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Feb 25, 2013

Spring Nature Camp 2013 Registration is Now Open!

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

Days: Monday through Friday
Dates: April 1st through April 5th
Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Spring Nature Camp Topics:
Monday, April 1: Nature’s Tricksters
Some animals are great at playing tricks. Whether it is copying another animal, blending in to surroundings, or doing a little acting, it’s all about survival. Learn some “tricks of the trade” from our resident animals and see if you have what it takes to survive in the wild!
Tuesday, April 2: Gentle Giants
Some of the biggest animals on the planet are also the most gentle. During this workshop we will explore the lives of gentle giants and uncover the softer sides of some of our largest predators.
Wednesday, April 3: Monkey Business
Unleash your inner monkey! Monkeys may seem like they spend all day being mischievous but all of their actions are an important part of the business of being a monkey. Spend the day monkeying around at the Zoo and watch our resident primates in action
Thursday, April 4: Scavengers
Lazy, sneaky, despicable – some think scavengers are the worst animals, but we know
better. Scavengers are true survivors! Spend the day with the scavengers at the Zoo and learn some incredible (and sometimes gross) survival strategies.
Friday, April 5: Boneheads
Today all of the skeletons are coming out of the closet! Spend the day examining skeletons from animals large and small and discover all of the animal mysteries that can be solved by exploring bones.

General Information
Arrival/Departure times are 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. Campers must arrive at the ZOO SCHOOL DOORS 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 Nature 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 Nature Camp fees. For information on Zoo Membership, call 995-6131.

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:

Spring 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.

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c) Download an On-line registration form
Click here to download form (Adobe Acrobat needed)
b) Register on-line – CLICK HERE
To provide the campers with individual attention, group size is limited. Register early to save your camper’s spot!

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


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