Summer vacation just got wild! Public registration begins Monday, Feb. 27 for Camp Zoofari at the Houston Zoo. Camp Zoofari is a summer camp experience for children ages 4 through 16 that features fun and educational activities among an array of exotic wildlife. Running May 30 through Aug. 11, 2017, Camp Zoofari offers an exciting lineup of programs that have been specially created to teach children about animals and the natural world.
Camp Zoofari has listened to feedback from past camp participants and added several new and exciting programs in 2017. Teens, ages 13 through 16, will have a new way to interact with our animal collection in two camps specifically created for them.
Each day of Camp Zoofari is action-packed to keep kids moving and stimulate an interest in the amazing species that call the zoo home. The expert zoo team takes summer camp to the next level and helps each camper create happy memories that make them eager to learn more about nature.
The zoo has added 11 brand-new camp programs for summer 2017. Themes like Wild Arts, Wild Survival, and LEGO join returning favorites that help kids make friends and have fun at camp while learning about wildlife. These new themes expand the zoo’s already-diverse collection of educational programs, giving parents and children more ways to connect with nature while at camp. Before and after care has also been added to help families. Finally, many of our camps are so popular, they sell out fast! This year, the zoo has added a waitlist to immediately notify families of a vacancy.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming campers back to the Houston Zoo this summer,” said Melanie Sorensen, senior director of conservation education. “Our team of professional educators work throughout the year to improve and build exciting experiences into each camp session. With such a fascinating collection of animals only steps away, Camp Zoofari creates a unique connection with wildlife to inspire action to save animals in the wild.”
Camp Zoofari is operated by the Houston Zoo conservation education department. To complement the zoo’s 11 full-time educators, each week-long session is supported by 26 contracted teachers, and nearly 50 members of Zoo Crew, the organization’s teen volunteer initiative. Camp Zoofari staff maintain an 8-to-1 student-teacher ratio, surpassing the 10-to-1 ratio mandated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Registration and additional information can be found at www.houstonzoo.org/education/camp-zoofari.