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Operation Wild Spy | Spring Eco Camp 2023
Operation Wild Spy | Spring Eco Camp 2023

Mon, Mar 13


Mandarin Park

Operation Wild Spy | Spring Eco Camp 2023

Learn Spy Skills and uncover the secrets of the forest!

Time & Location

Mar 13, 2023, 9:00 AM – Mar 17, 2023, 2:00 PM

Mandarin Park, 14780 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223, USA

About the event

Become a WILD Spy and uncover the secrets hidden in the forest. Top secret missions await, as campers will use real science, ecology, biology, and forensic skills to solve real problems in nature. Led by experienced environmental educators, your kids will get WILD. For ages 6-10.

Campers will:

  • Get a secret spy name and receive a top secret mission
  • Work in teams to gather clues from the environment
  • Craft a hidden spy hideout
  • Use real tools like microscopes, pH readers, turbidity tubes, and more
  • Take home a Nature Spy Kit at the end of the week

Daily Schedule:

~Arrival & Debrief

~Spy School - Learn the secrets and tricks to being a WILD Spy using science, ecology, forensics, and more


~Spy Mission - Use what you learned to complete your mission with your team, but first you must decode the secret message!

~Lunch & Free Play

~Skill Training - Fun games to train like a spy; can you camouflage? identify with only smell? avoid the lasers?

~Review of the day

WILD Spies will solve the following Top Secret Mission: Dr. Blackwater is trying to turn our beautiful park into a strip mall! It's up to the WILD Spies to stop his evil plans and protect the forest from his minions. Each day WILD Spies will receive a new mission from Nature HQ to work towards our ultimate goal and maybe change Dr. Blackwater's mind!

What Spy Parents Need to Know

Please send your camper with a backpack that includes the following:

  • Bugspray/Sunscreen (we also have some available)
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch & Snack
  • Optional: Change of clothes (we will be getting messy/muddy almost daily)

Drop-off: Drop off will be at 9am at the rear pavilion. Follow the directions given to the pavilion to sign in your child.

Pick-up: Pickup begins at 2:00 pm. You MUST pickup your child before 2:30 pm. There is a late fee of $1/minute for children not picked up by 2:30, due at time of arrival.

Allergies/Medications: Please inform JDA in writing of any allergies or medications that your child needs during the camp. Your child must be able to administer medication to themselves. JDA staff is not able to provide or administer any medication to your child. All medication, including anti-histamines, pain relievers, etc. must be labeled with your child's name in a plastic bag and checked in with a JDA staff member upon arrival.

Special Circumstances: Parents and guardians are required to inform the Jax Dragonfly Academy in writing of any special circumstances which may affect the child’s ability to participate fully and within the guidelines of acceptable behavior, including, but not limited to, any serious behavioral problems or special circumstances regarding psychological, medical, or physical conditions.

Behavior: Participants are expected to honor the Dragonfly Academy’s Code of Conduct. We reserve the right to dismiss a participant whose behavior is out of line with this Code of Conduct in a way that puts themselves or others at risk. No refund will be issued for dismissals.

Cancellations: Jax Dragonfly Academy designs and implements programs based on enrollment. We invest in program planning, site licenses, equipment and other costs before the program begins. These expenses cannot be recovered in the event of a cancellation. When considering a cancellation, please be aware and respectful of our policies and commitment to facilitating quality programs.

Weather: Programs run rain or shine. We don’t provide refunds for days missed due to weather. All participants should come to programs with weather-appropriate clothing and related gear. In the event that extreme weather jeopardizes the health and safety of participants and staff, the Dragonfly Academy may choose to cancel or reschedule the session.

Park access: Jax Dragonfly Academy operates in public parks. In very rare circumstances where access to the park has been restricted without notice, programs may be cancelled if an alternative location can not be secured. Credits will be issued.

Low enrollment: Jax Dragonfly Academy reserves the right to cancel a program due to low enrollment.  A full refund will be issued.

Circumstances beyond our control: The Dragonfly Academy will determine whether a refund is warranted.

Other refunds and credits: We can provide a 100% refund, minus a $25 cancellation fee for requests made prior to February 1. Refund requests made prior to March 1 will receive a 50% refund. After this time, no refunds will be provided.

All cancellations must be requested in writing by emailing

We reserve the right to cancel a program or change a program’s duration, price or location. You will be notified via email of any changes to programs you are registered for.

Special Needs: We do our very best to provide a positive environment for all our participants. If a participant requires special accommodations, please elaborate on these as much as possible in their application. Our team will be in touch to further discuss how we can best provide support. If participants with special needs require more support than we are able to provide and this information is not a part of the application process, participation in the program may not be possible.

*After registration you will be given a full list of what to bring, and what to expect. Email will be sent out in February. Parents are welcome to stop by at anytime during the camp, but please let a camp leader know in case we are out in the woods. If you are a parent and wish to be a chaperone/volunteer, please contact us for further details.


  • Student Ages 6-10

    The prices listed are on a sliding scale. Please use this opportunity to pay what you are able to afford rather than what is the best value. Doing so ensures the continuation of these programs!

    From $199.00 to $249.00
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      +$4.98 service fee
    • $229.00
      +$5.73 service fee
    • $249.00
      +$6.23 service fee
  • T-Shirt

    Add a Dragonfly Academy T-Shirt for your camper.

    Pay what you want
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