The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF), a not-for-profit charitable arts organization founded in 1995 to be Northwest Florida's champion of cultural arts and arts education for all, blends art, music, and nature for a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation join forces to really rock your summer. Nature Rocks, made possible, in part, by Keith and Laura Howard, is two week-long immersive experiences including hands-on drumming classes with renowned percussionist Zig Wajler of “Hands on with Zig," theatre and creative writing with award-winning playwright and actress, Nancy Hasty, and dynamic hands-on nature activities featuring live animal ambassadors. A student showcase at the end of each week will feature African beats and a Lion King-style theatre performance for family and friends.

"We are thrilled to partner, once again, with the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, to offer what we believe is the most unique summer camp program around," said Melanie Moore, education director, MKAF. "The Biophilia center is an oasis of natural wonder, with an unparalleled staff. Magic is created with the addition of our nationally acclaimed artist facilitator nurturing in each child a fun and immersive exploration of arts and nature."

Rising second through eighth graders are invited to register by visiting or Two sessions are available, July 15 to 19 (1st Session) and July 22 to 26 (2nd Session). Parents and children alike rave about this unique opportunity.

"My kids have attended Nature Rocks for the past three years and will again for a fourth time this coming summer," said Rand Fernandez, parent and MKAF member. "E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is an awesome facility for nature, and MKAF’s music and theater program is top notch. It is by far the best camp in the area." 

For more information on MKAF Community Outreach programs, call 850-650-2226, visit and follow their Facebook page. Joining MKAF comes with added valued benefits, including preferred member pricing at special events. The Foundation is also always looking for volunteers and those willing to join the Board of Directors.