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Summer ZooCamp 2023

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

Attention All Animal Adventurers! It's time to register for the best camp of the summer. At Franklin Park Zoo’s ZooCamp, go wild for wildlife as you meet animal ambassadors, visit behind-the-scenes areas and learn all about our Zoo’s animals. We’ll also engage in discussion-style lessons, make crafts and play fun games like Rhino Run, Tarantula Trap Tag and more! By the time Friday rolls around, you'll have learned a mountain’s worth of knowledge about animals and how we can help them!

Registration Process

Registration for ZooCamp opens January 17, 2023. During registration, please refrain from calling. Due to the volume of inquiries, we will 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.

Please note, as a way to reach more ZooCamp participants, we will be offering one week of ZooCamp to 4-5 year old participants at the end of the summer. This session will be half-day only (9:00AM-12:00PM) and no extended care will be offered for that session.

Franklin Park Zoo ZooCamp offers a limited number of scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, fill out a ZooCamp Scholarship form that will be posted on January 17. You do not need to fill out the regular registration form on January 17, only the scholarship form. Please note that scholarships and slots at camp will be given on a first come first serve basis and there is a limited number we may give out.

ZooCamp Themes

Ages 6-8:

It’s a Wild World
This week is going to be absolutely wild as campers learn about the big wide wonderful world we live in. We’ll start off with the basics of "what are habitats" and then travel around the world learning about aquatic ecosystems, African savannas, Antarctic tundra, and rainy rainforests!
Sessions: 1,3,5,7

Animal Adventures
What’s the difference between a dolphin and a shark? What about a frog and gecko? In this week of camp, we’re going to explore and learn about the many types of animals, how they’re similar and different and what makes them so special. This will include feathered friends' day, insect investigators, mammal mania, fish fun and cold-blooded creatures!
Sessions: 2,4,6,8

Ages 9-11:

It’s a Wonderful (wild) Life
This week we’ll explore all aspects of wild life! We'll examine overarching concepts like the web of life and life cycle, and then dive into more focused subjects such as endangered species, urban wildlife and invasive species. Your camper will leave this week of camp an expert on animals!
Sessions: 1,3,5,7

Feeding Frenzy Fun
They say nature is "eat or be eaten," so this week at camp we’re diving fully into eating! We’ll learn about different types of eaters, the senses and adaptions developed for eating (and avoiding being eaten), and what it’s like to be a predator and prey!
Sessions: 2,4,6,8

Ages 12-13: Junior ZooKeepers

Want to be a zookeeper, biologist, or vet? This is the camp session for you. You'll shadow zookeepers, meet different animals and see special behind-the-scenes areas. Campers will help prepare animals' food, clean stalls, and even see training. The program includes a fun and high-level curriculum consisting of games, activities and discussion that will cover topics such as predation-prey population challenges, exhibit design, species survival plans, biology and surgery, behavioral analysis and so much more!
Sessions: 7 & 8

Ages 4-5: Senses Safari

It’s never too early to start learning about animals and their amazing abilities! At this week-long, half day program, your campers will learn all about animals’ senses. Each day they’ll meet one of our ambassador animals and participate in games and activities to see as well as a hawk and smell as well as a ferret!
Session: 9

2023 ZooCamp Sessions:

Each session option is for a full day of camp, 9 am – 3 pm.

  • Session 1: June 26 –June 30
  • Session 2: July 3 – July 7 (Please note, camp will not be held on 7/4)
  • Session 3: July 10 – July 14
  • Session 4: July 17 – July 21
  • Session 5: July 24 – July 28
  • Session 6: July 31 – August 4
  • Session 7: August 7 – August 11
  • Session 8: August 14- August 18
  • Session 9 (4-5 Year olds, half day, 9am-12pm): August 21-25

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 12, 2023.

If costs are a limiting factor to your camper attending ZooCamp, please apply for a ZooCamp scholarship by filling out a ZooCamp Scholarship form. These will be posted on January 17.

Extended Care

We will be offering extended care for ZooCamp 2023!

  • Morning care: 7:45am-8:40am. Purchase of morning-care only for the full week is $80.
  • After care: 3:15pm-4:15pm. Purchase of after-care only for the full week is $80.
  • Purchase of before and after-care for the entire week is $145.
  • Single-day extended care (both morning and after-care) can be purchased for $30 per day. Parents/guardians can purchase a maximum of three single day extended care days.

