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Make Plans for Summer 2014! Local Museums Offer Fun Camps & Special Activities for Kids!
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Make Plans for Summer 2014! Local Museums Offer Fun Camps &  Special Activities for Kids!

Get your kids all set for a summer to remember!   Below is a listing of fun summer camps and activities for children at various Sacramento area museums in 2014.   Please note space is limited, please connect with the individual museum(s) of interest to explore availability.    For updated Summer Camp information, please visit http://sacmuseums.org/summer-camps/

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Aerospace Museum of California
916-564-3437
www.aerospaceca.org
Amazing Aerospace Camp
June 9 - 13; June 23 - 26; July 14 - 17 & August 11 - 14
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$225 per person (space is limited to 10 students per class)
Ages 13 - 17

The Aerospace Museum of California is proud to introduce aviation to interested students with a hands-on and amazing summer camp!  This memorable summer camp teaches a variety of aviation skills and knowledge ranging from aircraft basics and flight controls to traffic patterns and the dynamics of weight and gravity.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit a U.S. Coast Guard Station and each participant will even take a short flight with a registered pilot.

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California Automobile Museum
916-442-6802
www.calautomuseum.org/event/kids-kars-camp/
Kids & Kars Camp
July 7 – 11
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$75 for members/$90 for non-members (individual classes: $20 for members/$25 for non-members)
Ages 5th thru 9th graders
Rev up the summer for any young “gearheads” in your family…the California Automobile Museum is proud to offer its first ever summer camp this year!  With a hands-on approach, the focus of each day changes with interesting topics that include the following: Youth Basic Engine Know How (Monday); Automotive Design & Clay Modeling (Tuesday); Muscle Car Workshop (Wednesday); Electric Vehicles (Thursday) and Riding in Cars (Friday).    Don’t miss out on this special first year opportunity!

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Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento
916-498-9811
www.ccasac.org
Studio Art Camp
June 16 - 20; June 23 - 27
Times TBA
$250 per week or $400 for both weeks; VERGE & CCAS members $200 per week or $375 for both weeks. 
Ages 11 - 14

Verge Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento, presents an artist-directed summer kids camp designed to provide an immersive art making experience for budding artists.  The Studio Art Camp will introduce students to art making practices, ranging from painting, clay, sculpture, drawing, photography and large-scale installation works.  Each class day will be taught by a different artist who is an expert in their particular discipline.

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Crocker Art Museum
916-808-7000
www.crockerartmuseum.org

Green World, Green You
June 16 - 20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.    
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

Perfect for kids who like science and the environment, campers will learn about land-based art called Earthworks, create a recycled assemblage artwork while learning recycling tips, delve into the science behind art, and spend a day in Land Park exploring the gardens, zoo, and playground. The week will also include educational and entertaining videos about “green” artists working around the world and a walk to The California Museum to explore their exhibition Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.

Mini Monets
June 23 - 27; July 21 - 25; August 11 - 15
9 a.m. - noon
$105 members; $135 non-members
Ages 4 - 5

Expertly designed to be developmentally appropriate for our youngest campers, children will develop creative expression and motor skills as they explore a new setting and try new things. Parents/caregivers are welcome to stay for parts of the session until your child feels comfortable with the facilitators, setting, and routine.

Americana Adventure
June 23 - 27
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

Gear up for Independence Day! Campers will learn about U.S. life in days past by studying the Crocker family’s personal collection of art and artifacts and exploring the art, music, literature, and food of the Harlem Renaissance. The week will also include a day of painting and picnicking in Old Sacramento and a fun water play day in Crocker Park.

Making Faces
July 7 - 11
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

If your child loves doodling and wants to learn “real drawing,” this camp offers an easy-going introduction to drawing skills. Campers will discuss and compare portraits in the galleries and learn how to apply the fundamentals of portraiture to depicting their family, pets and themselves. They’ll explore different types of 2-D and 3-D materials while creating a variety of artworks, including a life-size portrait. A guest artist will demonstrate caricature techniques and create fun originals campers can take home.

Sewing
July 7 - 11
9 a.m. - noon
$125 members; $150 non-members
Ages 9 - 12

Explore color and pattern while learning how to hand sew. Your child will practice a running stitch to join squares and complete a miniature quilt wall hanging. The techniques learned can also be applied to making or adorning clothing. An adult buddy is welcome to tag along and participate as well.

