A parent of resident Zoo School Summer campers, Ms. Dana, wrote a special blog on her experience with Zoo camps.
My sons have been attending camps at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for the past 8 years. They just love coming back year after year. The experiences have always been fresh and fun at every age level.
As younger campers, they enjoyed animal art camps, animal photography camps, and had many animal encounters both in the zoo and in their classrooms. As they got older, the opportunities grew and they were able to experience animal training and try out what it means to be part of the Animal Care Staff in the zoo. They were even able to work inside some of the animal habitats!
I love all of the hands-on and interactive experiences they have had at Zoo camp. They are active every day and always come home with interesting stories about what they saw and did at the Zoo. I have watched their self confidence grow through all these camp experiences.
Another aspect of Zoo Camp that I appreciate is that the counselors are certified teachers. Not only is camp fun, but the counselors also teach them so much about the animals at the zoo, the environment and how we can all help with saving species from manatees to African elephants.
Something new this summer is that the Zoo Camps are going to include before and aftercare which will give me a lot more flexibility for drop off and pick up time. Also with lunch bring included it is one less thing I need to get done in the morning which will help make summer feel more relaxed.
Zoo Camps are an amazing experience and our family enjoys being able to visit the Zoo with them. It is great that a ticket to visit the Zoo again is included in camps. My boys love being teachers to me and I love learning facts about the Zoo from them. There's really no losing with Zoo Summer camp!