Creature Camp

School break camps for kids from kindergarten through 6th grade

2016-2017 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!

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

Creature Camp 2016-2017 hours cost
Day Camps 8:00am - 5:00pm $65
Friday, Oct 21* Monday, Jan 16* Friday, Apr 14  
Tuesday, Nov 1* Monday, Feb 20* Tuesday, May 2
Wednesday, Nov 2* Friday, Mar 38*  
Tuesday, Nov 8* Friday, Mar 17 * *registration closed
3-Day Camp: Wednesday-Friday, Jan 4-6, 2017* 8:30am - 4:00pm $195
Week-long Camp Spring Break: Monday-Friday, Apr 3-7, 2017* 8:30am - 4:00pm $275


Payment is due at registration. You may register your child for as few or as many camps as you like. If space remains available, you may register later for additional camps, however space is limited in each camp and registration will close when the camp reaches capacity.

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"Kids and Creatures" - for preschoolers and their parents

March 1-29 and April 12

Our series of programs just for preschoolers and parents/caregivers starts up again in March! Join us every Wednesday morning 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 3-4 amazing animals such as an armadillo, kangaroo, opossum, rabbit, 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 that 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 facts 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 handlers.

Ages: 2.5 - 5 years

Dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 12 (no class April 5th)

Time: 10am - 12pm

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

TCC's Education Center
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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!

Registration for summer camps at The Creature Conservancy is now open! Find the camp session you need and click on the date to register. Please have your insurance and payment information ready.

Space in each camp is limited, so plan to register early - these camps fill quickly and this is an experience your child will not want to miss! 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 2017). Campers spend each day engaged in animal visits and activities, including some animal feeding and learning about aspects of animal care.  The Creature Conservancy is home to over 70 species of animal, and campers will be introduced to the majority of these fascinating creatures.  Lessons and themes vary daily and promote awareness of animal habitats, life cycles, and how we can help protect creatures in the natural world. Campers will also enjoy outdoor nature walks along with crafts, activities, and games.

The camp day begins at 9:00 and pick up is at 4:00. Registration is $260 per session.

Camp After Hours is available from 4:00 - 6:00pm (maximum 10 students per camp week). Registration is $75 per session.


June 19 - June 23 This camp is now full. Add your name to the waitlist here.

July 10 - July 14

July 24 - July 28

August 7 - August 11 This camp is now full. Add your name to the waitlist here.

August 21 - August 25


Zoo Camp (Grades 4-7)

For grades 4th through 7th (Fall 2017). This camp is for the animal lover who wants to really understand the science of the animal world.  During the week, campers will meet and learn about over 60 species of animal including both vertebrates and invertebrates. We will explore animal habitats and learn how environmental issues can affect animal survival in the wild. Campers will help with daily animal feeding and care and will also get involved in fun animal enrichment projects.

The camp day begins at 9:00 and pick up is at 4:00. Registration is $285 per session.

There is an optional overnight stay on Thursday night to spend some time observing our nocturnal animals! Sign-up for the overnight stay is available on the first day of your camp. Fee of $25 applies ($15 for those registered in Camp After Hours).

Camp After Hours is available from 4:00 - 6:00pm (maximum 10 students per camp week). Registration is $75 per session.


June 26 - June 30 This camp is now full. Add your name to the waitlist here.

July 17 - July 21 This camp is now full. Add your name to the waitlist here.

July 31 - August 4

August 14 - August 18

August 28 - September 1



For grades 8th through 12th (Fall 2017). This camp is designed for students who have a passion for animals and want to learn the type of care that is required for the varied species at The Creature Conservancy. Students will help with animal diet prep and delivery directly to the animals, and get involved with enclosure maintenance, cleaning, and data collection on certain species. Students will have the opportunity to design novel animal enrichment and brainstorm cool animal habitats. Working with the camp director and our knowledgeable staff, students will enjoy the complete zookeeping experience!

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

Registration for the 3-day Zookeeper is $180 per student.

One session only:

July 5 - July 7 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!)