Summer Zoo Camp




The Fort Worth Zoo’s popular summer camp includes nine weeks of exciting themed adventures for children age 3 to sixth grade, featuring crafts and other wild activities, new technology, animal visitors, and of course, Zoo excursions. Participants can sign-up for any number of weeks they like – one, two or all nine – and Summer Zoo Camp sessions are offered Monday through Friday all summer from June 11 to Aug. 15 (excluding the week of June 30 and mini-camp the week of June 9).

Summer Zoo Camp is offered in morning sessions for children age 3 to kindergarten and all-day sessions for first through sixth grade. Please note that all Summer Zoo Camp participants must be fully toilet trained and need no assistance when using the restroom. Students will spend a considerable time outside; make sure your child has walking shoes and is dressed every day for the elements.

Summer Zoo Camp FAQs

Times

Age 3 to kindergarten 9 a.m. to noon (half-day sessions)
Grades 1 through 6 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (full-day sessions)*

*Before-care is available for all campers. After-care is available for full-day campers only. Before-care campers may be dropped off after 8 a.m. and after-care campers must be picked up by 5 p.m.

Fees


The fees listed below are charged per camper, per week.
Registration fees include guided Zoo tours, keeper chats, snacks, craft activities and a Summer Zoo Camp T-shirt (required to be worn daily). Full-day campers will need to bring their own lunch daily. Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.

Full-day session $225
Half-day session $170
Before-care $30
After-care $30
Before- and after-care $50
Additional T-shirt $10
Fort Worth Zoo water bottle (optional) $3


To register, click on the link below your desired camp theme.

To make a Buddy Request, please click here. Only campers in the following classes require buddy requests: 3- and 4-year-olds, kindergarten and grades one and two. It is not necessary to fill out buddy requests for grades three through six or for siblings who are in the same camp class.

Themes


All age groups will study the same theme each week.

Week of Theme
June 11 to 13 The Buzz on Bugs (three-day mini-camp)
There’s no time like summertime to study insects, the mysterious creepy, crawly, flying, buzzing creatures around us. Campers will learn how to identify an insect from other arthropods, investigate how and what insects eat, where they live and what their benefit is in our shared world. This three-day camp is $150 for full-day campers and $100 for half-day campers. Click here to register.
June 16 Texas: Our Big Backyard
From mountains and deserts to beautiful coastal landscapes, Texas has one of the most unique backyards in the whole world. This camp will showcase the animals in our big backyard and compare them to their counterparts across the world. Click here to register.
June 23 Animal SOS: Save Our Species
The Fort Worth Zoo’s commitment to conservation requires the hard work of staff around the clock and around the world. From dedicating time and resources to other forms of support, there are many ways we can save endangered species from disappearing. Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of animals at home and abroad.
Click here to register.
July 7 The Hunger Game: Predators vs. Prey
In the never-ending game of predator vs. prey, one always emerges victorious. Will the predator catch a meal? Will the prey live to see another day? May the odds be forever in your favor! This camp will increase awareness and appreciation of the predator/prey relationship that animals exhibit in various ecosystems. Click here to register.
July 14 iPlay
The Fort Worth Zoo is an outstanding place to live, learn and play! Enrichment techniques are utilized by Zoo staff every day to provide animals with opportunities to express natural behaviors, such as foraging, exploring and playing. These techniques not only keep paws, tails, beaks and mouths busy, but also promote well-being and improve physical health for the animals. This camp will utilize crafts, games and activities to dive into the exciting world of animal enrichment.
Click here to register.
July 21 Zoo Tycoons
Building a zoo is fun, hard work! Do you have what it takes to create a zoo of your very own? Put your design skills and animal knowledge to the test to construct a world-class zoo and become a Zoo Tycoon.
Click here to register.
July 28 Making Tracks
Grab your passport and strap on your hiking boots this summer as the Fort Worth Zoo explores new cultures and remarkable animals from across the globe. Broaden your horizons as we play new games, learn new words and make tracks to understand more about the extraordinary bond between humans and animals. Click here to register.
Aug. 4 Creative Critters
The exceptional and unique animals of the Fort Worth Zoo are sure to ignite your passion for fine arts this summer. Expand your artistic talents as we discover some of nature’s most incredible vocalists, dancers, painters and more. Click here to register.
Aug. 11 If I Ran the Zoo (This camp is for 3- and 4-year-olds.)
Send your tiny animal lovers to the Fort Worth Zoo this summer to investigate the many amazing tasks zookeepers accomplish every day. Exciting Zoo tours and fun activities will ignite in even the youngest of campers a passion for feeding, cleaning and taking care of animals.
Click here to register.

Middle School Mini-Camps


New for 2014, Middle School Mini-camps are for children entering seventh and eighth grades. For three days only, June 30 to July 2, Middle School students can choose from one of two themed camps – Photo Camp or Junior Career Camp – each include Zoo excursions, themed activities, animal presentations and more.

Times


June 30 to July 2
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (full-day session)*
Grades 7 to 8

*Before-care is available for all campers. After-care is available for full-day campers only.

Fees


The fees listed below are charged per camper.

Registration fees include guided Zoo tours, keeper chats, snacks, craft activities and a Summer Zoo Camp T-shirt (required to be worn daily). Full-day campers will need to bring their own lunch daily. Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.

Full-day session $225
Before-care $30
After-care $30
Before- and After-care $50
Additional T-shirt $10
Fort Worth Zoo water bottle (optional) $3

Registration for Middle School Mini-camps opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 4. To register, click on the link below your desired camp theme.

Themes


Junior Career Camp
Junior Career Camp is designed for middle school students who are interested in zoological sciences, wildlife conservation and animal-related careers. During this three-day camp, participants are introduced to animal care, husbandry, maintenance and training. They will also learn about the daily schedules of animal staff, participate in animal care activities and attend presentations given by the Zoo staff. Click here to register.

Photo Camp
Students will learn the techniques of both animal and basic digital photography during Photo Camp. Participants will also gain experience in post-production. This camp is designed for teens without formal photography training who are more interested in Zoo photography than learning advanced technical photography. Click here to register.


For more information, contact the Education Department:

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7200
fax: 817-759-7201
email: education@fortworthzoo.org

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