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Summer ZooCamp 2022

Looking to go a little WILD during summer break? Zoo New England offers the perfect opportunity to learn about amazing wildlife while having a blast! 

ZooCamp at Franklin Park Zoo

Tap into your wild side and learn about animals while spending summer days at the Zoo! Campers will explore the Zoo, learning about animals from all over the world and even meeting some up-close to discover their unique adaptations. Zoo educators will lead campers through an adventurous week of learning about their favorite animals, engaging in hands-on activities, playing animal-related games, and making crafts. Whether you're already an animal expert or interested in becoming one, this camp is for you!

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2022 ZooCamp Sessions (ages 6-11):

  • Session 1 Zoo Explorers: June 27 - July 1
  • Session 2 Nature Detectives: July 5 - 8 (*4 days due to holiday)
  • Session 3 Animal Engineers: July 11 - 15
  • Session 4 Conservation Heroes: July 18 - 22
  • Session 5 Zoo Explorers: July 25 - 29
  • Session 6 Nature Detectives: August 1 - 5
  • Session 7 Animal Engineers: August 8 – 12 (*note this session is ages 6-8) 
  • Session 8 Conservation Heroes: August 15- 19 (*note this session is ages 6-8)

Jr. Zookeeping sessions (ages 12-13):

  • Jr. Zookeeping Session A: August 8th-12th
  • Jr. Zookeeping Session B: August 15th-19th

Please note that as of now, 2022 ZooCamp session capacities will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we apologize in advance for any inconveniences this may cause.

Weekly Themes (ages 6-11):

Zoo Explorers (Sessions 1 & 5) – Exploration is all about self-discovery and adventure. Your child will get to see the Zoo’s many exhibits and interact with a wide variety of species!

Nature Detectives (Sessions 2 & 6) - Are you ready to solve a mystery? We'll focus on animals that sneak around their habitat and disguise themselves in the wild.

Animal Engineers (Sessions 3 & 7) - Animals are amazing designers and engineers. During this session, we'll study several animal techniques and try them out for ourselves!

Conservation Heroes (Sessions 4 & 8) – Is your child passionate about protecting threatened species? Campers will learn about current conservation initiatives through a variety of games, activities and animal presentations.

Junior Zookeeping Program (ages 12-13 years old):

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a zookeeper is like? In this week-long session we'll have the opportunity to shadow zookeepers and see Franklin Park Zoo’s different animal and behind-the-scenes areas. Some of the tasks the Jr. Zookeeper will help with includes prepping animal diets and feeding, cleaning stalls, or observing animal training. This program includes a more challenging curriculum and hands-on experiences to give Jr. Zookeepers a feel for what it's like to have a profession in a zoo or animal and science related field. Some topics that may be included in the curriculum are animal behavior and training, exhibit design, zoo careers, local species, animal handling and horticulture!

Cost:

The cost of ZooCamp is based on a sliding scale of annual income. Levels 1 and 2 of payment are required to send some income information to Zoo New England to confirm their status and payment. Level 3 of payment does not require any information provided. Before you begin registration, please read through our sliding scale information. Income verification is due by May 27, 2022.

Franklin Park ZooCamp Scholarship

We have a limited number of scholarships available for Franklin Park ZooCamp 2022. View full details and download the scholarship application.
Please email fpzcamp@zoonewengland.org or call 617-438-7017 with any questions. 

Required Health Forms

Please note that we may be requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination as public health officials update guidelines surrounding COVID-19. We will be sure to update all who have registered for our ZooCamp programs if and when this comes into effect.

In order to complete your registration, Franklin Park Zoo must receive a Certificate of Immunization for each child registered by May 27, 2022. More information about the Certificate of Immunization and Physical Report

Required health forms can be uploaded to the registration site or sent:
-By mail to:
Franklin Park Zoo
Attn: Education Department
1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121
-By fax to: 1-617-989-2025, Attn: Education Department
-By email (a scanned copy – please no photographs) to: FPZcamp@zoonewengland.org

Medication Information

If your child requires medication to be administered during the camp day, you are required to fill out a Parent/Guardian Authorization to Administer Medication form.

COVID-19 Policies

Please see ZooCamp’s COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. Please note that policies may change or be updated as the camp season approaches.

FAQ’S

View Frequently Asked Questions

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration more than six weeks before the date of your camp week, 75% of your camp cost will be refunded, minus a $10 service fee. If you need to cancel three weeks or more before the start of your camp week, 25% of your camp cost will be refunded, minus a $10 service fee. If you are cancelling three weeks or less before the start of your camp session, no refunds will be issued.

Contact Us

 Please call 617-438-7017 or email FPZcamp@zoonewengland.org with any questions.

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.

ZooCamp at Stone Zoo

Tap into your wild side and learn about animals while spending summer days at the Zoo! Campers will explore the Zoo, learning about animals from all over the world and even meeting some up-close to discover their unique adaptations. Zoo educators will lead campers through an adventurous week of learning about their favorite animals, engaging in hands-on activities, playing animal-related games, and making crafts. Whether you're already an animal expert or interested in becoming one, this camp is for you!

