"Kids and Creatures" - for preschoolers and their parents

October 11 - November 15

Our series of programs just for preschoolers and parents/caregivers starts up in October! Join us for 6 Wednesday mornings with your young one to meet new animals, play "animal" games, listen to stories about animals, and create fun (animal-themed!) crafts.

(Dates for winter and spring sessions will be announced soon. Check back here for updates.)

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 concludes with sensory stations and several 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

Dates: October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 2017

Time: 10am - 12pm

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

Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!

Please note: if your plans change, a full refund may be given up to three weeks prior to the start of the session.



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Creature Camp

School break camps for kids from 1st through 6th grade

2017-2018 Academic Year

Children in grades K-6 can spend their day(s) off from school with the animals at The Creature Conservancy! These day camps 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!

Dates for the 2017-18 academic year will be announced soon!

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

Summer Camps

What better way to start the morning than by feeding a kangaroo? How about petting a tiny, friendly deer? Summer camp at The Creature Conservancy is an unforgettable experience for campers in grades 1-12!

Throughout the summer, our weeklong sessions give campers hands-on learning opportunities with dozens of species of exotic animals. Love mammals? Meet the sloths, armadillos, muntjac deer, crested porcupines and at least 15 other species! Thrilled by birds? Make friends with Poe the raven, one of the talking macaws, Arthur the emu and more. Fascinated by reptiles? We have lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises and alligators! And let's not leave out the amphibians - ever seen an axolotl?

Summer camps at The Creature Conservancy offer science-based programs and lessons, rounded out with plenty of fun. Throughout the week, campers meet not just the animals, but our animal educators, too! These knowledgable people provide an exciting learning environment to stretch the mind of even the most passionate animal lover. And there's still time for fun, games and creative projects like making enrichment toys for the macaws, or designing possible animal enclosures.

Can porcupines truly shoot their quills? Are Santa's reindeer really all boys? Come to summer camp to find out!

Dates for Summer Camp 2018 will be announced in February and registration will begin shortly thereafter.

Space in each camp is limited, so plan to register early! These camps fill quickly.


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