SPRING ZOO CAMP March 21 - 25, 2016

It’s time for Spring Zoo Camp! Join us as we celebrate the season along with our animal friends. Each day of Spring Zoo Camp is filled with adventures ranging from arts, crafts, and games to live animal demonstrations, exhibit visits, and first-person encounters with our education animals! Spend just one day with us or all five – either way, you’ll have a ROARing good time!

Days: Monday through Friday
Dates: March 21 - March 25
Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Explorer Groups:
Giraffes: Ages 5 - 6
Rhinos: Ages 7 - 8
Elephants: Ages 9 - 12

Please provide copy of Birth Certificate for registration purpose either by fax or mail.

Spring Zoo Camp Topics

Monday, March 21:  Backyard Wild
There is a world of wildlife waiting just outside your door! Meet the furry, feathered, and scaly residents that share our Western New York home.

Tuesday, March 22: The Good, the Bad & the Bugly
Today is all about arthropods (insects and their relatives)! Discover the softer side of mosquitoes, the ferocious appetites of ladybugs, and many more surprising attributes of our many-legged friends as we work together to determine which bugs are “good” and which are “bad.”

Wednesday, March 23: America’s Got Talons
From tiny kestrels and screech owls to mighty osprey and bald eagles, America is home to some of the most impressive raptors. Get up close and personal with local birds of prey as we examine the lives of these talented predators.

Thursday, March 24: Rub-A-Dub-Dub
How do you get clean? Do you roll in the dirt, have your friends pick bugs off of you, or simply lick yourself clean? In this workshop, explore the many different ways animals have found to keep themselves clean.

Friday, March 25: Venom vs. Poison
Learn the difference between animals with venom and with poison, how to spot them in the wild, and meet some surprisingly dangerous animals you’ve never heard of before.

General Information
Arrival/Departure times are 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. Campers must arrive at the ZOO SCHOOL ENTRANCE on Meadow Drive by 9:00 a.m. and be picked up at the same entrance at 3:00 p.m. Campers will not be allowed to leave the Zoo without a parent or guardian signing for their child. Please be prepared to show ID upon request.

To better accommodate the needs of our campers’ parents, we do offer a fee-based Before and After Care Program between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Please be respectful of the drop-off and pick-up times of this program. NOTE: After Care ends at 5:00 pm sharp. Parents will be assessed a fee of $5.00 for every 5 minutes past 5:00 that their child remains at the Zoo.

Appropriate clothing must be worn.  This includes; Spring and/or Winter boots, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves and Spring and/or Winter jackets. All outerwear should be labeled with the camper’s name. 

Activities will include a combination of exhibit visits, animal information, games, songs, stories, activities and live animal contact.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods from our Education Department animal collection.  This provides each camper with the experience and thrill of live animal contact under well supervised conditions.

NO LUNCHES or SNACK ARE PROVIDED due to individual food preferences, allergies and dietary restrictions.  Campers must bring a small snack and a bag lunch each day.  If your child has any special dietary needs, please inform us of specific food exposure restrictions.

Registration Information
To register for the Spring Zoo Camp, complete the application indicating whether you are registering for one day, or many days. Be sure to indicate all of your choices.

Become a Zoo Member and save on Spring Zoo Camp fees. For information on Zoo Membership, call 995-6131.

Registration Fee:
























Before Care from 7:45 a.m. - 9 a.m.  $6/day or $30/week
After Care from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.  $6/day or $30/week

Please provide copy of Birth Certificate for registration purpose either by fax or mail.

How to register…

A) Download an On-line registration form - CLICK HERE to download form (Adobe Acrobat needed)

B) Mail your registration - Payment MUST accompany your registration and may be made in cash, by check, American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Please make checks payable to the Zoological Society of Buffalo. Mail the completed form and registration fee to:

Spring Zoo Camp
Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214-1999

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C) Fax your registration - You may also fax completed registration with credit card payment to (716)

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D) Register on-line - CLICK HERE

To properly staff the program and gauge supply needs, registration must be received by Monday, March 14, 2016. Due to limited space within each age group, no walk-in registrations will be accepted.

To provide the campers with individual attention, group size is limited. Register early to save your camper’s spot!

Cancellation requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the start of the Spring Zoo Camp. An administrative processing fee of $5 per registered day will be deducted from all refunds. (Cancellations made by the Zoo will be refunded in full.) Fees will not be refunded for any reason after the first day of camp.

Any additional questions or information should be directed to the Education Department at (716) 995-6128.



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