WHAT: Embark on an action-packed virtual summer adventure! Since their rise in popularity during the pandemic, virtual summer camps continue to present a variety of opportunities to out-of-school students, allowing families and camp organizations to learn, create and have fun practically anywhere. Now in its fourth year, the popular “Wild About Wildlife” Virtual Summer Camp program is a collaboration between Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center®, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and Mote Marine Laboratory. The two week-long virtual summer camp sessions will feature half-day morning schedules filled with animal observations, experiments, games, crafts and educational lessons hosted by educators from each organization. Camp sessions will feature a mix of live, prerecorded and do-at-your-own-pace content, focusing on wildlife and the environment. Although lessons are geared towards children ages six to nine, other ages are welcome to register and participate.
“Our ‘Wild About Wildlife’ virtual summer camp has gotten rave reviews from children and parents for three years in a row,” said Manatee Lagoon’s Conservation Liaison & Educator Rachel Shanker. “Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Mote Marine Laboratory partner with us to teach camp-goers about the importance of conservation for Florida’s wildlife through fun, interactive learning.”
“Wild About Wildlife” is free for families and individuals with a voluntary donation option to support the environmental and educational missions of the organizations that make this program possible, including the nonprofit organization Friends of Manatee Lagoon. Summer camp organizations can also register to access the camp’s content for $50 per week, including login access for one device.
WHEN: Week-long morning summer camp sessions on June 12-16, 2023, and July 10-14, 2023.
June 12 – 16: World Ocean Week
From birds to sea turtles to manatees and more, campers will go on an exciting mission to explore our world ocean and learn what scientists are doing to protect it.
July 10 – 14: Wild About Wildlife Week
Campers will come along on a virtual adventure to hear about the intriguing stories of some amazing animals and learn how they can help conserve wildlife in their own lives.
To learn more or register for the virtual camp, please visit: https://www.visitmanateelagoon.com/virtual-summer-camp
Space is limited. Connect with each organization on social media by following:
@manateelagoon (Facebook, Instagram); @insideFPL #ManateeLagoon (Twitter)
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium:
@motemarinelab (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
@loggerheadmarinelifecenter (Facebook, Instagram); @loggerheadMC (Twitter)
CONTACT: (Media only) Hannah Aldridge, 407-416-5535
Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center® is a free Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area to view manatees up close. The 16,000-square-foot center features engaging, hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about these unique marine mammals as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon. During the colder winter months, the facility’s observation deck is the ideal spot to view manatees basking in the clean, warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Manatee Lagoon also offers digital resources and educational virtual content for manatee fans near and far on its website: VisitManateeLagoon.com. During manatee season (November 15- March 31) the center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Mondays during the summer.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, located in Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach, Florida, is a sea turtle research, rehabilitation, education, and conservation center. The Center also manages the Juno Beach Pier across the street from the park. Established in 1983, Loggerhead Marinelife Center seeks to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Its facilities include a sea turtle hospital, a research laboratory, and exhibit areas, including live sea turtles and other coastal creatures.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, based in Sarasota, Florida, has conducted marine research since its founding as a small, one-room laboratory in 1955. Since then, Mote has grown to encompass more than 20 research and conservation programs that span the spectrum of marine science: sustainable aquaculture systems designed to alleviate growing pressures on wild fish populations; red tide research that works to inform the public and mitigate the adverse effects of red tide with innovative technologies; marine animal science, conservation and rehabilitation programs dedicated to the protection of animals such as sea turtles, manatees and dolphins; and much more. Mote Aquarium, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is open 365 days per year. Learn more at www.mote.org.