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 5-9 Fort Matanzas Camp
June 19-23 Castillo de San Marcos Camp
June 26-30 Castillo de San Marcos 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 Nature Camp!
Park Rangers, Teacher-Ranger-Teachers from St. Johns County, and knowledgeable volunteers will engage campers, ages 9-11, with interactive presentations, hands-on projects, games, and living history demonstrations. Activities require active participation and are designed around important topics; Archaeology, Native Americans, 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.
Camp is Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Space is limited. Participants will be accepted sequentially (first come, first served basis). To help cover the cost of materials, there is a nonrefundable 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 on Monday, April 3. Please contact Alicia Day, Reservationist, Mon.-Fri., 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Call 904-829-6506 x239.
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: March 2, 2017