• Cannon firing on the gundeck of the Castillo de San Marcos

    Castillo De San Marcos

    National Monument Florida

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    Afternoon Thunderstorms can create dangerous amounts of lightning strikes. If Lightning is visible from the Castillo, Gundeck closures will take place. Click this link for the local weather forcast. More »

For Kids

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Hands-on-History Summer Camp

Find your park this summer at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument! There's no better way to experience St. Augustine's 450 years of history, than by joining us at Hands-on-History Camp!

Park Rangers, Teacher-Ranger-Teachers from St. Johns County, and knowledgeable volunteers will engage campers (ages 9-11) with interactive presentations, hands-on projects, games, and living history demonstrations. Activities require active participation and are designed around important themes; Archaeology, Native Americans, Spanish Exploration, Colonial Florida, Masonry, Preservation, Spanish Military and Artillery. Last summer we experimented with pyrotechnology, built arches out of coquina, practiced musket drills, launched a trebuchet, and more! Campers created many unique take-home items, such as a dyed t-shirt, clay pot, tabby brick, and a leather bracelet.

Camp is Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Space is limited to 20 campers per week. Participants will be accepted sequentially (first come, first served basis). To help cover the cost of materials, there is a camp fee of $25. If this fee is a financial hardship on your family, contact the Camp Director to learn about our scholarship program.

Registration information and camp dates will be released in the spring.


 
Junior and Web Rangers learn about the diversity and wonder of our National Parks.

Web Ranger- Click here to become an NPS Web Ranger!

If you cannot visit the Castillo de San Marcos, you can still experience our Nartional Parks by becoming an NPS Web Ranger!

As a National Park Service Web Ranger, you'll learn what Park Rangers do to help protect our natural resources and our cultural heritage. You'll also learn how Park Rangers observe and discover new things about our National Parks - things to share with visitors like you. You can help with caring for our parks, teaching others what you learn, and observing and exploring your environment.

There are a variety of games and activities to enjoy and learn from. After completing the web activities, you will receive an official Junior Ranger Certificate!

 

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Did You Know?

Bronze Spanish cannons look out over the city of St. Augustine

Black, or gun, powder is a mix of potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal used as a propellant charge in cannons. Burning rapidly when ignited, it expands 600 times its volume creating pressures that can hurl a cannonball up to 3.5 miles! Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida