2014 Summer Camps

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May 15, 2014

From: Columbian Park Zoo

Columbian Park Zoo offers a wide variety of summer camps to fit your child's needs!  Camps fill quickly and spaces are limited.  Efforts will be made to note below which camp sessions have filled as soon as possible, however there may be a delay between when a session fills and when website info is updated.  For the most up-to-the-minute camp availability, please call the Zoo Education Department at 765-807-1540.

Little Cub Camps for ages 3 - 5

These 3-day long camps are perfect for your little one! Geared towards the young learner, Little Cub Club camps incorporate activities that encourage emerging science skills while accommodating developing attention spans, communication and motor skills.

Animal Wrappers
June 2nd - 4th
9:00am - 12:00pm

Animals have many ways to protect their skin from cold, rain, germs, and other dangers. We'll explore the body coverings of our furry, feathered, and scaly friends.

Creepy Crawlies
June 16th - 18th
9:00am - 12:00pm

Bugs, worms, snakes, and more!  Creepy Crawlies camp takes a closer look at the slithery, the scaly, and the amazing animals that few people love!

Animals in Action
June 30th - July 2nd
9:00am - 12:00pm

Can you run as fast as a cheetah? Slither like a snake? Find out at Animals in Action camp! We'll survey the way animals move while meeting creatures that run, dig, leap, slither, fly, climb, and crawl!

Feeding Frenzy
July 14th - 16th
9:00am - 12:00pm

What kind of food makes your stomach growl? This camp explores the basic animal need for food. We'll meet both plant-eaters and meat-eaters while examining our own favorite foods.

Animal Homes
July 28th - 30th
9:00am - 12:00pm

Whether they live in the jungle, the sea, or our own backyard, all animals need a good, safe home to survive.  What makes an animal home just right for the animal that lives there?  We'll learn this and so much more at Animal Homes camp.

SENSE-ational Animals
August 11th - 13th
9:00am - 12:00pm

How do you figure out the world around you? Through your senses, of course! Sight, Sound, Smell - we'll explore how animals use their super-senses to find food and avoid danger.

Little Cub Camp Fees:

Non-Member: $60 per child per camp
FOCPZ Member: $53 per child per camp

Young EDventurers I for ages 6 - 8

Half-Day Camps

Your child will meet new friends and have a lot of fun in our 5-day half-day camps!
Your child will have so much fun at these camps, they won't even realize that they're learning! Extended Care services are available for pre-camp care only for $10 per child, per week, extending the camp day from 7:30-9:00am.

Nature's Nursery
June 9th - 13th
9:00am - 12:00pm

Everyone agrees that baby animals are adorable!  With their oversized eyes and clumsy bodies, they sure are hard to resist.  From pups and puggles to pollywogs - Nature's Nursery camp will explore how wild parents care for their young, and how nature has equipped them for survival.

Call of the Wild
June 23rd - 27th
9:00am - 12:00pm

What makes an animal wild?  Instincts, of course!  In this camp, students will discover how instincts shape animal behavior and survival through migration, communication, and much more.  Let Call of the Wild camp bring out the WILD in your child!

Herp, Herp, Hooray!
July 7th - 11th
9:00am - 12:00pm

"Herps" are what animal scientists call reptiles and amphibians.  These two groups of critters may share a common category, but there are many fascinating differences.  We'll meet snakes, lizards, frogs, toads, and many, many more as we explore the fantastic world of herps!

Creatures of the Night
July 21st -25th
9:00am - 12:00pm

When the sun goes down a whole new world of wildlife emerges!  Campers will meet a variety of nocturnal animals and discover first-hand how these amazing creatures make do in the dark.

Rainforest Rangers
Aug 4th- 8th
9:00am - 12:00pm

Warm, lush, green, and wet, the Tropical Rainforest is home to some amazing animals.  Campers will meet rainforest inhabitants from around the world, while learning what real-life rainforest scientists do to study and preserve this precious habitat.

YE Half-Day Camp Fees:

Non-Member: $80 per child per camp
FOCPZ Member: $73 per child per camp

Young EDventurers I for ages 6 - 8

Full-Day Camps

Your child will have so much fun at these camps, they won't even realize that they're learning! Extended Care services are available for an additional $20 per child, per week and extend the camp day from 7:30-9:00am and 4:00-5:30pm.

Creature Features
June 2nd-6th
9:00am - 4:00pm

Meet animals with amazing adaptations for getting food, staying safe, moving around, and raising young. Campers will explore the difference between physical and behavioral adaptations, while considering a few of their own uniquely human tools for survival.

Wild & Rare
June 16th-20th
9:00am - 4:00pm

Wild animals and wild places are becoming more and more rare. Guided by Zoo Educators, campers will discover some of the natural and human-made causes of endangerment and learn what they can do to help. We'll meet threatened and endangered species from around the world, while starting our own wildlife conservation project.

