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!


  Summer Camp


The WILDEST summer camp in town is at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens! Animal-crazed kids can spend a fun-filled week of Zoo hikes, hands-on animal encounters with our Education Animal Ambassadors, behind-the-scenes tours, crafts, activities, games and more! Don't delay - classes fill up fast!

Last chance to see the DINOSAURS before they are gone! Special DINOSAUR camp week of June 27th. Travel back in time as we study DINOSAURS and compare and contrast them with their modern-day relatives! Campers will be visiting our featured exhibit, Destination: DINO!

Camp Dates and Times

Weekly sessions from June 13th - August 5th, 2016 for campers K-8th grade.
Campers should register for the grade they are entering in the fall.

Camp Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm*

Extended Care: 7:45am-8:45am and 4:15pm-5:15pm

*Regular drop off will be between 8:45pm-9:00am
*Regular pick up with be between 4:00pm-4:15pm


Camp Details


Kindergarten - 1st Grade

A Week on the Wild Side
Weeks of: June 13th, July 11th, and July 25th (weeks of June 13th and July 25th SOLD OUT)

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 had 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!

Oh Baby!
Weeks of June 20th, July 18th, and August 1st (weeks of June 20th and July 18th SOLD OUT)
Whether they're scaly, feathered, or furry, without a doubt the cutest 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 what it's like to grow up wild and learn about family relationships found in the animal kingdom!

Prehistoric Parade
Week of June 27th ONLY - (SOLD OUT)

You know them by name... Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus Rex... but just how much do you really know about these famous prehistoric celebrities? In camp, we will explore the bodies, lives, and demise of the most famous dinosaurs and discover how those characteristics can be seen in the creatures we have roaming the earth today.


2nd - 3rd Grade

The Unhuggables
Weeks of June 13th, July 11th, and July 25th (weeks of June 13th and July 25th - SOLD OUT)
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 bed reputation including bees, snakes, 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
Weeks of: June 20th, July 18th, and August 1st
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!

Dinosaur Discoveries
Week of June 27th ONLY - (SOLD OUT)

We often talk about animal adaptations but what about the dinosaurs? What specific bones helped this particular dinosaur carry its large weight around? Why does one dinosaur walk on two legs while another on four? What do dinosaurs have in common with animals we see in our own backyard? How might modern animals have evolved from dinosaurs? We will look further into these questions and more as we dig into the Age of Dinosaurs. Through clues paleontologists have uncovered, we will piece together these mysterious creatures and discover how they compare to the animals that are alive today.


4th-5th Grade

Extreme Animals
Weeks of: June 13th, July 11th, and July 25th
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
Weeks of: June 20th, July 18th, and August 1st

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!

Dinosaur Discoveries
Week of June 27th ONLY
We often talk about animal adaptations but what about the dinosaurs? What specific bones helped this particular dinosaur carry its large weight around? Why does one dinosaur walk on two legs while another on four? What do dinosaurs have in common with animals we see in our own backyard? How might modern animals have evolved from dinosaurs? We will look further into these questions and more as we dig into the Age of Dinosaurs. Through clues paleontologists have uncovered, we will piece together these mysterious creatures and discover how they compare to the animals that are alive today.


6th-8th Grade

Backstage at the Zoo
Weeks of: June 13th, July 11th, and July 25th

Everyone knows that a great Zoo can't operate without caring keepers and vets, 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!

Bioinspiration
Weeks of: June 20th, July 18th, and August 1st

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 invitation or masterpiece of our own!

The Paleontologist's Adventurers' Club
Week of June 27th ONLY

Grab your intellectual chisels and brushes and start digging! Join us as delve into the world of paleontology by chipping away at the layers of rock to unearth the nuts and bolts of our prehistoric pals. Our exploration will take us through the millions of years that led up to the present day. By dissecting these tiny artifacts, we will get an enormous evolutionary glimpse into what life was like throughout the periods of time before, during, and after dinosaurs walked the earth.


Pricing Information

Members
$195 per week, per child
$50 for Extended Care per week, per child
$30 for pre-ordered bagged lunch per week, per child

Non-Members
$220 per week, per child
$50 for Extended Care per week, per child
$30 for pre-ordered bagged lunch per week, per child

Bagged Lunch
Choice of: Hamburger, Hot Dog, or Veggie Burger
Bagged Lunch: $30 per week, per child

*Each lunch comes with chips, animal crackers and a juice pouch
**Bagged lunches are not covered under the CHASE scholarship

Registration

  K-1st Grade Registration HERE
  2-3rd Grade Registration HERE
  4-5th Grade Registration HERE
  6-8th Grade Registration HERE

  Campers should register for the grade they are entering in the fall.

**To be placed on the waiting list for sold out camp weeks, please email dansonm@jacksonvillezoo.org

Cancellation Policy

The Education Department will issue a full refund if the cancellation occurs at least two weeks before the program's start date. If the cancellation occurs within the two week time frame, a refund decision will be made at the discretion of the Education Curator. For questions, please contact education@jacksonvillezoo.org.

 

Educational programs presented by CHASE.

 


If you have any questions, email education@jacksonvillezoo.org or call 904.757.4463 ext. 122