Summer day camps

June 15, 2015 - 09:00am to August 21, 2015 - 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 2015. 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)

 

Registration for summer camp opens in mid-February


Penguin Camp
(4 years through entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- noon
Weekly sessions, June 15- August 21, 2015 (program does not change week to week).  

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 15- August 21, 2015 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Critter Coverings! Discover the differences in reptiles, birds and mammals and how they survive in the wild. What are fur, feathers, and scales good for? 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 15- August 21, 2015 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

ZOOM! The Oregon Zoo and Portland Children’s Museum are “zooming” in to look at animals through the lenses of both art and science. Explore the artistic side of nature and spend half the day at the Children’s Museum 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 week. Both Children’s Museum and Zoo members will receive member discount.


Giraffe Camp
(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 15- August 21, 2015 (program does not change week to week).

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 15- August 21, 2015 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Hunter or hunted? Go on safari to discover predator and prey animals! How do they survive? 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 15- August 21, 2015 (program does not change week to week).

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. How is Oregon similar and different from other places in the world? Look for critter clues as you learn about nature in the northwest and compare our animals to their more exotic cousins from around the world. Take a special behind the scenes tour look at our Western pond turtles and see how we care for animals at the zoo and help them out in the wild.

 


Cougar Camp
(entering 5th grade)

Monday- Wedesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 15- August 21, 2015 (program does not change week to week).

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

Eco Expeditions! Investigate the strategies animals use to avoid competing with each other for food and resources. Stay late on Thursday to tour the zoo in the twilight. Visit our bats and other nocturnal animals 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- Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Overnight: Thursday 9:00 a.m.- Friday 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 15- August 21, 2015 (program does not change week to week).

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

Animal Welfare! Explore what it takes to care for zoo animals as small as an urchin and as big as an elephant. Meet a veterinarian from Banfield Pet Hospital and learn how zoo animal medicine is similar totakeing care of pets at home. You'll also take a field trip to Oxbow Park and discover how animals interact in their natural habitat. Learn about the zoo's wildlife conservation efforts and stay overnight at the zoo for an insider's look at the veterinary hospital and animal kitchen.


Wild Design

(entering 7th or 8th grade)

Monday- Wednesday, Overnight: Thursday 9:00 a.m.- Friday 4:00 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 6- August 14, 2015 (program does not change week to week).

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. Learn what animal enrichment is and why it is important to animals. 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. You'll also take a field trip to a natural area and discover how designers get people excited to explore nature. At the end of the week, spend the night at the lion exhibit (visitor side!) and wake up with the new lions!


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.

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.

Early Care:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
$25 per week

Late Care:
Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
$50 per week


All 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

 


Questions?

Contact the Education Office at:

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