About Explore Summer Camps

Explore Summer Camps began offering quality summer programs to the university and surrounding community since 2006. Over the last ten years, Explore Summer Camps has expanded to offer more than 50 unique programs each year. We partner with university academic departments and local educators to offer a variety of STEM, art, social studies, and various other types of academic enrichment summer camps.


Valerie Taylor

Meet our Director

Valerie Taylor

Youth Education Assistant Director | 850-474-3221 | vtaylor@uwf.edu

Valerie facilitates all youth education programs for The University of West Florida’s Continuing Education department. Valerie serves as Director of Explore Summer Camps is responsible for coordinating all camp programs and activities. A graduate of UWF, Valerie has spent several years working in early and elementary classrooms in our community. Most recently, Valerie served as a Teacher Collaboration and Community Outreach volunteer in Thailand with the United States Peace Corps

Award-Winning Summer Camps

UWF Continuing Education and Explore Summer Camps have received top honors from the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) as well as from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Both organizations recognize outstanding credit and non-credit programs throughout the Southern region. Programs are judged on innovation, creativity, success, impact, and adaptability. UWF is proud to have been selected for the ACHE South Distinguished Non-Credit Program Award in 2010 as well as the UPCEA South Outstanding Program Award in 2011.

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