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.

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Campers sketching the fort in their journals.

The health and safety of children attending camp is our number one priority. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the park is not hosting 2021 camps.

Find Your Park 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, American Indians, nature, Spanish exploration, wildlife habitat, colonial Florida, marine science, conservation. Last summer we experimented with seine and plankton nets, explored the fort, discovered marine life along the river, dissecting owl pellets, and more! Campers created many unique take-home items, such as a dyed t-shirt, mini butterfly garden, journal, and shark tooth necklace.

Camp information is announced in March, registration is in April, and camps are in June. Stay connected through our website and follow us on social media for 2022 camps.

Fourth graders and their families will be able to gain free admission, good for a year, to fee-collecting parks, public lands, and waters. Please visit Every Kid Outdoors for more information.
National parks are great places to explore anything kids can imagine. Go on an outdoor adventure. Walk in the footsteps of famous people. Take in unique scenery. Explore new interests. But most of all, national parks are places where you can have fun and create memories that last a lifetime. Click here to learn about real places you can experience and online opportunities.
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      Last updated: April 1, 2021

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