(Manorville, NY) - The Long Island Game Farm announces it is currently accepting applications for this summer season at its fun and educational Camp Zoo, a weeklong day camp where children learn about animals, zoology and environmental conservation from an experienced teacher and animal lover. There will be a series of five consecutive weekly sessions designed for children 4-11 years of age. Each session will take place at the Game Farm from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
This year, the Long Island Game Farm is offering camps specially tailored to a child's interests. With the animals serving as inspiration, they can embark on an imaginary world tour and learn more about the Game Farm's animals and their native countries at the Animal Expeditions camp, or they can choose to paint, draw or create while learning about animals at the Creative Critters camp. At the CSI: Creature Scene Investigations camp, kids can meet and learn more about the animals, or they can sharpen their detective skills and spot mysteries that await them while learning more about what makes each animal unique at the camp. Children can also learn how to help animals while saving the planet at the Long Island GREEN Farm camp.
The 2011 Camp Zoo schedule is as follows:
July 11-15: Animal Expeditions: For children ages 8-11
July 18-22: Creative Critters: ages 4-9
July 25-29: CSI: Creature Scene Investigations: ages 8-11
August 1-5: Creative Critters: ages 4-9
August 8-12: Long Island GREEN Farm: ages 4-11
Each day at Camp Zoo will offer new and exciting experiences such as zoo tours, up-close animal encounters, nature hikes, scavenger hunts and talks with the Game Farm's zoo keepers. In addition, there will be arts and crafts, animal stories, sing-alongs, nature-related games and informative animal tours.
"We can't wait to get started with our seventh year of Camp Zoo. This program is as exciting for us as it will be for the young campers. The camp is the ultimate animal experience where children will learn in-depth about different animals and wildlife issues. Our mission has always been to offer high-quality fun and education to families across Long Island and Camp Zoo takes that concept one step farther by really getting the kids involved," said Melinda Novak, Co-Owner of the Long Island Game Farm. "This looks to be our most fun year yet!"
The fee for new campers is $375 per week. Returning campers pay a reduced rate of $325 per week. Rates include all applicable taxes and fees. All campers receive a Camp Zoo T-shirt, as well as a personalized CD filled with photographs of their experience at Camp Zoo. Campers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is recommended that campers register early. The Long Island Game Farm can accept about 25 campers for each session of Camp Zoo; a waiting list will be established for the weeks that are filled.
Again this year, Camp Zoo is offering the position of Junior Camp Zoo Counselor to 12- to 14-year-olds who have completed at least one week of Camp Zoo. Junior Counselors will get the opportunity to educate younger children while learning more about their favorite animals and earning their Long Island Game Farm Junior Camp Counselor certification. Junior Counselors attend camp for a reduced rate of $245 per week.
Reservations are made when a deposit of $100 per child, per week is received. All balances are due by June 15. Any camper who registers after that date is required to pay the amount in full. Considering the limited class sizes, Camp Zoo is expected to fill up quickly. Those who wish to register can download the online application at www.longislandgamefarm.com, or call (631) 878-6670 to receive the application by mail. Please return the application and/or check to: Long Island Game Farm, P.O. Box 97, Manorville, NY 11949. Attn: Camp Zoo.
The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville. The Farm offers families a natural environment where they can learn about wildlife and animals through education and entertainment. Each year, thousands of guests visit the Long Island Game Farm, which has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island.