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What to Look for in a Zoo Camp


A child looks at a bug during zoo camp.

Zoo camp is another exciting summer camp option.

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The Benefits of Zoo Camp for Kids:

At zoo camp, kids can further develop their:
  • innate curiosity
  • critical thinking skills
  • social skills
  • self-confidence
  • compassion
  • and more

What to Look for in a Quality Program:

When inquiring about zoo camps in your area, be sure to ask the following questions:
  • What types of programs do you offer?
  • What is the counselor-to-camper ratio?
  • Do you do background checks?
  • What security precautions do you take?
  • Are medical personnel on staff?
  • What would happen in the event of an emergency?
  • Do you offer transportation to and from camp? If so, is there an additional fee?
  • Do you offer early drop off early/late pick up?
  • What is the cost?
  • What does a typical schedule at your zoo camp look like?

Where to Find a Zoo Camp Near You:

Contact local zoos and ask whether they offer a day camp option. In addition, you can also look for zoo camps online, and ask your child's teachers, as well as fellow parents, for recommendations.

Typical Zoo Camp Activities:

Zoo camps offer many fun and exciting activities, such as:
  • studying animals and habitats
  • learning how to care for animals
  • feeding animals
  • and more

For more options, read 10 Affordable Summer Camp Options.

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