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Winter Camps Connect Kids to Wildlife

12/2/2015, 1:58 p.m.
Winter break is a great time for kids to connect with nature and explore the wild realms of the Oregon ...
Oregon Zoo campers get a close-up look at an endangered western pond turtle that has been head-started at the zoo for release into the wild. The zoo’s popular winter break day camps return this month with programs available for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Winter break is a great time for kids to connect with nature and explore the wild realms of the Oregon Zoo. At the zoo’s winter break day camps — held Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-31 — campers embark on an imaginative quest each day, meeting animals up close and solving mysteries in different animal kingdoms.

Camp activities — intended for children in kindergarten through fourth grade — include games, songs, stories, snacks, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo.

“It’s a different theme each day, so campers can come for one day, a few days or all seven,” said Tom Gaskill, the zoo’s education programs supervisor.

Prices for the day camps are $41 per person per day for zoo members and $48 per person per day for non-members. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and to register, visit oregonzoo.org/daycamps.