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2020 Season: May 25-October 31

Summer Wild Adventure Programs

2020 Summer Program Update

Summer Wild Adventure Progams are still scheduled.

Our Summer Wild Adventure Program strives to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff.  We will be following federal, state, and local guidelines with regard to social distancing and cleanliness.  We have the advantage in that the vast majority of our time is spent outdoors, and the grounds of Southwick's Zoo offer us the chance to travel together while maintaining social distance.  We clean and disinfect camp areas regularly, and we always require our students to wash their hands with soap and water before meals and frequently throughout the day. Please note that children will be required to wear a mask during this summer's Wild Adventure Programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Clark, Wild Adventure Program Director, at earthltdsummerprogram@gmail.com.

Learning meets fun with our Wild Adventure Summer Programs! We offer program sessions for the following grade levels: K-2, 2 & 3, 4-6, and 7-10. Our young adventurers will explore the zoo and learn through a variety of hands on activities such as games, crafts, and even meeting some of our animals up close and personal. All Wild Adventure students also get to tie-dye their own t-shirt.

Did you know we also offer Spring Wild Adventure Programs during April Vacation? Click here to learn more!

2020 Summer Program Sessions

There’s No Such Thing As a…
Animal Myths vs Reality

June 22 – June 26
Grades 4-6

9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $365
EARTH Member: $328.50

Did you know that porcupines can’t actually shoot their quills? Or that owls can’t really turn their heads 360 degrees? This program will clear up many common animal misconceptions as well as explore which animals are a part of mythology and legends across different cultures. Using literature, art, science, and storytelling, we will look at myths and realities in the animal world.

Program highlights: Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, creating enrichment for tropical birds with help from the zoo’s bird trainers/keepers, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s primates, giraffe encounter, rhino encounter, watching keepers feed the hyenas and alligator, games, crafts, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, and more!

From T-Rex to Turkeys

June 29 – July 2
Grades K-2

9:00am-12:00pm

Non-Member: $165
EARTH Member: $148.50

This 4-day, half day program for younger children focuses on how modern animals evolved from their prehistoric ancestors. By examining evolution, we can discover some surprising connections! Did you know that the T-Rex is connected to turkeys and chickens? Students will explore the connections between different species of animals and what makes them alike and unique.

Program highlights: Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, train ride through North American exhibit and wetlands, meeting animal ambassadors in the EARTH Discovery Center, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, arts and crafts, and more!

Teen Zoology
Conservation & Climate Change

June 29 – July 2

Grades 7-10

9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member:$395
EARTH Member: $355.50

NOTICE: Per MA Department of Public Health regulations during the state’s re-opening, off-site field trips are not permitted.  Our Teen Zoology program will be at the zoo for the week, with opportunities for in-depth experiences with zoo staff, including animal curators, education staff, and animal care staff.  We are developing a unique and exciting program that will be fun and educational.

This 4-day program is ideal for older kids interested in learning about careers in biology, zoology, or similar fields. This program will also have a focus on animal conservation as well the impact of climate change on wildlife. Topics covered will include native species and coastal ecology.

Note: A 5-day Teen Zoology program is available July 27-July 31.

 

Going, Going, Gone

July 6 – July 10
Grades 2 & 3

9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member:$365
EARTH Member: $328.50

This program focuses on the many endangered species and why they are endangered. Students will learn about what species in Southwick’s are threatened as well as how their actions and choices have an impact on wildlife and the environment.

Program highlights: Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s primates, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s birds,tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, games, crafts, and more!

Animals, Habitats, & Ecosystems

July 13 – July 17
Grades 4-6

9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $365
EARTH Member: $328.50

This program explores how animals relate to their ecosystems as well as how different species adapt to habitat loss. We will examine various species and their relationships to their ecosystem throughout the week.

Program highlights: Creating enrichment for tropical birds with help from the zoo’s bird trainers/keepers, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s primates, giraffe encounter, rhino encounter, watching keepers feed the hyenas and alligator, birds of prey presentation, games, crafts, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, and more!

