How To Train Your (Zoo) Animal


Camp Description

Positive reinforcement is the perfect training method for primates, pachyderms, and parrots! Training animals can be challenging and requires a lot of patience and problem solving. Are you up for the challenge?

Day Overview

**Schedule Subject to Change. Ask your camper the questions below to learn about their day!

Question of the Day

Can you design a workout program for apes?

Animal Experience

What animal(s) did we meet in our classroom? How did this animal use its body in a way that is similar to apes?

Zoo Exploration

Primate Panorama. Look for clues about apes and why they need exercise. How do zookeepers train apes?

Engineering Challenge

Campers design a workout program for apes. How will this help apes get up and moving? What do apes enjoy which could motivate them to do a new workout routine?

Further Exploration

What areas of the zoo did we explore in the afternoon? How did this help us better understand/apply the Question of the Day?

Taking It Home

How does working out and training keep apes happy and healthy?


  • Please review IMPORTANT INFORMATION, as well as our Policies and Procedures, to ensure you and your child are ready for camp.
  • Campers must bring a lunch, water bottle, and dress for the weather (plus lots of walking!). As most animal exhibits are outside, we WILL go outside every day.
  • A photo ID is required every day at pick up. Please notify the staff ahead of time if someone who is not on the authorized pick-up list will be picking up your child.
  • To contact us during the day, add authorized pick-ups, or to arrange a late arrival/early pick-up, call the Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400.

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