Critter Twitter
June 30th - July 3rd
9:00am - 4:00pm

Humans communicate in a complicated world of smart phones, texts and "tweets." Ever wonder how animals communicate with each other? Get back to basics with this special two-day camp. Animal vocalizations, body language, and other concepts will be studied. Join us for Critter Twitter camp as we explore the way animals "instant message" each other - and us!        

The Wild Within
July 14th - 18th
9:00am - 4:00pm

There's a wild animal inside of each of us - let it out at The Wild Within camp! We'll study how animals and biology affect the many facets of human life from our vertebrate body plan to our artistic endeavors. The human relationship with wildlife and our role in conservation will also be explored. 

YE Full-Day Camp Fees:

Non-Member: $120 per child per camp
FOCPZ Member: $113 per child per camp

Young EDventurers II for ages 8 - 11

Full-Day Camps

Your child can explore his or her WILD side at these GRRRR-eat summer camps! Extended Care services are available for an additional $20 per child, per week and extend the camp day from 7:30-9:00am and 4:00-5:30pm.

Secret Agent Z-OO
June 9th - 13th
9:00am - 4:00pm

Come learn about the dark and mysterious underworld of wildlife! Campers will explore how wildlife biologists use modern techniques to discover new species, how forensics can solve environmental crimes and thwart the illegal exotic pet trade, and how wildlife espionage has invaded your own home. Summer camp has never been so full of intrigue!       

Wild Design
June 23rd - 27th
9:00am - 4:00pm

Imagine if YOU ran the Zoo! Campers will get a first-hand look at what it takes to design a successful zoo - exhibits, animal health care, diet preparation, training, and more. Plus, campers will have the chance to go behind the scenes in some of the Zoo's exhibit areas.

Life on Earth
July 7th - July 11th
9:00am - 4:00pm

Our Earth is home to an infinite variety of living things yet the rest of the universe is empty-or is it?  At Life on Earth Camp, children will examine the special qualities that make our planet capable of sustaining life, survey the diverse habitats on our globe, and explore the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe.

Wildlife Heroes
July 21st - July 25th
9:00am - 4:00pm

Lots of people love wildlife but a special few have made a career out of saving it.  In this camp, students will learn about some of the extraordinary measures that wildlife conservationists are taking to help preserve the planet, as well as simple things we can all do to help.  We'll meet animal species throughout the week that are benefitting from conservation action!

Animal Behavior
Aug 4th- 8th

Animals make great science subjects for kids thanks to an array of fascinating behaviors.  In this session, campers will study the behavior of exotic animals in the captive environment through daily observations and interactions, data collection and hypothesis consideration.  We'll also learn how zoos use enrichment and training programs to manage the behavior of their animal collections and promote well-being.

YE Full-Day Camp Fees:

Non-Member: $120 per child per camp
FOCPZ Member: $113 per child per camp

Zoo Explorers Camp for ages 12 - 14
Day Camp Opportunities for ages 12-14:

Have a young teen who loves animals? This camp is the perfect opportunity to explore zookeeping careers. Students work on safe animal husbandry tasks alongside CPZ zookeepers and complete a group project throughout the week.

A Week in the Life of a Zookeeper
July 28th-Aug 1st
9:00am - 4:00pm

Getting dirty has never been so much fun! Campers participate in a variety of zookeeping tasks, including diet preparation, exhibit cleaning, animal grooming, and public education. A great way to explore animal-related careers!

Overnight Adventure Camps for ages 12-14:

Looking for a camp experience like no other? These overnight camps are specially designed to engage young teens with exciting wildlife science-based topics and hands-on learning.  Campers sleep in the Education Center.  Dinner and breakfast included.

Biomimicry Exploration
June 19th-20th
5:00pm Thursday- 11:00am Friday

Human civilization has often been about keeping nature at bay - clearing land, air-conditioning, treating disease.  But what if we look at nature not as an adversary, but as a muse?  A new generation of scientists and engineers are doing just that with an approach called Biomimicry.  Campers will get an introduction to this emerging field and find design inspiration in a variety of plant and animal sources.  We'll reverse-engineer a living organism and look towards solving real-life problems with nature's sustainable solutions.

Zoo Research After Dark
July 17th-18th
5:00pm Thursday- 11:00am Friday

Come experience the Zoo at night through the eyes of a field biologist!  Campers will get a first-hand feel for field research in this overnight expedition at the Zoo.  We'll learn how wildlife scientists study animals in their natural habitats using a variety of research equipment and techniques.  Campers will take a midnight trek to observe Zoo animals in action, and work in research teams to collect observational data. We'll share our findings over breakfast in the morning and enjoy a guest presentation from a real field biologist.

Zoo Explorers Camp Fees

Non-Member: $135 per child per day camp
$60 per child per overnight camp
FOCPZ Member: $128 per child per day camp
$53 per child per overnight camp