No Name Key.

Day 4) Two hour kayak trip through the mangroves. Explore mangrove trees and the wildlife that are dependent on them. Return to the Garden, finish the Water Garden Restoration Project that was started on Monday.

Day 5) (half day) Slide show of the week’s activities. Discuss fields and careers of botany, zoology and marine science. Make a goofy eco- t-shirt.

For more information please contact Victoria Mendizabal at (305) 296-1504 or e-mail vmendizabal@kwbgs.org.