SUMMER OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

at Capron Park Zoo

Capron Park Zoo Education Department is proud to be able to offer summer programs for 2024. These programs are designed to inspire a love of nature, respect for animals and a passion for conservation through a fun and exciting combination of age appropriate games, outdoor adventures and as much hands-on learning as we can safely offer.

Outdoor Adventures for 5-6 year olds

ANIMAL TALES

June 24-28 (session 1A) 
August 5-9 (session 1C)

Animals can have some fun and exciting stories to tell. Each day will focus on a different children’s book with an animal related theme. That day’s activities will be based on that book and will also explore some of the animal tales waiting to be told in the zoo. The programs will feature zoo exploration, animal encounters, crafts and lots of imaginative play!

TIME Monday thru Friday from 9 AM-3 PM

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $225, Non-Members: $250

Program includes two daily snacks. Children are required to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration is available.

WILD CRAFTS

July 15-19 (session 1B)

Animals and nature can be very inspirational. With this program participants will create crafts and works of art based on observations they make in nature and with the facts that they learn about the animals in the zoo. While this program primarily focuses on art and craft activities, the participants will also explore the zoo, play games, engage in imaginative play, and encounter live animals,

TIME Monday thru Friday from 9 AM-3 PM

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $225, Non-Members: $250

Program includes two daily snacks. Children are required to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration is available.

Outdoor Adventures for 7-8 year olds

WE ARE SURVIORS

July 8 – 12 (session 2A)
August 5 – 9 (session 2C)

Survival for an animal in the wild can be extremely difficult. This program will look at the incredible adaptations and behaviors that animals have developed to endure harsh conditions. The program will also feature active games, as well as incorporating imaginative play, crafts, zoo exploration, and animal encounters.

TIME Monday thru Friday from 9 AM-3 PM

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $225, Non-Members: $250

Program includes two daily snacks. Children are required to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration is available.

WELCOME HOME

July 22 – 26 (session 2B)
August 12 – 16 (session 2D)

This program explores biomes, habitats, and the house like structures that some animals build . Participants will explore the methods used by natures architects as they construct their nests, dens, hives, and shelters. Students will also look at the strategies animals use to survive in their habitat and how they protect their homes. This program will also include zoo exploration, STEAM activities, science experiments, animal encounters, and imaginative play.

TIME Monday thru Friday from 9 AM-3 PM

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $225, Non-Members: $250

Program includes two daily snacks. Children are required to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration is available.

Outdoor Adventures for 9-10 year olds

INSIDE-OUT

July 8 – 12 (session 3A)
July 29 – August 2 (session 3C)

This program explores how animals are built to survive inside and out. Activities will teach participants about animal behaviors and adaptations, explore the process of veterinary procedures, and will even include an introduction to animal dissection. This program will also feature zoo exploration, animal encounters, experiments, imaginative play, and crafts.

THIS PROGRAM ALSO FEATURES A DISSECTION EXPERIENCE.

TIME Monday thru Friday from 9 AM-3 PM

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $225, Non-Members: $250

Program includes two daily snacks. Children are required to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration is available.

ZOOLYMPICS

July 22 – 26 (session 3B)
August 12 – 16 (session 3D)

Looking to the 2024 Summer Games as inspiration, this program gives the chance for participants to take part in various zoo and animal themed games and activities. The exciting Zoolympic events will highlight some of the amazing behaviors and adaptations that animals utilize to survive as well as the many skills that zookeepers use to care for the creatures at the zoo. In addition to the Zoolympic games, the program will also include zoo exploration, animal encounters, imaginative play, and crafts.

TIME Monday thru Friday from 9 AM-3 PM

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $225, Non-Members: $250

Program includes two daily snacks. Children are required to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration is available.

Outdoor Adventures for 11-12 year olds

ZOOKEEPERS IN TRAINING  

July 15 – 19 (session 4A)
August 19 – 23 (session 4C)

This program teaches the participants what it is like to work in a zoo. They will create animal diets, design, and build enrichment toys, and explore what it is like to diagnose and treat animals when they are not feeling well. The program will involve zoo exploration, imaginative play, arts and crafts, STEAM projects, active games, and animal encounters,

TIME Monday thru Friday from 9 AM-3 PM

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $225, Non-Members: $250

Program includes two daily snacks. Children are required to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration is available.

IF I BUILT THE ZOO  

July 29 – August 2 (session 4B)

Participants will learn that there is much more to running a zoo beyond caring for the animals. They will explore how zoo’s are designed and exhibits are built. The students will delve into how zoo’s strive to educate their visitors and help with conservation efforts. And finally they will look at some of the science and technology being developed by and for zoo’s. The program will involve zoo exploration, STEAM activities, active games, arts and crafts, and live animal encounters.

TIME Monday thru Friday from 9 AM-3 PM

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $225, Non-Members: $250

Program includes two daily snacks. Children are required to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration is available.

Contact Corey, Education Department Curator
for a registration form or register online below.

Spaces are limited – register early!

Contact Corey, Education Department Curator
for a registration form or register online.

Spaces are limited – register early!

Questions?

Is animal care a part of summer programs?
We do not allow program participants into behind the scenes areas or into exhibits. Depending on the age of the group, we do still offer other animal care related activities like diet prep, enrichment building and more in the zoo classroom or in safe, outdoor spaces.

Is animal handling still a part of summer programs?
Yes, the children will have the chance to interact with some of our animal ambassadors daily as part of the programs.

Do you include lunch as part of the program?
Due to a significant increase in the number of specialized dietary requirements, we are no longer offering lunch. Children should bring their own lunches. Refrigeration will be available if needed. Additionally, water is always available to the children and each child should bring a refillable water bottle. We will continue to offer snacks to children in the morning and popsicles in the afternoon.

I see a dissection is mentioned as part of one of the programs. Is my child required to attend?
No, it is NOT required. However, the dissection is an integral part of the overall program that week. If your child is unwilling to attend, we encourage them to consider the other programming option for that age group.

Do you offer before and/or after care?
We  do not offer before or after care options.

Will summer programs still be able to use the splash pad?
Yes program participants will be allowed access to the splash pad at least once a day. However, if there are drought conditions and we are asked to shut the splash pad down, we will offer alternate water activities to keep the children cool

Session Numbers:

We strive to provide the best possible experience for our participants. To that end each session will be limited to 12 maximum participants.

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS:

If your child has a medical special need, we will try to make as many reasonable accommodations as possible to provide a safe and fun summer program experience. If your child has an emotional or learning challenge, please contact the Curator of Education at: 774-203-1844 to discuss options.

Refunds:

You may cancel your child’s registration and receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee before JUNE 1, 2024. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER JUNE 1!

Payment Options:

In person registration:

For in person registrations we accept cash, checks, or credit cards. However, please be aware that we do not accept American Express for in person payments. You are welcome to pay in full the zoo only requires a 50% deposit, with in person registrations. You will receive notification as to when your balance is due via email. PAYMENT IN FULL IS REQUIRED A WEEK PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S FIRST DAY.

Mail in registration

You can send in a payment vis check with a printed version of the registration form. Like the in person registration the zoo only requires a 50% deposit with this method but you are welcome to pay in full if you wish. Do not include cash or credit card information with mailed in registrations. You will receive notification as to when your balance is due via email. PAYMENT IN FULL IS REQUIRED A WEEK PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S FIRST DAY.

Online Registration:

The zoo’s Unipay service accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express and checks. All online registrations must paid in full at time of purchase.

No phone registrations will be accepted.