Camp Zoofari – Summer 2014
10 weeks of fun educational camps June 2 – August 8
Including a prorated rate for June 30 – July 3 Your summer vacation just got wild! This summer will feature some new and exciting topics and bring back a few of the classics that your campers love. Check the brochure below for more information about pricing, a description of each topic, and more! Get all the details in our Camp Brochure – policies, frequently asked questions, camp schedule and more: 2014 Summer Camp Brochure
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Member registration begins on February 5
February 5: Asante
February 10: Conservator, Sustaining, & Ambassador
February 12: Supporting, Flock & Flock Plus
February 17: Grandparent, Family Plus, Family & Individual
Non-member registration begins on February 24
Fifteen Different Camps Topics, Tailored to Four Age Groups
Ages 4 – 5:
NEW! – Tall Tales and Silly Songs
This visually and orally engaging camp will have your kiddo engrossed in fantastic fables and enthralled by singing silly songs. Of course, we’ll also visit the real-life characters and learn awesome facts about these storybook superstars.
NEW! – The Skinny on Skins
Do you hear your kids say, “Are snakes really slimy?”, or “Why is that one bird bald?”, and you don’t know how to answer those questions. Well, a ﬁsh and an amphibian are very distinctive groups of animals and your little mammal (camper) will learn how to identify animals based on their physical characteristics. We’ll explore the purpose of these various skins!
Move and Make Noise!
Animals use movements and sounds for a variety of reasons! Campers will love roaring like a lion and walking like a giraffe, but they’ll also learn why our animals do what they do. You may need ear plugs for the ride home!
Not all babies are miniature versions of their parents. In fact, some undergo a complete change before becoming adults and look nothing like they do when they’re ﬁrst born! Let’s GROW our knowledge of GROWING up wild!
Ages 6 – 7:
NEW! – The Hunt is On!
In the animal kingdom, survival is the name of the game. Whether you’re hunting or hiding or both, all you’re trying to do is make it through the day. In this camp, we’ll look at the relationship between predators and prey and the adaptations they possess.
NEW! – Interesting Inverts!
Bugs. There are so many shapes and sizes and varieties that the combinations are unimaginable. We’ll explore some larger-than-life members of this amazing group of organisms in our BUGS exhibit and get a closer look at live specimens.
Bringing Up Baby
Devoted dads and managing mothers keep the kiddos of the animal kingdom in check. Whether it’s a single parent or a community, raising these wild youngsters takes a LOT of work. Learn about the ways different babies grow up.
Everyone loves the meat eaters. There’s just something cool about big canines, hooked beaks, and razor sharp claws! We’ll sink our teeth into this tasty topic!
Ages 8 – 9:
NEW! – Wild Myths
Have you heard the rumor about ostriches burying their heads in the ground? Or how about the “fact” that bats are all blind? You have? Well, those myths are about to be busted. Mistakes are made in observations all the time. We’re going to ﬁnd out the truth about our animal friends.
NEW! – Wild Anatomy
Fish need oxygen. Fish live in water. Fish can drown. How is that possible? In this camp, we’ll be looking at animals from the inside out. How do they compare to human beings? How do they contrast?
Channel your inner tiger and pounce upon your prey. Tag out with your teammates to run down your next meal. How do animals develop those crucial survival skills? They play games, of course.
Featuring the odd balls of the animal world. What’s that on the cassowary’s head? Is the okapi half zebra, half giraffe? Is coral a plant or an animal? Have fun ﬁguring out what is what amongst the weirdos.
Ages 10 – 12:
NEW! – Zoo Design
Zoos have come a long way in creating habitats for our animals that replicate the environment in which they would naturally live in the wild. We’ll examine our exhibits closely and challenge you to create a scale
model of an exhibit for an animal of your choosing. Let’s see how creative you can get.
Includes a Thursday overnight experience. The overnight for the week of June 30 – July 3 will be on Wednesday night.
Animals: The Directors Cut
Express your wild side as we learn how to shoot, edit, and produce a wildlife commercial. Become media savvy by working with digital cameras, iPads, and more!
Includes a Thursday overnight experience.
Enroll for zookeeper boot camp and learn what it takes to feed, clean, train, and take care of our animals. Our animal ambassadors require a lot of attention to ensure they are healthy and able to educate our Zoo guests. Keepers are key to a successful Zoo!