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Summer Nature Camp 2013

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Sum-Camp-2013Summer Nature Camp at the Buffalo Zoo is wilder than ever! Through games, songs, crafts, and close encounters with the animals, campers will explore animal habitats, art, biodiversity, and movement. With multiple weeks to choose from, make sure your camper doesn’t miss any of these exciting new camp experiences!

Days: Monday through Friday
Dates: July 8th through August 23rd
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.

Summer Nature Camp Topics

Week 1 July 8 - 12
Giraffes (Ages 5 - 6 FULL)
Habitat is Where Its At
From beautiful ponds and sunny meadows to muddy puddles and dark holes in the ground, everybody needs a place to call home. Spend the week exploring habitats from around the world and discover why each one is best suited to the animals that call them home.

Week 2: July 15 - 19
Giraffes (Ages 5 - 6 FULL)
Rhinos (Ages 7 - 8 FULL)

Animal Art
Art is all around – even in the animals we share our spaces with. Discover how animals use pattern, color, dance, and sculpture to make it in their world and then practice what you have learned by making your own masterpieces!

Week 3: July 22 - 26
Rhinos (Ages 7 - 8 FULL)
Biodiversity Boot Camp
Variety is the spice of life and the secret to a healthy environment! Celebrate diversity in the animal world as we salute the many animals and environments that make our planet unique.

Week 4: July 29 - August 2
Rhinos (Ages 7 - 8 FULL)
Elephants  (Ages 9 - 12 FULL)

There and Back Again

Fly, slither, crawl, hop, run! Explore the many ways animals move from place to place without getting lost. We’ll delve into the mysteries of animal navigation and even learn some human ways by using trail signs and compasses.

Week 5 August 5 - 9
Giraffes (Ages 5 - 6 FULL)
Rhinos (Ages 7 - 8 FULL)
Elephants  (Ages 9 - 12 FULL)

Habitat is Where Its At
From beautiful ponds and sunny meadows to muddy puddles and dark holes in the ground, everybody needs a place to call home. Spend the week exploring habitats from around the world and discover why each one is best suited to the animals that call them home.

Week 6: August 12 - 16
Giraffes (Ages 5 - 6 FULL)
Rhinos (Ages 7 - 8 FULL)
Elephants (Ages 9 - 12 FULL)

Animal Art
Art is all around – even in the animals we share our spaces with. Discover how animals use pattern, color, dance, and sculpture to make it in their world and then practice what you have learned by making your own masterpieces!

Week 7: August 19 - 23
Rhinos (Ages 7 - 8 FULL)
Biodiversity Boot Camp
Variety is the spice of life and the secret to a healthy environment! Celebrate diversity in the animal world as we salute the many animals and environments that make our planet unique.

** To provide a stimulating environment for campers, we recommend that campers avoid repeating weeks. The curriculum and activities for those weeks will be identical.

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 am 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. sharp. Please be respectful of the drop-off and pick-up times of this program. 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 sturdy shoes and appropriate outerwear labeled with the camper's name.  Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt courtesy of the Buffalo Zoo at the beginning of each week of camp. Campers are encouraged to wear their t-shirts for the remainder of the week.

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 SNACKS ARE PROVIDED due to individual food preferences, allergies and dietary restrictions.  Campers must bring a bag lunch and snack each day. If your child has special dietary needs, we ask that you provide him/her with a snack from home and provide the Zoo with details of your child's dietary requirements and limitations. Please note: due to the potential for severe allergic reactions, peanuts and tree nut products are not allowed at camp.

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

Registration Information
To register for the Summer Nature Camp, complete the application indicating whether you are registering for one week, or more. Be sure to indicate all of your choices.

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

Registration fee:

MULTIPLE WEEK & CHILD DISCOUNT-Receive a five (5) percent discount if you register for multiple weeks and/or if you have multiple children enrolled.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS may be available to a limited number of applicants thanks to a grant from the Children’s Foundation of Erie County. To request more information, please call (716) 995-6124 or CLICK HERE to download Scholarship Application

 

Single Child Enrollment

Multiple Child Enrollment

 

Member

Non-member

Member

Non-member

Single Week

$150 per child

$165 per child

$142 per child

$157 per child

Multiple Weeks

$142 per week

$157 per week

$135 per child/week

$150 per child/week

Before Care from 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. add $25/week

After Care from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. add $25/week

 

 

 

 

 


How to register…
a) 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:

Education Department/Summer Nature Camp
Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214-1999

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b) Fax your registration - You may also fax completed registration with credit card payment to
(716) 834-1106.
alternate fax number (716) 995-6120.

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c) Download an On-line registration form
Click here to download form

b) Register on-line
Click here for online registration

LATE REGISTRATION-Registration must be received at least ten (10) days prior to the first day of camp. Registrations received after that deadline will be assessed a late processing fee of $15.00.

Only completed registration forms will be accepted — this includes the parental release form.  Your camper is considered enrolled in the Summer Nature Camp once you have received a written confirmation letter from the Buffalo Zoo. Once the Zoo has received a completed registration and payment for Camp, a confirmation letter will be sent out within one to two weeks.

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

Registration must be received at least ten (10) days prior to the first day of the camp week your child is registering for. Registrations received after that deadline will be assessed a late processing fee of $15. If you are registering after this deadline, please call 995-6128 to ensure there are still spots in that week available.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the start of the Summer Nature Camp to receive a refund. All refunds will be assessed one administrative charge of $25Fees 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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