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 Registrations 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 Rangers will learn about all aspects of the place they live and the National Parks. Topics range from Florida's environments, orienteering, archaeology, and Florida's history.
Two Weeks to Choose From— Junior Ranger Summer Camps run for one solid week Monday through Friday, 9:00am to Noon. The first week offered for camp will be June 23rd through 27th. There will be a second week offered July 21st through 27th. Sign up both weeks will begin Sunday, June 1st. There will 20 spots open either week so sign up early!
Registration is easy— Register your child beginning June 1st 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
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?
The men of Hernando de Soto's 1539 expedition to La Florida learned the hard way that Native American warriors could load and fire their long bows with deadly accuracy nearly a dozen times in the period required to load and fire the clumsy arquebus musket once. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...