Day 1: Types of Animals
Campers explore hands-on activities to learn about the difference between mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods (bugs!) WLC’s animal ambassadors are the teachers who create a visual and memorable learning experience.Campers learn these concepts through activities and crafts!
Day 2: Animal Appetites
Campers explore how animals use their vision, hearing, vocalizations, touch, and smell to find their food and how their specialized teeth help them eat. A nature walk around WLC highlights our nontoxic (animal-safe) plants. After the campers know their animal appetite information, they’re ready to play games to figure out which diet belongs to which animal. Once they determine the diets, campers will feed and observe our animals eating their nutritious lunches.
Day 3: Animal Homes
What is a person’s habitat? What is an animal’s habitat? What do animals need in their habitat? These are the questions campers will explore to help them learn about animal homes. Campers will enter enclosures (once our animals are safely removed for the visit!) and explore what animals need in their homes. Campers will learn that animals come from different environments such as forests, deserts and jungles and require special accommodations for their home. Campers will learn about adaptations and that certain animals look and act the way that they do to help them to survive in their particular habitat.
Day 4: Animal Fun and Games
How do people play? How do animals play? Campers will explore these questions and get a peek into the many ways we enrich the lives of the animals at WLC. Campers will make behavioral enrichment items that challenge the animals’ abilities and stimulate them the same way they would be in the wild, without the dangers of living in the wild. Campers will also get to watch the animals enjoy their creative enrichment items!
Day 5: Campers Become the Teachers!
By day 5, the campers have learned so much from the animals that they’re ready to be the teachers! The campers and their new animal friends will share everything they’ve learned by performing a special animal presentation for their families, friends, and other campers!