Welcome to the City of Albuquerque

Camps

Children from Preschool through grade 9 can enjoy a summer full of discovery, adventure and investigation at the ABQ BioPark. A variety of hands-on experiences, games and activities, and special behind-the-scenes tours offer an unforgettable camp.

Registration

Registration begins March 4, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 505-848-7180.

Camps for All Ages

Preschool Beginnings

Children ages 3-6 and accompanying adults encounter amazing animals and plants at the BioPark in Preschool Beginnings. Classes meet once a week for this 7-week program. Choose one weekly adventure or join us for all three!

Farm Sprouts

Visit the Heritage Farm at the BioPark Botanic Garden for a step back in time. Pre-school children and one accompanying adult find out first-hand what a child’s life used to be like on a farm. We’ll learn how to harvest berries, practice milking a cow, and watch tractors in the field. Every day includes songs, crafts and good old-fashioned fun and games.

  • Ages: 3-6 years old
  • Cost: $130 for all seven classes. Price includes one child and one adult. Additional children are $65 each for all seven classes.
  • Where: Heritage Farm Exhibit at the Botanic Garden
  • When: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    • June 2, 9, 16, 23 and July 7, 14, 21

Nature Beginnings

Explore the amazing world of animals and plants at the BioPark! Preschool children and one accompanying adult will play games, create fun works of art, sing songs and of course, visit the exhibits. Take a peek in the ocean, watch a butterfly drink from a daisy, explore wildlife native to our backyard, and discover animals from around the world.

  • Ages: 3-6 years old
  • Cost: $130 for all seven classes. Price includes one child and one adult. Additional children are $65 per child for all seven classes. Choose to enroll in either the Weds. or Thurs. session.
  • Where: Classes alternate between the Zoo, Aquarium/Garden and Tingley Beach
  • When: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    • Wednesdays, June 3,10,17,24 and July 8, 15, 22

Bosque Beginnings

caption:Learning about the bosque in the Cottonwood Gallery.Explore the world of the Rio Grande Bosque. Preschool children and one accompanying adult will develop an awareness of trees, explore animal tracks, identify kinds of food wild animals eat, observe ant behavior, study pond life, play games, sing songs, create art from nature and discover wildlife is everywhere in the bosque. Classes will alternate between the Garden’s Cottonwood Gallery exhibit and Tingley Beach for nature exploration.

  • Ages: 3-6 years old
  • Cost: $130 for all seven classes. Price includes one child and one adult. Additional children are $65 each for all seven classes.
  • Where: Cottonwood Gallery at the Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach and surrounding bosque
  • When: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    • Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23

More for Preschoolers

The BioPark also offers BioPark Beginnings preschool classes during the school year.


Discover!

Discover camps are for children entering grades K-1. Campers discover nature through hands-on activities, art, and tours of exhibits. Children will spend their mornings with our skilled early elementary educators. Discover camps are week-long camps, Mon.-Fri., and are offered in the mornings, 8:30 a.m. – noon.

Discover the Zoo

Grab your safari gear and head down to the Zoo for new adventures! You’ll meet animals up close and tour the Zoo to learn about incredible critters from around the world. You’ll discover amazing animals from tiny frogs to enormous elephants and everything in between! Games, arts and crafts, and lots of fun and learning are all included in this half-day camp.

  • Grades: K-1
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon only (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 or July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24

Discover the Garden

From exploding seeds to model trains, amazing insects, and farm animals, there is much to be discovered in the Botanic Garden.  Join the quest to see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and discover the wonders of nature in this half-day class. Participants will learn about plants and wildlife native to New Mexico and get hands-on in the dirt to learn all about the earth.

  • Grades: K-1
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Botanic Garden
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon only (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 1-5, 15-19, or July 6-10, 20-24

Discover the Aquarium

Wings, Waves and Wonders

Is a jellyfish really a fish? Why are some fish so bright and beautiful? Campers will discover the secrets behind the fascinating lives of aquatic animals, and get up-close and personal with sharks, stingrays and invertebrates at our touchpools. Fish songs, crafts, games and exhibit exploration will make up this half-day camp to learn all about rivers and oceans and their amazing inhabitants.

  • Grades: K-1
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Aquarium
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon only (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 8-12, 22-26 or July 13-17

Explore!

Explore camps are for children entering Grades 2-3. These camps encourage science exploration through hands-on experiments, keeper talks, and inquiry-based activities. Explore camps are half-day, week-long camps, Mon.-Fri., offered both in the morning and afternoon.

Explore a Bug’s World

Explore all that bugs do for us, from pollinating food plants to decomposing our waste. Explore the Botanic Garden through a bug’s eyes this summer! Learn about the lifecycles of butterflies and dragonflies, find out which bugs like bright colors and which like rotten odors, and explore the different environments bugs call home. This class is full of hands-on activities and games to help us understand the wild and weird world of bugs!

  • Grades: 2-3
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Botanic Garden
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 1-5, 15-19, or July 6-10, 20-24

Aquatic Critter Exploration

Have you ever investigated marine animals under a microscope? Or felt the skin and teeth of a shark? With hands-on activities, action-packed games, and behind the scenes tours, we’ll take a closer look at aquatic animals in this fun afternoon class. Along the way we’ll discover the jobs these animals do, how Albuquerque is connected to the ocean, and why the health of the Rio Grande and oceans are so important to us all.

