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Children from Preschool through grade 9 can enjoy a summer full of discovery, adventure and investigation at the ABQ BioPark. A variety of hands-on experiences, games and activities, and special behind-the-scenes tours offer an unforgettable camp.

Registration

Registration for all summer programs begins at 8:30 a.m. on March 2, 2016. For more information, call 505-848-7180.

Camps for All AgesCamp BioPark Class

 

Camp BioPark for Preschoolers - Beginnings!

Preschool Beginnings gives children ages 3-6 and accompanying adults the opportunity to encounter the amazing world of animals and plants at the BioPark. Classes meet once a week for this seven-week program. Choose one weekly adventure or join us for all three!

For Camp BioPark 2013Farm Sprouts

Visit the Heritage Farm at the BioPark Botanic Garden, and travel back in time for one day a week. Pre-school children and one accompanying adult find out first-hand what a child’s life used to be like on a farm. We’ll learn how to harvest berries, practice milking a cow, and watch tractors in the field. Every day includes songs, crafts and good old-fashioned fun and games.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Ages: 3-6 years old
  • Cost: $130 for all seven classes. Price includes one child and one adult. Additional children are $65 each for all seven classes.
  • Where: Heritage Farm Exhibit at the Botanic Garden
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Dates: Tuesdays (June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 12, 19, 26)

 

Nature Beginnings

Explore the amazing world of animals and plants at the BioPark! Preschool children and one accompanying adult will play games, create fun works of art, sing songs and of course, visit the exhibits.  Take a peek in the ocean, watch a butterfly drink from a daisy, explore wildlife native to our backyard, and discover animals from around the world.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Ages: 3-6 years old
  • Cost: $130 for all seven classes.  Price includes one child and one adult.  Additional children are $65 per child for all seven classes. Choose to enroll in either the Wednesday or Thursday session.
  • Where: Classes alternate between the Zoo, Aquarium/Garden and Tingley Beach
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m. 
  • Dates: Wednesdays (June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 13, 20, 27) or Thursdays (June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 14, 21, 28)

 


Camp BioPark for Grades K-1 - Discover!

Discover camps are for children entering grades K-1. These camps allow children the opportunity to discover more about nature through hands-on activities, art, and tours of exhibits. Children will spend their mornings with our skilled early elementary educators. Discover camps are week-long camps, Monday-Friday, and are offered in the mornings from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

 

Discover the Zoo

Grab your safari gear and head down to the Zoo for new adventures!  You’ll meet animals up close and tour the Zoo to learn about incredible critters from around the world. You’ll discover amazing animals from tiny frogs to enormous elephants and everything in between!  Games, arts and crafts, and lots of fun and learning are all included in this half-day camp. 

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: K-1
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon only (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22 or July 25-29

 

Discover the Garden

From exploding seeds to model trains, amazing insects in the BUGarium exhibit, and farm animals at the Heritage Farm, there is much to be discovered in the Botanic Garden.  Join the quest to see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and discover the wonders of nature in this half-day class. Participants will learn about plants and wildlife native to New Mexico and around the world, and get hands-on in the dirt to learn all about the earth.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: K-1
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Botanic Garden
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon only (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 6-10, June 20-24, July 11-15 or July 25-29

 

Discover the Aquarium

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Is a jellyfish really a fish? Why are some fish so bright and beautiful? Campers will discover the secrets behind the fascinating lives of aquatic animals, and get up-close and personal with sharks, stingrays and invertebrates at our touchpools. Fish songs, crafts, games and exhibit exploration will make up this half-day camp to learn all about rivers and oceans and their amazing inhabitants.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: K-1
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Aquarium
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon only (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 13-17, June 27-July 1 or July 18-22

Camp BioPark for Grades 2-3 - Explore!

Explore camps are for children entering grades 2-3. These camps encourage science exploration through hands-on experiments, keeper talks, and inquiry-based activities. Explore camps are half-day, week-long camps, Monday-Friday, offered both in the morning and afternoon.

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Explore all that bugs do for us, from pollinating plants that grow our food to decomposing our waste and so much more.  Explore the Botanic Garden through a bug’s eyes this summer! Learn about the lifecycles of butterflies and dragonflies, find out which bugs like bright colors and which bugs like rotten odors, and explore the different kinds of environments bugs call home in the new BUGarium exhibit. This class is full of hands-on activities and games to help us understand the wild and weird world of bugs!

