We’re pleased to release the 2021 topics and schedule for the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park’s Summer Zoo Camp Programs for elementary school-aged children. Registration opens Friday, March 26th at 6:00 p.m.
This year, the Zoo is offering TWO types of summer camp programs:
- Single-day “Summer Safari” programs for 1st through 4th graders, where students may attend up to two different dates with different topics at a cost of $40 per day (Zoo Pass Members receive a 20% discount)
- Two-day “Summer Zoo Camp” programs for 5th through 7th graders, where students must attend two consecutive dates with the same topic at a cost of $90 per two-day session (Zoo Pass Members receive a 20% discount)
All programs will begin at 8:45am and end at 3:00pm daily. Children must be registered to attend a day that corresponds to their age group and the grade they will be entering in fall of 2021. A morning snack and afternoon treat is provided by the zoo, but parents must provide a non-microwaveable, non-refrigerated lunch for each camper. Each day’s program includes 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. Face coverings are required for indoor activities and the zoo can and will provide disposable masks as needed. Capacity is limited, and safe, social distancing guidelines as recommended by the CDC and American Camp Association will be followed.
Programs offered include:
For 1st/2nd graders – Animal Extremes: Animals are adapted to survive in some extreme environments. Deserts can reach temperatures above 130⁰F while the frozen tundra can be colder than -30⁰F! From the depths of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks, we’ll discover what extreme living is like in this exciting, hands-on camp. Offered June 30, July 8, 12, and 28, August 2 and 4 (Each camper may attend any one of these dates) (all dates currently full; access wait list here)
For 1st/2nd graders – Call of the Wild: Squeak, growl, howl, hoot, and have a “roaring” good time in this camp where we learn how animals communicate! We’ll explore the sounds animals use along with some of the soundless ways that animals share messages with one another. Offered July 1, 9, 13, and 29, and August 3 and 5 (Each camper may attend any one of these dates) (all dates currently full; access wait list here)
For 3rd/4th graders – Animal Engineers: Animals can be incredible builders! In this activity-based, STEAM-focused program, campers will learn about the many structures animals build and why. We’ll also explore how human engineers are inspired by animals and nature. Offered June 28, July 14 and 26, and August 12 (Each camper may attend any one of these dates) (all dates currently full; access wait list here)
For 3rd/4th graders – Weird & Wonderful Wildlife: Let’s be real: animals can do some pretty strange things! In this camp, we’ll explore the “stranger side” of nature and the unique creatures that are often misunderstood by people. Campers will learn that “weird” is not only wonderful: it’s often essential to survival! Offered June 29, July 15 and 27, and August 13 (Each camper may attend any one of these dates) (all dates currently full; access wait list here)
For 5th/6th/7th graders – Junior Zookeepers: Do you have what it takes to work with animals? Learn about what zookeepers and other animal care staff do on a day-to-day basis. We’ll explore the many duties of an animal caretaker, including how to provide proper nutrition, habitat management, animal training, and more. Offered June 22-23, June 24-25, July 20-21, July 22-23, and August 10-11 (Each camper may attend one set of these dates)
Before registering your child(ren) for camp, please read through all policies on our Summer Zoo Camp page.
Before registering your child(ren) for camp, please read through all policies on our Summer Zoo Camp page.Register