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Virtual Camp Zoofari

There is still time for one last summer adventure – join us for Camp Zoofari online!

Each week, campers interact directly with our Camp Zoofari team, as well as other campers and zookeepers to explore their Zoo in a whole new way. Through facilitated activities, campers have the opportunity to create works of art that mirror the natural world. As with any Camp Zoofari experience, camp is not over until campers have met an animal ambassador or two up-close.

Both topics below are intended for campers ages 4-10, though anyone can participate!

Topics

This week is all about animal babies! This summer we welcomed many newborns at the Houston Zoo. Join us as we explore the world of animal parenting and check in with some of our new Zoo arrivals!

Supply list:

  • Access to a digital device with Zoom
  • Pillows/Blankets
  • Camper’s Favorite Toys
  • Old/Outside Clothes
  • Natural Items (mud/dirt, leaves, sticks, flowers, feathers, etc)
  • Yarn/string
  • A digital device with access to the free Goosechase app (only needed for extended opportunities outside of the live sessions)

Register Now

Cost is $180/household
For a list of everything that is included, please see our FAQs
Member registration begins Monday, 8/3. All other registration begins 8/4.

Join us this week as we explore some of the Zoo’s secrets. From little known information about animals living at the Zoo to areas of the Zoo guests seldom get to see, each day will be full of surprises!

Supply List:

  • Access to a digital device with Zoom
  • Natural Items (mud/dirt, leaves, sticks, rocks, flowers, etc)
  • Crayons/markers/colored pencils
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A digital device with access to the free Goosechase app (only needed for extended opportunities outside of the live sessions)

Register Now

Cost is $180/household
For a list of everything that is included, please see our FAQs
Member registration begins Monday, 8/3. All other registration begins 8/4.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included with Virtual Camp Zoofari?

  • Three live sessions offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:00 AM.
      • Three at home activities facilitated by our Conservation Education Team
      • Three live Q&A sessions with various Zoo Staff
      • Two opportunities to meet our ambassador animals virtually
      • One session led by our Zoo Crew teens, sharing their passion for the Zoo
  • Access to at-home challenges throughout the week powered by the GooseChase app
  • Access to the exclusive virtual camp page featuring Zoo tour and education videos and weekly activities
  • A family 4-pack of Houston Zoo admission tickets. (valid through December 31, 2020)

What is needed to participate?

After registration, the Zoo will provide a password for the Virtual Camp landing page and the Zoom meeting information for each live session. Campers will need:

  • A digital device with access to a microphone and camera
  • Activity specific supplies, as listed for each camp. Activities have been designed to access readily available items around the home as well as natural items. Each live activity should not require additional adult assistance.

Supplemental activities will be included. Supplies for those may vary and a list will be sent to households after registration. These supplemental activities are designed to extend the Camp Zoofari experience but are not required to actively participate in any live session. To participate in optional supplemental activities, campers may watch additional videos or participate in a virtual scavenger hunt through the free app “GooseChase.”

Do you have any other resources for our family to connect with Houston Zoo?

You can stay connected with the Houston Zoo and find videos with accompanying animal-themed activities via our website Bringing the Zoo to You. You can also connect with the Zoo social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

I have other questions, how do I reach you?

For any questions, please contact us via email education@houstonzoo.org. Our education team is working remotely and will respond within two business days.

What families are saying about Virtual Camp Zoofari

“This is really great. [My daughter] is excited. She was so sad camp was canceled! This is her absolute favorite camp!”

“During this time ate home, [our camper] has been totally focused on animals… collecting his favorite stuffed animals and asking literally hundreds of animal questions over the months. I’m becoming quite the google search expert. 😉 The Zoom format is so fun and creative. We also have enjoyed the prerecorded content. Thanks again.”

“THANK YOU for the imaginative ways you all are devising to engage our kids! We enjoy the offerings you are putting up on the Zoo’s website very much”