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Sign your kids up now for Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

Do your children long to spend their summer days in the great outdoors? Would they love the chance to learn about fish and wildlife from experts and hike or canoe with other children their age?

Then sign them up for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp while space is still available. The facility is in the Ocala National Forest, and registration for the 2012 summer sessions has already begun.

The summer camp is for boys and girls, ages 9-14, and focuses on fish and wildlife conservation, outdoor skills and firearm safety. This year, the camp offers six one-week sessions beginning June 17. Sessions run Sunday through Friday.

The camp’s primary goal is to help children become conservation-minded citizens and good stewards of our fish and wildlife resources. They learn these skills and values through fun, educational hands-on activities such as fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, archery and many other outdoor programs.

Tuition is only $295 per camper per week and includes lodging, food, program materials and instruction. Each week-long session is divided into four groups, based on individual interest: hunter safety, archery and bowhunting skills, wilderness outdoor skills, and the exciting anglers program.

“Campers who want to learn about fish and fishing will want to sign up for our Anglers Fish Camp,” said Greg Workman, director of the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp. “This is our second year offering it, and it was a big hit last year.”

Campers in this program will learn about fish biology, identification, fishing techniques and boating safety and enjoy many traditional camp activities, such as swimming and canoeing. Each camper will receive a rod and reel with tackle when they complete the program.

For the camper who wants to take the hunter safety course – required before purchasing a hunting license – the hunter safety group is the way to go. 

The wilderness outdoor skills group will experience several outdoor adventures, including an overnight primitive camping trip and hiking on the Florida Trail. Before leaving base camp, campers prepare for the experience by learning the fundamentals of surviving in the wilderness, orienteering, backpacking and preparing a campsite.

The Ocala Conservation Center is on a 57-acre peninsula on Lake Eaton, Marion County. The area is rich in history and wildlife, yet it is only 20 miles east of Ocala, in the heart of the Ocala National Forest. The facilities are rustic, yet comfortable, with air-conditioned cabins and dining hall. The classrooms are fishing piers, shooting ranges, nature trails, Lake Eaton and the vast Ocala National Forest.

For more information or to register, go to or call 352-625-2804.

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