Zoo Camps

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All camps take place outside! Camps at the Children’s Zoo are specifically designed to facilitate outdoor play and education while nurturing team-building and problem-solving concepts in a fun and encouraging environment. We encourage playing hard and getting dirty and/or wet! Please send your camper in clothes and shoes that can withstand these types of activities!

The possibilities are endless at our summer day camps! All Zoo camp sessions are two (2) days long, and include fun camp activities and crafts, a stylish Zoo Camp t-shirt (required to be worn both days) and a tasty morning and afternoon snack! Campers are required to bring a lunch with them both days.  This year we are excited to be offering early drop off and late pick up! If you want to drop off your child before 8:45 a.m. or pick them up more than 15 minutes after camp ends, this is a great option for you! Each day you sign up for is $10 whether you are signing up for early drop off, late pick up, or both.  If you sign up, more details about Before or After Care will be included in your camp acceptance letter from the Zoo.

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2017 Zoo Camps

To register online, click on the camp you wish to sign up for to get started.

To download a pdf in order to register by mail or in person,

click here for the Zoo camps, and here for the Zooseum camp

 

 

June 26-27: Mini Zookeeper A – 5-7 year olds

To register for the before or after care click here for June 26 and here for June 27.

June 28-29: Wild Things – 5-7 year olds

To register for the before or after care click here for June 28 and here for June 29.

July 10-11: Junior Zookeeper A – 8-10 year olds
Step into the boots of a Zookeeper and discover what it’s like to take care of the animals at the Children’s Zoo!

To register for the before or after care click here for July 10 and here for July 11.

July 12-13: Junior Explorers – 8-10 year olds
Let’s explore the world around us! Join us in this camp for hands-on investigations to discover the interesting living (and non-living) things on our planet.

To register for the before or after care click here for July 12 and here for July 13.

July 17-21: Zooseum: Operation Conservation –  8-10 years olds
Conservation starts in your own back yard! Explore the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square and the Mid-Michigan Children's Museum as you learn about the threats impacting our planet and what YOU can do to help. This camp will be held at the Zoo on July 17 and 18 and at the Museum on July 19, 20, and 21.

July 20-21: Assistant Zookeeper – 11-13 year olds
Calling all future Zookeepers: This camp is for you! Explore the world of Zoo keeping as you get up close and personal with the Zoo’s animal residents!

To register for the before or after care click here for July 20 and here for July 21.

July 31-August 1: Mini Explorers – 5-7 year olds
Let’s explore the world around us! Join us in this camp for hands-on investigations to discover the interesting living (and non-living) things on our planet.

To register for the before or after care click here for July 31 and here for August 1.

August 2-3: Mini Zookeeper B – 5-7 year olds
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Zookeeper? Find out in this hands on, animal filled camp! Talk to Zookeepers, meet ambassador animals, and get down and dirty in this camp designed especially for mini Zookeepers!

To register for the before or after care click here for August 2 and here for August 3.

August 9-10: Junior Zookeeper B – 8-10 year olds
Step into the boots of a Zookeeper and discover what it’s like to take care of the animals at the Children’s Zoo!

To register for the before or after care click here for August 9 and here for August 10.

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If you have questions email Carolyn or call at (989)759-1408

We are pleased that you have chosen the Children's Zoo for an exciting adventure this year! We are the premier place in the Great Lakes Bay Region for entertaining and educating children. Please keep the following information in mind when planning your trip to ensure a great experience.

Group Admission Policy

Group rates are available to groups of 10 or more, by reservation only.  

Please schedule your field trip with us in advance. We often have many groups visiting on the same day; scheduling in advance qualifies you for group admission and ride rates and helps ensure a smoother entry process for all.  Call (989) 759-1408 to schedule your field trip.

Group Admission:  $3.50 per person*Busses unloading students  Zoo Members enter for free, but one of the named adults need to be present with membership card and ID for entry.

*Please Note:  1 free teacher per 20 students.

