Zoo Camps

Zoo Camps

Join us at Turtle Back Zoo for some wild fun!

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

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 a week during the summer or on a school holiday during the school year.

During the summer, we offer week long summer camps for children entering Kindergarten and grades 1-8.  Camp is 9am to 4pm, with extended care options available.  Camp fees are $425 to $450 per person per week.  We also offer 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 (no extended care option).  Mini-camps are $85 per person per day.  

To register, click on the following link:  Register Here

Upcoming Mini-Camp Sessions, Fall 2018

AMAZING ANIMALS PT 1

Did you know that Bald Eagles can swim or that goats are very intelligent?  Join us on September 10 to learn about TBZ’s animals, their behaviors and habitats, and what makes each one so amazing.

AMAZING ANIMALS PT 2

Many animals have very special adaptations that allow them to survive in challenging conditions.  Join us on September 19 to learn about some special adaptations that allow animals to live in hostile environments.

ANIMAL MOVES

How does your favorite animal move?  Animal movements are based on where they live, how they obtain food, reproduce, and how they protect themselves.  Join us October 8 to learn about the movements of your favorite animals.

CREEPY, WEIRD, AND AWESOME!

Back by popular demand, the theme of this camp examines some truly strange animal features and behaviors.  Does your favorite animal have a creepy habit, is it weird looking, or does it eat odd foods?  Join us to learn about the incredible, but downright peculiar evolutionary adaptations that help your favorite animals survive in the wild.  Sign up for just one day, or for both.  November 8 and 9.

To register, click on the following link:  Register Here

 

*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]

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