Series 2


North America – October 17th

10:00 AM: Check in

10:15 AM: Introduction. Go around and allow each camper to introduce themselves and say what their favorite animal is. Introduce topic for the day: North America!

10:30 AM: Zoo Walk! Highlight North American animals along the way

11:00 AM: Meet a North American animal: striped bark scorpion

11:15 AM: Track Identifier Craft. Discuss importance of recognizing tracks in your area.

12:00 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM: Game Time

1:00 PM: Discussion: importance of apex predators in an ecosystem. Talk about how gray wolves and cougars, two of North America’s apex predators, were hunted nearly to extinction due to fear. Discuss SSP’s, reintroductions, etc.

1:15 PM: Plants vs. Predators

2:00 PM: Meet a North American animal: Texas brown tarantula

2:15 PM: Biofacts

2:45 PM: In My Backyard Stations

3:15 PM: Meet a North American animal: Milk snake

3:30 PM: Game Time

4:00 PM: Check out


South America – October 24th

10:00 AM: Check In

10:15 AM: Introductions. Go around and allow each camper to introduce themselves and say what their favorite animal is. Introduce topic for the day: South America!

10:30 AM: Zoo Walk! Highlight South American animals along the way

11:00 AM: Meet a South American animal: guinea pigs

11:15 AM:  Craft: pipe cleaner chameleon

12:00 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM: Game Time

1:00 PM: Meet a South American animal: chinchilla

1:15 PM: Talk about anacondas – the heaviest snake in the world! Work together to make a paper chain snake as long as an anaconda! (Maximum verified was 30 feet, 20-25 feet is more reasonable)

1:30 PM: Meet a South American animal: Boa constrictor

1:45 PM: Talk about the different ecosystems found in South America. Primarily, people think of rainforests, but northern Chile is a desert home to the Diaguita people. It is thought that this is where rainsticks originated.

2:00 PM: Make your own rain stick

2:30 PM: Game Time

3:00 PM: Meet a South American animal: George

3:30 PM: Game Time

4:00 PM: Check out 


Africa – October 31st

10:00 AM: Check In

10:15 AM: Introductions. Go around the room and allow each child to introduce themselves and say what their favorite animal is. Introduce topic of the day: Africa!

10:30 AM: Zoo Walk. Focus on African animals along the way

11:00 AM:  Meet an African animal: Madagascar hissing cockroach and giant African millipedes

11:15 AM: Make drums

***Talk about how drums are an integral part of African culture. They’re played to communicate, inspire, and mourn. They are played during war, peace, harvesting, planting, birth, and death. Relate to how music is important to them.

11:45 AM: Drum circle

12:00 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM: Game Time

1:00 PM: Meet an African animal: African pygmy hedgehog

1:15 PM: Cardboard roll rhinoceros craft

***Take this opportunity to talk about endangered species and conservation efforts

1:45 PM: Meet an African animal: lovebird

2:00 PM:  Game Time

2:30 PM: Craft

3:00 PM: Meet an African animal: ball python

3:30 PM: Game Time

4:00 PM: Check out


Asia – November 7th

10:00 AM: Check In

10:15 AM: Introductions. Go around the room and allow each child to introduce themselves and say what their favorite animal is. Introduce topic of the day: Asia!

10:30 AM: Zoo Walk. Focus on Asian animals along the way

11:00 AM: Meet an Asian animal: Oriental fire-bellied toads

11:15 AM: Egg Carton Dragons

***Talk about importance of dragons in Chinese culture.

12:00 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM: Game Time

1:00 PM: Meet an Asian animal: leopard gecko

1:15 PM: Tiger biofacts. Talk about the importance of tigers in their ecosystems as apex predators. How can we help tigers in the wild?

1:30 PM: Asian Elephant Craft

***Talk about how Asian elephants are endangered. How can we help them in the wild?

2:00 PM: Game Time

2:30 PM: Straw Blown Peacock craft

3:00 PM: Zoo Walk: How many peafowl can we find? How many males vs. females?

3:30 PM: Game Time

4:00 PM: Check out


Australia – November 14th

10:00 AM: Check In

10:15 AM: Introductions. Go around the room and allow each child to introduce themselves and say what their favorite animal is. Introduce topic of the day: Australia!

10:30 AM: Zoo Walk. Focus on Australian animals along the way.

11:00 AM: Clay echidna craft

***Talk about monotremes!

11:30 AM: Game Time

12:00 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM: Meet an Australian animal: blue-tongued skink

1:00 PM: Boomerang craft

***Talk about how boomerangs were used by Aboriginals to hunt. Oldest Australian boomerangs date back to 10,000 BC, but they have been found on other continents as well. Oldest was found in Poland, dating back to approximately 20,000 BC.

1:30 PM: Game Time

2:00 PM: Cassowary craft

2:30 PM:  Meet an Australian animal: Bearded dragon

3:00 PM: Game Time

4:00 PM: Check out