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Kids for Nature Summer Camp

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Spend a WILD week at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo! You’ll explore the Zoo, visit friendly animals, meet zookeepers and make new friends in this unique summer adventure.

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Zooper Senses: How do animals use their senses to move around their world? Join in as we intentionally listen, see, smell, and feel around the Zoo to connect to animals in a new, exciting way.

Fee: $125

Dates:

  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 9:00-12:00pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 9:00-12:00pm (this session is full)
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 9:00-12:00pm
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 9:00-12:00pm
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 9:00-12:00pm

Animals in Action: Get ready to slither, hop, and waddle along as campers meet some amazing animals in motion!

Fee: $125

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 9:00-12:00pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 9:00-12:00pm (this session is full)
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 9:00-12:00pm (this session is full)
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 9:00-12:00pm (this session is full)
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 9:00-12:00pm

Animal Tales: Animals will jump right off the page as your favorite nature stories come to life! Start your morning off by enjoying storybook tales full of wonder and adventure. Campers will create lasting memories and dream up their very own Zoo story!

Fee: $125

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 9:00-12:00pm
  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 9:00-12:00pm
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 9:00-12:00pm
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 9:00-12:00pm
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 9:00-12:00pm
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 9:00-12:00pm

Animal Builders: From complex webs to intricate nests, campers will uncover the unique structures that could only be made by nature’s diverse builders.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)

Nature’s Artists: Art is not only found in museums or galleries – it’s all around us! What do you see? What excites you?  Become inspired by nature’s beautiful textures, colors, shapes, and patterns as campers create wild masterpieces all week long.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30am-3pm(this session is full)
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)

Animal Acrobats: Do you ever wonder how monkeys balance in a tree? Or how sea lions tumble through the waves? Move your way through the Zoo while we meet the amazing acrobats of the animal kingdom.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/5- 7/9 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)

Creative Critters: Some of the most imaginative art comes from animal artists.  Influenced by the Zoo’s wild backdrop and natural palette, campers will explore their creative side with unconventional materials found in nature!

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm

Wild Kitchen: Get the inside scoop of how we feed 1,000 animals every single day! Discover the wild world of animal food groups, nutrition, and Zoo diets that keep our animals healthy all year long.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm

Animal Olympics: The animal kingdom has some incredible athletes with some amazing record holders. From super sprinters to long jumpers, compare your own skills to animals’ abilities in a week of interactive Zoo activities.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm

Conservation Quest:  Embark on a journey to learn all about endangered animals here at the Zoo and around the world. Together, we will question, uncover, and explore ways we can start making a difference, as campers get a glimpse at conservation efforts here and globally.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm

Zoo Sleuth: Put your detective skills to the test as we investigate tracks, fur, and animal signs to uncover and interpret nature’s intriguing mysteries!

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30-3pm

Exhibit Engineers: Learn the ins and out of Zoo exhibit design as campers discover how our Zoo Keepers prepare habitats for our animal residents! We will investigate important animal needs and go behind the scenes for an insider look at how we meet and exceed those needs every day.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 8:30-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)

Zoo Careers: If you love animals, there are many different fields to explore! Whether you want to be an animal researcher, veterinarian, or commissary technician, spend a week exploring your animal interests as we get to see what a day in the life is like for the various Zoo team members.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/21-6/25 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm

Conservation Heroes: Do you want to make an impact on animals around the world and in your own backyard? Become a wildlife conservationist with a week full of conservation projects practiced by today’s cutting-edge scientists.

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 6/21-6/125 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/12-7/16 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30am-3pm

Junior Zoologist: Immerse yourself in the world of animal science and Zoology as you learn some of the biology, behavior, and ecology knowledge that make our Zoo Keepers amazing at what they do!

Fee: $175

Dates:

  • 6/7-6/11 M-F 8:30am-3pm (this session is full)
  • 6/14-6/18 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 6/28-7/2 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/5-7/9 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/19-7/23 M-F 8:30am-3pm
  • 7/26-7/30 M-F 8:30am-3pm

During the COVID 19 pandemic, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will be adhering to current policies recommended at the time of your Summer Camp.

Registration

All programs require advance registration and openings are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Register online; no phone registrations will be accepted. You will receive confirmation of your registration.

Click here to read the Zoo’s Consent, Medical, and Photo Policies for camp participants. You will be asked to agree to these policies during the registration process.

Kids for Nature Campership Fund

To apply for a Kids for Nature Campership for your child, contact us at 260-427-6808 or education@kidszoo.org.

Before and After Camp Care

Before and After Camp Care is available for Kids for Nature Summer Camp only. For more information contact the Zoo Education Department at 260-427-6808 or education@kidszoo.org.

Age & Cancellation Policy

Children must meet age requirements on the first day of all programs (no exceptions). Programs are held rain or shine. Refunds (minus 10% processing fee) are available if you cancel at least 2 weeks in advance. No refund if you cancel less than 2 weeks in advance. The Zoo reserves the right to cancel camps with insufficient registration. In the event of such a cancellation, all of your fees will be refunded.

Questions

Questions? Please contact our Education Department at 260-427-6808 or education@kidszoo.org.

Kids for Nature Summer Camp is presented by

Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio, Chuck & Lisa Surack

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