by Jason D. Moser
The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) is pleased to announce the 2013 Junior Archaeologist and Florida State Parks Summer Camp at the Crystal River Preserve State Park. This year FPAN is collaborating with staff and volunteers from the Crystal River State Parks and the St. Martins Marsh and Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve to offer two, one-week-long Summer Camp programs. The summer camps will introduce 7 to 11 year olds to a variety of interdisciplinary programs which will engage and educate Citrus County’s youth about archaeology, history, wildlife ecology, social responsibility, and respect for nature in a fun environment. Many of these educational programs fulfill Florida’s Sunshine State Standards for education.
Junior archaeologists will be introduced to the field of archaeology through a week-long program of tours, activities and games with archaeologists, park and aquatic preserve staff. During a tour of the Crystal River Archaeological State Park campers will be introduced to the prehistory of the region and learn about what it takes to be an archaeologist. They will participate in a wide variety of activities designed to explore the many different skills practiced by prehistoric people. They will learn about the technology of Florida’s prehistoric people such as making pottery and learning about the tools and weapons of ancient Floridians. They will learn about how archaeologists use these artifacts to understand the past.
Students will receive “hands-on” experience on a simulated archaeological excavation and participate in a field laboratory where they will learn information about the plants and animals used by the prehistoric people. Afterwards, they will assist University of South Florida (USF) archaeologists during field school excavations at the Crystal River site. Campers will be introduced to the importance of rivers and marshes in Florida while they learn about the regions watershed and its history. Our Campers will assist The Crystal River Boat Builders in the construction of a 1800s wood, sailing vessel. In this fashion they will be introduced to the different periods of human history in Citrus County, Florida. Finally, campers will learn about the Crystal River Preserve State Park and the importance of its ecology. They will participate in a guided exploration of the different ecosystems within the park. Campers will take tram rides out into the park to collect plants from different environments and then return to identify what they are. We will also take a boat tour on the Crystal River to view the habitats and wildlife that the Crystal River supports.
This year we are accepting twenty (20) applicants for each week. Camp hours are from 8:30 to 2:00 PM with a morning break for snacks and lunch. Campers need to bring their own bagged lunch and snacks. The camp is beginning to fill, so reserve your spot fast! Please call (352)795-0208 for more camp information.
The cost of this year’s camp will be $85.00 per camper per week (due at registration). If you are interested in having your child attend, please apply by May 28th, 2013. The first camp will run from June 3rd through the 7th and the second will run from June 10th through the 14th. Please contact Beth Blankenship, Bev Elliott or Jason Moser at 352-795-0208 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information. Applications will be available for download at http://flpublicarchaeology.org/crc/campRegistration.pdf.
The camp will be based out of Crystal River Preserve State Park
3266 N. Sailboat Avenue
Crystal River, FL 34428