Zoo Camps

TURN SCHOOL VACATION INTO AN ADVENTURE!

When school is out, Zoo Camp is in! Kids spend a day at the zoo creating crafts, playing games, viewing animal presentations and shows, trekking through the zoo, talking with keepers, and more. Our qualified educators guide groups of no larger than 12 students (per counselor) through an exciting, fun-filled adventure at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

ZOO CAMP RULES:

1. Campers must wear closed-toe shoes with a back (no clogs/Croc-like shoes).
2. Campers must follow the instructions given by zoo staff.
3. Campers must take part in all scheduled activities.
4. Campers must stay with the group at all times.
5. Campers must be respectful of others, including staff, other campers, and animals.
6. Campers must keep their hands, feet, and objects to themselves.
7. No running or horseplay is permitted.
8. Before and aftercare are not provided.

SINGLE DAY CAMPS

ABOUT:

Our zoo camps combine outdoor education with entertainment where your kids will enjoy learning about wildlife, getting an introduction to zoological conservation, and making new friends! Zoo Camp is open for students entering 1st through 6th grade.

DATES:

January 29th, February 15th, Spring Break: March 17th, 18th, 19th,
April 2nd, April 9th, September 6th, October 18th

TIMES:

9am – 4pm

DAILY COST:

$45 for members, $50 for non-members.

WEEK LONG CAMPS

ABOUT:

Our zoo camps combine outdoor education with entertainment where your kids will enjoy learning about wildlife, getting an introduction to zoological conservation, and making new friends! Zoo Camp is open for students entering 1st through 6th grade. Lunch and a snack are provided daily. A camp T-shirt is included for each weeklong camp session.

GRADES:

SUMMER CAMP: Open to students entering 1st grade through 6th (Capacity – 40)
WINTER CAMP: Open to students K through 5th (Capacity – 32)
SPRING CAMP: Open to students entering 1st grade through 6th (Capacity – 32)

TIMES:

9am – 4pm

WEEKLY COST:

$225 for members, $250 for non-members.

SPRING CAMP 2021

Dates TBA

 

SUMMER CAMP 2021

Camp Build-It

June 14th – 18th
From Legos to Lincoln Logs and from gears to bricks, this camp is perfect for that future engineer in your family who is ready to combine their building skills with the world of animals. Campers will create habitats and exhibits and work together to plan new expansions for the Alligator Farm.
 

Dragon Week

June 21st – 25th
Come get a close look at one of the Farm’s most famous resident, our Komodo dragon! From the largest lizards, to walking on water or even flying, this week will be full of magic as we explore that fact and fiction of dragons from around the world!
 

WILD Scientist Week

June 28th – July 2nd
“Fizz, crackle, BOOM”. Grab your white coat and step into the laboratory! This week is all about getting creative and wild with science. From conducting experiments to observing animal behavior this camp is hands-on and encourages campers to think outside the box.
 

Sharks and Minnows: Just Keep Swimming (Best of 2020)

July 5th – 9th
Is “under the sea” your camper’s speed? In this camp, we will look at the wonders of the ocean and learn all about the amazing predator and prey relationships in the big blue. Be sure your camper is ready to get wet as we will have plenty of water-related activities throughout the day.
 

Ickology (Best of 2020)

July 12th – 16th
Does your camper enjoy the “yuk” side of science? In our grossest camp ever, we will dive right into the stinky, slimy, and dirty parts of the animal world. This camp is very hands-on so make sure your camper is ready to roll their sleeves up and get down and dirty at the Alligator Farm.
 

Globe Trotters

July 19th – 23rd
Bon Voyage! Get your passports ready and come take a trip as we visit faraway lands! Each day we will explore different places around the globe and discover cultural differences and the unique animal that live there.
 

Gator Bowl

July 26th – 30th
AAARE YOUUUU REAAAADY? We’ll sell you the whole seat but you will only need the edge as campers compete in the Alligator Farm’s Zoo Olympics! By the end of the week these young Olympians will take on the zoos best of the best. Think your camper has what it takes? Pack your ‘Gator’aid and prepare for a week full of games.
 

Jr Zookeeper

August 2nd – 6th
Time to take the jump into the world of Zookeeping! In this camp, we will study the habitats and behaviors our of zoo animals. Design enrichment, puzzles, and learn all about animal training. Campers will observe our zoo animals and discover what animals need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives here at our park. As our most popular camp, be sure get your spot before it fills up!
 

 

COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM

DOWNLOAD RULES & DUTIES (PDF)
DOWNLOAD 2021 APPLICATION (PDF)

Available only during the summer, the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program is designed as a volunteer program for students entering 7th through 12th grade. CIT volunteers assist counselors with groups of Zoo Campers as an extra set of eyes, ears, and hands to help with crafts, games, and other activities. CITs are expected to show a positive attitude toward Zoo Camp, Zoo Campers, The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, and its staff. As role models for the younger campers, CITs must abide by all Zoo Camp rules. Any CIT showing a lack of maturity, cooperation or positive attitude will be asked to leave. After camp has ended for the season, each CIT will receive a letter outlining the number of hours volunteered. Any additional paperwork required by schools in order to receive volunteer credit must be completed by the CIT and then submitted to the Curator of Education for a signature.