  • Grades: 2-3
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Aquarium
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (AFTERNOON SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 1-5, 15-19, or July 6-10, 20-24

Explore the Zoo

Hippo

Spend the week learning all about the amazing animals at the Zoo. Explore habitats from around the world and what animals need to survive. How does mucus help keep a hippo cool in the African savanna? How does a polar bear’s hair and skin help keep it warm in the arctic? Uncover the amazing adaptations of animals around the world with activities, art, zookeeper talks and behind the scenes tours in this fun-filled and educational morning camp.

  • Grades: 2-3
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon (MORNING SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 8-12, 22-26 or July 13-17

Wildlife Exploration

Check out the world wide web of life in this half-day Zoo camp. From the Arctic to the Amazon, you’ll explore amazing habitats to find out which animals call each place “home.” What’s the connection between orangutans and candy? How does hippo dung support an entire ecosystem? What’s so important about frogs? Join us for hands-on activities, games, behind-the-scenes tours and more to explore the answers to these questions and more! You’ll also find out what you can do to help protect animals from around the world.

  • Grades: 2-3
  • Cost: $125
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (AFTERNOON SESSION)
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 8-12, 22-26 or July 13-17

  • Adventure!

    Adventure camps are for children going into grades 4-6. Participants go on adventures throughout the BioPark, including multiple behind-the-scenes tours and keeper talks. Science activities, games and art help make summer learning fun! Adventure camps are full-day, week-long camps, Mon.-Fri.

    Zoo Adventures

    Calling all animal lovers! Prepare to be amazed by the things you’ll learn about amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. In this camp, you’ll discover the wildest creatures on Earth and learn their secrets of survival. You’ll find out what it takes to care for exotic animals as you go behind the scenes with zookeepers, and you’ll even have the chance to prepare food for some of the Zoo’s animals. Games, hands-on activities and art projects complete this wild week of day-long adventures.

    • Grades: 4-6
    • Cost: $230
    • Where: Zoo
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 or July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24

    Undersea Adventures

    Aquatic adventures await you as you unravel the mysteries of marine life and discover your connections to the ocean! Sink your teeth into the truth about sharks, meet a “living fossil,” and look down into the tanks from behind the scenes. You’ll learn about the most magnificent creatures found in water—from plankton to whales and everything in between! You’ll also discover why oceans and rivers are important to your everyday life. Hands-on activities, aquarist talks, and art projects complete this week of day-long adventures.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Cost: $230
  • Where: Aquarium
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 1-5, 15-19 or July 6-10, 20-24
  • Diggable Planet Adventures

    Diggable Planet

    Get down and dirty at the most hands-on BioPark camp ever! At the Botanic Garden, you’ll come face-to-face with bizarre bugs, hunt for hidden symbols in the Japanese Garden, and meet the barnyard animals of the Heritage Farm. Every day will be full of action-packed planting; whether you’re learning about the secret lives of trees, making masterpieces inspired by nature, or growing a garden of your own to take home. If you like good, messy fun, you’re going to dig this camp! Activities include dirt exploration, keeper talks, art projects and more.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Cost: $230
  • Where: Botanic Garden
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 8-12, 22-26 or July 13-17

  • Investigate!

    Investigate camps are for students entering grades 7-9 who are interested in science careers and want to deepen their interests in nature. Participants meet with the expert staff and learn what it takes to care for BioPark animals, plants and habitats. Investigate camps are full-day, week-long camps, Mon.-Fri.

    Investigating Animal Behaviors

    Sleeping snow leopard

    How do Zoo animals stay active and mentally stimulated? How do zookeepers help create environments similar to those found in the wild? In this hands-on camp you’ll make animal enrichment, prepare diets with zookeepers, and research and observe animal behavior first-hand! Discover the special techniques used by zookeepers and trainers to enhance the lives of zoo animals. Learn from the experts in this fun camp that will teach you what it takes to work with some of the world’s most exotic and fascinating animals!

  • Grades: 7-9
  • Cost: $230
  • Where: Zoo
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 or July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24
  • Investigating Wild Careers

    Keeper with wombat

    Thinking of a career working with wildlife? Ever wonder what it’s like to be a zookeeper, aquarist, or master gardener? This camp takes you further into the professional world of the BioPark than ever before. What does it take to care for endangered species like Asian elephants and silvery minnows? What kind of plans go into designing a landscape? What other jobs do people do to make the BioPark such a cool place? Discover the complex, hidden side of the BioPark – the real nitty-gritty details from the people who know it best. It’s the first step towards your future in conservation! Every day includes behind the scenes tours and staff talks, and campers will putt new skills into action and investigate ways to help save wildlife.

    • Grades: 7-9
    • Cost: $230
    • Where: Mon., Tues., and Weds. at the Aquarium/Botanic Garden Thurs. and Fri. at the Zoo
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Dates: Camps run Mon.-Fri. Choose one of the following weeks (the same curriculum is covered every week): June 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 or July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24
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