Summer Critter Camp 2015

 

A wonderful San Diego Summer Camp for kids – experience new summer camp themes!

Where kids connect with animals!
June 15- August 21 2015
Preschool through 8th Grade

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Summer Critter Camp is San Diego’s best animal camp for kids Preschool through 8th grade! Children will experience a full week of amazing animal interactions and summer camp activities including animal themed games, crafts, songs, and more! Not able to commit to a full week? We offer two weeks (week 3 and week 10) of daily sign-ups.

What types of animals will your kids meet at Summer Critter Camp?
Alpacas, skinks, parrots, rabbits, turtles, tortoises, cockatiels, geckos, miniature horses, snakes, bearded dragons, chickens, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, sheep, frogs, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, chinchillas, walking sticks, doves, and dogs!

Summer Camp Weekly Themes Preschool through 6th grade

Animal Heros!

Whether it’s by the way they survive in their natural habitats, or their ability to help people, animals perform truly heroic acts everyday!  

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Activities will be similar to the following and may include:

  • Participate in a bunny play group and discover how their long ears give them super hearing powers.
  • Visit Therapeutic Riding and witness how riding horses can help people learn to walk, talk, and improve memory.
  • Discover the courageous journey hermit crabs take when searching for their perfect shell.
  • Pet our surprisingly soft alpacas while learning how their “fiber” helps keep HUMANS warm during the cold winter months.
  • Hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach while learning how these decomposers save the rainforest.
  • Have a parrot perch on your shoes while learning about their superb ability to see UV light!
  • Hold chicken eggs from the henhouse while learning about the strength and persistence baby chicks must have in order to hatch from a shell.
  • Visit the Equine Hospital and learn about their LARGER THAN LIFE medical equipment.
  • Feed a snake while discovering the out-of-this-world way their jaw opens.
  • Discover why a skink’s blue tongue is an adaptation to scare away the bad guys!
  • Zip! Zap! POW! Cheer on your favorite super sulcata tortoise as they race down Sulcata Speedway!
  • Witness how a walking stick insect has super camouflaging powers!

With great power comes great responsibility, and we have a responsibility to be super heroes to animals!

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Activities will be similar to the following and may include:

  • Play with a dog and learn how these animals have been domesticated to be great sidekicks.
  • Groom a mini horse and learn all about barn pet care.
  • Activate your spidey senses while holding real exoskeletons.
  • Pet our super-soft chinchillas and learn what you can do to save them from extinction!
  • Help our box turtles stay healthy and happy by polishing  their shells.
  • Visit Adoptions and learn how you can save animals’ lives by adopting!
  • Hold a local species of snake and learn what you can do to protect their natural habitat.
  • Help our sheep stay cool by giving them a shear!
  • Enrich our parrots by helping them learn their colors & shapes!
  • Feed a bearded dragon and learn all about proper animal diets.
  • Discover careers with animals so you can one day be a hero to animals in the workplace.
  • Give your favorite sulcata tortoise the fan power he needs to race down Sulcata Speedway.


Critter Camp Schedule

Preschool – 2nd Grade (as of fall 2015)
Animal Heroes Be a Hero to Animals
Week 1: June 15-19
Week 3: June 29-July 2 (daily rates)
Week 5: July 13-17
Week 7: July 27-31
Week 9: August 10-14
Week 2: June 22-26
Week 4: July 6-10
Week 6: July 20-24
Week 8: August 3-7
Week 10: August 17-21 (daily rates)
3rd – 6th Grade (as of fall 2015)
Be a Hero to Animals Animal Heroes
Week 1: June 15-19
Week 3: June 29-July 2 (daily rates)
Week 5: July 13-17
Week 7: July 27-31
Week 9: August 10-14
Week 2: June 22-26
Week 4: July 6-10
Week 6: July 20-24
Week 8: August 3-7
Week 10: August 17-21 (daily rates)

Summer Camp themes 7th & 8th Grade

Critter Camp Leaders in Training!
Offered in five weekly sessions: June 29-July 31
While still meeting the same animals as our Preschool through 6th grade camps, 7th and 8th graders will also develop lifelong leaderships skills during their week here at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

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Activities will be similar to the following and may include:

  • Earn 10 hours of community service
  • Learn how to animal handle like  a Critter Camp Instructor
  • Explore vet care during “Be A Vet Day”
  • Work one on one with preschool and kinder campers while teaching them about animals
  • Learn how to take the pulse of a horse
  • Help socialize our Education Animals
  • Explore different careers with animals by meeting the experts themselves
  • Help plan and lead Critter Camp activities for grades Preschool-4th
  • Care for, feed, and interact with barn animals such as horses, sheep, alpacas, and chickens
  • Care for, feed, and interact with exotic pets such as parrots, snakes, bearded dragons, turtles, tortoises, and chinchillas
  • Make crafts, play fun games, make new friends & interact with tons of animals!

Critter Camp Times, Dates and Options

Critter Camp Times
Preschool (must be at least 4-years-old): 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kindergarten through 8th Grade: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
*Extended Care is offered from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for $15 per day for grades Kindergarten through 8th. (No Extended Care options for Preschool)

Weekly Critter Camp Rates
Preschool (must be at least 4-years-old): $200 per week
Kindergarten through 8th Grade: $265 per week

Daily Critter Camp Rate (weeks 3 & 10 only)
Preschool (must be at least 4 years old): $50 per day
Kindergarten through 8th Grade: $65 per day

*Lunch options are available at the time of registration for $7 per day. All lunches include an entrée and two sides. Please provide your child with a snack and water bottle each day.

*Photos of your child at Critter Camp are available to purchase at the time of registration (except for weeks 3 & 10). For $10, two digital pictures of your child will be sent to your account email address after your child attends camp.

 

More questions about Critter Camp? Check out our frequently asked questions.

For more information about Critter Camp:
Email us [embed link to: education@animalcenter.org] or call us at (858)756-4117, ext. 318