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Spring ZooCamp

Tuesday,
April 11

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Spring ZooCamp

Tuesday - Thursday, April 11-13
Registration is now open!

ZooCamp is the place for your budding naturalist to have some wild fun while exploring the natural world. ZooCampers will be enthralled by special activities, arts and crafts, and animal encounters that can only be found at The Living Desert. For more information, please call (760) 346-5694.

Did you know? SNAP/EBT cardholders can register for these programs at 10% of the ticket price. Click here for more information.

Our 2-3 camp is currently sold out. Don't miss out— join our waitlist today!

  • Birds of a Feather - (K-1st Grade)

    In Birds of a Feather, your K-1st grade campers will learn to appreciate the beauty and functionality of a bird's colorful feathers. With the use of microscopes and an up-close experience with The Living Desert's roadrunners, campers will take a closer look at feathers in action.

    We will also explore flight with a bird presentation in our Wildlife Amphitheater. Afterwards, campers will participate in a hands-on STEM challenge to create their own flying machines! Learning about the different uses of feathers will connect campers with nature and the many ways in which feathers have influenced some of our own creations.

    Dates: Tuesday - Thursday, April 11-13 - SOLD OUT
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Click here to join the waitlist!

    Members $225
    General $250

    Members General


     

  • Come Fly With Me - (2nd-3rd Grade)

    Our 2-3 camp is currently sold out. Don't miss out— join our waitlist today!

    In Come Fly With Me, your 2nd-3rd grade campers will learn how the environment influences bird behavior and adaptations. With nature journals and binoculars, campers will spend time outdoors observing and identifying local birds and will participate in an egg hunt to identify the eggs of different bird species. In a hands-on STEM activity, campers construct a bird nest from natural materials and test it to see if it holds up against wind, rain, and predators.

    We will also explore the phenomenon of migration and learn how to make our communities more migratory-bird friendly. Campers will then build bird baths to take home to invite birds to visit on their migrations and meet one of The Living Desert's veterinary technicians to learn about the biological adaptations that make migration possible.

    Dates: Tuesday - Thursday, April 11-13
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Members $225
    General $250

    Members General

  • Let's Get Egg-Sited! - (4th-5th Grade)

    During Let's Get Egg-Sited!, your 4-5th grade campers will learn how humans and birds see the world differently through color. With hands-on STEM activities, we will make a spectroscope to separate light into colors, use chromatography to discover the secrets of pigments, create bird-friendly window clings with the use of ultraviolet light, and more. Campers will even witness an emu training session, as well as participate in an egg hunt to identify the eggs of different bird species.

    Dates: Tuesday - Thursday, April 11-13
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Members $225
    General $250

    Members General

Is the camp you wanted to register for sold out? Join the waitlist!


Check-In 

Camp check-in will take place at the Education Gate located at the far north end of the parking lot. Signage and Education staff will be present to help you find your way. 
Check-in will begin 15 minutes prior to when camp instruction is scheduled to start. Pre-activities will take place before instruction begins. We kindly ask all parents and guardians to exit the Education Gate by camp start time.

Tips for Success! 

All participants need to come equipped for outdoor exploration and play! Please bring sunscreen, a hat, close-toed shoes, and a refillable water bottle. 

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens follows health recommendations from the California Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the health and safety of our animals, staff, volunteers, and guests. All staff and campers are required to follow the recommended guidelines set forth by the county and state. 


Cancelation/Refund Policy

For all cancelations initiated more than two (2) weeks prior to the event, a 50% refund will be issued. 

For all cancelations initiated less than two (2) weeks prior to the event, NO REFUND will be issued. 

In the event that a participant tests positive for COVID-19 within 5 days of the session's start, that participant’s registration fee can be reserved as a credit and applied to a future program. There is a $50 administrative fee for this service, and a positive COVID-19 status with the participant’s name must be provided to zoocamp@livingdesert.org in order to reserve credit. 

Campers must be registered in the correct age group. Campers who are a different age than the camp requirements may be asked to leave the program. No refund will be issued to campers registered for an incorrect age group.

Forfeited fees may be considered a donation for tax purposes.

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