Watercolor Painting
July 7 - 11
1 - 4 p.m.
$125 members; $150 non-members
Ages 9 - 12

Your child will venture into the urban outdoors for artistic inspiration. On short walking field trips to the river and around the Crocker, kids will learn how to use watercolors to create simple landscapes and depict textures and receive a portable watercolor sketchbook, portable palette and brush to keep.

Blast Off!
July 14 - 18
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

Perfect for kids who love outer space, this unique camp looks at space exploration with an artistic lens. Campers will learn the principles of art and design while creating a variety of hands-on individual and group projects. The week will include a field trip to The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center.

Drawing
July 14 - 18
9 a.m. - noon
$125 members; $150 non-members
Ages 9 - 12

Your child will have the hands-on opportunity to learn how to draw from observation, give objects a 3-D look with shading, and create contour lines, gesture, and value drawings as well.

Acrylic Painting
July 14 - 18
1 - 4 p.m.
$125 members; $150 non-members
Ages 9 - 12

Your child will learn the basics of acrylic painting, including how to use brushes and colors to create different effects to paint a portrait and a small table. Campers will gain an understanding of how the same type of paint can be used for different applications.

Pop, Op, Wow!
July 21 - 25
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

Popular culture, comic books, and optical illusions provide inspiration for this camp, designed to make art history exciting and engaging. Campers will learn about the times, places, and people who created pop art, op art, abstract art and word art. Gallery discussions will be complemented by hands-on time in the studios. A guest artist will introduce campers to contemporary art.

Let’s Play
July 28 - August 1
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

Perfect for the active child, campers will spend a great deal of time outside playing games and sports, fishing along the river with poles they make themselves and even walking to Raley Field for a River Cats game. Campers will create a variety of art projects related to their explorations.

Fabulous Fabrics
August 4 - 8
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

Move over rubber band loom—this camp is the real deal!  Campers will learn about wearable art from around the world and from different time periods. They’ll learn how to use hand stitching, machine sewing, knitting, weaving, and various methods of fabric adornment to create their own hats, masks, and jewelry. The week will include a walk to The California Museum to explore the wearable goods and amazing weaving in the on-going display California Indians: Making a Difference.

Egyptian Expedition
August 11 - 15
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

Back by popular demand…campers will get a close look at Crocker’s Egyptian antiquities, meet the animals that inspired the Egyptian gods, decode hieroglyphics and create their own visual codes. Art projects will include clay vessels, painted frescos, jewelry, and basket making. They’ll also learn about the science of real mummies and enjoy a mummy movie screening.

Egyptian Expedition II
August 18 - 22
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$250 members; $295 non-members
Ages 6 - 10

Back by popular demand…campers will get a close look at Crocker’s Egyptian antiquities, meet the animals that inspired the Egyptian gods, decode hieroglyphics and create their own visual codes. Art projects will include clay vessels, painted frescos, jewelry, and basket making. They’ll also learn about the science of real mummies and enjoy a mummy movie screening.

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Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
916-808-3942
www.TheDiscovery.org

Sciventures
June 16 - 20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Members $225; Non-Members $250
Ages 7 - 8

Is your child ready for a Sciventure? Campers are escorted on a five-day journey of scientific exploration. Study nanotechnology and learn the huge role these smallest pieces play in the world around us. Campers will explore the vast expanses of the universe by studying astronomy and visiting the planetarium. They’ll give engineering a try constructing a LEGO WeDo creation and then learn to program the resulting model. Campers will also meet the museum’s live animal collection and learn about zoology. They will be amazed while carefully observing chemical reactions in the laboratory, too.
 
Science Sleuths
June 23 - 27  
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members $225; Non-Members $250
Ages 9 - 11

This camp is for kids that are curious, full of questions and eager to investigate the world around them. Learn about science on many different levels - from the nano size and up! Gain experience using scientific tools and processes during lessons that are guaranteed to thrill. Campers explore multiple science fields. Participants are introduced to crime scene investigation using fingerprint evidence and chemical analysis. Study marine biology with a dissection of a real specimen. Chemical experiments reveal unimaginable results! For those with outer space on the brain, a two and a half hour Challenger Learning Center mission is offered. These activities and many more make up an exciting week for your science sleuth!

She Knows Science
July 7 - 11
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Members $225; non-members $250
Ages 7 - 8

A camp designed just for curious and adventurous girls! Set on the museum’s lush 14-acre grounds, girls become science explorers for a week of discovery. Camp days are filled with hands-on experiments and creative crafts. Girls learn proper laboratory procedures to conduct fun experiments and observe the sometimes surprising results. Nature and ecology concepts are introduced with the help of the live animal residents of the museum. Campers enjoy Sacramento’s only public planetarium learning lessons about the solar system. Hands-on nanotechnology labs focus on some of the smallest particles around us.