Ride Tickets:  $1 per person, per ride
Unlimited Wristband:  $5 per person

 

Group Registration Form

 

Registration forms must be printed and filled out with the correct number of children, adults, free teachers, and rides BEFORE arriving at the zoo.  If the form is not filled out, it will delay entry into the zoo for your group.

For more information or to make a group reservation, please call (989) 759-1408.

Your group leader or contact person is responsible for payment of the entire party, including parent chaperones. (Please note: parents paying individually will be charged regular adult admission price.)

Busses arriving at the Zoo 

Chaperones – To ensure a safe and positive zoo experience for you and all our guests, as well as the safety of our animals, we ask that you bring a minimum of one (1) adult for every five (5) children to accompany children's groups. Six children will require two adults, etc.

Upon arrival, please have your bus pull up to the front gate of the zoo. One adult, usually the group leader, is then required to report to the admission booth with the group payment. A greeter will meet your group on the bus to welcome your group to the zoo! If your group is traveling by car, please gather your group and have children sit if possible so that everyone can hear our zoo staff, who are excited to meet you! 

Eating at the Zoo – You are welcome to enjoy your sack lunch in our picnic area inside the zoo. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis. For the safety of our animals, please avoid bringing glass or aluminum containers and drinking straws into the zoo.

Courtesy and Safety Staff member going over rules with students

The zoo is a fun place to be, especially when our guests respect the zoo and each other. Please review the following information with your students and chaperones before entering the zoo:

  • Chaperones are to remain with, and supervise, their groups at all times.
  • If we see you smoking, we'll assume you're on fire and throw water on you ... just kidding. However, we are a tobacco free facility and we kindly ask that you refrain from smoking while on zoo grounds.
  • Please do not cross the barriers or fences around exhibits.
  • Share your food with people instead of animals. People food can make our animals sick! Please do not feed the animals, including our roaming birds.
  • Help keep our exhibits safe and clean ... please do not throw anything into the exhibits, as this can be dangerous for the animals.
  • No one likes being picked on ... please do not chase, tease or yell at the animals.

We are excited to meet you, and we hope you have a great day at the zoo!

Read all about what's going on at the Children's Zoo!

 Winter 2011 Newsletter (PDF)

E-mail info@saginawzoo.com if you would like to have newsletters sent to your e-mail address.  You can opt out at any time by simply sending an e-mail with "Unsubscribe". 

Engraved Bricks

A Magical Pathway

The Zoo Brick Project began in 1998 as an ongoing fundraising effort to support the Zoo. Each brick is engraved with a custom inscription of the purchaser’s choice. The bricks are placed along the walkway and plaza encompassing the River Otter exhibit, Train Depot and Alligator exhibit.


Inscription Information

You must complete an inscription for each brick you purchase
Please feel free to copy this form if you wish to order multiple bricks
Punctuation and blank spaces are counted as characters
Inscriptions on this form will be automatically centered on the brick
Please follow the inscription specifications

Engraving

The example below illustrates an inscription for a 4” x 9” brick. The inscription area is up to 3 lines, 12 characters per line. Small bricks are $40 each.

I N   H O N O R   O F  
  J O H N   S  M I  T H  
                       

 

The example below illustrates an inscription for a 9" x 9" brick.  The inscription area is up to 5 lines, 13 characters per line. Large bricks are $250 each.

      I    N       H   O   N   O   R        O   F      
                         
   J  O  H   N                
                         
   S  M  I  T  H              

You will receive an acknowledgement letter and you will be notified once your brick has been completed. Please allow 2-4 months for completion of bricks. Orders received between late summer and early spring may not be placed until the Zoo reopens.

Please keep in mind that additional bricks ordered at the same time may be placed near or adjacent to each other in the walkway, should space allow. Due to the overwhelming response, we are unable to honor any special placement requests. The Saginaw Valley Zoological Society reserves the right to refuse any submission it deems unsuitable for the purposes described in this offer.

Click here to order your Engraved Brick today!

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