Crowley Museum and Nature Center is not a public campground.
We do, however, offer guided group camping experiences occasionally that are amazing wilderness experiences!
Indian Field Primitive Camping Area
Guided camping available through Not a Clue Adventures. Primitive camping is a wonderful way to observe wildlife at dawn and dusk. Reservations required. Tent/ hammock camping only. We will continue to make improvements in the future. Planned are “gear poles” and fire rings for each site, Community Chickee and more! To make a camping reservation please call Jeanene Arrington with Not a Clue Adventures 813-789-0904 Remember to Leave No Trace at all times while on the Crowley property. There are 10 primitive sites at this facility. Camping 101 CONCIERGE CAMPING WITH NOT A CLUE ADVENTURES
Join us for a Florida Pioneer Family Adventure Camping Experience! Now only $65 per person per night (youth 6-12 $45, youth under 6 free)
Call for more information – 813-789-0904 (with Not a Clue Adventures and Crowley Museum and Nature Center) This is full Concierge Camping -Tent, Lighting, and meals included. Activities Include: Tour of Crowley Museum and Nature Center, Visit to Tatum House, Blacksmith Shop, Saw Mill, Old Schoolhouse, Museum and guided nature hiking along the Children’s Discovery Path (learn about native animals and birds). Learn more about early Florida Pioneers. Reserve online at: http://notaclueadventures.com/2014/03/upcoming-group-events/florida-pioneer-family-adventure-camping-experience/
Are you part of a scout troop looking for a community project. Contact us, we have many projects in the works!
These campsites are named for Native Americans who occupied Florida before Europeans arrived. Each site carries the name of one of the 15 original Timuca settlements. The campground is the actual site of an Indian village long gone. The Timucua included at least 15 separate tribes that shared a common language. More is known about the Saturiwa than any other Timucuan group. The French encountered the Saturiwa in 1562 and immortalized their daily life with drawings by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. Each Timuicuan village had its own leader who was subject to the jurisdiction of the head chief to whom the tribe paid tributes. When European ships first landed on Florida in the 16th century, the area was well populated. Indians of the Timucua, Apalachee, Ais, Tekesta and Calusa were farming rich lands in the north — growing corn, beans and squash — and fishing or hunting for most of their food in the south. Locations near reliable food sources with fresh water, comfortable microclimate and high, dry ground made good habitat for these Indians. Fresh and brackish bodies of water supplied steady sources of fish and shellfish, while fertile soils allowed farming to prosper.
Pontano Site – Neighboring the Apalachee to the east were the Timucua, composed of at least 15 separate tribes sharing a common language. More is known about the Saturiwa than any other Timucuan group. They were encountered by the French in 1562 and immortalized in the drawings of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. Each Timuicuan village had its own leader who was under the jurisdiction of a head chief who exacted tribute.
Apalachee Site – One of the most powerful and influential native groups of Florida was the Apalachee. At the time Europeans began arriving in America, the Apalachee controlled the fertile area near the Tallahassee hills between the Ochlockonee and Aucilla rivers. The fertile clay and loam soils of the hills supported the heaviest, most concentrated aboriginal population in the state.
Ocale Site – The general name Timucuan was used by the Spaniards for all the native peoples who occupied north Florida east of the territory of the Apalachee. The Timucua were composed of a number of autonomous provinces that were hostile to one another at time when the first Europeans arrived. Among the important divisions in mission times were the Saltwater Timucua (Saturiwa and Mocamo), Fresh Water, Potano, Utina and Yustaga. The Saturiwa Indians used the name Timucua, spelled thimogna, to designate specifically the Utina Indians living between the St. Johns and the Suwannee rivers. In the early 17th century, Spaniards also used the name in this restrictive sense.
Calusa Site – Less is known about the early Indians of South Florida. The best known group is the Calusa, whose vast domain was ruled by a single chief. Although lacking agriculture, the Calusa developed elaborate political, social and trade networks. They were also expert wood carvers, and the many ceremonial items recovered from a Calusa site on Key Marco display great artistic skill. The Calusa lived around Charlotte Harbor just north of present-day Naples and around the mouth of the Caloosahatchie River in South Florida.
Jeaga Site – Arguably the most complex pre-contact culture in South Florida existed inland, in the Lake Okeechobee basin. These people not only had a sophisticated political and social organization, but they also grew corn. Striking similarities between their form of maize horticulture and that originating in the savannas of northern South America. This has led some scholars to suggest that ancient people of South American migrated north to South Florida through the Antilles islands of the Caribbean.