For campers ages 3-11 take a prehistoric stroll through “Seas and Swamps”, find out what is growing on at the zoo in “Agriculture Adventures”, discover the natural world in “Zoo Explorers”, and take a sneak peek at our upcoming African exhibit in “Savanna Safari”. All sessions foster an appreciation and understanding of animals and nature through live animal interactions, animal observations, games, arts and crafts, and other exciting activities.
For our campers ages 11-17,explore the world of zoo keeping in “Jr. Zookeeper”, dive into the depths of the ocean in “Jr. Marine Biologist”, and foster your camper’s love of the environment in “Conservation Celebration”.
Cubby Camp, 9AM - 12PM Ages: 3-5 Enjoy learning with games, art, projects, and fun. Children will engage in a hands-on learning atmosphere and should bring a change of clothes. Each class will include an educational animal visit. A snack will be provided during the morning. Cubby Camp hours are from 9:00AM to 12:00PM only. Must be potty trained.
Adventure Camp, 9AM - 4PM Ages: 5-11 All sessions of Adventure Camp foster an appreciation for and understanding of animals and nature through live animal interactions, animal observations, games, arts & crafts, and many other exciting activities. Each session will include a morning and afternoon snack. Please bring your own lunch. Adventure Camp hours are from 9:00AM to 4:00PM with extended care available for an additional fee. Campers will be grouped by age. Each week campers receive a Fresno Chaffee Zoo Camp T-shirt.
Young Naturalist, 9AM - 4PM, (Jr Zookeeper 8:30-3:30) Ages: 11-17 Older students will enjoy an opportunity for more in-depth explorations with our Young Naturalist program. Scientific zoo-related topics offer hands-on nature study and investigation. Each class will include a behind-the-scenes experience with a zoo keeper or a visit with an education animal. Extended care available for an additional fee. Each daily course includes a morning and afternoon snack, and campers are asked to bring their own lunch.
Zoo Explorers June 16-20, 2014 July 14-18, 2014
Bring your love of nature and exploration to the zoo. We will learn how to use a field guide to identify animals and their behaviors. Learn the principles of conservation and how each of us can become stewards of the environment. Each participant will receive their very own Fresno Chaffee Zoo canvas backpack with all of the equipment needed to become an official Zoo Explorer. An additional fee of $30 per student is required to cover additional materials.
Agriculture Adventures June 23-27, 2014 July 21-25, 2014 –Adventure Camp only
Come meet the animals of Valley Farm and learn about life cycles in the garden. Explore the connections between exotic and domestic plants and animals. Campers will examine the contribution the San Joaquin Valley makes to the world’s agricultural supply.
Seas & Swamps June 30-July 3, 2014 –Adventure Camp only July 28-August 1, 2014
From Megalodons to mangrove forests this camp will explore species from all times and regions that make seas and swamps their homes. From reptiles to fish to mammals, this camp will explore how different creatures make a living for themselves in these aquatic areas.
Zoo Medley August 4-8, 2014
Visit the reptiles, watch the otters play, explore the zoo on a scavenger hunt, and so much more! In this final week of Summer Camp we will highlight the most exciting adventures from each week of Zoo Adventures Summer Camp.
Young Naturalist Topics and Dates
Jr ZooKeeper June 16-20, 2014 July 14-18, 2014 PLEASE NOTE CAMP TIMES: 8:30 am - 3:30pm
Come experience life as a keeper at the zoo! Mornings will be spent assisting Zookeepers with their daily tasks in feeding, cleaning and caring for reptiles, mammals or birds. Afternoons will include discussions on Zoo careers, interactive games and projects related to animal science and the Zoo environment.
Jr. Marine Biologist June 30-July 3, 2014
Ocean creatures are the focus of this camp designed for campers excited about all things Marine. We will explore animal from the depths of the oceans to the coastal cliffs of the seashore. Camp concludes with a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Conservation Celebration July 21-25, 2014
Discover the wonder of how animals, plants and humans are intertwined in the conservation of our natural world. Experience up-close encounters with native species, absorb the wisdom of our resident field biologist Burleigh “the Bat Lady,” and put your new knowledge to use in a field expedition to explore local conservation efforts right here in the San Joaquin Valley.