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Eco Camp

Eco Camp began in 2001 with the idea that children should be able to use nature as a fun and educational backdrop in the summer. It has expanded drastically in the past decade and is suitable for ages 6 - 14 years old.


Eco Camp provides children the opportunity to spend the summer outdoors while learning about Florida wildlife and having unforgettable experiences.


2022 Camps Update

Yes! We will offer camps this summer! We are very excited to bring back our summer camp programs.



Camps are offered on a weekly basis for ages 6 - 14. The 2022 camp season will run for 8 weeks beginning June 6 and ending on July 29. Camp hours are from 9 AM - 4 PM.  

 Our camp is divided into four age groups:

  • Otters: Ages 6-7
  • Bobcats: Ages 8-9
  • Panthers: Ages 10-11
  • Bears: Ages 12-14

*Age of camper as of May 31, 2022


    Pick-up/Drop-Off for Eco Camp is located at the John Golden Pavilion building in lot 100, next to Parking Services. Pick-up begins at 4 PM. After 4:30 PM, a $15 late fee will be charged to your account for every 15 minutes late.


    Optional Before and After Care available Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM - 6 PM. Before and After Care is an additional $50 per week to be paid by check, made payable to UNF Eco Camp. Payment is due each Monday of camp attendance.


    Camp registration is offered on a weekly basis. Families with multiple children registered together in the same camp and on the same transaction, will receive a 10% discount per week on each additional child registered. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout. 


    General Public Weekly Rate: $220


      You have the option to pay in full or to be placed on a payment plan*. A non-refundable convenience fee will apply to all transactions.


      *If you choose the payment plan option, payment for the first week the camper is registered will be required at checkout and the following weeks they are registered will be placed on the payment plan. Each Sunday, before the registered week of camp, the payment for that week will be automatically charged. The convenience fee will only be applied to the first week in the payment plan, not the recurring auto-payments.


      A $25 fee will be assessed per camper, per week for all cancellations.

      Discounted Rates

      Camp discounts available for parents/guardians that are Active Military, UNF Students, UNF Staff and UNF Alumni. 

      To set-up your discounted rate: 1. Create your online account 2. Add all family members to the account 3.Call the Recreation and Wellness Office to have your customer type changed in order to register at the discounted rate.


      Military and UNF discounts cannot be combined.  If you do not see your discounted rate during checkout, stop immediately and call the office. Refunds will not be given to those who register at the wrong rate. 


      • Active Military Weekly Rate*: $185
      • UNF Faculty & Staff Weekly Rate: $185
      • UNF Alumni Weekly Rate**: $185
      • UNF Student Weekly Rate: $185

      * To verify Military status, please plan to visit the office to show proof of Military status.   

      **RecWell Camps recognize an Alumni as having graduated from UNF with a 4-year degree. RecWell staff use the university alumni directory to validate this status.




      • Canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding
      • Swimming*
      • Hiking through the nature trails
      • Arts and crafts using natural materials
      • Education about local flora and fauna
      • Team building games and activities
      • Weekly field trips to natural areas


      Typical daily schedule (excluding Thursday for field trip days):

      • Morning hike and educational activity on trails or zip/challenge course 
      • Lunch at pavilion, sometimes in picnic area  
      • Afternoon activity such as shelter building, lake activities, natural crafts activity, or zip/challenge course 


      *Swimming takes place at a campus housing pool on Fridays, weather permitting. Certified lifeguards are on duty and US Coast Guard life jackets are provided to children who do not pass the swim test. Swim lessons are not available.


      Field Trips

      Field trips are held every Thursday, 9 AM - 4 PM. We will be unable to accept late drop-offs or early pick-ups on these days. 


      Week 1: Tree Hill

      Week 2:   Guana State Park

      Week 3:   Little Talbot Island State Park

      Week 4:   Fort Clinch State Park

      Week 5:   Jacksonville Zoo

      Week 6:  Catty Shack Ranch

      Week 7:  Pirate Museum and Colonial Tour St Augustine

      Week 8:  Alligator Farm



        A few things to know before registering:

        • Make sure your email address is current as this is the main method of communication regarding field trips, camp payments, and general camp information.
        • To update Customer Type in order to receive discounted rates, call us at (904) 620-2998.

          Registration begins Tuesday March 1, at 8 AM.


          Camp Online Account


          Orientation & Open House

          This year, orientation is available through this video. The video orientation is great for new and returning families to get practical information from the Camp Director and to learn more about the camp. Families who want to visit the campus and meet camp staff are encouraged to attend Camp Open House. Open House will be Wednesday June 1 at 5 pm at Eco Adventure. Park in Lot 100. 



          Still have questions? Call The Recreation and Wellness Office at (904) 620-2998.