The De Soto Visitor Center has a great hands-on exhibit for young and old alike. This exhibit allows you to try on pieces of armor and imagine marching in De Soto's army. Conquistadors wore up to 80 pounds of armor and often trekked 12 miles per day.
Junior Ranger Summer Camps are now full, no more applications will be accepted.
Join us at DeSoto National Memorial
For our Annual Junior Ranger Summer Camp
Junior Ranger Summer Camp is an educational and fun way for your kids to learn about
Open enrollment — We offer open enrolment for children between the ages of 6 to 11, who are interested in exploring and being outdoors!
Registration is free — That is right all registration and activities are 100% free of charge.
Experience History — Junior Ranger will learn about all aspects of the place they live and the National Parks. Topics range from Florida's environments, orienteering, archaeology, and commemorating 500 years of Florida's history.
Two Weeks to Choose From— This year Junior Ranger Summer Camp will run for one solid week Monday through Friday, 9:00am to Noon. The first week offered for camp will be June 24th through 28th. Sign up will begin May 9th. There will be a second week offered July 29th through August 2nd; sign up for this week will begin June 24th. There will 15 spots open either week so sign up early!
Registration is easy— Register your child beginning May 9th by visiting our web site www.nps.gov/deso. Click on the Junior Ranger Summer Camp link and download the registration form, or pick one up at the
1)Drop it off at the park to the Visitor Center Information desk
2)fax it to us at 941-792-5094
Submission of forms does not guarantee spot. All spots are filled on a first come first serve basis. Is submitting by email or fax please call 941-792-0458 to ensure receipt.
What the Junior Ranger Will Need— We Ask that parents please provide the following for their Junior Rangers:
1.Re-usable Water Bottle
4.An end of camp snack
5.Closed toed shoes or sneakers (No flip flops or open toed sandals)
On Water Day Junior Rangers will need:
1.Closed toed and heel water shoes ( No flip flops of sandals)
3.All other daily expected items
Did You Know?
Gumbo Limbo trees like this one at De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, Florida, are called tourist trees because they stand in the sun, turn red, and peel. More...