Critter Camps

2018 Camps to be announced March

Join us for a WILD week (or three) of Summer Fun!

Campers will have a structured day of interactive learning with our Animal Adventure Counselors, Animal Care Staff, and Animal Ambassadors. The day begins with a welcome activity based on the day’s lesson, teacher lead group learning session, snack, outdoor classroom learning in the park, activity/game application of the lesson, wrap-up activity.

Each week will include Animal Shows & Spotlights, free time in the park, and a souvenir photo of your camper and one of our critters!

Space is Limited!

Age Groupings

6 – 8 years & 9 – 11 years


9:00 am – 12:00 pm


All Craft Materials, Daily Snack & Drinks, Animal Feeds, (1) Free Adult Admission for Friday Family Day, Souvenir Photo



20 Campers Per Age Group

Mischievous Monkeys: July 10-14th

6 – 8 years – SOLD OUT
9-11 – SOLD OUT

Summer have your kids swinging from the trees? Send them where they belong – the Animal Park! Campers will spend the week learning about the primates of the world, while relating the lesson material to our resident African and new South American primate species! Campers will also discuss the conservation efforts needed to preserve the big guys of the jungles; gorillas, orangutans, chimps, and more! Many crafts and games make for a fun and active week of “monkeying around” Animal Adventure.

Wild Wild West: July 17-21

6-8 – SOLD OUT
9-11 – SOLD OUT

Campers will giddy up and head west as they discover the diverse ecosystems of the western United States, and the animals that call them home. Learning about the park’s bison, prairie dogs, cougar, and deer are just some of the fun animal interactions and education the week will offer. The highlight will certainly be the chance for campers to take our ponies for a stroll; don’t worry – they’ll be making their own cowboy and cowgirl hats and our park equine team will be supervising!

African Adventure: July 24-28th

6-8 – SOLD OUT
9-11 – SOLD OUT

It wouldn’t be a critter camp season without a week featuring our diverse and expanding African collection! Giraffes to hyenas, Warthogs to Wildebeest – campers will be on an adventure to discover the many environments of Africa and the relationships animals have in those ecosystems. Highlights of our African camps always include behind the scenes encounters with giraffes and creating enrichment items for our monkeys and carnivores! Join us and say “Jambo” to a week of African Adventures!

Faces of Critter Camp

Colleen Patch

Colleen Patch

“Ms. Colleen” grew up on the West Side of Binghamton and graduated from Seton Catholic Central. She comes to us with 9 years experience teaching in both New York State and California. She received her Bachelors in education from SUNY Oneonta and earned her Masters in Literacy from Walden University. Ms. Colleen teaches in the Windsor Central School District, currently teaching 1st Grade at Bell School. She comes to us with CPR and FIRST AID certifications.

** Ms. Colleen is assisted by 3 additional NYS certified teachers from local districts to ensure a safe and fun environment for all!