Summer Edventures will keep the kids busy

5/1/2014

As any student or teacher can tell you, the countdown to summer has officially begun. With only three weeks of school left, it is time to start thinking about how to keep those young people busy (and out of trouble) throughout the summer. Lee Richardson Zoo is happy to lend a hand with this year's Zoo Edventures. Your first- through eighth-grader will not only be kept busy but they will have fun while learning and staying both physically and mentally active.

As any student or teacher can tell you, the countdown to summer has officially begun. With only three weeks of school left, it is time to start thinking about how to keep those young people busy (and out of trouble) throughout the summer. Lee Richardson Zoo is happy to lend a hand with this year's Zoo Edventures. Your first- through eighth-grader will not only be kept busy but they will have fun while learning and staying both physically and mentally active.

Zoo Edventures are week-long summer camps for students entering first through eighth grade in the fall (this year's kindergarteners are welcome). Each Edventure runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and includes games, crafts, animal encounters, snacks and a Zoo Edventures T-shirt for only $60 per week or $50 for our Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo members. All of our summer camps are created specifically for the ages who are attending, so you can feel confident your child will have a week full of engaging, hands-on experiences.

We have two camps for your first- and second-graders: June 9 through 13 is "Call of the Wild." Campers will discover the many ways that humans and animals communicate with one another and try their hands at "talking" in new ways. July 7 through 11 is our "Pass the Energy" camp in which students will travel through the food chain from the sun to plants and animals as they explore an ecosystem.

Third- and fourth-graders also can join us for two separate camps. Adventurers and animal lovers alike will enjoy "Dragon Training 101" from June 16 through 20. Your child will become a master at the art of animal education as they learn how zookeepers train animals ranging from dragons (bearded, that is) to lions and elephants. If detective work is your child's forte, they will love our "Cat Burglar" camp July 14 through 18. We will analyze crime scenes, search for clues and attempt to capture the culprit of a spree of animal-related thefts throughout the zoo.

Older children won't be left out with "The Big Picture" for fifth- and sixth-graders June 23 through 27. In this photography-based camp we will explore nature through the lens of a camera and have fun with some unique techniques for both nature and studio photography. We provide digital cameras for use during camp, and your child will receive a CD of their work to take home at the end of the week. Shutterbugs of all ability levels are welcome, no experience is necessary.

Finally, seventh- and eighth-graders will get an idea of what working at a zoo is really like in our "Junior Zookeeper" camp July 21 through 25. Caring for wild animals involves more than meets the eye; campers will get dirty doing the coolest job in town, as they find out if they have what it takes to be a zookeeper.

All of our Zoo Edventures are already filling up quickly, and space is limited, so sign up today!

Registration forms are available at www.leerichardsonzoo.org or sign up by calling 276-1250.

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