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Suncoast Youth Conservation Center summer day camp

Registration is now open for the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center’s marine-focused summer day camps. The Center’s weeklong camps in Apollo Beach are a fun way for kids who have completed grades 3-8 to learn about saltwater fishing, kayaking and marine science. Campers also will learn about conservation to ensure the next generation is prepared to become stewards of Florida’s natural resources.

New this summer is the Marine Science Camp where students will learn about the animals found within various marine habitats. They’ll also use the same tools and techniques scientists use to study a range of marine wildlife from birds to fish. Games, experiments, crafts, recreational activities and sessions with a scientist will be used to connect students with the outdoor world.

Saltwater fish camps also are offered, providing campers an opportunity to learn how to rig a fishing rod, tie knots, throw a cast net and stock a tackle box. They’ll put these lessons to work as they fish the mangrove shorelines of the Tampa Bay estuary. In addition to angling skills, youth will learn about fish ecology, natural resource management, fishing regulations and safe boating skills.

Kayak Adventures Camp is for youth who have completed grades 6-8. It will cover basic kayak strokes and maneuvers, rescues, orienteering, chart reading, water safety and habitat conservation plus provide plenty of opportunities to try these new paddling skills. This camp also will provide the knowledge needed to obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card in Florida, which is required for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, to operate a motorboat of 10 hp or more.

While the emphasis of the materials presented at each camp is different, kayaking and fishing will be a part of all camps. The $190 registration fee for camp includes a free camp shirt and water bottle. Learn more and download the summer camp registration form at FYCCN.com.

The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center is a marine-focused conservation education center on the shores of Tampa Bay that provides exciting learning opportunities for youth and families. It’s a part of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) program dedicated to Creating the Next Generation That Cares™ about fish and wildlife conservation. This successful program works with 350 partners to introduce kids throughout Florida to fishing, boating, shooting sports, wildlife discovery and conservation stewardship.