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Summer is approaching. School is out and summer camp time begins. Audubon Zoo has been running a weekly summer camp for over 25 years. I have not been overseeing the camp that many years, but I have been here long enough to see my toddler campers grow into camp counselors. Soon the day will come when I see my campers bring their children. It doesn’t make me feel old, it makes me proud. A sign of a good program is one where the same counselors return year after year and the same campers go through the ranks of our camps.
Audubon Zoo Summer Camp is a great camp from the start because of its location-a zoo! What other camps do you go to and you have a morning meeting with lions roaring in the background or some bar headed geese honking for your attention? We strive to be much more than a great location. Each year we look at curriculum and the latest trends in child development and learning standards. The secret here is to teach without them knowing. We want our campers to experience science and nature through observation and hands-on learning. We do that through discovery times, animal encounters, zoo tours and science snacks. My goal this year for our campers is to create an affinity for nature, problem solving confidence and an interest in exploration. For the first time we will be doing some assessment to see if we are really reaching those goals.
From your camper's perspective the goal is FUN. We have that covered with Cool Zoo, games, art class, animal tours, animal encounters and our new nature sand pit. Many of the adults wish that they could go to Zoo Summer Camp. I agree it is a lot of fun.
Camp starts on June 3. We are still getting ready. We look forward to the sounds of children laughing and yelling mixed in with the sounds of the animals. It’s going to be a great summer.
We still have spaces left in our summer camps. You can register on-line. Camp runs from June 3 through August 2.