SUMMER OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

at Capron Park Zoo

Capron Park Zoo Education Department is proud to be able to offer summer programs for 2023. 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

RADICAL REPTILES, FEATHERED FRIENDS AND MIGHTY MAMMALS

June 19-23 (session 1A) CLOSED
August 21-25 (session 1C)

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, 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.

IMAGINARIUM

July 24-28 (session 1B)

Explore the pages of some favorite books and see where they will take you! Each day will be themed on a different children’s book and 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.

Outdoor Adventures for 7-8 year olds

ANIMAL GAMES

June 26-30 (session 2A)
July 31-August 4 (session 2C)

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 crafts, zoo exploration and animal encounters included in this program.

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.

ANIMAL ART

July 10-14 (session 2B)
August 7-11 (session 2D)

Learn about animals through art! Each day will feature a different simple type of art medium. While an interest in art is encouraged, this program is designed for all skill levels in mind. In additional to art, this program includes zoo exploration, 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

BIODIVERSITY ROCKS

July 10 – 14 (session 3A)
August 7 – 11 (session 3C)

Especially designed for the young nature explorer! Children will explore the zoo and the park to discover the wondrous diversity of life that surrounds them in the heart of Attleboro. In addition, this program will also include 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.

ANIMAL INVESTIGATION

July 17 – 21 (session 3B)
August 14 – 18 (session 3D)

Using a combination of basic wildlife forensic techniques and veterinary science, children will learn about animal anatomy and identification. PLEASE NOTE: In addition to zoo exploration, animal encounters, 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.

Outdoor Adventures for 11-12 year olds

BEHAVIOR AND ENRICHMENT

June 26 – 30 (session 4A)
July 31 – August 4 (session 4C)

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

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.

THE NEW ZOO

July 17 – 21 (session 4B)
August 14 – 18 (session 4D)

Program participants will learn what it takes to build a zoo exhibit from beginning to end—and build their own mini version of an exhibit. This program will include a final zoo “exhibit tour” where each participant can showcase their creation!

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 no longer allow program participants into behind the scenes areas or exhibits. Depending on the age of the group, we do still offer fun animal-related activities like diet prep, enrichment and more in the zoo classroom or 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 some of our animal ambassadors.

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 no longer offer before or after care options.

Will summer programs still be able to use the splash pad?
Assuming we are able to have the splash pad open this summer, we will have program participants use it at least once a week.

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 adjusted into the current 11-12 year old program.

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 keep your child safe. If your child has an emotional or learning challenge, please contact the Curator of Education at: 774-203-1844 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, 2023. 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.