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Summer ZooCamp

ZooCamp 2020 is looking for Counselors in Training at Stone Zoo!

If you're are a former ZooCamp participant aged 14-17, you're eligible to apply for the CIT program at Stone Zoo! The CIT program will provide teen volunteers with experience in conservation, education, working with children within a camp setting, classroom management, and working as part of a team. Full details

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. We offer summer programs for children ages 3 through 13.

 

ZooCamp at Franklin Park Zoo

 

Register for Franklin Park ZooCamp


ZooCamp is open to campers ages 6-11 and will feature a curriculum of animal, science and conservation-based games and activities. The one-week sessions will also include a daily live animal encounter as well as weekly behind-the-scenes experiences at the Zoo. Please refer to the 2020 ZooCamp Handbook for more information about daily schedules and what to expect at ZooCamp!

Zoo Camp Weekly Themes (ages 6-11):

  • Zoo Explorers (Sessions 1 & 5) – Exploration is all about self-discovery and adventure. Your child will get too 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): The Junior Zookeeping program will be offered for ages 12-13 years old in 3, two-week sessions. Junior Zookeepers will have the opportunity to shadow zookeepers in our different animal and behind-the-scenes areas. This program will also include a more challenging curriculum and hands-on experiences to give the Junior Zookeepers a feel for what it is like to have a profession in zoo or in an animal and science related field.

2020 ZooCamp Sessions (ages 6-11):

Session 1: Zoo Explorers - June 22 – 26
Session 2: Nature Detectives – June 29 – July 3
Session 3: Animal Engineers - July 6 – July 10
Session 4: Conservation Heroes - July 13 – July 17
Session 5: Zoo Explorers - July 20 – July 24
Session 6: Nature Detectives - July 27 – July 31
Session 7: Animal Engineers - August 3 – August 7
Session 8: Conservation Heroes - August 10 – August 14


2020 Junior Zookeeping Sessions (ages 12-13) 

Session A - July 6 – July 17
Session B - July 20 – July 31
Session C – August 3 – August 14

Extended Care

Each session of these summer programs runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Before-Care is 7:30-9:00am (weekly cost is $30)
After-Care is 3:00-5:30pm (weekly cost is $50)

Cost:

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. Sliding scale information is due by May 15, 2020.

Early-bird Pricing:

Please note: We are currently offering early-bird prices on all sessions until February 15, 2020. After this date, prices will increase by $50 for one-week sessions and by $100 for two-week sessions.

Scholarships:

In addition to the sliding scale discount, we will offer a limited number of scholarships to cover the full or partial cost of ZooCamp for families this year. Applications will be reviewed and scholarships will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Camp Scholarship Application Form


Required Health Forms

In order to complete your registration, Franklin Park Zoo must receive a Certificate of Immunization for each child registered by May 15th, 2020. More information about the Certificate of Immunization and Physical Report can be found here.

Required health forms can be uploaded to the registration site or sent:

-By mail to:
Franklin Park Zoo
Attn: Education Department
1 Franklin Park Road,
Boston, MA 02121

-By fax to: 1-617-989-2025, Attn: Education Department
-By email (a scanned copy) to: FPZcamp@zoonewengland.org

Medication Information

If your child requires medication, you will be required to fill out a Parent/Guardian Authorization to Administer Medication form. This form can be found here.

Cancellation Policy

You can change your registration up until two weeks before the start of summer ZooCamp by logging back into your Active registration. If you need to cancel your registration more than 2 weeks before the date of your camp week, a $50 cancellation fee will be charged to your account. If you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice, 25% of your camp cost will be refunded.

Please refer to the 2020 FPZ ZooCamp Handbook for Frequently Asked Questions. Please call 617-989-2006 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


PLEASE NOTE, ALL SESSIONS ARE NOW FULL AND WAITLIST ONLY.

 

Register for Stone ZooCamp


2020 ZooCamp Sessions:

Session 1: 3-4 year olds - June 15 - 19 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Half-day session (9 am - 12 noon)
Session 2: 5-7 year olds - June 22 - June 26 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Full-day session (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 3: 5-7 year olds - June 29 - July 3 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Full-day session (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 4 (Morning): 5-7 year olds - July 6 - July 10 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Half-day session (9 am - 12 noon)
Session 4 (Afternoon): 5-7 year olds - July 6- July 10 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Half-day session (1 pm - 4 pm)
Session 5: 8-10 year olds - July 13 - July 17 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Full-day session (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 6: 8-10 year olds - July 20- July 24 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Full-day session (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 7: 8-10 year olds - July 27 - July 31 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Full-day session (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 8: 11-13 year old Jr. Zookeepers - August 3 - August 7 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Full-day session (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 9: 11-13 year old Jr. Zookeepers - August 10 - August 14 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Full-day session (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 10: 3-4 year olds - August 17 - August 21 *Session Full- Waitlist Only*
Half-day session (9 am - 12 noon)

Extended Care:

Extended care is offered for full-day sessions of ZooCamp only. Before-Care is offered from 8:00 - 9:00am, and After-Care is offered from 3:00-4:30pm. The weekly cost for Extended Care is $50.

Daily Descriptions:

  • Monday: Arctic Adventurers
    Have you ever wondered what life in the arctic was like? We will focus on the ways that animals will cope with the cold, and how they survive such a chilly environment without wearing hats or scarves!
  • Tuesday: Desert Dwellers
    From amazing adaptations to their unique defenses, we will be focusing on the animals and plants that call the desert home!
  • Wednesday: Rainforest Rangers
    Did you know that around half the animals on earth call the rainforest home? We will be learning all about this extraordinary ecosystem and the actions we can take to help it thrive!
  • Thursday: Backyard Wildlife
    We don’t have to travel far to learn about some of the spectacular species that we can find right in our own backyards!
  • Friday: Endangered Species
    We will be focusing on why species become endangered, and most importantly, what we can do to help!

*Please note that our ZooCamp curriculum repeats each week.

Session Description for Sessions 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 you'll have the opportunity to shadow zookeepers and see Stone Zoo’s different animal and behind-the-scenes areas. Some of the tasks Jr. Zookeeper will help with includes 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:

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. Sliding scale information is due by May 15, 2020.

Required Health Forms

In order to complete your registration, Stone Zoo must receive a Certificate of Immunization for each child registered by May 15th, 2020. 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 can be found here.

Medication Information

If your child requires medication, you will be required to fill out a Parent/Guardian Authorization to Administer Medication form. This form can be found here.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration more than 2 weeks before the date of your camp week, a $50 cancellation fee will be charged to your account. If you cancel with less than 2 weeks’ notice, 25% of your camp cost will be refunded.

Please refer to the 2020 ZooCamp Handbook for Frequently Asked Questions. Please call 617-438-7181 or email SZcamp@zoonewengland.org with any other questions.

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