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Zoo Camps

When school’s out, Zoo Camp is IN!  Nowhere else on the First Coast can your child spend all week nose-to-nose with an elephant, toe-to-toe with a flamingo, neck-to-neck with a giraffe, eye-to-eye with an anaconda or shoulder-to-shoulder with a gorilla!  All of our programs include Zoo tours, activities & games, crafts and hands-on encounters with animals everyday.  Members of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens receive discounts on Education Programs and FREE admission every time they visit. Become a Member today and take advantage of the discount right away!

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Summer Camp 2014 at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

We are excited to announce our Summer Camp schedule and topics!  We hope you’ll be able to join us this summer as we explore the Zoo, including our newest area, Land of the Tiger.

Online Registration is now open!
To register for ages 5-6, click here.
To register for ages 7-8, click here.
To register for ages 9-10, click here.
To register for ages 11-13, click here.

Zoo Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Extended care allows for drop off starting at 8:00 a.m. and pick-up by 5:00 p.m.

Members: $175/week
Non-members: $200/week
Extended care: $50/week

Ages 5-6

Kits, Chicks, and Cubs: Animal Babies
Week of:  June 16, July 7, July 21
Whether they’re scaly, feathered, or furry, some of our most popular Zoo animals have one thing in common: they’re babies! Have you ever wondered why frogs lay hundreds or even thousands of eggs, yet penguins lay just one or two eggs at a time? How do some animals survive without ever knowing their parents?  Join us as we explore eggs of all shapes and sizes, as well as different babies and family relationships in the animal kingdom!

A Week on the Wild Side
Week of: June 23, July 14, July 28
Have you ever wondered how a chinchilla can take a bath if its fur can’t get wet?  How exactly does a giraffe sleep with such a long neck? If a scorpion has a tiny mouth, how can it eat large prey?  In this camp, we’ll explore the amazing variety of ways animals accomplish some of the same activities we do on a daily basis, like eating, sleeping and even playing! 

Ages 7-8

Animal Kingdom’s Most Wanted: Animal Outlaws
Week of: June 16, July 7, July 21
Some of the animal kingdom’s most feared and reviled animals are actually amazing creatures that play an important role in their environment.  Join us as we take a closer look at these often misunderstood animals.  We’ll meet a wide range of creatures with a bad reputation including bees, alligators, and mountain lions.  Along the way, we’ll gain a new appreciation of the roles these animals play in nature.

Nature’s Wildest Jobs
Week of: June 23, July 14, July 28
Every plant and animal in a habitat has an important role to play.  In this camp, we’ll explore some of the animal kingdom’s most intriguing and important jobs.  We’ll learn how a naked mole rat colony runs so efficiently, why a gopher tortoise is such a valuable roommate, how animals help humans, and more!

Ages 9-10

Extreme Animals
Week of: June 16, July 7, July 21
From the top of Mt. Everest to the depths of the Mariana Trench, Earth is home to some breathtaking extremes.  All over the planet, plants and animals have adapted to survive in even the harshest conditions.  Join us for this camp as we travel around the world meeting animals with extreme adaptations for survival. 

Zoo Lab
Week of: June 23, July 14, July 28
Have you ever wondered how a polar bear stays warm while swimming in chilly Arctic waters?  Do turtles have a favorite color?  How exactly does a carnivorous plant digest its prey?  Join us for a week full of hands-on experiments to help answer some of nature’s most fascinating questions!

Ages 11-13

Backstage at the Zoo
Week of: June 16, July 7, July 21
Everyone knows that a great Zoo can’t operate without excellent keepers, but most people don’t realize that there’s a wide array of professionals who keep the Zoo at the forefront of conservation, education, and fun!  This camp will explore some of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ most interesting and important jobs.  Join us as we meet zoo keepers, exhibit designers, horticulture experts, and more!

Week of: June 23, July 14, July 28
Step into nature, and you’re instantly surrounded by inspiration! Join us as we explore the intersection of biology with art, architecture, and even clothing design! We’ll look into swim suits that mimic shark skin, learn some lessons from termites about architecture, and maybe even get inspiration for an invention or masterpiece of our own!

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