2010 Brings Back Summer Camp for Kids

Flushing, N.Y., January 26 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo has announced it will be bringing back its educational summer camp for kids this year. Although it’s been several years since the zoo held this exciting summer-time program, it’s now back in full-swing and will teach children about the world of wildlife through games, crafts and a variety of hands-on activities.

Kids of all ages are welcome to participate. Younger children will discover animals by playing games and interacting with live farm animals. The older participants will take part in fun research activities and will even get to work directly with the wild animal keepers.

Listed below are all available programs. To register your child, or to get more information, email qzeducation@wcs.org or call 718-271-7361.

Eco Adventures

Ages: 5 – 7
Session I – Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 9
Session II – July Monday, 19 to Friday, July 23
Session III – Monday, August 16 to Friday, August 20
Time for all sessions: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Fees per session: $250 members; $285 non-members
Description:  An introduction to the environment was never so much fun. Children who participate in this program will help conduct special investigations and be immersed in interactive games. They’ll even meet cute and cuddly animal guests that will help make their first eco experience a positive one. 

Junior Naturalist

Ages: 8 –12
Session I – Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16
Session II – Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30
Session III – Monday, August 23 – Friday, August 27
Time for all sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fees per session: $250 members; $285 non-members
Description:  You’re never too young to care about nature. Junior naturalists in this program will focus on the diversity of American wildlife through games, journaling and exciting, live animal observations.

Teens for Wildlife

Ages: 13 –17
One session – Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 13; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fees: $500 members; $550 non-members
Description:  Teens will work hands-on with animals in this program. They will work with keepers to help care for the animals, and also meet interesting animal experts who will enlighten them about the wonderful world of wildlife. This program is great for those teens considering careers in wildlife or environmental issues.


Barbara Russo, brusso@wcs.org, 212-439-6527

The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park and is open 365 days a year. Fall/winter hours are 10am to 4:30 pm. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon – Fri; 5:30 pm weekends. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. For general information, please call (718) 271-1500, or visit our web site at www.queenszoo.com

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide.  We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.  Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.  WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

Special Note to the Media: If you would like to guide your readers or viewers to a web link where they can make donations in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, please direct them to: www.wcs.org/donation