Special Needs Field Trip Program

The Phoenix Zoo offers the Animal Families program, developed specifically for students with special needs. Live animals, photographs, skull models, pelts, animal figures and more are used to engage students and demonstrate concepts. Our program utilizes a sensory motor approach where students move between stations and are encouraged to touch, smell and feel all appropriate items. The program can be geared towards students of any age and functioning level. The animal families discussed include insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Programs are offered Mondays in October – April by reservation only. Classes are presented by Zoo volunteers and are free with paid admission to the Zoo. Call 602.914.4333 for more information.

Special Needs Camp Zoo Program

Camp Zoo 2016

Sense of Wonder Camp for children with sensory impairments
Tuesday, August 2, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Wild Hearts Camp for children with orthopedic impairments
Wednesday August 3, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! Campers participate in outdoor activities such as up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in depth investigations, and hikes around the Zoo. We’ll also spend time in the classroom making crafts, using scientific tools and meeting Animal Ambassadors up close.

Combining the best experiences from our weeklong camp curriculum, this one day camp experience is sure to be a memorable one! Children have fascinating adventures with the natural world through up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free-time. Wild Hearts Camp and Sense of Wonder Camp offer a safe yet challenging educational experience designed to build a camper’s independence, confidence and skills. Campers are encouraged to develop strong relationships with their peers and to appreciate individual connections with the natural world. Although lessons are developed ahead of time, we leave room for individual self-expression and the program is flexible to meet the needs of individuals within the group.

Camp Zoo Sense of Wonder Camp and Wild Hearts Camp at the Phoenix Zoo are for students in kindergarten through eighth-grade. Camp runs from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All camp participants receive a Camp Zoo shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard. Campers must wear their Camp Zoo shirt.

* Please note that the Zoo does not employ specific individuals certified or extensively trained in Special Education; however, our camp instructors do receive pre-camp training that includes basic skills for working with children who have special needs. Our instructors possess respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation.

Sense of Wonder Camp Information

Sense of Wonder Camp · Tuesday, August 2
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Camp Zoo Sense of Wonder Camp is for children with sensory impairments. Many children have special needs and it is not possible for one program to meet the specific needs of all children. Sense of Wonder is designed specifically for children with sensory impairments. Terrain at the Zoo may be difficult for some, but we select activities and behind-the-scenes experiences to maximize accessibility. Campers must be ambulatory or capable of using a walker or cane. Those who need one-on-one assistance whenever they are moving are expected to provide their own guide (who attends camp at no additional charge).

Campers also need to be able to communicate consistently and reliably in a verbal or non-verbal way, so camp instructors and peers can understand their needs and so the campers can fully participate in, and benefit from, the whole camp experience. If campers have communication impairments, they should be accompanied by someone who is able to facilitate communication on their behalf.

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Scholarships
Thank you for your interest in Camp Zoo. At this time, all of our scholarships allotted for the summer of 2016 have been filled. If more scholarship opportunities become available, we will post them here.

Wild Hearts Camp Information

Wild Hearts Camp · Wednesday, August 3
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Camp Zoo Wild Hearts Camp is for children with orthopedic impairments. Many children have special needs and it is not possible for one program to meet the specific needs of all children. Wild Hearts Camp is designed specifically for children with orthopedic impairments. Terrain at the Zoo may be difficult for some, but we select activities and behind-the-scenes experiences to maximize accessibility for campers who manage physical impairment limitations and/or use mobility aides (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, braces, etc.). Those who need one-on-one assistance whenever they are moving are expected to provide their own guide (who attends camp at no additional charge).

Campers also need to be able to communicate consistently and reliably in a verbal or non-verbal way, so camp instructors and peers can understand their needs and so the campers can fully participate in, and benefit from, the whole camp experience. If campers have communication impairments, they should be accompanied by someone who is able to facilitate communication on their behalf.

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Scholarships
Thank you for your interest in Camp Zoo. At this time, all of our scholarships allotted for the summer of 2016 have been filled. If more scholarship opportunities become available, we will post them here.

Camp Fees

Camp Zoo 2016
Sense of Wonder and Wild Hearts Camp Fees

Member $50
General $55

Includes one shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard. Additional shirts may be purchased.

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Scholarships
Thank you for your interest in Camp Zoo. At this time, all of our scholarships allotted for the summer of 2016 have been filled. If more scholarship opportunities become available, we will post them here.