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Zoo Summer Camps 2014
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Summer Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!
Read about camps below, then use the blue "Register" button above.

Experience the most WILD summer camps in town! Our day camps provide a fun and safe setting where youth can make both human and animal friends. Each camp features animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, crafts, and tours that focus on inspiring children to care about wildlife, conservation, and the natural world. Pre-registration is required for all camps (except Zoo Tots). Please read the FAQs for more details about our camp program. Contact the Education Department if you have any questions: edu@lszoo.org or 218-730-4500 ext. 214.

Have a teenager? See our Zookeeper Job Shadowing Program at the bottom of this page. Or if you have a teen ages 13-17 looking for a more in-depth summer experience, click here to learn about our Zoo Crew program!
Support for Zoo Camp 2014 provided by:
  

Rates:
Camp Members Non-Members
Zoo Tots (ages 2-3) 1/2 hour
FREE $2 plus admission
Cub Club (ages 4-5) 2 hours
$13 $15
Zoo Troop (ages 6-8)
   
     Half Day (AM or PM) for 4 days
$75 $90
     Full Day (9 am - 4 pm) for 4 days
$160 $190
Eco-Explorers (ages 9-12)
   
     Half Day (AM or PM) for 4 days
$75 $90
     Full Day (9 am - 4 pm) for 4 days
$160 $190

Scholarships & Discounts: If you need to renew your zoo membership, select "member" to get the discounted member rate and you will be able to purchase a membership during check out. If you are not interested in a membership, be sure to select "I do not want a membership" during check out. Need-based scholarships are available for Zoo Troop and Eco-Explorers. Please download, print, and complete our Scholarship Request Form - do not register online. Email edu@lszoo.org or call Sarah at 218-730-4500 ext. 214 if you have any questions.

Zoo Troop & Eco-Explorers: Camp sessions run for four days (Monday-Thursday). Morning sessions start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon. Afternoon sessions start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Full day sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and include an additional fee for lunch supervision and activities - this will be added during check out if you purchase a morning and afternoon camp during the same week. Full day participants should bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase lunch at the Safari Café.

T-shirts: Our 2014 Zoo Camp t-shirts feature a snow leopard. T-shirts are optional and can be purchased for an additional $10 during check out.

Waiting Lists: Our camps fill quickly. When a camp fills, a waiting list option will appear. If you'd like to be on the waiting list, please select that option. You will not be charged for the camp at check out. If a spot becomes available, we will call the first person on the waiting list and they will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear from that person within 24 hours, we will call the next person on the waiting list.

Upon registering, you will receive more information via email one week before the camp start date. Camp teachers will pick up and drop off participants outside of the main door by the lion statues. Adults and families visiting zoo grounds during or after a camp will need to pay admission if they are not zoo members.

Zoo Tots: ages 2-3 with a favorite adult (no older siblings please)
Start your morning off right with a trip to the zoo with your toddler! Enjoy a story, activity, and a visit from one of our education animals. Explore the zoo on your own after the program. 1st & 3rd Mondays from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the pavilion. No pre-registration required. Plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m. to allow time to check in and walk to the pavilion. June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18
                                            
