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Summer Programs and Camps

Bug Camp at UF Extension Education
Campers will get an introduction to entomology through hands-on activities and engaging events with this program offered by Broward County 4-H. Campers, ages 7-10, will have the chance to play games, meet with scientists, create art, and more. This camp also includes two half-day field trips. The camp is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UF/Broward County Extension Office in July. The cost is $100 per camper. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. Email or call 954-765-8518 for more information.

Fun 'n' Fit Summer Recreation Program at Neighborhood Parks
This free program, for ages 6-17, runs Monday through Friday from June through August 9 (closed for Independence Day) and is offered at six neighborhood parks (Boulevard Gardens Community Center is for ages 6 to 10 only). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (with early dropoff available from 8 to 9 a.m. and late pickup from 5 to 6 p.m.). The program features free lunch and snack, guest speakers, life skills, nutrition, arts, culture, arts and crafts, sports, teen leagues, SPARK physical activity, STEM, special events, fishing, field trips, Fourth Annual Color Wars, hygiene, personal improvement, swim safety (for ages 6-8), New Starz Talent Showcase, and more. The six parks are located in the Broward Municipal Services District: Boulevard Gardens Community Center, Franklin Park, Lafayette Hart Park, Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, Roosevelt Gardens Park, and Sunview Park. Space is limited and preregistration at the park office is required.

Horse Camps at Tradewinds Park & Stables
Are your children interested in horses and other farm animals? Tradewinds offers four different camps this summer to meet their needs. All four camps are held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required and opens in May.

The Horsemasters' Advanced Camp is for ages 9 to 14 and offered twice this summer. The camp is for campers who have previously attended a session of the Trailblazers Horse Camp. Campers ride two times per day, learn daily care and grooming of horses, proper use of tack and other equipment, and basic horse health and anatomy. Fee: $400 per week plus applicable taxes.

Ages 11 to 16 can enroll in the Horsemanship Camp held late July through early August, where campers learn about equine management, caring for a personal horse, horse anatomy, health, first aid, conformation, and more. Campers will complete all requirements for the Boys Scouts Horsemanship Badge and the 4-H Discovering Horses Project Book. Campers will ride one time per day. This camp is for mature camperse who are interested in learning about what goes on behind-the-scenes when operating a horse farm. Fee: $400 per week plus applicable taxes.

An Animal Science Camp is available for ages 11 to 16 in August. Campers will gain hands-on experience in livestock management, first aid, physical examinations, parasite identification, animal handling, and more. They will also complete all requirements for the Boys Scouts Animal Science Badge and the 4-H Veterinary Science Project Book - All Systems Go. This camp is for mature campers who are interested in learning about what goes on behind the scenes when operating a livestock farm. Fee: $400 per week plus applicable taxes.

Junior Farmers Camp at Tradewinds Park & Stables
Five to 8 year olds will get an introduction to basic farm animal care, participate in hands-on agricultural learning activities and crafts, find out how to feed, groom, and maintain farm animals, learn how to care for and groom ponies and go for a pony ride, and see demonstrations on shearing sheep and trimming goat feet. These half-day, four-day sessions run from your choice of 8:30 a.m.-noon or 12:30-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Sessions dates are in June, July, and August. Preregistration is required at Tradewinds Park South Office or online. Registration will be accepted starting in May. Fee: $40 per half-day session plus applicable taxes.

Learn to Swim at C.B. Smith, Central Broward, and T.Y. Parks

Nature Detectives at Fern Forest Nature Center
If your child would like to explore nature this summer, consider Nature Detectives at Fern Forest Nature Center, an adventure for children ages 8 to 11. Weekly sessions run from June through August. Each day's program runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with different topics daily. Topics covered include: tropical hardwood hammock and cypress maple swamp exploration; prairie habitat exploration and investigation into its inhabitants; a closer look at ponds, creeks, and canals and the critters that live in them; exploration of an oak, pine, and palm community and its associated animals; and understanding the big picture at Fern Forest. Parents can preregister by phone at 954-357-5198 or in person at the nature center. Payment is expected at the time of registration Space is limited. Fee: $75 per child for the week plus applicable taxes.

Sea Turtles and Their Babies at Anne Kolb Nature Center
All ages can learn about the sea turtles through a one-hour presentation and lecture covering the following topics: species of sea turtles found in the South Florida habitat; breeding and nesting; identification of crawls and nests; conservation efforts; past exploitation; current management; and problems now facing sea turtles. Immediately after the presentation, there will be a release of hatchlings (pending hatchling availability, which is not guaranteed). The program runs Wednesday and Friday evening starting at 8 p.m., during the summer. Each week's program is limited to 50 people. Preregistration and prepayment required. Program is subject to change or cancellation if weather conditions are not favorable. For more information call 954-357-5161, ext. 0. Fee: $10 per person plus applicable taxes.