It is with great disappointment that we announce we will not be holding Zookambi summer camp at Potter Park Zoo summer of 2020.
As you may have heard, the governor’s latest executive order has allowed the resumption of summer day camps. Many of you are wondering if we will be reconsidering the decision to cancel Potter Park Zoo’s Zookambi summer camp this year. Sadly, we have to confirm that Zookambi will not be held this summer.
This decision was not made lightly. Our dedicated and talented staff love providing such a wonderful experience for the children of mid-Michigan. Our primary goal for Zookambi is for all of our campers to have a safe, fun and educational experience. However, meeting the safety protocols recommended by the CDC and other authorities would require extremely small classes, limit access to key buildings,and eliminate many of the most popular classes. In addition, several key staff have had to be furloughed for the summer. In order to make camp financially feasible under these constraints, we would have to substantially increase the registration fees –and in these economic times that is not something we would do.
We are so looking forward to Zookambi in 2021 and we will be going above and beyond to make it the best summer camp season ever. Until then, we are excited to see your family at the zoo when we reopen. Please follow all of the safety precautions which keep us all safe, and have a wonderful and healthy summer!
If your child is eager for some zoo or aquarium learning, please consider checking out some of the virtual camp offerings from other AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across the country!
WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium, – https://wavefoundation.org/education/campwave/summer-camp/
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicgao, IL- https://www.lpzoo.org/fun-day-camps-chicago-kids
Brevard Zoo, Melbourne, FL- https://brevardzoo.org/education/virtual-zoo-camps/
Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, VA- https://thevlm.org/education/kids/summer/