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The Houston Zoo is offering an exciting summer camp experience for a select number of Houston’s children. Throughout the summer, the Houston Zoo will make available 200 spaces for children to participate in Camp Zoofari free of charge. This camp includes two complimentary t-shirts for the week. Scholarship recipients will need to provide their own lunch and transportation to and from the Houston Zoo.
Camp Zoofari is an action-packed, hands-on, week-long day camp for students ages 4-12. Students learn about the natural world, wildlife conservation and the animals that call the Houston Zoo home. Students will split their time between classroom and in-Zoo activities, and will be able to touch a variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles that are safe for handling. Some older students may experience a behind-the-scenes activity.
Complete the online application in English or in Spanish. An application must be completed for each child interested in attending camp. All applicants are considered individually without regard to the submission of applications by friends or relatives.
The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, March 9, 2014. Only the first 500 applications will be accepted at which point the online registration system will close.
A separate teacher recommendation is REQUIRED for all applicants. Teacher recommendations may be submitted by any of the student’s current teachers, but submission by the child’s science teacher is preferred. Applications with no teacher recommendation will not be considered. Student and school name on teacher recommendations must match the application. Recommendations from relatives will not be accepted. Teacher recommendations are due on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in writing by the Houston Zoo via mail or email by Friday April 25, 2014. When notified, scholarship recipients will be asked to provide a $20 refundable deposit to assure their space in camp. The deposit will be refunded on the last day of the campers’ camp session, provided they attended camp. If the camper does attend camp, then the $20 deposit will be forfeited. Spaces are non-transferable. All students not accepted will be placed on an alternate list and will be called should a selected participant be unable to attend.
Teachers (Open until March 9th)
Teacher recommendations may be submitted by any of the student’s current teachers, but submission by the child’s science teacher is preferred. Recommendations from relatives will not be accepted.
Through the generosity of Target®, the Houston Zoo offers scholarships for free programming to qualifying Title I schools in the Houston area. The scholarship includes a class in the Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center, as well as transportation. Schools can choose from our popular Assembly Program or our Adventure Classes.
All scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year have been awarded. Please check back later this summer for information about the 2014-2015 application process.