Zoo Camp Registration Now Open
Summer’s coming….at least that is what we keep reminding ourselves during these winter months! So let’s think about summer with the release of our 2017 topics and schedule for the 7th annual Summer Zoo Camp Program for elementary school-aged children. Registration opens January 9th.
The 2017 Summer Zoo Camp programs will begin at 8:45am and end at 2:00pm daily. Programs occur Monday through Friday throughout the month of July and early August. Children must be registered to attend a day that corresponds to their age group and the grade they will be entering in fall of 2017. A morning snack will be provided by the zoo, but parents must provide a non-microwaveable, non-refrigerated lunch for each child. Each day’s program will include educational presentations, live animal encounters, zoo tours, and other fun activities like games and crafts. Children should dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
The low cost per day is only $21 for Zoo Pass members or $26 for non-Zoo Pass members.
Click to view the 2017 Calendar:
Programs offered include:
For 5k students – Sensory Safari: Campers will embark on an exploration of animal senses, learning how animals’ senses aid them in survival. We’ll touch, smell, see, and hear animals, and explore how they do the same. Offered July 14th and July 28th (Each child attends one or the other date, not both)
For 5k students – Animal Bling: Animals may not wear clothes or jewelry, but they do have many ways of looking beautiful. But animals must also look fierce, sometimes strong, or sometimes even well-hidden! Explore animal body coverings and learn how animals can stand-out or blend-in when they need to. Offered July 21st and August 2nd (Each child attends one or the other date, not both)
For 1st/2nd graders – Eat or Be Eaten: Do you know how much a giraffe eats in a single day? Ever wondered what’s on the menu for our otters or owls? Campers will learn about animal consumer groups: whether it’s an herbivore, omnivore, or carnivore, we’ll explore the different adaptations that make an animal predator or prey. Offered July 5th, 11th, 19th (Each child may attend one of these dates) July 19th full; starting Wait List.
For 1st/2nd graders – Animal Mix-Ups: How can you tell a jaguar from a leopard, or a hedgehog from a porcupine? Join us for a fun-filled adventure as we learn the differences between some commonly misidentified animals. Although many of these creatures look very similar, we’ll explore how each type of animal is unique and special. Offered 12th, 18th, 26th (Each child may attend one of these dates). All dates full, starting Wait Lists.
For 3rd/4th graders – 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, hangout, and leap through the canopy. Offered July 17th, 25th, 31st (Each child may attend one of these dates)
For 3rd/4th graders – Mythical Creatures: Animal myths and legends appear in cultures across the globe. From symbols of love and courage to warnings of bad things to come, animals are imbedded into our cultural histories – but why is a fox portrayed as sly? And why is an owl often seen as wise? We’ll explore these animal stories and learn to separate the facts from the fiction. Offered July 10th, 24th, August 1st (Each child may attend one of these dates) July 24th full. Starting Wait List.
For 5th/6th/7th graders –Zoo Trainer: Caring for animals often means teaching them to interact with their zookeepers and veterinarians safely. Zoos use positive reinforcement – a type of Animal Training – to do this. Campers will experience in-depth discussions and hands-on learning (with live animal demonstrations!) to practice training techniques while learning about animal care, training, and conservation. Offered July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (Each child may attend one of these dates) All dates starting Wait Lists.
For 5th/6th/7th graders – Master Tracker: For scientists studying animals in the wild, actually finding the animal is sometimes the hardest task. We’ll discover the different techniques used for tracking animals, including identifying foot prints, scat and other markings, as well as using wildlife cameras and telemetry. Offered July 7th. FULL. Wait List.
Pre-registration is required and a limited number of spaces are available for each day’s session. Before registering, be sure to visit our Zoo Camp Page for rules and guidelines related to the programs, with answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Registration for 2017 will begin January 9th at 8:30 a.m. Register here.
If you would like to get on our Zoo Camp Mailing List to be notified about future programs, email our Education Coordinator or call 920-662-2405.