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.
June 3-7 Fort Matanzas Camp
June 10-14 Fort Matanzas Camp
June 17-21 Castillo Camp
June 24-28 Castillo Camp
Find Your Park this summer at Fort Matanzas National Monument! There's no better way to experience of the National Park Service, than by joining us at Hands-on-History and Nature Camp!
Camp is Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Park Rangers, Teacher-Ranger-Teachers from St. Johns County, and knowledgeable volunteers engage campers ages 9-11 with interactive presentations, hands-on projects, games, living history demonstrations, and experiences with the natural world. Camp topics vary, but generally include sections about archaeology, Native Americans, nature, Spanish exploration, colonial Florida, preservation, Spanish military. Last summer we experimented with pyrotechnology, explored the fort, practiced musket drills, launched a trebuchet, and more! Campers created many unique take-home items, such as a dyed t-shirt, clay pot, journal, and a leather pouch.
Registration begins on Monday, April 1. Call 904-829-6506 ext. 227 to reserve your spot, between 8:00 am- 4:00 pm. Space is limited. Messages left on voicemail will be returned in the order they were received. In your message, please state that you are calling about camp and leave only your name and phone number. The cost for camp is a nonrefundable fee of $25. If this fee is a financial hardship on your family, contact the Camp Director to learn about our scholarship program.
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.
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Last updated: February 19, 2019