More To The Story: Zoo Camp

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Summer zoo camp has been a staple at the Chattanooga Zoo for some 25 years. For the months of June and July!

A group of kids come in for a week at a time. Mostly kindergarten through fifth grade.

Three to six hours every day. And they enjoy what our little gem has to offer.

DARDE LONG, CHATTANOOGA ZOO CEO / PRESIDENT;
“Just recently, somebody wanted to know if they could stay overnight at the zoo! What a compliment that is to us! Everytime I see the kids, they are happy and smiling. I think they really enjoy their time with us!”

The camp continues to grow every year. And this year, there’s an added bonus. As the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union donated scholarship money for a number of kids who would otherwise not be able to attend camp due to financial reasons.

JAKE CASH, TVFCU COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT;
“We’ve provided three thousand dollars to 13 kids, so they can come to zoo camp. It basically allows them to come here. It also pays for their aftercare.”

So what do the kids actually DO when they’re here? Well, it’s more than cleaning cages my friends.
As coordinator Mariel Cuellar says, it’s a little bit of everything one can think of!!

“Lots of games and science experiments. Plus a lot of crafts. And of course a lot of animal time. They also get to feed the animals. And see the enrichment the animals get from it.”

A bunch of things to do! As Cuellar says, as long as the zoo is a fun and safe place for the kids…..it’s all good!
Dave Staley, News 12

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