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Winter ZooCamp

December 19

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Winter ZooCamp

Designed for your budding naturalists, ages 5-13, Winter ZooCamp fosters an appreciation for the natural world. In these one-day camps, ZooCampers will be enthralled by the wonders of wildlife through special activities, arts and crafts, up-close animal encounters, and more.

  • 5-7 Years Old - It's Beginning to Look a lot like Winter (in the Desert)

    Session Dates: Choose from December 20th or 22nd, 2022.
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm

      Members   $85 
      Non-Members       $95

    General Members

    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! 

  • 5-7 Years Old - We Like to Move It, Move It!

    Session Date: December 21st, 2022.
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm

      Members   $85 
      Non-Members       $95

    General Members

    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!

  • 8-10 Years Old - Leader of the Pack

    Session Date: December 21st, 2022.
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm

      Members   $85 
      Non-Members       $95

    General Members

    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.

  • 11-13 Years Old - Zookeeper for a Day

    Session Date: December 19th, 2022.
    Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

      Members   $135 
      Non-Members       $150

    General Members

    This career-based one-day camp will explore what goes into keeping our animals happy and healthy. With the guidance of education staff, campers will learn about and assist with the jobs that are a daily part of a zookeeper’s career. Responsibilities may include helping to clean exhibits, prepare animal food diets, create enriched experiences, design safe and healthy habitats, and assist with keeper connections. Campers may even have a chance to participate in a training session with one of our animals.

*SNAP/EBT cardholders can register for this program at 10% of the listed price. See the Museums for All Program for more information.

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 at the Education Gate to help you find your way. 

Camp check-in will begin 15 minutes prior to when camp instruction is scheduled to start. Pre-activities will be provided befor e 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. 

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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