SUMMER OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

at Capron Park Zoo

The Capron Park Zoo Education Department is proud to be able to offer  summer programs for 2022. Although different from our traditional offerings, these programs will still work to inspire a love of nature, respect for animals and a passion for conservation through a fun and exciting combination or games, outdoor adventures and as much hands-on learning as we can safely offer.

Program run Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM

Outdoor Adventures for 5-6 year olds

IMAGINARIUM

June 20-24 (session 1A)
August 22-26 (session 1C)

Explore the pages of some favorite books and see where they will take you! Each day willl be themed on a different children’s book and feature zoo exploration, animal encounters and lots of imaginative play!

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

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

RADICAL REPTILES, FEATHERED FRIENDS AND MIGHTY MAMMALS

July 25-29 (session 1B)

Fur, feather and scales are featured in this program, allowing children the opportunity to learn more about each animal group. Each day’s learning experience features zoo exploration, animal encounters and imaginative play

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

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

Outdoor Adventures for 7-8 year olds

ANIMAL ART

June 27-July1 (session 2A)
August 1-5 (session 2C)

Learn about animals through art! Each day will feature a different simple type of art medium. A final group project will utilize all the skills at once. In additional to art, this program includes zoo exploration, animal encounters and imaginative play.

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

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

ANIMAL GAMES

July 11-14 (session 2B)
August 8-12 (session 2D)

Many animals learn to survive by playing lots of physical games. For others, their entire life is a series of obstacle courses. This program will feature LOTS of active games and activities, as well as incorporating imaginative play to create games! There will also be zoo exploration and animal encounters included in this program.

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

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

Outdoor Adventures for 9-10 year olds

ANIMAL INVESTIGATION

July 11-15 (session 3A)
August 8-12 (session 3C)

Using a combination of basic wildlife forensic techiniques and veterinary science, children will learn about animal anatomy and identification. PLEASE NOTE: In addition to zoo exploration, animal encounters and imaginative play, THIS PROGRAM FEATURES A REAL TIME DISSECTION EXPERIENCE.

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

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

BIODIVERSITY ROCKS

July 18-25 (session 3B)
August 15-19 (session 3D)

Especially designed for the young nature explorer! Children will explore not only the zoo, but the park and local wildlife area to discover the wonderous diversity of life that surrounds them even in the heart of Attleboro. In addition to animal encounters and imaginative play, THIS PROGRAM FEATURES OFF SITE EXPLORATION OF LOCAL NATURE AREAS (WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE).

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

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

Outdoor Adventures for 11-12 year olds

THE NEW ZOO

June 27-July 1 (session 4A)
August 1-5 (session 4C)

Program participants will learn what it takes to build a zoo exhibit from beginning to end – and build their own. This program will include a final ‘EXHIBIT TOUR” where participants can showcase their creations.

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

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

BEHAVIOR AND ENRICHMENT

July 18-25 (session 4B)
August 15-19 (session 4D)

This program is an intensive look at animal behavior and how zoos use enrichment to encourage it. Participants will take what they learn and observe and build permanant/reusable enrichment toys for some of the animals in the zoo.

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

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

SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is animal care still a part of summer programs?
Due to on-going restrictions, we can no longer allow program participants into behind the scenes areas or exhibits. We will still be doing fun animal related activities like diets, enrichment and more in safe, outdoor spaces.

Is animal handling still a part of summer programs?
Yes. We have done a full review and revision of our animal handling procedures, protocols and practices in order to make sure we would be able to give children the chance to interact with our animal ambassadors.

Do you still 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 lumches. 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 both in the morning and 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 intergal part of the overall progam that week. If your child is unwilling to attend, we encourage them to consider the other programming option for that age group.

I see that off-site exploration is part of one of the programs, Is my child required to go?
No. If you are uncomfortable with your child walking to the nearby nature area (less than 1 mile), they are NOT required to go. A permission slip will be included in that programming paperwork. No child may participate in the off-site activities without one.

Do you offer before or after care?
We will no longer be offering a before or after care option.

Will summer programs still be able to use the splashpad?
Yes

What happened to the Junior Caretaker program?
Because we can no longer offer some of the activities that were a key part of that program (such as exhibit cleaning and keeper shadowing), that program has been eliminated. Instead we now offer one week programs for 11-12 year olds that will focus on different topics.

Can I register online?
YES! Capron Park Zoo is pleased to finally be able to offer online registration for programs. If you register online, full payment is due at the time of registration.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR REGISTRATION

Session Numbers:

Each session will be open to a MAXIMUM of 12 children each. Register early as spaces fill quickly.

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS:

If your child has a medical special need, we will try to make as many reasonable accommodations as possible to keep your child safe. If your child has an emotional or learning challenge, please contact the Curator of Education at: 774-203-1843 to discuss whether or not this is an appropriate program for your child.

Refunds:

You may cancel your child’s registration and receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee before JUNE 1, 2022. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER JUNE 1!

Payment Options:

If you mail in your registration form with payment, you are able to pay in two payments. You may pay for your child’s registration by cash or check. We require a 50% deposit at the time of registration. You will receive notification as to when your balance is due (via email). PAYMENT IN FULL IS REQUIRED BY THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR CHILD’S PROGRAM

If you choose to register online, payment in full at the time of registration is required.

No phone registrations will be accepted.

Email melanie.curator@cityofattleboro.us for a registration form OR register ONLINE TODAY!

Spaces are limited – register early!

Questions?