Please note: A late fee will apply for late pick-up from extended care. Please see our FAQ page for more information regarding this policy.

Required Health Forms

In order to complete your registration, Stone Zoo must receive a Certificate of Immunization for each child registered by May 12, 2023.

-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

More information about the Certificate of Immunization and Physical Report.

Medication Information

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

Please note: This form needs to be filled out only if your child may need medication administered during the camp day. If you are not sending your camper with any type of medication to Camp, this form is not required.

COVID-19 Policies

We remain attentive to the COVID pandemic, and we will update our health policies in the spring, based on the best available information and guidelines from public health officials. We will be sure to share updated health policies with all families who register a child for camp. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding ZooCamp and COVID-19 in the meantime.

FAQ’S

You can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration more than 6 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 FPZcamp@zoonewengland.org with any questions.

 

Parents/guardians may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.

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!

Registration Process

During registration, please refrain from calling. Due to the volume of inquiries, we will 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.

Please note, as a way to reach more ZooCamp participants, we will be offering one week of ZooCamp to 4-5 year old participants at the end of the summer. This session will be half-day only (9:00AM-12:00PM) and no extended care will be offered.

2023 Registration Dates

  • Ages 4-7: Tuesday, January 17
  • Ages 8-10: Wednesday, January 18
  • Ages 11-13: Thursday, January 19

ZooCamp Sessions

Each session option (except session 10) is for a full day of camp, 9 am – 3 pm.*

Ages 6-7

  • Session 1: June 19-June 23
  • Session 2: June 26-June 30
  • Session 3: July 03-July 07 (Please note, camp will not be held on 7/4)

Ages 8-10

  • Session 4: July 10-July 14
  • Session 5: July 17-July 21
  • Session 6: July 24-July 28

Ages 11-13

  • Session 7 Jr. Zookeepers: July 31-August 04
  • Session 8 Jr. Zookeepers: August 07-August 11
  • Session 9 Jr. Zookeepers: August 14-August 18

Ages 4-5

  • Session 10 (Half Day): August 21- August 25
    Session 10 is a half day of camp, 9 am – 12 pm. Please note, no extended care is offered for this age group.

Daily Descriptions

Monday: Herbivores, Carnivores & Omnivores
What does an animal’s teeth tell us about its diet? Today we’re going to investigate animal teeth and how they pair with diet. You may even be surprised about some animals who don’t have teeth at all!

Tuesday: Feathers, Fur & Scales
Body coverings can tell us a lot about an animal, like whether it’s a mammal, bird or reptile. Body coverings can also tell us about what type of habitat an animal is native to. Today we’re going to learn all about the feathers, fur and scales that cover animals!

Wednesday: Super-duper Defenses
Now that we have an understanding of teeth and body coverings, let’s take a look at how these animals protect themselves against predators with their daring defenses!

Thursday: Animal Helpers
Animals inspire us each and every day! Today we'll chat all about the unique animal adaptations and creations that have inspired people to create new things!

Friday: Endangered Species
During our week together, we’ve learned about some amazing animal adaptations and how animals help people. During our final day together, we'll learn about some of the animals who need our help, what we can do to help, and highlight some of the ways that you are already helping them!

*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 for 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, 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 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 12th, 2023.

Extended Care

We are offering extended care for ZooCamp 2023!

  • Morning care: 7:45am-8:40am. Purchase of morning-care-only for the full week is $80.
  • After care: 3:15pm-4:15pm. Purchase of after-care-only for the full week is $80.
  • Purchase of before and after-care for the entire week is $145.
  • Single day extended care (including both morning and after-care) can be purchased for $30 per day. Parents/guardians can purchase a maximum of three single day extended care days.

Please note: A late fee will apply for late pick-up from extended care. Please see our FAQ page for more information regarding this policy.

Required Health Forms

In order to complete your registration, Stone Zoo must receive a Certificate of Immunization for each child registered by May 12th, 2023.

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

More information about the Certificate of Immunization and Physical Report.

Medication Information

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

Please note: This form needs to be filled out only if your child may need medication administered during the camp day. If you are not sending your camper with any type of medication to Camp, this form is not required.

COVID-19 Policies

We remain attentive to the COVID pandemic, and we will update our health policies in the spring, based on the best available information and guidelines from public health officials. We will be sure to share updated health policies with all families who register a child for camp. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding ZooCamp and COVID-19 in the meantime.

FAQ’S

You can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration more than 6 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.

 

Parents/guardians may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.

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