Kids & Youth
There are a lot of things for kids to do at Fort Matanzas National Monument. You can take the ferry boat to Rattlesnake Island and explore the old Spanish fort. There is also a half-mile boardwalk nature trail through the woods, and a picnic area set among the old, spreading live oak trees. Children also enjoy walking along the river shore and watching the wading birds and crabs. An entrance to the St. Johns County beach is located just across the street from the park entrance.
2015 Summer Camp Dates
June 8-12 Fort Matanzas
June 22-26, July 6-10, July 20-24 Castillo de San Marcos
Hands-on-History and Nature Summer Camp
Find your park this summer at Fort Matanzas National Monument! There's no better way to experience St. Augustine, than by joining us at Hands-on-History and Nature Camp!
Park Rangers, Teacher-Ranger-Teachers from St. Johns County, and knowledgeable volunteers will lead campers entering 5th and 6th grade or ages 9-11 through a series of interactive presentations, hands-on projects, games, and living history demonstrations. Activities require active participation and are designed around important topics; Nature, Spanish Exploration, Maritime Archaeology, Masonry, Preservation, Colonial Florida, and Spanish Military. Last summer they went on a nature boat ride, seined the river, examined fossils, dissected owl pellets, and more! They also left with take-home items such as a journal, shark tooth necklace, and t-shirt.
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 begins May Friday, May 1st. Contact Mary Sims, Administrative Support Assistant, Mon.-Fri., between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. You will need to provide your name, email, and major credit card. Call 904-829-6506 ext. 227 to reserve your spot.
Be a Web Ranger!
The National Park Service also has a program called Web Rangers with a variety of activities for all ages on line. 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 always observing and exploring your environment.
After completing the web activities, you will receive an official Junior Ranger certificate.
Click Here to Become an NPS Web Ranger!