Zoo Camps

Zoo Camps

Join us at Turtle Back Zoo for some wild fun!

We offer week long summer camps for children entering Kindergarten and grades 1-8.  Look also for our fall, winter, and spring break mini-camp sessions. Campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature, and science.  Children will enjoy age-appropriate themed camps that include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, and fun crafts. 

The mission of Turtle Back Zoo camp is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world through fun and educational activities.

Save the Date! Online registration for zoo summer camp opens to the general public on Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Join us at Turtle Back Zoo for some wild fun!

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo offers mini-camps throughout the school year on days that coincide with many of the major school holidays.  Available for ages 5 to 10, our mini-camp days are from 9am to 4pm.  Mini-camps are $85/ person per day.  To further our mission of conservation, education, and stewardship, campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature, and science.  Children will enjoy age appropriate camp activities that include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science projects, and fun crafts.  Join us for one day or all throughout the school year.

 

Upcoming Mini-Camp Sessions

Spring Break Mini-Camp – April 2 to April 6, 2018 (Monday to Friday, multiday camp) *Tickets on sale Thursday, February 15th*
Theme: Animals and Cultures from Around the Globe
Become world travelers as we learn about animals and cultures from around the globe.  Discovery activities, science experiments, and special animal experiences make this a fun way to spend your spring break.  Enroll for one day or attend all week. 

CALL #973-731-5800 x 103 to register.

*Please note, some sessions may already have sold out. You can sign up for the wait list through the registration link above.

Don’t have a CampDocs account yet? Read below to learn more about our new online registration system.

2018 Summer Camp Sessions
Our education mission is to inspire, promote, and model better conservation and stewardship practices that lead to positive impacts on our environment. The TBZ Summer Camp program focuses on this spirit of conservation in the context of our animals and educates in a safe and fun environment. We are passionate educators that love teaching your kids about the earth we all share. Welcome to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Summer Camp!

Week-long, full-day (9am to 4pm), public camps begin each Monday starting July 2, 2018 through the third full week of August (starting Monday, August 20). The first week of camp (starting July 2) is only 4 days due to the holiday and will be prorated. Camps are for ages 5 to 14 and are grouped by grade (see below). Camp fees are $425/week for all camps through grade 6; Zoo Crew (grades 7/8) is $450/week. Campers must bring their own lunches, but snack is provided (fresh fruit and veg). Campers may only sign up for the age groups to which they belong. Camp curriculum is repeated throughout the summer, though some activities may change. Payment must be made in full at the time of registration through CampDoc.com in order to secure your child’s place in camp.

Registration link for general public registration is here:

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*Please note, some sessions may already have sold out. You can sign up for the wait list through the registration link above.

Don’t have a CampDocs account yet? Read below to learn more about our new online registration system.

• Zoo Tales: Celebrate the Seasons
Inspired by the “Celebrate the Seasons” series by Linda Glaser, learn how animals adapt to seasonal changes. For children age 5 and entering kindergarten.

• Say What?: Animal Communication
Discover the different ways that animals share information about their environments and with each other. For children entering 1st or 2nd grades.

• Growing up Wild: Animal Development
Investigate interesting changes during animal development and throughout different life stages. For children entering 3rd or 4th grades.

• Backyard Conservation
Explore conservation around the world and learn how animals are protected right here in New Jersey. For children entering 5th or 6th grades.

• Zoo Crew
Learn all about being a zoo keeper, including feeding the animals, creating enrichment activities, and building habitats. For children entering 7th or 8th grades.

2018 Last Hurrah of Summer
Surprised by 10 weeks of summer this year? Join us for The Last Hurrah of Summer. Children will enjoy a variety of activities including games, lessons, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, fun crafts and, of course, time in the Zoo. Camp is the full week from 8/27-8/31, the last full week before the kids head back to school. There are two age groups for Last Hurrah: ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 10. Camp is 9am to 4pm, fee is $425. Campers must bring their own lunches, but snack is provided (fresh fruit and veg). Payment must be made in full at the time of registration through CampDoc.com in order to secure your child’s place in camp.

 

Registration link for general public registration is here:

Click Me

 

*Please note, some sessions may already have sold out. You can sign up for the wait list through the registration link above.

Don’t have a CampDocs account yet? Read below to learn more about our new online registration system.

Payment
Payment must be made in full at the time of registration through CampDoc.com in order to secure your child’s place in camp.

 

Cancellation/Refund Policy
For mini-camps, cancellations with full refunds will only be accepted up to two weeks before the first day of your registered camp session.  Cancellations made within two weeks of the first day of your registered camp session are not guaranteed any refund.

For full-week summer camps, cancellations with full refunds will only be accepted up to three weeks before the first day of your registered camp session. Cancellations made within three weeks of the first day of your registered camp session are not guaranteed any refund. Cancellation requests can be submitted via your CampDoc.com account or emailed to mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

 

Please Note

*New Jersey is considered a “no touch” animal state. Campers will get to see a variety of animals up close, but contact is limited to only domestic species.

 

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

We have a new system to register for zoo camps. All registration and forms can now be filled out online!

The first step is creating an account through the camp registration link found under the camp you want.

Have more than one child? All the information is kept under one account. Just add a new participant and enter in the information.

We know you might have questions with this new system, so feel free to reach out to us at #973-731-5800 (ex 103, 230, 275, or 236) or use some of the resources below to help answer some of your questions on the new system.

CampDoc has an extensive support page that you can access by clicking the Lifesaver Icon located in the top right corner. Here you will find many helpful documents that can help you use CampDoc to its full potential!

Here is a direct link to the support documents: https://support.docnetwork.org/hc/en-us/categories/115000363510-Participants.
If at any time you have questions that may not be in our support pages, you can contact our Help Desk at 734.636.1000 or you can email them at help@campdoc.com.[/minti_box]

Please Note:

*New Jersey is considered a “no touch” animal state. Campers will get to see a variety of animals up close, but contact is limited to only domesticated animals.

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