Summer Zoo Camp 2014

Our WILDly popular Summer Zoo Camp is back for another season.  We’re pleased to announce dates and programs for elementary school-aged children for July 2014.


Children must be registered to attend a day that corresponds to their age group.  A morning snack will be provided by the zoo, but parents should provide a non-microwaveable, non-refrigerated lunch for each child.  Each day’s program will include educational presentations, live animal encounters, special tours or exhibit chats, and other fun activities like games and crafts.  Children should dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Pre-registration is required and a limited number of spaces are available for each day’s session.  Children can be registered for up to two different sessions within their age group.  Registration begins on January 6th.  A minimum number of students must be registered in order to hold each session.  Sessions that do not meet the minimum number will be canceled five days in advance.


  • $20 per day for Zoo Pass Members
  • $25 per day for non Zoo Pass Members


  • 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily

To register

Topics and schedule for each day are listed below.  Ages listed below correspond to the 2014-2015 school year.

Program Descriptions

For students entering 5 year-old kindergarten

Paws & Claws

  • It’s time to investigate how animals eat, move, and look! We’ll focus on the adaptations that animals use for survival in the wild. After all, things like paws and claws are important for defense, finding food, eating, swimming, and more.
  • Offered on July 14th and July 25th

Animal Tails

  • Short tails, fluffy tails, long tails, spiny tails! Explore the world of animal tails and learn why animals have them and just what, exactly, they use them for.
  • Offered on July 7th, and July 21st

For students entering 1st or 2nd grade

Eat or Be Eaten

  • What’s for lunch?? Children will discover the ways that animals are linked together in an intricate web of life. We’ll explore food webs and chains, learn about predator-prey relationships and about the important role every species plays in its ecosystem.
  • Offered on July 8th, 15th, and 22nd

Call of the Wild

  • Squeak, roar, howl and hoot in this exciting camp where we learn about how animals communicate! We’ll explore the sounds animal use and also the soundless ways that animals share messages with one another.
  • Offered on July 9th, 16th, and 23rd

For students entering 3rd or 4th grade

Life in the Leaves

  • Discover the world of animals that climb and fly! We’ll learn about life in the treetops and the animals that like to perch, swing, hangout, and leap through the canopy.
  • Offered on July 10th and 24th

Under the Surface

  • Come explore life underground and underwater!  We’ll study the champion diggers and burrowers of the world and get a first-hand look at what life is like for the creatures that spend much of their lives beneath our very feet.
  • Offered on July 17th

For students entering 5th, 6th, or 7th grade

Trek through the Tropics

  • Explore the rainforest from top to bottom! Discover the wonderful relationships between plants and animals that make rainforests such biological treasures. We’ll learn about how rainforests impact our everyday lives – and how our everyday lives can have important impacts on rainforests.
  • Offered on July 11th

Animal Architects

  • Animals can be amazing builders!  Together we will learn what animals build and why – and even try to re-create some animal structures of our own.  We’ll also explore how zoos create the perfect homes and exhibits for our own animals.
  • Offered on July 18th

Calendar of Programming



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