Zoo Summer Camp

 

2022 Zoo Summer Camps

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Zoo Members receive $20 off each full-day camp and $10 off each preschool half-day camp. Members were emailed their discount codes through the member newsletter, “Z-News” in December.

 

Summer Camps for Preschoolers Ages 3 & 4

(All Preschool Summer Camps are 9 am to 12 pm on date offered)

Spots and Stripes: Learn about animal coloration and the adaptations they use to survive – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$125 per toddler per week: June 13th – June 17th and June 27th – July 1st, and July 18th – July 22nd

Monkey See Monkey Do: Learn about how animals use their senses – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$125 per toddler per week: June 20th – June 24th, July 11th – July 15th, and  July 25th – July 29th 

Summer Camps for Kids Entering Kindergarten to 7th Grade

(All Zoo Summer Camps are 9 am to 3 pm)

Entering Kindergarten to 1st Grade 

Scales, Feathers, and Fur: Learn about the different animal groups – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: June 20th – June 24th, July 4th – July 8th, and August 1st – August 5th 

Hop To It: Learn about how animals get around – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: June 27th – July 1st, July 18th – July 22nd, and July 25th – July 29th


Entering 2nd to 3rd Grade 

African Safari: Learn about the animals that call Africa home – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: June 13th – June 17th, July 4th – July 8th, and August 1st – August 5th 

Catch Me If You Can: Learn how animals catch food and avoid being caught – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: June 27th – July 1st, July 11th – July 15th, and July 25th – July 29th 


Entering 4th to 5th Grade 

African Adventure: Learn about the animals that live in Africa. – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: June 20th – June 24, and July 18th – July 22nd 

Invaded: Learn about invasive species and animal niches. – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: July 4th – July 8th and August 1st – August 5th 


Entering 6th to 7th Grade 

Secret Wildlife Agent: Do you have the skills to be an animal agent? – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: June 13th – June 17th 

Junior Keeper: Learn all about the zoo and how we care for the animals – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: July 11th – July 15th 


Entering Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Party Animal: Spend the week playing games and learning more about the zoo animals! – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: August 8th – August 12th 


Entering 3rd – 5th Grade – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

Party Animal: Spend the week playing games and learning more about the zoo animals! – SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY

$210 per child per week: August 8th – August 12th 

 

Camp Registration Now Open!

Use the link below to register through CampDoc, our camp registration system.

REGISTER/WAITLIST

Charges will appear on your bank statement from:

DocNetwork, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI)

Please do not refute the charges, as your camper may not attend camp if the funds have not gone through.

 

FAQ/Guidelines

How do I get my child on the waitlist for camp? And how will I know if they get off the waitlist?

You can add your child to any waitlist in their age range using the CampDoc registration system. See link below to get onto CampDoc:
https://app.campdoc.com/!/?r=abilenezoo

If you have not accessed it before, you will need to create a profile and then add your children to this profile. Once this is done you can click on their profiles and then “registration.” Then select “Register for a new session.” All available camps for that age will be visible. If the camp is sold out, you will see “(Waitlist)” in red. Click on the camp(s) you want to try and get into and then continue through the pages to get onto the waitlist(s). If your child is moved from the waitlist into a camp, you receive an automated e-mail from CampDoc.

I missed camp registration this year! How can I be informed about camp registration ahead of time in future years?

Provide an email address when you become a zoo member and you will automatically be added to our Z-News member-only newsletter! Zoo members are informed ahead of time through this system about camp registration start dates. If you are a zoo member, make sure you do not unsubscribe from these newsletters, as you may miss camp information.
Become a member at this link: https://abilenezoo.org/become-a-member/

How do I receive my zoo membership discount?

When registering through CampDoc there will be a question asking if you have any coupons or scholarships. Select “Yes” and enter the code that you received in the member email newsletter. If you need the code, please email us at zoo.education@abilenetx.gov.

I’m a member but forgot to enter my member discount code. Can I still receive my discount?

Yes, you can! Email us at zoo.education@abilenetx.gov.

My child has special needs, can they still attend camp?

The Abilene Zoo strives to accommodate all interested children. Please understand that our camps are very active, with multiple transitions and sensory changes throughout the day. All campers are expected to follow directions and safety rules.

Please provide us with the tools necessary to give your child the best possible experience at Zoo Camp by informing us of all special considerations prior to your child’s first day of camp. This may include information on allergies, accessibility concerns, behavioral, psychological or emotional conditions or other special needs. Details of any Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Behavior Plans used with your child at school can often be helpful.

Can I send money with my child to buy lunch at the zoo?

Do not send money to camp with your child for any reason. Campers are not permitted to purchase any items from the zoo concession stand, gift shop or vending machines.

Do I need to pack a lunch for my child?

Preschool camps are only half day and do not include a lunch break. All other campers MUST bring a sack lunch. Please pack a lunch for your child each day and send with a reusable water bottle. We cannot refrigerate or microwave any food for your child.

Can my child bring their favorite toy to camp?

Books, toys, stuffed animals, cell phones, electronics, money should all be left at home. We are not responsible for lost items and these items can be a distraction to other campers.

What should my child wear to camp?

Comfortable, loose fitting clothing appropriate for the hot Texas summer weather. Closed-toed shoes, no sandals or flip flops. Your campers will be doing quite a bit of walking in the zoo and may be running and playing during the lunch break.

Will my child meet animals during camp?

Yes, we allow your child to meet and touch our smaller ambassador animals. These animals include reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and mammals. They may also get the chance to feed the giraffe.

Can I register my child for a topic/group outside of their age group?

Each topic is developed with age-appropriate techniques and measures. As such, age/grade level requirements are not negotiable and are strictly enforced. 

Is there a cancelation policy?

If unable to attend a scheduled camp, please notify us within two weeks of the camp start for a refund, minus the $75 non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be given for unattended days of camp.

How can I get in contact with you?

To contact any members of our education team, please email zoo.education@abilenetx.gov

 

Abilene Zoo Summer Camp operates under a Single Skill Exemption from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.