Cub Club: ages 4-5 (adults who stay must pay admission if not members)                                        
Tracks, Trails & Animal Tales: Come on a wildlife adventure as we follow animal tracks, leave our own trails, and hear stories about zoo animals along the way! Friday, June 27
Choose 10:00 am-12:00 or 1:00-3:00 pm
Leaps & Bounds: Learn how to move, groove, slither, and slide alongside some of the zoo's most playful critters! Friday, July 11
Choose 10:00 am-12:00 or 1:00-3:00 pm
Barnyard Buddies: Come on down to the barn and help the zookeepers care for our goats, sheep, horse, llama, and donkey! Friday, July 25
Choose 10:00 am-12:00 or 1:00-3:00 pm
Critter Keeper: Through this unique hands-on experience, learn how to help care for some of our small zoo animals. Children will discover the excitement and patience of being a zookeeper.  Friday, August 8
Choose 10:00 am-12:00 or 1:00-3:00 pm
Bear Keeper: Grab your favorite teddy bear and bring it along as we learn about brown bears and how the zookeepers care for them! Friday, August 15
Choose 10:00 am-12:00 or 1:00-3:00 pm
Zoo Troop: ages 6-8   Mornings (9 am-12 pm) Afternoons (1-4 pm) or stay all day!
Carnivore Camp (AM): Travel to the top of the food chain as we explore the lives of the world's best hunters: lions, tigers and wolves! June 9-12
mornings
Cold-Blooded Critters (PM): Slither your way to a reptilian adventure and spend the week exploring the ways of the cold-blooded critters! June 9-12
afternoons 
Zookeeper for a Week (AM): Get a behind-the-scenes look at animal care and enrichment as you experience what it's like to be a zookeeper for a week! June 23-26
mornings
Animals in Art (PM): From painting to play dough, learn about the zoo's animals through the eyes of an artist. Discover how animals make art and create your own artwork to take home! June 23-26
afternoons
Pet Pals Camp (AM): Learn about pet care while helping take care of the zoo's animals. Create toys for your pets and learn training tricks that will help you and your pet bond for life! July 7-10
mornings
Animal Expedition (PM): From tropical birds to desert tortoises, we'll take an earth expedition and learn what's unique about the world's ecosystems and the animals that live within! July 7-10
afternoons
Zookeeper for a Week (AM): Get a behind-the-scenes look at animal care and enrichment as you experience what it's like to be a zookeeper for a week! July 21-24
mornings
camp & waiting list are full
Animal Olympiad (PM): Let the games begin! Explore how animals jump, slither and fly into the record books while accomplishing amazing feats! July 21-24
afternoons
Zookeeper for a Week (AM): Get a behind-the-scenes look at animal care and enrichment as you experience what it's like to be a zookeeper for a week! August 4-7
mornings
camp & waiting list are full
Things with Wings (PM): Take off for a week with the animal kingdom's true fliers: the birds, butterflies, bugs and bats! August 4-7
afternoons
Eco-Explorers: ages 9-12   Mornings (9 am-12 pm) Afternoons (1-4 pm) or stay all day!
Animal Careers (AM): Explore careers working with animals and experience what it's like to be a zookeeper, animal trainer, biologist, and veterinarian. June 16-19
mornings
Photo Safari (PM): The zoo animals are ready for their close-ups! Learn how to take great wildlife photos while exploring animal biodiversity through the lens of a camera. Participants must provide their own digital camera, batteries, and memory card.
June 16-19
afternoons
Zooniversity (FULL DAY): Do you have what it takes to enroll in Zooniversity? If you like studying animals and exploring the wilderness, then this is the camp for you! Grab a backpack, strap on your hiking boots, and join us as we embark on a zoological adventure! June 23-26
FULL DAY
Animal Careers (AM): Explore careers working with animals and experience what it's like to be a zookeeper, animal trainer, biologist, and veterinarian. July 14-17
mornings
Zoo Dunnit? (PM): Secret animal agents wanted! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to uncover an animal mystery each day while completing challenges and visiting animals around the zoo. July 14-17
afternoons
Zookeeper Boot Camp (FULL DAY): Tie your hair back and leave the flip-flops at home! You'll have a blast getting down and dirty as you spend the week learning what it's like to work with animals at a zoo. August 11-14
FULL DAY
Zookeeper Job Shadowing: ages 13-17 $30 (includes zoo admission)
Wonder what it's like to work with animals? Spend a morning not just job shadowing but actually helping behind the scenes at the zoo! You will get to prepare animal diets, make animal enrichments, tour our veterinary clinic, watch animal training, have lunch with a zookeeper and more! Lunch included - please let us know if you have any food allergies. Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty, and be prepared to be outside. Participants are welcome to walk around the zoo on their own after lunch. Choose from:
Sat. March 22, 2014
Sat. May 3, 2014
Wed. July 9, 2014
Wed. August 20, 2014

9:00 am - 12:30 pm