Why Camp Zoo?

Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Camp Zoo. Each session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time.

All camp lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Campers engage in projects independently and within groups, which encourages individual expression and helps promote collaborative skills. Content is delivered with an awareness of campers’ development and is flexible to meet the needs of each particular group. Camp Zoo instructors have respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation.


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2017 Winter Camp Zoo

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Learn more about Winter Camp Zoo

Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Winter Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! Taking advantage of cooler temperatures, participants join in outdoor activities, such as up-close animal encounters, hands-on experiences, games, in-depth investigations and hikes around the Zoo. Participants also spend time in the classroom making crafts, using scientific tools and meeting with Zoo animal ambassadors!

Winter Camp Zoo is for students in kindergarten through 8th- grade. Camp runs from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Extended Day Camp runs until 6 p.m. 

Winter Camp Zoo 2017 Theme:
The Hidden World of Zoos – Winter Style!

Get a glimpse into the Hidden World of Zoos with Winter Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! Campers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the animals that call the Zoo home and meet the amazing people that care for them each and every day, all with a wintry twist Through games, activities, hikes and amazing animal encounters, campers will learn all about what it takes to feed and care for the more than 1,300 animals that live at the Phoenix Zoo.  Choose which day you attend based on your favorite topic, or sign up for all of Winter Camp Zoo to experience everything!

Tuesday, December 26th:  Feeding a Zoo
Campers will learn all that goes into feeding the many animals that call the Phoenix Zoo home.  They will participate in games, learning activities and behind-the-scenes experiences that all relate to feeding our animals. 

Wednesday, December 27th:  Healthy and Happy Animals
Campers will experience first-hand what goes into providing for the health and wellbeing of the animals at the Phoenix Zoo.  They will participate in games, learning activities and behind-the-scenes experiences that all relate to providing the highest level of care for our collection. 

Thursday, December 28th:  A Place to Call Home
Campers will explore different types of animal homes and ways that the Phoenix Zoo is able to create a “home” for each of its animal residents.  The day’s activities, games and behind-the-scenes experiences will help to create connections between an animal’s natural habitat and their home here at the Phoenix Zoo.

Friday, December 29th:  Animals Just Want to Have Fun!
Campers will explore the many ways that the Phoenix Zoo enriches the lives of each of its animal residents.  The day’s activities, games and behind-the-scenes experiences will all help campers create connections between an animal’s natural behaviors and the ways that the Phoenix Zoo encourages those behaviors every day.

Winter Camp Zoo 2017 Fees

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Sense of Wonder Winter Camp 2017
~ For children with orthopedic and sensory impairments ~

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Learn more about Sense of Wonder Winter Camp 2017

Combining the best experiences from our week-long camp curriculum, this one day camp experience is sure to be a memorable one! Children have fascinating adventures with the natural world through up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free-time. Sense of Wonder Camp offers a safe yet challenging educational experience designed to build a camper’s independence, confidence and skills. Campers are encouraged to develop strong relationships with their peers and to appreciate individual connections with the natural world. Although lessons are developed ahead of time, we leave room for individual self-expression and the program is flexible to meet the needs of individuals within the group.

Many children have special needs and it is not possible for one program to meet the specific needs of all children. Sense of Wonder is designed specifically for children with sensory and/or orthopedic impairments. While we do not have the staff to accommodate campers with behavioral, emotional or cognitive impairments, or who are extremely medically fragile, campers with these needs are welcome to attend when accompanied by their aide, caregiver or respite provider (who attend camp at no additional charge. Terrain at the Zoo may be difficult for some, but we select activities and behind-the-scenes experiences to maximize accessibility. Campers who will need one-on one assistance whenever they are moving are expected to provide their own guide. Campers also need to be able to communicate consistently and reliably in a verbal or non-verbal way, so camp instructors and peers can understand their needs and so the campers can fully participate in, and benefit from, the whole camp experience. If campers have communication impairments, they should be accompanied by someone who is able to facilitate communication on their behalf.

Although lessons are developed ahead of time, we leave room for individual self-expression and the program is flexible to meet the needs of individuals within the group. Instructors possess respect for and understanding of children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation. Please contact the Camp Zoo supervisor to discuss your child’s needs and ensure that Camp Zoo is a good match as part of your child’s summer schedule.

All camp participants receive a shirt, hat, water bottle and lanyard. Campers must wear their Camp Zoo shirt during camp. One shirt will be included with your registration and additional shirts are available for purchase. Camp fee also includes a small mid-morning snack.

Sense of Wonder Winter Camp 2017

Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017

Time: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fees: Member $50 General $55

For children in Kindergarten – 8th grade.

 

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Looking for Summer
Camp Zoo 2018?

 Registration opens Spring 2018

Learn more about Summer Camp Zoo

Camp Zoo1 800Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world this summer at Camp Zoo. Each week-long session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. During the mornings, we take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as water-play and hiking. In the afternoons, when the temperatures increase, more time is spent participating in indoor activities.

Two different camp topics are offered on alternating weeks, so children can attend more than one session at Camp Zoo. All camp lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Campers engage in projects independently and within groups, which encourages individual expression and helps promote collaborative skills. Content is delivered with an awareness of campers’ development and is flexible to meet the needs of each particular group.

Camp Zoo instructors have respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation.

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We encourage campers to participate in all activities as designed, and are also able to provide modified lessons and accommodations for campers with special needs. We also have special day camps designed for children with orthopedic and sensory impairments. Visit our Special Needs Programs page for information about Camp Zoo programs for children with special needs and additional information to help determine if Camp Zoo is a good fit for your child.