From T-Rex to Turkeys

July 20 – July 24
Grades K-2

9:00am-12:00pm

Non-Member: $205
EARTH Member: $184.50

This half day program for younger children focuses on how modern animals evolved from their prehistoric ancestors. By examining evolution, we can discover some surprising connections! Did you know that the T-Rex is connected to turkeys and chickens? Students will explore the connections between different species of animals and what makes them alike and unique.

Program highlights: Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, train ride through North American exhibit and wetlands, meeting animal ambassadors in the EARTH Discovery Center, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, arts and crafts, and more!

Teen Zoology

 

July 27 – July 31

Grades 7-10

9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $425
EARTH Member: $382.50

This program is ideal for older kids interested in learning about careers in biology, zoology, or similar fields. 

NOTICE: Per MA Department of Public Health regulations during the state’s re-opening, off-site field trips are not permitted.  Our Teen Zoology program will be at the zoo for the week, with opportunities for in-depth experiences with zoo staff, including animal curators, education staff, and animal care staff.  We are developing a unique and exciting program that will be fun and educational.

Going, Going, Gone

August 3 – August 7
Grades 2 & 3

9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member:$365
EARTH Member: $328.50

This program focuses on the many endangered species and why they are endangered. Students will learn about what species in Southwick’s are threatened as well as how their actions and choices have an impact on wildlife and the environment.

Program highlights: Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s primates, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s birds,tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, games, crafts, and more!

Oh Behave! Zoo Babies & Animal Behavior

August 10 – August 12
Grades 2-6

9:00am-12:00pm

Non-Member:$125
EARTH Member: $112

This mini-camp focuses on two of our favorite topics: animal behavior and zoo babies! Students will help create enrichment for a variety of species and then watch the animals interact with it. This will help students gain a better understanding of what enrichment is, why it’s important, and how it can promote a variety of natural behaviors including foraging and problem solving. Students in the program will also learn more about the many baby animals currently found in Southwick’s Zoo!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when do I drop my child off?

Please drop your child off at 9:00am (8:45am on the first day of the program) at the top of the zoo’s smaller parking lot (across the street from the larger field parking lot). 

Where do I pick up my child?

Children will be picked up at 4:00pm (or noon for the half day programs) at the top of the zoo’s smaller parking lot (across the street from the larger field parking lot). 

What should my child wear?

Make sure your child is dressed for the weather. We spend most of the day outdoors and do a large amount of walking, so we recommend that children wear comfortable shoes and do not wear sandals or open toed shoes. Following state guidelines, children will be required to wear a face mask throughout the day, excluding during meal times. We strongly recommend packing an extra mask in case one gets dirty or is unusable.

What should my child bring?
  • A mask or other fabric face covering such as a bandana. Following state guidelines, children will be required to wear a face mask throughout the day, excluding during meal times. We strongly recommend packing an extra mask in case one gets dirty or is unusable.
  • Sneakers or boots only (no sandals, flip flops, or open-toed shoes). Shoes must be comfortable enough for children to walk all over the zoo.
  • Backpack
  • A pencil bag with colored pencils, markers, crayons, small paint brush and regular pencils.
  • Additional clothing depending on the day’s weather forecast (i.e. extra socks, raincoat, sweatshirt, hat, etc.)
  • Water bottle – We have water available to refill bottles, but, to minimize contact, we recommend packing two water bottles each day.
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Lunch & snacks – We provide snacks and water during morning and afternoon snack time. Snacks will be individually packaged, single serve snacks. Since kids are active all day, they tend to get hungry, so you may wish to send more than you typically would for school lunch.
  • Hand sanitizer – We have installed a hand washing station, staff will have hand sanitizer, and hand sanitizer is available in various locations in the zoo, but we recommend that children bring their own to help minimize contact.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Bob Clark, Program Director, at earthltdsummerprogram@gmail.com

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