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Winter Mini Camp

February 19

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Winter Mini Camp

Monday, February 19, 2024
8:30am - 12:30pm

In this one-day Winter 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 through 6.

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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: Blazing Trails and Frosty Tails
As the seasons change, take the time to stop and look at our landscapes changing around us. During this one-day camp, campers will learn about the ways in which animals use adaptations to survive the desert extremes – including the cold! Discover how our native wildlife survives the chilly weather to stay safe and warm!

2-3: We Like to Move It Move It
Come on everybody, do the locomotion! During this one-day camp, campers will explore and discover all of the different ways that desert animals and plants move... whether that locomotion be across the sand, across the sky, or even across the globe!

4-6: Leader of the Pack
From painted dogs to naked mole rats, to wallabies and even goats, many animals live in groups with hierarchical structures -- But who’s the boss? And how do they become that way? During this one-day camp, campers will learn about the different ways that animals form hierarchies, and how one member rises to become the leader of the pack.


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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