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Navigating Nature for Grades 4-8

St. Petersburg Audubon Society’s Navigating Nature Camp

This Saturday,  April 1,  we'll be investigating how the native plant species at Boyd Hill Nature Park support - and depend upon - Florida's birds, bugs and butterflies. We'll learn how to recognize some native species and how important it is to protect them from invading aliens (Eeek!).

We will:

  • learn how to identify some native and alien species
  • survey the park's plant population
  • examine the interaction between plants and animals
  • make a craft

Join us! Read below to register.  You must register to reserve a spot for this month.

Navigating Nature 2017

About the Program

St. Petersburg Audubon sponsors Navigating Nature  - a youth camp held at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Camp meets on the first Saturday of the month, September through April, with the exception of February. In February we will meet the second Saturday, February 11thParticipants will learn how to identify birds, butterflies, plants and more in this unique Florida environment.

  • Space is limited to 15 participants in grades 4-8
  • Cost is Free
  • 8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. 
  • A different topic will be covered each month. 
  • Activities will include nature walks, crafts, and educational presentations. 
  • Wear closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle.
  • Dress weather appropriate, jackets, hats, and sunscreen when needed.
  • Binoculars and notebooks will be provided.
  • Contact person is Laura Packard
  • Must RSVP to to reserve a spot each month.
  • 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Petersburg 33705

Monthly Topics

  • March 4th –  Birds and Insects
  • April 1st –  Birds, Butterflies and Native Plants

Registration forms can be found below. Select form to download. 

2015-2016 Navigating Nature Program Wrap-up - Laura Packard

Roseate Spoonbill - Laura Packard
Photo credit: Laura Packard

This season, students explored the wildlife and habitats of Boyd Hill. Throughout the year, we encountered snakes, tortoises, raccoons, butterflies, insects, alligators, and of course many birds. They participated in scavenger hunts and toured the park via tram. The tram adventure allowed the kids to explore the outer parts of the park. Topics covered included, birds of prey, butterflies, bird habitats, and bird migration. One of the biggest highlights was the chicken coop and chickens. A couple of the girls got to take home freshly laid eggs.

We participated in The Great Backyard Bird Count in February. The kids spotted and identified twenty five species of birds in an hour’s time. The biggest thrill was a Roseate Spoonbill.
While discussing bird migration, we talked about the obstacles that birds encounter on their long journeys in the fall and spring. Tall buildings / windows, loss of habitat, and severe storms are just a few of the obstacles. Students learned how to make their yards more bird-friendly by putting out bird feeders and providing water to the migrating birds. In all, we had a great year and are anticipating bigger and better experiences next year.

Dave Kandz,
Aug 7, 2016, 9:24 AM
Dave Kandz,
Aug 7, 2016, 9:24 AM