Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Winter Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! We'll take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in depth investigations, and hikes around the Zoo. We'll also spend time in the classroom making crafts, using scientific tools and meeting programs animals up close.
Winter Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo is for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Extended Day Camp runs until 6pm.
All camp participants will receive a shirt, hat, water bottle, and strap. Campers must wear their Camp Zoo shirts every day. Campers will need to bring their lunch each day. We encourage you to pack your camper's lunch in a reusable container whenever possible. Refrigeration is not available; however, all lunches are kept in an air conditioned room. Campers are able to recycle paper, aluminum and plastics labeled #1- 7. Please do not send glass containers in your child's lunch.
All of our lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Young children will be introduced to nature with smaller animals, basic care giving, art projects, and very simple action projects. Older kids are introduced to more advanced activities, information, and skills to complement their development and understanding. The oldest campers, seventh and eighth grade, explore animal training, zoo careers, and visitor education. Although our lessons are developed ahead of time, we do leave room for individual self-expression, and the programs are flexible to meet the needs of each particular group.
Our instructors possess respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management, activity facilitation, and first aid.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! IMPORTANT!!!
**Campers MUST wear their Camp Zoo shirt EVERY DAY! One shirt will be included with each daily registration and those signing up for all four days at the discounted rate will receive one shirt. Additional shirts are available for only $10 (please call Reservations 602.914.4333 to purchase additional shirts).
**Pick up times for camp have changed: Full day pick up time is from 3-3:30pm. The $15 Extended Day Camp charge will be collected for campers not picked up by 3:30pm.
Winter Camp Zoo 2011 Daily Schedule
Full Day campers attend 9a.m. – 3p.m.
Extended Day Camp is from 3:00p.m. – 6p.m.
Winter Camp Zoo 2011 Fees
Four Day Registration
$200 Members $220 Non-members
One Day Registration
$55 Members $60 Non-members
Extended Day Camp
$50 for the entire week (4 days) when paid in advance or $15 per day
$1/minute for each minute after 6p.m. for late pick ups
Winter Camp Zoo 2011 Theme
The Hidden World of Zoos – Winter Style!
Glimpse 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 interactive learning activities, games, crafts and animal encounters, campers will get a chance to see what it takes to feed and care for the more than 1300 animals that live at the Phoenix Zoo. Sign up for one day, several days or the entire session and experience the Zoo like never before!
Tuesday December 27th
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. This day also includes an up-close visit from animals in the classroom and a ride down the polar slide!
Wednesday December 28th
Healthy and Happy Animals
- Campers will experience first-hand what goes into providing for the health 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. This day also includes an up-close visit from animals in the classroom and a ride down the polar slide!
Thursday December 29th
A Place to Call Home
- Campers will explore 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. This day also includes an up-close visit from animals in the classroom and a ride down the polar slide!
Friday December 30th
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 behavior and the ways that the Phoenix Zoo encourages those behaviors every day. This day also includes an up-close visit from animals in the classroom and a ride down the polar slide!