Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center (JBYCC) is 12,000 pristine North Florida acres located just outside Tallahassee. We host summer day camps June through August and school year programs for families and classrooms August through May. Our school year programs include fields trips, night hikes, public events, and retreats, including classroom and outdoor hands-on learning for kids of all ages. JBYCC's conservation education programs are designed to give kids and families positive, memorable experiences in the outdoors and kds are provided with all the necessary equipment and supervised instruction for: hiking, birdwatching, camping, archery, wildlife discovery, survival skills, and fishing in our well-stocked 15-acre pond. Joe Budd's is a local treasure trove of education and adventure!
Field trips specially-designed to fit your classroom's needs! JBYCC's campus is open to school groups Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit: Field Trips
Have an environmental educator come to your school! Beginning September 2021, JBYCC staff are thrilled to present their brand new in-school programming, featuring curricula correlated to Florida Science Standards and STEAM. Our schedule is flexible, accommodating a single class or several throughout a school day. While the programs are designed to be hosted outdoors, they can be modified for indoor presentation in cases of bad weather. All we need is an outdoor pavilion or open field. All programs are free and will provide the necessary supplies. For more information and to see the specific programs offered, check out our flyer.
JBYCC offers unique single family experiences, hosting one family per weekday for a variety of outdoor experiences including fishing, hiking, pond studies, bird watching, archery, and wildlife discovery. This uniquely-structured family programing is available September through December, 2021, from 10AM-2PM.For more information, visit: Family Programs
A new adventure program for 3-5 year olds and their grownups! Let us guide you and your little one through Project Wild’s award-winning Growing Up Wild curriculum, designed to build on children’s natural sense of wonder about nature. At this exciting new weekday program, we extend an invitation for families to explore wildlife. Through a wide range of experiences and activities, we’ll help your child develop a positive first impressions about the natural world and build into lifelong social and academic skills. Check out our Knee-High Naturalist flyer for more information.
JBYCC offers survival workshops periodically for 6th-8th graders. Kids will learn how to build a shelter, navigate the woods, start a fire, and camp overnight in a tent! All supplies are included. $60 per child and pre-registration is required. To see information about our next workshop, check out our flyer here.
The goal of the Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center Network education program is to complement and enhance classroom learning, educating all visitors on conservation stewardship and encouraging a lifelong delight in nature.
Long-term goals for student learning include the following:
- To develop an understanding of and respect for the natural environment.
- To gain an understanding of a diversity of our natural world.
- To develop a feeling of responsibility and accountability for human environmental impacts on the natural environment
- Students desire to return to Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center as a camper.
- Our programs are correlated to Florida Science Standards for students second to twelfth grade.
- No cost is associated with the field trip and all necessary supplies and materials are provided.
- Advance registration is required.
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FWC employees at the Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 in Florida including guidelines issued by the CDC and the Florida Department of Health. As our top priority is the health and safety of visitors and staff, JBYCC has established special protocols for our facilities, staff, and visitors to minimize the exposure risks.
Have a question, an idea for our programs, or want to bring your family or students? Camp director, Meghann Dawkins, would love to talk with you. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center directly at (850) 933-4322.