Creature Camps

School break camps for kids from 1st through 5th grade

2017-2018 Academic Year

Children in grades 1-5 can spend their day(s) off from school with the animals at The Creature Conservancy! These 1-day, 3-day and week long camps are scheduled for times when various area schools are not in session.

Students get to help with care and feeding of select animals and enjoy up close and personal time with some of our animal ambassadors! Age groups are divided to offer age-appropriate experience. Activities vary according to age group and time of year. The learning doesn't have to stop with a day off school!

Space is limited in each camp, so check your school calendar and register early to avoid disappointment.

Creature Camps 2017-2018 hours cost

Day Camps:

Monday, January 15, 2018*

Monday, February 19, 2018*

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

*registration closed

8:00am - 5:00pm $65

3-Day Camp:

Wednesday-Friday, Jan 3-5, 2018 *

*registration closed

8:30am - 4:00pm $195

Week long Camp - Spring Break:

Monday-Friday, March 26-30, 2018*

*registration closed

8:30am - 4:00pm $275

Register now!

Kids and Creatures - for preschoolers and their parents

Winter Session: Tuesdays, Jan 16 through Feb 20

Spring Session: Tuesdays, Mar 6 - 20, April 3 - 17

Our winter and spring sessions of Kids and Creatures are ready for sign-up! Join us for 6 Tuesday mornings with your young one to meet new animals, play "animal" games, listen to stories about animals, and create fun (animal-themed!) crafts.

We start off each day with an introduction to 3 amazing animals such as an armadillo, kangaroo, opossum, Russian tortoise, blue-tongued skink, axolotl, or fire salamander. Kids and parents/grandparents/guardians will learn about each animal, get to ask questions, and even touch some of the hardier animals! Then, we'll get on our feet for some movement activities and games designed for various ages and abilities, followed by group story time. The morning includes sensory stations and cool crafts based on the animals from the week's presentation.

This is a wonderful experience for your child to learn about and expand their exposure to the natural world. It is designed as a child and parent/caregiver class. We encourage you to share this time with your child and find alternative arrangements for siblings under 2.5 years. In general, the time dedicated to viewing and quietly listening to information about the animals is beyond what should/can be expected of those younger than 2.5 years. Thank you in advance for your foreplanning and keeping our classroom environment enjoyable for all participants, and safe for the animals and their presenters.

Ages: 2.5 - 5 years

Winter dates: Tuesdays, January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, and 20 REG NOW CLOSED

Spring dates: Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17 (no session on March 27th)

Time: 10am - 12pm

Cost per 6-week session: $110 for adult and one preschooler; additional preschoolers from the same family $80

Please note: space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!

Register now for the winter session of Kids and CreaturesRegister now for the spring session of Kids and Creatures

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Teen Zoo Crew

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This program is for reliable, responsible teenagers entering 10th-12th grade (Fall 2018) who are able to commit to 2 periods of 6 hours each week, for 11 consecutive weeks during the summer. Periods include either Tuesday or Thursday from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm AND Saturday or Sunday from 12:15 pm - 6:15 pm. Attending a weekday and a weekend period is required each week. Preference will be given to applicants who have minimal planned absences.

Tuition of $200 covers hands-on training in exotic animal care, environmental interpretation, and current topics in conservation as well as mentoring by Conservancy staff. This is an 11-week program involving comitment to two 6-hour days each week.  Included each week are a weekday dedicated to learning to care for select collection animals and a weekend session during which teens help with animal handling and facilitating safe, hands-on educational interactions for the visiting public. Those interested should contact us for application requirements:

A limited number of spaces is available, and the application period closes April 15, 2018. Accepted applicants will receive an invitation to register no later than May 1st.

Teen Zoo Crew 2018 runs from June 19th through September 2nd.

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Summer Camps

With a brand-new curriculum for this summer, every child that comes to Zoo Camp at The Creature Conservancy will get a novel experience.

Laugh with kookaburras, hop with kangaroos and walk with armadillos! Summer camp at The Creature Conservancy offers children an experience they will never forget.

Campers in our week-long sessions get hands-on opportunities with exotic animals from six continents during this science-based week of adventure. Animal adaptations, social behavior, habitats and conservation are part of a curriculum that is enhanced by visits with a wide variety of animal "educators." Campers will see up to 75 species of mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish and invertebrate. Additionally, campers will also enjoy participating in animal feedings, take-home crafts, animal enrichment toy creation and games.

Camp registration is now open. Click on your camp date to go to the registration form. Please have health insurance and payment information ready.

Space in each camp is limited so plan to register early! These camps fill quickly. If your summer plans change after you've registered, refunds will be given up to three weeks prior to your camp start date.


Zoo Camp (Grades 1-3)

For grades 1st through 3rd (Fall 2018). Each day campers have up close and personal time with animals from all over the world. Campers are introduced to the characteristics that divide these animals into the mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish classifications. Campers also learn about the care and feeding of our animals with hands-on participation. Together, we explore and investigate conservation topics through activities, crafts and games!

The camp day begins at 9:00 and pick up is at 4:00. Registration is $275 per session.

Camp After Hours is available from 4:00 - 6:00pm. Registration is $75 per session.


June 18 - June 22 This camp is now full. Add your name to the waitlist here.

July 9 - July 13 This camp is now full. Add your name to the waitlist here.

July 23 - July 27

August 6 - August 10

August 20 - August 24


Zoo Camp (Grades 4-6)

For grades 4th through 6th (Fall 2018). This camp is for the animal lover who wants to understand the science of the animal world. Daily, up-close visits with animals from around the globe help teach campers about different animal adaptations. We also explore animal habitats and how environmental issues are affecting animal survival. Campers participate in animal care and feeding and work on animal enrichment projects.

The camp day begins at 9:00 and pick up is at 4:00. Registration is $300 per session.

Camp After Hours is available from 4:00 - 6:00pm. Registration is $75 per session.

Night Crawlers is an optional extended stay on Thursday evening to spend some time observing our nocturnal animals, enjoy a pizza dinner and s'mores and watch the fruit bats fly in our indoor arena. Registration is $25 ($15 for those registered in Camp After Hours).


June 25 - June 29

July 16 - July 20

July 30 - August 3

August 13 - August 17

August 27 - August 31



For grades 7th through 9th (Fall 2018). This camp is an exciting opportunity for animal enthusiasts to get a first-hand look at what it takes to care for the animals at The Creature Conservancy. Students participate directly in aspects of zoo keeping such as food preparation and delivery, enclosure maintenance and cleaning with an emphasis on the research and conservation aspect. Each day includes hands-on presentations of some of our most interesting animals!

The day begins at 9:00 and ends at 4:00.

Registration for the four-day Zookeeper is $250 per student, or $70/day if attending fewer than four days.

One session only:

July 2, 3, 5, 6 This camp is now full. Add your name to the waitlist here.


(Click on a thumbnail below to see full photo, then use arrow keys to scroll and see the camp fun during previous years!)