Houston Zoo Opens Public Registration for Summer Camp

Houston Zoo Opens Public Registration for Summer Camp

Summer vacation just got wild! Public registration begins Monday, Feb. 26 for Camp Zoofari at the Houston Zoo. Camp Zoofari is a summer camp experience for children ages 4 through 16 (and now adults, too!) that features fun and educational activities with animals at the center of it all. Running June 4 through August 17, Camp Zoofari offers an exciting lineup of programs that have been specially created to connect children to animals to inspire a life-long love of wildlife. Each camp includes guided zoo experiences, animal ambassador meet-and-greets, giraffe feeding, carousel rides, and more.

The Camp Zoofari team listens to feedback from past camp participants and adds several new and exciting programs each year. This year, grown-ups can get in on the action, too, during Camp Zoofari for Adults. During the three, single-day camps, adults explore the connection between the Houston Zoo and wildlife conservation. Also new this season is Family Camp where children and adults play together to learn how the animals at the Houston Zoo are fed and enriched. These two, two-day camps are perfect for families who are eager to explore wildlife together.

The zoo has added 11 brand-new camp programs for summer 2018. Themes like Animagination, Excellent Enrichment, and Summer Zoolympics join returning favorites that help kids make friends and have fun at camp while learning about wildlife. These new themes expand the zoo’s already-diverse collection of educational programs, giving parents and children more ways to connect with nature while at camp. Before and after camp programming has also returned to help families with busy schedules. Since many of our camps are popular and sell out fast, the zoo has a waitlist to immediately notify families if additional spaces are opened.

Camp Zoofari is operated by the Houston Zoo conservation education department. To complement the zoo’s 18 full-time educators, each week-long session is supported by 60 seasonal camp guides, and nearly 100 members of Zoo Crew, the organization’s teen volunteer initiative. Camp Zoofari staff maintain an 8-to-1 student-teacher ratio, surpassing the 10-to-1 ratio mandated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Registration and additional information can be found at www.houstonzoo.org/education/camp-zoofari.

For many Houston-area families, the high cost of a quality camp means their kids can’t participate in an enriching experience during the summer break. That’s why every year, the Houston Zoo sets aside 200 scholarship spots at Camp Zoofari. By giving to the Send a Kid to Camp campaign, people can provide deserving kids with an unforgettable opportunity to learn about the natural world, wildlife conservation, and the animals that call the Houston Zoo home. To donate to the Send a Kid to Camp scholarship campaign, visit https://www.houstonzoo.org/support-the-zoo/send-a-kid-to-camp.

— Houston Zoo