Little Scientists
July 14 - 18
9 a.m. - noon  
Members $157.50; non-members $175
Ages 5 - 6

Science is fun! Especially if you can go on hikes, do experiments and get messy. Little Scientists explore the trees, animals, rocks and water on our 14-acre site. They experience simple chemistry, examine pond water up close and learn about rocks and crystals. Planetarium shows and a tour through the Challenger Space Center are included. Special for this summer is dinosaur fun!  A personal nature notebook goes home with each camper.
Space Explorers
July 28 - August 1  
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members $225; non-members $250
Ages 7 - 8

Join us for an out-of-this world summer camp!  From stars to comets, kids explore space and discover what can be found in the universe around us. They’ll make a comet, find constellations in the planetarium’s simulated night sky and see how the Sun compares to other stars in the galaxy. Campers become space explorers in this fun and exciting camp!

Engineering Antics
July 21 - 25, 2014  
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Members $225; non-members $250
Ages 9 - 11

This camp brings hands-on engineering and the adventure of exploration to life for your camper. Participating youngsters explore the engineering design process by testing and re-designing until they arrive at the best solution to each of the multiple challenges presented during camp. Campers strategize the best way to build a water powered rocket, construct and test the strength of bridges made of unconventional materials and shape paper towers that defy heights. Campers learn about mechanical and software engineering by experimenting with LEGO Mindstorm robots with emphasis on programming using LEGO NXT software.                     .
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Fairytale Town
916-808-7462
http://www.fairytaletown.org/educational-programs/day-camps/

Farmer Brown’s Junior Farmers
June 16 – 20 & August 11 – 15
9 a.m. – noon
$130 per camp
Ages 4 – 6

Farmer Brown introduces campers to the daily regimens that keep Fairytale Town’s friendly flock of farm animals fit and healthy. Campers will get to know these barnyard buddies while learning historical information and participating in related hands-on activities. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town animals and animal feed. Some children may be allergic to the natural oils found in animal fur/hair and feed.

Rock School
June 23 – 27 & July 28 – August 1
9 a.m. – noon
$130 per camp
Ages 4 – 6

Channel your inner rock star in this rockin' FunCamp! This camp features hands-on experience with several instruments, including guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. Campers will also explore rock 'n' roll history and participate in rock-related art activities. At the end of the week, parents and loved ones are invited to a rock show put on by the campers. Rock School is perfect for beginning musicians, but no previous experience is necessary. Please note: This FunCamp gets loud!

Earthworks Garden FunCamp
July 7 – 11
9 a.m. – noon
$130 per camp
Ages 4 – 6

Fairytale Town offers plenty of green-thumb fun in this gardening camp. This FunCamp covers the basic essentials of home gardening with a focus on environmentally “green” practices. Campers will also receive an up-close perspective on Fairytale Town’s own unique gardens and plants.

Puppet Palooza
July 14 – 18
9 a.m. – noon
$130 per camp
Ages 4 – 6

Every story can be told with puppets! This FunCamp teaches students the original nursery rhymes and fairy tales that inspired the play sets at Fairytale Town. Campers are then encouraged and inspired to retell the classic tales using puppets they create. Each day brings a new story! Campers will make a variety of puppets, including paper bag, sock and marionettes.
Little Artists
July 21 – 25 & August 4 - 8
9 a.m. – noon
$130 per camp
Ages 4 – 6

This camp introduces the world of art and basic art concepts to budding artists. Campers participate in a wonderful week of art projects featuring wall-to-wall drawing, cutting, pasting and painting in a relaxed environment. Topics include primary and secondary colors, drawing, sand art and patterns.

Adventure Play
June 16 – 20
1 – 4 p.m.
$130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

Adventure Play FunCamp teaches children about the natural world through science-based experiments and discovery play. Concepts include basic survival skills, weather identification, plants and animals. Campers will take nature walks, make bird feeders, construct cardboard forts, use a solar oven and more. A different adventure awaits campers each day.

Curtains Up!
June 23 – 27
1 – 4 p.m.
$130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

Fairytale Town presents a theater arts camp that emphasizes creative playmaking onstage and offstage. Curtains Up! covers all aspects of theater, from acting and scriptwriting to costume design and set and prop construction. Campers will write, design, produce and perform their own short play in one fast-paced, fun-filled week.

