ZooCamps available for children

With the arrival of spring and summer come opportunities to get outside with your family. Here’s one such opportunity from the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls:


Registration Available On-Line 

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is excited to announce its new and expanded ZooCamp schedule for summer 2010. 

ZooCamps such as “Critters in Camo,” “Crocodile Rock,” and “Animal Olympics” guarantee a memorable experience for children ages 2-11.  Each camp is customized, but all include games, crafts, snacks, tours, and animal encounters.  Camps vary in length, depending on the participant’s age.  For 2-3 year-olds, there are 90-minute camps.  Half-day camps in either the morning or afternoon are available for 4-8 year-olds.  For those who want to extend their experience, half-day camps over a three-day period are offered.  Children ages 9-11 can attend half-day camps, or spend the night at the Zoo during a two-day camp.

“ZooCamps provide a unique opportunity for kids to learn about the animals in a fun, interactive approach,” Whealy says.  “We hope the education we provide ignites a lifelong interest in nature and conservation.”

Camps are held throughout June, July and August.  Registration has already started for Zoo members and is open to the general public Monday, March 15.  Interested parents are encouraged to register their children soon, as space is limited and camps tend to fill up quickly.

The Great Plains Zoo also has a variety of other education opportunities for children, including ZooTot, ZooCub and ZooKid classes.  ZooClass information, ZooCamp schedules and registration forms are available on the Zoo’s Website:  www.greatzoo.org

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum is open daily during the winter from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with grounds clearing at 5:00 p.m. Visit us online at www.greatzoo.org or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Delbridge Museum.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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