The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has opened registration for an experience-based, two-day winter camp that offers children a hands-on opportunity to be junior biologists and botanists.

The winter camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 27 and 28, and activities are geared toward children in second through fifth grades.

“The Conservancy’s winter camp is like a two-day field trip for children, allowing them to explore the environment around them and learn about the natural ecosystem in Southwest Florida,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “Our goal is to instill a growing passion for nature while educating budding environmentalists on the importance of preserving the unique qualities and natural beauty of our region for years to come.”

On one day, children will assume the role of botanists, experiencing the vibrant plant life of local gardens and learning how sustainable gardening is possible in their own backyards. As junior biologists on the other day, participants will stroll the boardwalks of swampy habitats and use binoculars to spot scaly, feathery and furry creatures, and even play a role in Audubon’s 119th Christmas bird count.

The cost is $60 per day for Conservancy members and $80 per day for non-members.

The winter camp is supported by the Naples Children & Education Foundation and Minto Communities.

For more information or to register, please visit www.Conservancy.org/Camps or call 239-262-0304. Space is limited.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50-year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.