Summer camp

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Heritage Museum summer camp!

Join us June 24-28 from 9:00 to 1:00 for a fun and educational camp for rising Kindergarten through fifth graders! Featured lessons will include botany, beekeeping, earth science, food science, and rockets. Campers must bring their own lunch, snack, and a drink, and we encourage you to bring sunscreen and bug spray as we will be spending time outside.


June 24

John Fay from Eglin Air Force Base will have an interactive lesson about rockets, their uses, and how they work. The day will conclude with a model rocket launch!


June 25

Amanda Briant and an AmeriCorps student with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance are committed to preserving and restoring our waterways. They'll lead campers through the importance of the CBA's projects with hands-on activities.


June 26

The Valparaiso Garden Club returns for an exciting day all about botany, pollination, and gardening. Activities will include planting seeds and soil testing.


June 27

Ed Crosby is our local beekeeping friend who will bring in an observation hive to demonstrate the importance of pollinators. He'll be leading campers through the garden to explore different types of bees and to talk about how honey is made.


June 28

Our camp concludes with a pioneer-themed food science day! Marcus Hencinski, Culinary Instructor from the Okaloosa Technical College, will work with campers on making their own yeast bread and churned butter from start to finish. The day will conclude with a food tasting and ice cream sundae party!


Cost

$17 per day

$75 for the week


Please complete one registration form for each camper attending and either mail or e-mail it to the Museum. Payment can be made by check, directly on our website, or call to pay by credit card.

Registration form

School tours

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Native Americans to Pioneers

Learn about Native Americans, the Florida Panhandle's original residents, and Pioneers. The tour will explore the similarities and differences between these two groups and how technology and our lifestyles have changed over the years. Students will also have self-guided time in the Discovery room, a hands-on area where students can experience a model one-room schoolhouse, store, and an archaeology dig.


Activities to accompany this tour include pinchpots, paper dolls, and designing your own pioneer-style quilt.

Paradise Gardens

This tour explores our pollinator garden and the importance of bees, birds, and butterflies and plants to the ecosystem. Students will learn about different types of plants such as perennials and annuals, how to describe the life cycles of plants, and the structures of plants.


Chromatography butterflies are a wonderful accompaniment to this tour to allow students to see capillary action and how water reacts with markers to enhance the color spectrum

Technology Throughout History

A lot has changed in the Panhandle since the Native Americans first got here, and in this tour students will learn how technology was developed and used by pioneers and during WWII. This tour includes aspects of history and focuses mainly on the use of simple machines.


Students will make catapults using popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and spoons to have hands-on learning with simple machines.

Bespoke tours

Don't see something that meets you and your students' needs? Give us a call, and we'll be happy to work with you to create the right experience for your school.

Cost

$7 per student

$3 per adult chaperone

Free for teachers

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Heritage Alive! Classes

History Sandwiched-In

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for an hour-long casual lecture about the history of crafts, the Florida Panhandle, and a variety of other topics! These events are always free, and no registration is required.

12 April

History of Essential Oils

12pm - 1pm

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12 April

History of Essential Oils

Anna Sandlin will be discussing the history of essential oils from Biblical times to present day, including their various uses. Please bring a lunch and a drink!

12pm - 1pm

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10 May

Preserving the Panhandle Shorelines

12pm - 1pm

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10 May

Preserving the Panhandle Shorelines

Erika Zambello will trace the history of living shorelines in our region, as well as outline future restoration projects. She currently works as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and has lived and worked along the Emerald Coast for four years. She loves birding along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay, looking for snowy plovers, bald eagles, ospreys, and more.

12pm - 1pm

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14 June

Ed Crosby

12pm - 1pm

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14 June

Ed Crosby

Summer is high time for pollinators and bees, so come learn about the importance of this group of insects! Please bring lunch and a drink.

12pm - 1pm

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12 July

TBD

12pm - 1pm

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12 July

TBD

Check back soon for more details about July's topic. 

12pm - 1pm

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9 August

Sheila Moores

12pm - 1pm

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9 August

Sheila Moores

Have you been to the Museum's pioneer room and seen our spinning wheels and wondered, "How does that work?" Well, come see one in action! Sheila Moores will be with us talking about the art of spinning, spinning wheels, and sheering animals. Be sure to bring your lunch, a drink, and your thinking caps!

12pm - 1pm

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More Events

Homeschool Fridays

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Homeschool Fridays

One Friday each month, guest speakers come to the museum to meet with homeschool students about various topics including the hammered dulcimer and archaeology. Please contact us for more details and to reserve your space!

Cost

Students -  $10 each | $8 for members

Parents - first is free, additional are $3 each

Upcoming dates and topics

We're taking a break from homeschool lessons for the summer, so check back in August for dates, lessons, and more information!

Summer camp registration form

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