Reptile Camp & Children Programs

Ottawa PD Day Camps

The PD Day & Holiday Camp is an entertaining and educational opportunity that gives kids aged 7-15 a unique experience. Through fun, interactive, and engaging activities, campers will learn a great deal about the zoo animals and what is required to take care of them properly. Each and every day, we will run the following activities:

1) Animal Care: campers will be assigned an animal to care for. Tasks include misting, filling water, checking for animal health, feeding, and of course, cleaning the enclosure.
2) Craft: Either the craft will be representative of an animal or even FOR an animal!
3) Activity: These activities can range from nature walks, scavenger hunts, or educational games.
4) Treasure Hunt: The highly engaging and very popular *NEW* Zoo Clues Treasure Hunt!
5) Two opportunities to handle a variety of animals including snakes, lizards, and mammals.
6) Special Animal(s): A staff-led presentation about one or more of the larger animals at the zoo.

There are limited spots available, so the sooner we receive your registration, the better!

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Hamilton PD Day Camps

Junior Zookeeper PA Day Camps are a fun and educational opportunity that gives kids aged 6-14 a unique experience. Through fun interactive activities campers will learn about the world around them. Campers will assist with real zoo keeping tasks, learn about zoo animals and get opportunities to handle many species of animal. Campers will also go on nature walks daily and learn about the environment as well as local flora and fauna. Due to the hands-on nature of camp there is a limit of 10 participants per day.

Junior Zookeeper Camp runs form 9 am – 4 pm and is $50 per day. Pre-care starts at 7 am and post-care runs till 6 pm and if required must be prearranged; the cost is $5 per half hour for the first child and $2.50 per half hour for each additional child in the family.

You can register any time in person, or by email or by phone 905-549-6868 with a 50% deposit due at the time of registration (NOTE balance due by the first day of camp). It is recommended to register early as space is limited and fills quickly.

The Junior Herpetologist Program

The Junior Herpetologists Program is an educational opportunity that gives kids aged 7-15 a unique experience.  Children in the Junior Herpetologists Program are given real zoo keeping tasks as well as opportunities to handle and interact with the animals and the public. Through guided discovery they gain valuable skills, independence and confidence that will stay with them a lifetime. The program runs on Saturdays and Sundays and children sign up for 2-hour time slots.

The registration form must be filled out in advance of signing up for shifts. Parents may sign their children up for shifts on Saturday or Sunday on a week-by-week basis by responding to the weekly e-mail that they will receive once registered.

There are two fee structures: Pay as you go, and Punch Pass. A Jr. Herper T-shirt is also required, and can be purchased for $8 + HST. A discount is available for those with a Zoo Membership.

Zoo Membership is $140 for a family of four and grants the family unlimited entry to the Zoo, discounts on items in the gift shop, camp, Junior Herper Program, and birthday parties. Family membership forms are available at the Zoo.

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