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Camp Zoofari

Summer Camp 2017

Your school break just got wild! Camp Zoofari is the place for kids ages 4 through 16 to learn and have fun with an animal-centered curriculum created just for them. Whether your camper is rejoining us or visiting Camp Zoofari for the first time, there is so much to explore!

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Camp Registration

Camp registration for summer camp will open on the following schedule:
January 30: Asante Members
February 6: Ambassador, Conservator, and Sustaining Members
February 13: Family Premium and Flock Members
February 20: Senior, Family Plus, Family and Individual
February 27: General Public Registration

Camp Prices and Times

Summer Camp is from May 29 – August 11 2017
Full-day camps are from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 4-16, Half Day options will be available for campers ages 4-5

Half Day Camp (4-5): $190
Full Day Camp (4-9): $290 – $330
Full Day Camp (10-16): $470

Camp pricing is per week. Topics marked below with an * are priced at $330 due to additional experiences offered. The first and sixth week of camp will be prorated to accommodate shorter camp weeks due to holidays.


AGES 4 – 5

*When I Grow Up – NEW*
Does your camper dream of being a zookeeper? A veterinarian? A police officer or firefighter? In When I Grow Up, campers will role play various positions are the Zoo, as well as dive into the world of animal babies and the creatures they grow into.

Animal Adventures – NEW
Run like a cheetah! Climb like an Ape! Leap like a frog! Animals around the globe behave in different ways. In Animal Adventures your “Wild Child” will unleash their inner beast as they explore their way around the Zoo.

Animals at Play
Before jungle gyms and monkey bars existed, nature was the ultimate playground. Animals still use the outdoors to romp and play. In the animal kingdom, playing is not just for fun, it is a learning tool. Join us as we get active and practice the skill of playing!

Master the Wild
It is a tough world out there, and animals resort to all sorts of tricks and tactics to survive. In Master the Wild, we delve into some of the more unique animals and their tools of the trade, meeting an array of fantastic creatures along the way.

 AGES 6 – 7

*Creature Creations – NEW*
This summer, the Zoo will be home to a family of new animals… LEGO animals! Aside from exploring these life-sized replicas and comparing them to the real thing, campers will have the opportunity to build and create creatures of their very own!

The Zoo Around You – NEW
Everything is bigger in Texas! From the black bear in east Texas to the Harris’s hawk in the west, from the elusive ocelot to animals you can find in your own back yard, discover the animals that call this great state home!

Globetrotters – NEW
Travel with us around the globe as we encounter animals from every habitat. Along our journey, we will play games from around the world and track down the animals that call these far flung destinations home. No passports are required for this active adventure!

Animal Superheroes
Look, in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… superheroes and villains, as you have never seen them before! These characters have been “borrowing” traits and abilities from the animal kingdom for ages. Investigate which traits mirror their wild counterparts as you take steps to become a superhero to animals everywhere!

AGES 8 – 9

*A Zoo Created by You – NEW*
Have you ever visited the Zoo and thought, “It would be amazing if this exhibit had…?” Dive into the creative world of zoo design and learn the processes behind making a zoo a reality. Then, visit some lifelike LEGO animals before trying you hand at designing a LEGO zoo of your own!

*Wildlife Arts – NEW*
Explore the fine arts with the help of our Zoo animals! Spend your week singing with the birds, observing one of our amazing animal painters before starting your own masterpiece, writing and acting in your own animal inspired stage show, and more!

Zoo Careers – NEW
Who works at the zoo? Is it just zookeepers? Explore the various people and positions required to run a zoo and meet some of the faces around the world that the zoo works with to promote animal conservation in the wild. Zoo tours for this group will be front of scenes.

Wildlife Photography
Are you an amatuer photographer or could your snap chats grace the cover of a famous wildlife magazine? From clicking to editing, we will cover it all. We will utilize various technologies all week to create a wild portfolio!

AGES 10 – 12

Wild Survival – NEW
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Our animal counterparts can make it look easy. Join us as we delve into the realm of animal adaptations and pick up some wilderness survival skills along the way! This camp includes and overnight experience.

Zoo Careers
Who works at the zoo? Is it just zookeepers? Explore the various people and positions required to run a zoo and meet some of the faces around the world that the zoo works with to promote animal conservation in the wild. Zoo tours for this group will be both front of and behind the scenes.

Keeper Camp
Think you have what it takes to be a zookeeper? Each day, discover more about the challenges faced by our keeper staff and the rewards their work can offer. Go behind the scenes and get an up close look into the world of zoo keeping!

 

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Topics for the 13-16 age group will be posted by Monday, January 23.


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Helpful Hints

Camping With a Friend?
Parking Options
Arriving Late? Need to Leave Early?

Camp Policies

Changing Your Schedule
Cancellations and Refunds
Emergency Contact Information
Immunizations (or Affidavits of Exemption)
Photo Identification
No Cell Phone Policy at Camp Zoofari

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get on a waiting list?
Can I stay with my child in camp?
Do you have before and after care?
May I enroll my child in a camp for an older age group?
How are campers supervised?
Can I bring a backpack?
Do you provide snacks?
What about lunch?
Will my child get to touch animals or go behind the scenes?
Where do I park and enter the Zoo for camp?
What are the sign-in and sign-out procedures?
Does my child need to wear their camp shirt every day?
What are the camp rules?
Can I bring snacks or birthday treats for the group?
My child needs to take medication; how should I arrange for this?

Questions? Contact Us:
education@houstonzoo.org
Main Zoo Number: 713-533-6500
Education Fax: 713-533-6783

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