Zap! Boom! Pow! Comic Book Basics
July 7-11
1 - 4 p.m.
$130 per camp
Ages 6 - 12

The perfect FunCamp for budding artists who want to draw, draw and draw some more. A special emphasis is placed on dynamic anatomy, character development and sequential storytelling techniques. The primary focus is on classic silver age and modern manga art styles. Campers will have the option to create their own comic book or a freestanding art piece to display in a "comic book convention" setting.

Farmer Brown’s Farmers
July 14 – 18
1 – 4 p.m.
$130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

Farmer Brown gives a more in-depth and detailed look at what it takes to keep our friendly flock of farm animals fit and healthy. Campers will have plenty of hands-on contact with our fuzzy, furry barnyard buddies while learning historical information and participating in related hands-on activities, including learning how to harness, halter and safely handle animals. Campers will also assist in the daily grooming, cleaning and afternoon feedings of all our animals. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town’s animals and animal feed. Some children may be allergic to the natural oils found in animal fur/hair and feed.

Mad Food Science
July 21 - 25
1 - 4 p.m.
$130 per camp
Ages 6–12

Food and science are combined in this newly imagined FunCamp! Campers will learn nutritional concepts and explore the scientific properties of food through a series of fun hands-on experiments, including magical floating eggs, color changing milk, ice cream making and more. Please note: Campers will not be using a stove or cooking with an open flame.

Young Picassos
August 4 – 8
1 – 4 p.m.
$130 per camp
Ages 6-12

This FunCamp covers the exciting variety found in the world of art! Campers will try their hand at different art media, including watercolors, prints, clay and mixed media. Campers will also explore making 3-D works of art and creating with found objects. This camp is specifically designed for the young artist who wants to try it all.

Write Now!
August 11 – 15
1 – 4 p.m.
$130 per camp
Ages 6-12

In this creative writing FunCamp, aspiring authors who wish to strengthen their storytelling skills will find a happy haven of literary enthusiasts packed with plenty of artful advice, energetic exercises and freestyle fun. The camp will cover fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry, plus art illustrations.

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Maidu Museum & Historic Site
916-774-5936
http://www.roseville.ca.us/parks/parks_n_facilities/facilities/maidu_ind...

Hands On Archaeology
Ages 12 -- 16
July 21 – 25
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$119; $109 for Roseville city residents

Campers will participate in an archaeological dig to uncover artifacts from Roseville's ranching era. They’ll learn about archaeological tools, techniques and methods for reconstructing the past; then display what they’ve found for museum visitors to enjoy. Camps are designed to be fun and educational. Campers experience the native and natural world, meet new friends and gain self-confidence in the outdoors.

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Roseville Utility Exploration Center
916-746-1550
www.roseville.ca.us/explore

Disassemble it! Explore it! Rebuild it!
July 7 - 11
9 a.m. - noon
$115 Roseville Residents, $125 Non-Roseville Residents
Ages 12-18 (6th – 12th grade)

Ever wondered what’s inside a computer, cell phone or flat screen TV?  Kids will learn to take apart some common household electronics to find out what they are made out of and what can be made from their parts.  Using basic tools, participants will take apart electronics and use pieces to create their own working invention, an amplifier for listening to music on your I-pod or cell phone!  We will explore science, mathematics, engineering and technology, and send campers off with a desire to want more!

Junior Gardeners Club 
July 15 - 17
9 am. - noon
$75 Roseville Residents, $85 Non-Roseville Residents
Ages 6 and up

Trying to get your kids away from electronics and into the garden? During this three day camp, your child will explore seeds and learn how to start them using a hands-on approach.

Energy, Water, Waste and Beyond
July 21 - 25
9 a.m. - noon
$115 Roseville Residents, $125 Non Roseville Residents
Ages 6 and up

Every day is something new as your child learns about waste reduction, energy efficiency and protecting our water. Take hands-on tours of local electric, waste and other utility trucks, and go home with a different memento each day.

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Sacramento History Museum
916-808-4980
www.HistoricOldSac.org/historycamp
Gold Fever
July 7 – 11
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost per week is $155, Member Price $140, morning and after care are also available
Ages 8 - 12

Gold Fever is an introduction to California and Sacramento’s history. Campers will travel via covered wagon to the place that started it all...Sutter’s Fort. Throughout the week campers will visit several historic sites including but not limited to the California State Railroad Museum, the Old Schoolhouse Museum and the Pony Express monument. Campers will play Nineteenth Century games, do art projects, and discover their local history along the way.