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 2-3
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Botanic Garden
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 13-17, June 27-July 1 or July 18-22

 

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Aquatic Critter Exploration

Have you ever investigated marine animals under a microscope?  Or felt the skin and teeth of a shark?  With hands-on activities, action-packed games, and behind the scenes tours, we’ll take a closer look at aquatic animals in this fun afternoon class.  Along the way we’ll discover the jobs these animals do, how Albuquerque is connected to the ocean, and why the health of the Rio Grande and oceans are so important to us all.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 2-3
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Aquarium
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. (AFTERNOON SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week):  June 13-17, June 27-July 1 or July 18-22

 

caption:A Camp BioPark class joins a keeper for hippo feeding time.Explore the Zoo

Spend the week learning all about the amazing animals at the Zoo. Explore habitats from around the world and what animals need to survive. How does mucus help keep a hippo cool in the African savanna? How does a polar bear’s hair and skin help keep it warm in the arctic? Uncover the amazing adaptations of animals around the world with activities, art, zookeeper talks and behind the scenes tours in this fun-filled and educational morning camp.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 2-3
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 6-10, June 20-24, July 11-15 or July 25-29

 

Students visit the Rio Grande as part of the Rio Rangers program.Wildlife Exploration

Check out the world wide web of life in this half-day Zoo camp. From the Arctic to the Amazon, you’ll explore amazing habitats to find out which animals call each place “home.”  What’s the connection between orangutans and candy? How does hippo dung support an entire ecosystem? What’s so important about frogs? Join us for hands-on activities, games, behind-the-scenes tours and more to explore the answers to these questions and more! You’ll also find out what you can do to help protect animals from around the world.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 2-3
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. (AFTERNOON SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 6-10, June 20-24, July 11-15 or July 25-29

Camp BioPark for Grades 4-6 - Adventure!

Adventure camps are for children going into grades 4-6. These camps take participants on adventures throughout the BioPark facilities and include multiple behind-the-scenes tours and keeper talks, on top of science activities, games and art to make summer learning fun! Adventure camps are full-day, week-long camps, Monday-Friday.

caption:A group of Camp BioPark students meet with a reptile keeper.Zoo Adventures

Calling all animal lovers! Prepare to be amazed by the things you’ll learn about amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. In this camp, you’ll discover the wildest creatures on Earth and learn their secrets of survival. You’ll find out what it takes to care for exotic animals as you go behind the scenes with zookeepers, and you’ll even have the chance to prepare food for some of the Zoo’s animals. Games, hands-on activities and art projects complete this wild week of day-long adventures.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Cost: $230
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 6-10, June 13-17*, June 20-24, June 27-July 1*, July 11-15, July 18-22* or July 25-29          

    *Two sessions are offered during these weeks.

Undersea Adventures

Aquatic adventures await you as you unravel the mysteries of marine life and discover your connections to the ocean!  Sink your teeth into the truth about sharks, meet a “living fossil,” and look down into the tanks from behind the scenes.  You’ll learn about the most magnificent creatures found in water—from plankton to whales and everything in between!  You’ll also discover why oceans and rivers are important to your everyday life. Hands-on activities, aquarist talks, and art projects complete this week of day-long adventures.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Cost: $230
  • Where: Aquarium
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 6-10, June 20-24, July 11-15, July 18-22 or July 25-29

caption:Diggable Planet Adventures

Get down and dirty at the most hands-on BioPark camp ever! At the Botanic Garden, you’ll come face-to-face with bizarre bugs, hunt for hidden symbols in the Japanese Garden, and meet the barnyard animals of the Heritage Farm. Every day will be full of action-packed planting; whether you’re learning about the secret lives of trees, making masterpieces inspired by nature, or growing a garden of your own to take home. If you like good, messy fun, you’re going to dig this camp! Activities include dirt exploration, keeper talks, art projects and more.

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Cost: $230
  • Where: Botanic Garden
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 13-17, June 27-July 1 or July 18-22

Camp BioPark for Grades 7-9 - Investigate!

Investigate camps are for children entering grades 7-9 who are interested in science careers and want to deepen their interests in nature. Participants meet with the expert staff and learn what it takes to care for BioPark animals, plants and habitats. Investigate camps are full-day, week-long camps, Monday-Friday.

caption:Camp BioPark Students help prepare animal enrichment.Investigating Animal Behaviors at the Zoo

How do Zoo animals stay active and mentally stimulated? How do zookeepers help create environments similar to those found in the wild? In this hands-on camp you’ll make animal enrichment, prepare diets with zookeepers, and research and observe animal behavior first-hand! Discover the special techniques used by zookeepers and trainers to enhance the lives of zoo animals. Learn from the experts in this fun camp that will teach you what it takes to work with some of the world’s most exotic and fascinating animals!

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 7-9
  • Cost: $230
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22 or July 25-29

 

caption:A group of Camp BioPark students look at an animal x-ray.Investigating Animal Behaviors at the Aquarium and Garden

Dive into the lives of aquarists to learn how they keep sharks, fish, jellies and other animals physically healthy and mentally stimulated at the Aquarium. Learn how the farmers care for and work with the farm animals at the Botanic Garden’s Heritage Farm, and how the bugkeepers build habitats to replicate natural settings in the BUGarium. In this hands-on, investigative camp you’ll make animal enrichment, prepare diets with aquarists and keepers, and research and observe animal behavior first-hand! Learn from the experts in staff talks and behind-the-scenes tours in this fun camp that will teach you what it takes to work with some of the world’s most exotic and fascinating animals!

To register visit www.abqbioparkcamp.com; for more information, call 505-848-7180.

  • Grades: 7-9
  • Cost: $230
  • Where: Aquarium and Botanic Garden
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Dates: Camps run Monday-Friday. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week):

    June 6-10, June 20-24, July 11-15 or July 25-29