Grades 5-7

Here are the class names and description for the Potter Park Zoo 2015 Zookambi season!  

 

Picture This - AM Session // Week of June 15

Please note: campers are required to bring a digital camera each day of camp.

Say cheese! Are you a future photographer? Be sure to join us at your favorite zoo for a wild photography ride that will teach you the basics of your camera and how to snap the best animal shots! Come spend some time getting the purr-fect pose to create your own mock billboard for the zoo. DON’T FORGET your digital cameras, memory cards and LOTS of spare batteries on the FIRST day to get the full experience of this class!

So You Want to Work at the Zoo? - PM Session // Week of June 15

Do you like asking questions, and learning why things work the way they do? Then this class is for you! Take on the role of a young research scientist, a behavioral analyst, an architect and many more exciting roles. You’ll also have the chance to meet a few animal experts and discover what it means to work at a zoo!

Puzzles, Piñatas, and Presents - AM Session // Week of June 22

What do you do when you’re bored to help keep you entertained? Animals get bored too, and we make sure all of our animals at the zoo get plenty of time to play! Come learn about enrichment that happens at Potter Park Zoo, make treats and toys for the animals, and watch them enjoy!

Know Your Totem - PM Session // Week of June 22

ZOO you know: Native Americans were the first people to walk our land? Come learn about their exciting culture and see how important animals were to their everyday lives. Join us in a rain dance and create Native American art, all while learning about animals!

Grossology - AM Session // Week of June 29

Animals do some weird, fascinating, and completely gross things! From owl pellets, lizards shooting blood from their eyes, and regurgitating hedgehogs, you’ll investigate with us how being gross can actually be good for animals.

Vet Med - PM Session // Week of June 29

So you want to be a vet?  Great!  Come get a head start at Potter Park Zoo!  We’ll be spending the week exploring surgical techniques, lab tests, and first aid skills that real veterinarians use every day!  You’ll also get to try your hand at figuring out what’s wrong with one of our animal patients in Friday’s diagnostic challenge! 

 So You Want To Work at the Zoo? - AM Session // Week of July 13

Do you like asking questions, and learning why things work the way they do? Then this class is for you! Take on the role of a young research scientist, a behavioral analyst, an architect and many more exciting roles. You’ll also have the chance to meet a few animal experts and discover what it means to work at a zoo!

Grossology - PM Session // Week of July 13

Animals do some weird, fascinating, and completely gross things! From owl pellets, lizards shooting blood from their eyes, and regurgitating hedgehogs, you’ll investigate with us how being gross can actually be good for animals.

Puzzles, Piñatas, and Presents - AM Session // Week of July 20

What do you do when you’re bored to help keep you entertained? Animals get bored too, and we make sure all of our animals at the zoo get plenty of time to play! Come learn about enrichment that happens at Potter Park Zoo, make treats and toys for the animals, and watch them enjoy!

Vanishing Act - PM Session // Week of July 20

Did you know that right here at Potter Park Zoo, we are helping to save endangered species and keep them from disappearing for good? Or that we have helped bring one species of toad back from the very brink of extinction? And did you know that there are less than 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild? Learn about these and other rare animals, and how YOU can help!

Critter Chronicles - AM Session // Week of July 27

Do you want to write or illustrate your own story? Are you a bookworm that can’t put a good book down? Join us in this week-long adventure as we travel through the world of animals in literature, and get the chance to write your very own masterpieces inspired by the animals you encounter here at Potter Park Zoo!

Water, Water Everywhere - PM Session // Week of July 27

Vast oceans, rushing rivers, and calm lakes are home to some spectacular creatures, but do you know just how important water is to us? Take a dip with us into the Red Cedar River to discover things under a microscope. Learn how both animals and humans can affect the Earth’s water supply and how you can help. This is a wet and wild adventure that is worth every drop!

Vet Med - AM Session // Week of August 3  FULL!

So you want to be a vet?  Great!  Come get a head start at Potter Park Zoo!  We’ll be spending the week exploring surgical techniques, lab tests, and first aid skills that real veterinarians use every day!  You’ll also get to try your hand at figuring out what’s wrong with one of our animal patients in Friday’s diagnostic challenge!

Animal CSI - PM Session // Week of August 3

We need your help!! A crime has occurred at Potter Park Zoo and we need you to analyze the crime scene. Using careful observations, amazing skills of deduction, and the same type of scientific investigation methods used by real Animal Cops, help us figure out what happened and who was the dastardly culprit!