History Live
July 14 – 18
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost per week is $155, Member Price $140, morning and after care are also available
Ages 8 – 12

History Live is the theme of our second week of camp. During this session, campers will work on a theme for a play that they will perform at the end of the week. Traveling via covered wagon, campers will explore the past in a new way at places such as the Old City Cemetery and the re-created Eagle Theatre. Campers will also participate in a week-long history mystery that will have them searching for hidden clues and interviewing characters from the past.

Dig It
July 21 – 25
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost per week is $155, Member price $140, morning and after care are also available
Ages 8 - 12

Preservation, archaeology and anthropology, oh my! Last, but not least, Dig it, will encourage campers to think about what is beneath our feet. Fieldtrips will include a visit to the State Capitol and an Old Sacramento Underground Tour.  Focusing on change and time, campers will see the historic district as it has evolved from Sutter’s Embarcadero, to skid row, to the Historic State Park it is today.

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Sacramento Zoo

916-808-8814
http://www.fairytaletown.org/educational-programs/day-camps/

Little Ducklings
June 10 - 13; June 17- 20; June 24 - 27; July 22 - 25; July 29 - August 1
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 per class
Ages 3 - 5

Little Ducklings will gather for story time and make a take-home craft. During the class, we will visit with one of our animal ambassadors.  Our Little Ducklings class themes are the same for the whole week, and you register for one day per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.  All Little Ducklings classes meet and incorporate Pre-School California Life Science Standards.

Red Orangutans
June 9 - 13; June 16- 20; June 23 - 27; July 14 - 18
9 a.m. to noon
$152 per week
Ages Kindergarten

With themes that vary by week, Red Orangutans will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for Kindergarten.

Yellow Lions
June 9 - 13; June 16 - 20; June 23 - 27; July 14 - 18; July 21 - 25; July 28 - August 1; August 4 - 8
9 a.m. - noon
$152 per week
Ages 1st & 2nd graders  
                     
With themes that vary by week, Yellow Lions will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 1st and 2nd grade.

Green Crocodile:
June 16 - 20; June 23 - 27; July 14 - 18; July 21 - 25
$262 per week
Ages 1st & 2nd graders

With themes that vary by week, Green Crocodiles will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 1st and 2nd grade.

Arts Week
July 7 - 11
9 a.m. to noon
$152 per week
Ages Kindergarten - 6th grade

With themes that vary by age group, art and nature go hand-in-hand during this special hands-on Arts Week!  Campers may find themselves sculpting a Sloth, painting a Pelican, drawing a Desert Tortoise or creating a Kookaburra.  One never knows where imagination and the wildly inspiring Zoo will lead during this week dedicated to the creative arts.  The classes meet and incorporate California Visual Arts Standards for the listed grade.  On Friday the camp will culminate with an art show filled with all the campers’ unique artistic expressions. 

Blue Giraffe
June 9 - 13; June 16 - 20; June 23 - 27; July 14 - 18; July 21 - 25; July 28 - August 1; August 4 - 8
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$262 per week
Ages 3rd & 4th graders

With themes that vary by week, Blue Giraffes will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 3rd and 4th grade.

Purple Parrots
June 9 - 13; June 16 - 20; June 23 - 27; July 28 - August 1; August 4 - 8
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$262-$280 per week
Ages 5th & 6th graders

With themes that vary by week, Purple Parrots will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 5th and 6th grade.

Zoo Quest
July 16 - 19
$262 per camp (3-day class & overnight)
Ages 7th, 8th & 9th graders 

How to you train a hawk to fly to you?  What happens if it doesn’t want to?  Can you really train a tortoise?  Why is animal training and enrichment important for animals at the zoo?  Find the answers to these questions and more. Youngsters will love this three-day class ending in an overnight camp-out at the Zoo!

Vet Tag-Alongs
July 28 & August 4
9 a.m. - noon
$40 per class
Ages 7th, 8th & 9th graders

Imagine what it takes to care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander. How do you X-ray a duck’s foot or give a shot to a turtle closed up in his shell? Zoo veterinarians have one of the toughest jobs around. Campers will visit the Zoo's animal hospital and meet the vets that care for many animal species.

Keeper Tag-Alongs
June 12, June 19, June 26, July 17, July 24, August 7
9 a.m. - noon
$40 per class
Ages 7th, 8th & 9th graders 

Find out what it takes to be a Zoo keeper with these single day career classes with hands-on experience with primates, birds, reptiles, carnivores or ungulates depending on the date. What fun!

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