Summer day camps

June 16, 2014 - 09:00am to August 29, 2014 - 04:00pm
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At Oregon Zoo summer camps, children 4 years old to youth entering eighth grade explore the habits and daily lives of some of the zoo's residents. Each week-long camp includes a lot of learning and fun, with crafts, songs, stories, snacks, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo. Regular summer zoo events and shows are incorporated into camp each week. Students are grouped by the grade they are entering school for fall 2014. Please note that camps do not change from week to week.  Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Week-long summer day camps are available for children:

4 years through entering kindergarten (Penguin Camp- mornings only)
Entering kindergarten (Lion Camp)
Entering 1st grade (Tiger Camp)
Entering 2nd grade (Giraffe Camp)
Entering 3rd grade (Rhino Camp)
Entering 4th grade (Otter Camp)
Entering 5th grade (Cougar Camp)
Entering 6th grade (Animal Investigators)
Entering 7th or 8th grade (Wild Design)
Entering 8th or 9th grade (Oxbow Explorers)

 

Register now for summer camp 


Penguin Camp
(4 years through entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- noon
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). The week of June 30th is a four day week with a reduced fee.

Zoo members:$135
Non members: $155 

 Animal Acrobatics! Run, fly, climb, swim, dig and slither — discover how animals move. Learn how animals get around in the trees, on the ground and even in the ocean. You'll get a chance to meet some of the zoo's movers and shakers up close!

 


Lion Camp
(entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). The week of June 30th is a four day week with a reduced fee.

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Critter Coverings! What makes a mammal a mammal and not a bird? How do scales help a snake move? Uncover these and many other animal mysteries as you examine fur, feathers, skin and scales from around the globe.

 


Tiger Camp
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). The week of June 30th is a four day week with a reduced fee.

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Habitat Trek! Explore the artistic side of nature and spend half of the day at the Portland Children's Museum new Outdoor Adventure Space using paint, drawing and other art media to explore what makes a habitat. Spend the rest of the day at the zoo learning about all the animals that call different habitats home. Please note: Campers will remain with the same staff throughout the day. Children's Museum members also receive the zoo member rate.


Giraffe Camp
(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). The week of June 30th is a four day week with a reduced fee.

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Adaptation Adventures! Discover how every animal has adaptations to help it survive. Compare the adaptations of the forest dwelling cougar to the cheetah that live on the grassy plains. Learn why some animals can live in the cold oceans and others are suited for warm rainforests.


 

Rhino Camp
(entering 3rd grade)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). The week of June 30th is a four day week with a reduced fee.

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Hunter or hunted? Lions and tigers and otters-- oh my! Discover the challenges of being a predator and the risks of being prey. Learn the strategies hunters big and small use to find their food and explore some of the tricks prey species use to get away.

 


Otter Camp
(entering 4th grade)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). The week of June 30th is a four day week with a reduced fee.

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Wild Northwest! From the mountains to the coast and forest to farm, discover some wild neighbors that share our state. Go on a forest hike, count birds, dig for bugs, search for scat and look for other critter clues as you learn about nature in the northwest and compare our animals to their more exotic cousins from around the world.

 


Cougar Camp
(entering 5th grade)

Monday- Tuesday and Thursday- Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). No camp available the week of June 30th.

Zoo members:$275
Non members: $315
(Includes Wednesday dinner)

Eco Expeditions! Investigate the strategies animals use to avoid competing with each other for food and resources. Stay late on Wednesday to tour the zoo in the twilight. Visit our bats, help us gather information about their behavior and learn about some of the creatures who are just waking up when you're getting ready for bed.


 

Animal Investigators 
(entering 6th grade)

Monday- Tuesday, Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Overnight: Wednesday 9:00 a.m.- Thursday 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). No camp available the week of June 30th.

Zoo members:$320
Non members: $366
(Includes Wednesday dinner, Thursday breakfast and Thursday lunch)

Wildlife Careers! What do wheelbarrows, scales, stopwatches and scuba tanks have in common? All these and more are tools zoo staff uses to take care of our animals. Meet a veterinarian from Banfield Pet Hospital and learn how zoo animal medicine is similar to being a responsible pet owner at home. As a special treat, you'll spend Wednesday night at the zoo.

 

Animal Investigators summer day camp is supported by Banfield Pet Hospital.


Wild Design

(entering 7th or 8th grade)

Monday- Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Overnight: Thursday 9:00 a.m.- Friday 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 16- August 29, 2014 (program does not change week to week). No camp available the week of June 30th.

Zoo members:$340
Non members: $390
(Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and Friday lunch)

Architecture for the Animals! Discover the many skills and talents that go into making naturalistic exhibits for animals big and small. Explore how animals, keepers and guests influence how a zoo exhibit looks and what it takes to keep animals healthy. Learn how the zoo builds exhibits and build one of your own. Spend Thursday night at OMSI and see how their exhibits get made and try your hand at prototyping some designs.


Oxbow Explorers 

(entering 8th or 9th grade)

Monday- Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 28-Aug 1, 2014 and Aug 4-8, 2014 only (program does not change week to week). 

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Take a walk on the wild side. Explore nature where it happens. Experience the great outdoors through in-depth experiences in nature at Oxbow Park. Explore the banks of a river and hike through ancient trees of an old growth forest. Each day will focus on a different nature and observation skill. Develop tracking and survival skills, learn bird language and much more in this new outdoor experience.

Please note: Oxbow Explorers does not spend any time at the zoo. Drop off and pick up take place ONLY at Oxbow Park. Early care, late care and sack lunch are not available for purchase for this camp. Campers must pack lunch daily.
Please see directions to Oxbow Park.


Sack Lunches

Sack lunches are sold for a full week only. We do not offer lunch on a day to day basis. Lunch is not available for Penguin Camp or Oxbow Explorers.

Lion through Cougar Camp lunch fees: $25/ week
Animal Investigators and Wild Design lunch fees: $20/ week

All meals come with a vegetarian option and choice of water or juice. Sample entree items could include hot dogs, mac & cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets and will change from day to day. All meals include fruit, carrot sticks and dessert. We are unable to accomodate special diets. If your child has dietary restrictions please pack a lunch daily.


Extended Care

Children are supervised in a classroom with a variety of animal themed free choice learning activities. Pre-registration is required. Extended care is not available for Oxbow Explorers.

Early Care:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
$25 per full week, $20 for June 30th week

Late Care:
Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
$50 per full week, $40 for June 30th week


Short week of camp

Due to the Independence Day holiday, there will be no camp on July 4th. That camp will start on Monday, June 30th and run for four days at a reduced fee.

Penguin Camp Fees (June 30th week only)- Zoo member: $108, Non member: $124
Lion through Otter Camp fees (June 30th week only)- Zoo member: $208, Non member: $236
Early Care (June 30th week only)- $20
Late Care (June 30th week only): $40
Sack lunch (June 30th week only): $20

Register for the short week of camp.


All zoo based camps include:

Tours of the entire zoo over the course of the week
Hands-on learning activities
Animal visits in the classroom
Songs
Art projects
Learning games
Stories
Snacks
ZooCamp t-shirt

Oxbow Explorers camp will include hands-on learning activities, learning games, outdoor skills, songs and a t-shirt.


Questions?

Contact the Education Office at:

tracy.modde@oregonzoo.org
503-220-2781