We've made some changes to registration, so please read the following carefully.

Registration Process

  • We're now hosting camp registration over the course of three consecutive days! We hope this new method eases stress of parents/guardians signing up their campers and also prevents any technical difficulties with our website!
  • During registration, please refrain from calling. Due to the volume of inquiries, we'll be much better equipped to answer those via email so we can best keep track of each conversation. Please allow 1-3 business days for responses to emails regarding ZooCamp.
  • ZooCamp will start at age 6, instead of age 5 (as in previous years).

  • Registration will go live on our website sometime between 12:00 and 12:30 on the following days. When it is live, the link will be posted here.

2022 ZooCamp Sessions:

Each session option is for a full day of camp, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(Ages 6-7) Session 1: June 20 - 24
(Ages 6-7) Session 2: June 27 - July 1
(Ages 6-7) Session 3: July 5 – 8 (*Please note that camp will run Tuesday - Friday this week due to the 4th of July holiday)
(Ages 8-10) Session 4: July 11 - 15
(Ages 8-10) Session 5: July 18 - 22
(Ages 8-10) Session 6: July 25 - 29
(Ages 11-13) Session 7, Jr. Zookeepers: August 1 - 5
(Ages 11-13) Session 8, Jr. Zookeepers: August 8 - 12
(Ages 11-13) Session 9, Jr. Zookeepers: August 15 - 19

Please note that as of now, 2022 ZooCamp session capacities are limited to allow for ample social distancing, and we apologize in advance for any inconveniences this may cause.

Daily Descriptions:

Monday: Asia

From sneaky snow leopards in the snowy mountains of the Himalayas to singing white-cheeked gibbons in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, today, we'll learn about the adaptations of those animals who inhabit the high and low places throughout countries in Asia.

Tuesday: Australia

Today we’re headed down under! Although we don’t have any Australian species here at Stone Zoo, we can learn about their relatives from other continents and how Australia’s opposite season to ours impacts their wildlife!

Wednesday: North America

Let’s learn about the animals who live right here in our own backyards! Stone Zoo is home to many animals that you can find right here in North America. Today, we’ll learn about how these animals stand as ambassadors for their wild counterparts and what we do to keep all of our animals healthy and safe!

Thursday: Africa

Rock hyrax, colobus monkeys, and hissing cockroaches, oh my! Today, we’re “traveling” to Africa to explore its unique ecosystems, learn about the animals who live there, and the impact that even some of the smallest creatures can have on the environment around them!

Friday: South America

On our final day together, we'll learn about ways to protect our animal friends in South America and talk about simple ways to be conservationists here in Massachusetts!

*Please note that our ZooCamp curriculum repeats each week.

Session Description for Sessions 7, 8 and 9: Jr. Zookeepers

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a zookeeper is like? In this week-long session we'll have the opportunity to shadow zookeepers and see Stone Zoo’s different animal and behind-the-scenes areas. Some tasks Jr. Zookeepers will help with include prepping animal diets and feeding, cleaning stalls, and observing animal training. This program includes a more challenging curriculum and hands-on experiences to give Jr. Zookeepers a feel for what it's like to have a profession in a zoo or animal and science related field. Some topics that may be included in the curriculum are animal behavior and training, exhibit design, zoo careers, local species, animal handling and endangered species (and how to help them!)

Cost:

The cost of ZooCamp is based on a sliding scale of annual income. Levels 1 and 2 of payment are required to send some income information to Zoo New England to confirm their status and payment. Level 3 of payment does not require any information provided. Before you begin registration, please read through our sliding scale information. Income verification is due by May 13, 2022.

Required Health Forms

Please note that we may be requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination as public health officials update guidelines surrounding COVID-19. We will be sure to update all who have registered for our ZooCamp programs if and when this comes into effect.

In order to complete your registration, Stone Zoo must receive a Certificate of Immunization for each child registered by May 13, 2022. More information about the Certificate of Immunization and Physical Report

Required health forms can be uploaded to the registration site or sent:
-By mail to:
Stone Zoo
Attn: Education Department
149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
-By fax to: 1-781-438-9517, Attn: Education Department
-By email (a scanned copy – please no photographs) to: SZcamp@zoonewengland.org

Medication Information

If your child requires medication to be administered during the camp day, you are required to fill out a Parent/Guardian Authorization to Administer Medication form.

COVID-19 Policies

Please see ZooCamp’s COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. Please note that policies may change or be updated as the camp season approaches.

FAQ’S

View Frequently Asked Questions

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration more than six weeks before the date of your camp week, 75% of your camp cost will be refunded, minus a $10 service fee. If you need to cancel three weeks or more before the start of your camp week, 25% of your camp cost will be refunded, minus a $10 service fee. If you are cancelling three weeks or less before the start of your camp session, no refunds will be issued.

Contact Us

Please email SZcamp@zoonewengland.org with any questions.

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.