At Cub Creek Science Camp, kids don't just learn about animals, they interact with them.
We are the only residential camp in the country with its own zoo. Cub Creek was created by an animal enthusiast for animal enthusiasts! We have many of animal related activities and offer the opportunity to interact with more animals than any other animal camp.
We have 300 animals.
Of over 100 species.
We are licensed by USDA!
We are accredited by ACA!
Our Campers get to hold, touch, feed, AND care for the animals.
What can you do with animals at Cub Creek?
Just Imagine Being Able To . . .
- Adopt an animal for a week at camp.
- Feed banana to a Ringtail Lemur
- Hold a hedgehog
- Walk a Llama
- Pet a porcupine (very carefully, of course!)
- Play fetch with a dog
- Watch a chick hatch from an egg
- Talk with a parrot
- Groom a miniature horse
- Go bug catching
- Belly-rub a pig
- Make a feather toy for a kitten
- Sun bathe with a Lizard
- Watch a Live animal surgery
- Join our 100 animal club – which means that you have touched, seen, and learned about 100 different kinds of animals
And you can do it all!
Check out some of our Animal Courses below. Each of these is an option to choose during your campers stay at camp. All campers choose two courses during their stay at camp that they will participate in all week long.
More commonly called, Junior Vet, this week long activity was developed especially for kids who think they might want to become a Veterinarian.Veterinary medicine is a branch of science dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and disorders in animals. Veterinarians study for many years to be able to successfully care for our beloved pets. Through hands-on activities and with the assistance of a passion instructor, campers learn real veterinary skills! These classes are part of the Junior Vet course:
- Basic Animal Examinations – Learn the signs of a healthy animal and how to give them an exam. Monitor an animal's breathing and heart rate wiith a stethoscope.
- Reading X-Rays- We have an X-ray illuminator and sample X-rays that campers can practice using to identify anything that may be unusual or out of the ordinary for that animal.
- Identifying Internal Parasites– Part of being a vet is looking at "fecal" matter…it's the truth. So campers learn how to make "fecal floats" and looking under the microscope.
- Learning Suturing Techniques- Using a willing banana, campers will practice the tricky art of suturing.
- Giving Injections– Practice drawing medications (dyed water) and injecting into orange.
- Watching a Live Surgery– Camp's Veterinarian comes out one day, each week of camp to perform a surgery right here in camp's surgery room. Over the summer, we provide spays and neuters to shelter animals, so most times it is watching cats and dogs being sprayed/neutered. However, over the history of camp, campers have been able to watch some amazing animal surgeries! Alpacas, zebus, ducks, and more have been operated on right here at camp for campers to see.
Junior Vet is just one of the many courses offered at Cub Creek Science Camp. Campers who have completed Jr Vet may sign up for Advanced Junior Vet during a second week at camp, or may take Advanced Junior Vet in a future year at summer camp.
Adopt an Animal is a week-long course offered at Cub Creek Science Camp. During this course, campers will choose a favorite animal to take care for the week! Campers learn about the specific animal they are taking care of including how we take care of it here, but also all about its species in the wild . Campers can choose any of our more than 100 different kinds of animals, including porcupines, armadillos, alpacas, and miniature horses!
Before any camper is given the responsibility to care for an animal at camp, he or she must first learn about their animal and its needs
- In what country and climate can this animal be found in the wild?
- What are its predators?
- How long does it live?
- In the wild does this animal spend its time by itself or in a group? (Social vs solitary)
- Is this animal most active during the day, night or in between? (Diurnal, nocturnal or crepuscular)
- What, how and how often does the animal eat in the wild?
- What, how and how often does the animal eat at camp?
- What causes this animal stress?
- What types of enrichment activities can be used with their animal?
After the camper is able to demonstrate knowledge of the animal, he or she is ready to take on the responsibility for its care! During the summer the campers really are helping our animal team take care of these animals! Our off-season animal team takes care of all 300 of camp's animals on their own: prepping foods, feeding, enclosure cleaning and enrichment. In the summer, our campers take on huge responsibility to help the animal team feed these animals and keep them engaged in activities.
At Cub Creek Science Camp, we believe that the long-term care for an animal is a tremendous responsibility. Did you know that a parrot can live over 50 years and a tortoise can live 100 years? We hope to have a place that is forever a home to these long-living animals and open our doors to allow children to have encounters with them.
The Adopt an Animal Program at Cub Creek Science Camp teaches campers about a very wide variety of animals and what these animals need to live long, healthy, and happy lives. Campers will also learn that "happy" to an animal is not the same thing as "happy" to a person. Adding a new pet to a home should be something that is not done on a whim. The Adopt an Animal program is designed to help campers understand this concept as well as the uniqueness of each kind of animal and the importance of their conservation in the wild.
Get up close and personal with every animal at the Ranch! Unlike Adopting an Animal, this course takes you through all the animal areas of camp to get encounters and learn about them all! Understand what makes birds different than mammals and reptiles; Compare and contrast the different species of foxes, porcupines, and parrots; and learn why large ears, feet , and tails would matter for some animals out in the wild.
In Amazing Animals campers will explore each of the following areas
- Lemur Island- In our largest lemur colony, campers enjoy feeding and interacting with these personable creatures.
- Jungle- Home to some of camp's most exotic animals, the Jungle has great variety with porcupines, foxes, sloths, and many birds.
- Pentagon and The Shire- Our wallabies, cavies, and tortoises share this outdoor enclosure in the summer.
- Habitats- An armadillo, squirrels, and ferrets are just a few of the animals to see here!
- Reptile Room- As the name implies, this warm room houses snakes and lizards of all kinds!
- Small Animal Room- Chinchillas, hedgehogs, rabbits, and our smallest armadillo share this room.
- Llama Land- Although the popluation of alpacas has out-numbered out llamas, Llama land is a pasture full of alpacas and lllamas, a sheep, and two pigs.
- Barn- Inside our barn changes every season, but usually our baby wallabies are raised here!
- Bird Nursery- Talk with camp's family of parrots including two macaws, one amazon, and three african greys!
- Nursery- Babies are born every spring and they live here! Usually our young emus and goats join our permanent residents- the ducks!
- Back Pasture- All our miniature horses, miniature donkeys, zebus, and our camel live in what we call the back pastures.
- Kennels- Play fetch with our dogs and cuddle with our cats. Each cat and dog at camp came from the local shelter and is looking for a permanent home.
Animal Safari combines hiking with Field Biology . Campers will explore the different parts of the Ranch and search for local wildlife including snakes, lizards, frogs, salamanders, deer, fox and more.Campers are encouraged to bring along a camera,sketchbook, or journal to record their findings! To make it even more fun, we bring along a pack llama to carry our equipment and field guides.
These are the classes for the week-long animal Safari course.
- Tracks, scat and other signs
- Hiking with a purpose
- Below the surface
- Invertebrate collection techniques
Who cares about bugs? You should! About 80% of animal species on earth are bugs. Entomology is the study of insects. Insects provide natural services we often take for granted. They are the pollinators, undertakers, decomposers, garbage collectors, and natural fertilizers of our planet.
If you love creepy crawly critters then you will love this course! Hold a tarantula, scorpion, even a giant hissing cockroach, and learn why they are important to our planet. InCreepy Crawly Critters, campers will learn about the important contributions insects make to our planet. Watch a meal worm metamorphosis into a beetle or a caterpillar into a butterfly. Attract and identify nocturnal as well as diurnal insects, build habitats or compete in the Bug Olympics! These are just some of the things you will enjoy during our week long entomology course at Cub Creek Science Camp.