Spring Mini Camp

May 27

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Spring Mini Camp

Monday, May 27, 2024
8:00am - 12:00pm
Registration Opens: April 8, 2024 

In this one-day Spring Mini Camp, your junior adventurer will get creative as they learn about wildlife and their natural surroundings through hands-on activities, crafting, special animal encounters, and more. These STEAM based activities are designed for grades K-3 & 7-9.

Member Tickets $85
Non-Member Tickets $95
EBT Discounted Tickets $9.50

*SNAP/EBT cardholders can register for any educational program during the 2023-2024 season at 10% of the listed price. The SNAP or EBT card holder must be present on the first day of check-in with their card and a valid form of photo ID to receive the discount. See the Museums for All Program for more information.


K-1: Nature's Treasure Hunters
Experience a day of adventure and exploration at Nature's Treasure Hunters camp, tailored for young nature enthusiasts! Dive into the wonders of the natural world, fostering a sense of curiosity and responsibility for our environment. Engage in activities and discover STEAM surprises that will inspire your child to become a devoted keeper of the earth's treasures.

2-3: Do You See What I See?
Join us for an exciting journey into the captivating world of animal vision! Through hands-on experiences, games, and STEAM activities campers discover the incredible diversity of sight in the animal kingdom, from the ultraviolet vision of bees to the infrared vision of snakes.

7-9: Beyond the Bite
Explore animal digestive systems, analyze dental structures, diets, and adaptations. Understand how zookeepers apply this knowledge for optimal animal care. Join us in this insightful journey into the heart of the animal kingdom, bridging theory and practical wildlife management!


Check-in will take place at the Education Gate, which will be on the far left side when you enter the main parking lot of The Living Desert. You can follow the purple flags to the Education Gate. 

Camp check-in will begin 15 minutes prior to when camp instruction is scheduled to start. Pre-activities will be provided before instruction begins. We kindly ask that all parents and guardians exit the Education Gate by camp start.

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. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy

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

For all cancellations 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 in order to reserve credit. 

Refunds for program fees will not be issued to participants who fail to present their SNAP or EBT card and valid photo ID on the first day of the program. Failure to present the required documents on the first day of the program will result in the participant being required to pay the full program price or dismissal from the program without a refund. Program fees paid will be considered a donation to support our organization's initiatives.

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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