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Summer Camps Highlight the Oxbow’s Events this June
June is summer camp time at the Oxbow Eco-Center. In addition to kicking off its summer camp programs, there are still several regular monthly events for youth and adults. Additionally, the trails are open daily and the education center is open Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Programs planned for June include:
- Visit the Oxbow’s animal ambassadors every Saturday (June 4, 11, 18, 25) at 3 p.m. with Critter Crunch and Munch. Watch the Oxbow’s inhabitants enjoy their favorite time of day: Meal-time. This interactive opportunity is free and appropriate for all ages.
- Tai Chi for Health classes are now being offered at new times. Classes are held on Fridays (June 3, 10, 17, 24) at 9:30 a.m., while Tai Chi Yang Form classes are held on Fridays (June 3, 10, 17, 24) at 10:45 a.m. (Note the Tuesday classes have been suspended.) Described as the ‘perfect exercise,’ Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi Yang Form are designed for young and old alike, physically fit or challenged and especially good for those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis and balance issues. Classes are taught by instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana. Appropriate for ages 16 and older, the cost is $12 per class or $40 for four classes (pre-paid). There is a 20 percent discount for couples. Reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Enjoy a story and a hike with Tales and Trails on Thursday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m. Join Ms. Phyllis for a story time adventure and then take a hike in the butterfly garden or down the boardwalk to see what kinds of animals you can spot. Each month the story changes but the fun never stops. Designed for ages 2-6, this event is free.
- The Forest Discovery Camp kicks off June 13 – 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Immerses kids in what it means to be a forest ranger by studying the ecology of trees and forest habitats, mapping and orienteering, and managing for diversity and the health of the forest and all its inhabitants. Young naturalists will be enchanted by the mysteries of the Oxbow forest. Each camper will need to bring their own snacks and lunch.
- The Going Wild Camp gets going June 20-24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Let your kids go wild and learn about Florida’s wildlife the old fashioned way – meeting live animals and studying their life histories and the roles they play in the environment. Oxbow’s “Going Wild Camp” is for any child who loves animals and wants to learn more about them in a more intimate way.They’ll be introduced to "Piney" the vanishing Florida pine snake, "Stormy" the alligator, and many more. They’ll even learn about exotic species, the damage they do to Florida’s wilderness, and the importance of being a responsible pet owner. Don’t let your young naturalist miss out on this one of a kind animal camp. Bring your own snacks and lunch. Designed for ages 7-9, the cost is $110 per child. Reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or email@example.com.
Camps are filling up fast, so call 772-785-5833 or visit www.oxboweco.com to learn more about summer camp opportunities.
Situated on a 225-acre preserve on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, the Eco-Center, 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie, offers a rare glimpse of "the real Florida" with nature trails, boardwalks, observation towers and an interactive environmental learning center.