Summer Animal Camp


At Cub Creek Science and Summer Animal Camp, kids don't just learn about animals, they interact with the animals.

Use the Tabs below to see all the exciting programs we offer at Cub Creek Summer Animal Camp.

Or visit our sister camp Animal Camp Jamaica



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This summer animal camp has been created to give kids hands-on interactions with lots of different kinds of animals, the kinds of up close and personal encounters that will be remembered for a lifetime!

Cub Creek Science & Summer Animal Camp is the only residential camp in the country with its own zoo. It was created by an animal enthusiast for animal enthusiasts. We have lots of animal related activities and offer the opportunity to interact with more animals than any other animal camp.


Things to consider when selecting a summer animal camp:

What type of animals does the summer animal camp have? – We have over 100 species.

Is the summer animal camp facility USDA licensed?  – We are!

Is the summer animal camp ACA accredited? – We are!

Does the summer animal camp let you hold, touch, feed and care for the animals or just look at and learn about them? – Our Campers get to hold, touch, feed, AND care for the animals.

What can you do with animals at Cub Creek Summer Animal Camp?

Just Imagine Being Able To . . .

  • Adopt an animal for a week at camp – Which means that you will be responsible for caring for your favorite animal while you are at camp.
  • Feed grapes to a ringtail lemur
  • Feed a banana to a sloth
  • 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
  • Hold a baby chick in your hands
  • Sing with a parrot
  • Bathe a miniature horse
  • Brush a pig
  • Climb rocks with a goat
  • Make a cardboard castle for a hamster
  • Make a mineral block for a bird
  • Make a feather toy for a kitten
  • Go wading with a gosling
  • Take a snake or lizard outside and watch as they have fun in the sun
  • Collect chicken, peafowl, guinea, and goose eggs
  • Watch as a baby horse, donkey, goat, or sheep nurses from its mom and then does its "happy dance" when it's full
  • Give ice cubes to the wallabies (little kangaroos)
  • Care for, feed, and clean up after your adopted animal
  • Catch frogs, salamander, and fish (in order to identify and learn about and then release them)
  • Join our 100 animal club – which means that you have touched, seen, and learned about 100 different kinds of animals

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Veterinary Camp / Junior Vet

Junior Vet is a week long course developed especially for kids who think they might want to become a vet. During our Junior Vet program, campers will learn what it's like to be a veterinarian. Through hands-on activities and with the assistance of over 100 different exotic and domestic animal species, campers learn real veterinary skills. After completing the Junior Vet course, campers are eligible for the one week advanced Vet Camp or Advanced Junior Vet program.

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These classes are part of the Junior Vet course:

  • Basic Animal Examinations – Learn what questions to ask the animals owner.  How to take a temperature, check the eyes, ears, teeth, heart, and lungs 
  • Reading X-Rays
  • Identifying Internal Parasites
  • Learning Suturing Techniques
  • Giving Injections
  • Watching a Real Live Surgery

Junior Vet is just one of over 30 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.

For every week at camp, campers choose two camp courses. Each summer camp course is made up of five classes. A course takes place for one hour and five minutes each day.

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.

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Adopt an Animal

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Take care of your favorite animal for a week with our Adopt an Animal program. Learn what it likes to eat and how to feed it and provide all the care it needs to live a long, happy life. Each camper can choose any of our more than 100 different kinds of animals, including a monkey, armadillo, or even a camel or kangaroo.

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.

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? (Is it social or 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?
  • How (and how often) is its home cleaned? 
  • 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. 

At Cub Creek Science Camp, we believe that the long-term care for an animal is a tremendous responsibility. Deciding to take on that responsibility should not be a decision made in the spur of the moment. Many children want every animal they see in a pet store. Did you know that a parrot can live over 50 years and a tortoise can live 100 years? 

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.


We conserve what we love


We love what we understand


We understand what we have been taught


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Amazing Animals

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Get up close and personal with every animal at the Ranch! You will hold snakes, feed our armadillo, and play with the baby goats. You will visit all our animal homes including the barn, jungle, pentagon, reptile room and animal room. This will give you more animal exposure than any other course at Camp.

Amazing Animals is just one of over 30 courses offered at Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp. For every week you are at camp, you will choose two camp courses. Each summer camp course is made up of five classes. 

Amazing Animals Classes that make up the week-long course include:

  • Meet the Animals in Wallaby Country
  • Meet the Animals in the Habitats
  • Meet the Animals in the Barn
  • Meet the Animals in the Jungle
  • Meet the Animals in the Pentagon

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Creepy Crawly Critters/Entomology

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Who cares about bugs? You should, since about 80% of animal species on earth are bugs. 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.

In the Creepy Crawly Critters, course campers will learn about the important contributions insects make to our planet. Try spending a day as an ant. 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.

Creepy Crawly Critters is just one of over 30 courses offered at Cub Creek Science Camp.  

For every week you are at camp, you will choose two camp courses. Each summer camp course is made up of five classes.

These classes are part of the Creepy Crawly Critter course:

  • Insect Safari
  • Bug Traps 
  • Bug Zoo 
  • Bug Games 
  • Bug Olympics
  • Bug Eating (Optional Course Addition)

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. 

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Animal Safari

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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, raccoon, fox and more. Live traps are set and checked each day. Campers can bring along a camera or sketchbook / journal to record their findings! To make it even more fun, we bring along a pack llama to carry our equipment and field guides.

Animal Safari is just one of more than 30 courses offered at Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp. 

For every week you are at camp, you will choose two camp courses. Each summer camp course is made up of five classes. 

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

Early in our American history we had a great expedition that set out to explore and record the geography, the people, the wildlife and the plant life of the great west. Louis and Clark recorded many new species of animals and plants that were currently unknown and greatly increased our knowledge of the great continent on which we live.

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