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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Summer Camp 2012 Comes to a Close
It’s always bittersweet when summer camp ends at Lincoln Park Zoo. This summer, more than 700 campers streamed through our gates during the nine weeks of camp to experience the wildest summer learning experience in Chicago.
Oh, the things campers say…
“I’m so hot I could blow up!”
“My favorite animal is a sea lion because they have dreamy eyes.”
Educator: “Does anyone want to guess how much this owl weighs?”
Camper: “Three centimeters!”
Our camp team is bummed that the summer fun is over, but we’re also thrilled about all the amazing things our campers were able to see and do at the zoo.
Allow us to share some highlights:
Kids who attended Conservation Camp (4-year-olds to kids entering 4th grade) got the inside scoop from zoo keepers about how the latter care for animals. They also made piñatas as enrichment for the Eurasian lynx (and watched the lynx tear them to pieces), got up-close and personal with an armadillo and a blue-tongued skink and lots more! With specially designed activities geared toward each age group, Conservation Camp provided just the right mix of summer fun and learning. Every year we’re impressed by our campers’ enthusiasm (despite this summer’s record-breaking heat) about exploring zoo exhibits and absorbing countless animal facts.
Zoo Crew campers (kids entering 5th–8th grades) worked alongside zoo scientists to better understand topics like animal behavior and hormonal patterns. They enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours and took offsite trips to places such as local nature preserves and research sites. These campers also enjoyed a unique sleepover at the Regenstein Center for African Apes, with just the exhibit glass between the kids and the gorillas—an experience they surely won’t forget any time soon!
If you’re also bummed that summer camp 2012 has come to a close, don’t fret: registration for spring-break camp will open in November! As usual, zoo members are eligible for early registration and a 15% discount, so be sure to become a member or renew your membership before then!
Questions about camp or other education programs? Contact the education programs administrative coordinator at 312-742-2056 or email@example.com.
Jaclyn Peterson is manager of public programs at Lincoln Park Zoo.