Kidz ‘n Critter Summer Camp lots of fun for kids

Kidz ‘n Critter Summer Camp lots of fun for kids

Looking for activities to keep your child engaged, learning and having fun this summer?  We have a suggestion – enroll him or her in our Kidz ‘n Critter Summer Camp.

This year we are holding six one-week sessions of camp for students going into grades 2-7. Each week is for a different age group, so the programming is age appropriate, and the kids can make new like-minded friends.  Camps run from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and are held in the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter’s lobby.

Through guest speakers, arts and crafts, videos, fieldtrips and demonstrations, the campers will learn about different animals and responsible pet care.

Bringing in passionate and expert guest speakers make topics such as basic vet care, dog training and living with wildlife exciting and personal.

Campers will also learn about the need to spay and neuter, the importance of ID tags and microchips, cat care, living with a house bunny and more.  It’s no surprise the highlight of the camp for every camper asked is the time spent with the shelter animals – socializing kittens and cats and playing with dogs and other small animals.  Field trips change from year to year and have included exciting places like Safari West, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, Bergin University of Canine Studies, Animal Care Center (Emergency and Specialty Hospital) and Full House Farm.

Sessions for second- and third-graders are July 6-10 and July 27-31; sessions for fourth- and fifth-graders are June 15-19 and July 20-24; and sessions for sixth- and seventh-graders are July 13-17 and Aug. 3-7 (grades are for next school year).

To accommodate as many campers as possible, we limit each child to just one session and to their appropriate age group.  Cost is just $125 per camper with a $25 discount for each sibling.  Scholarships are available, so please don’t hesitate to give your child this opportunity to develop their love of animals even if you are on a strict budget.

Registration includes cost of the field trip, all craft materials and a camp T-shirt.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and application forms are available at www.rpanimalshelter.org or at the shelter, which is located at 301 J. Rogers Lane, behind the Press Democrat Building off Redwood Drive.  Shelter hours are: Wednesday 1-6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1-5:30 p.m.; and Sunday 1-4:30 p.m.

The Animal Shelter League (ASL) funds the camps and checks should be made out to them.  Credit card payments can be accepted through the ASL website – www.animalshelterleaguerp.org. Be sure to make a note in the special instruction box that it is for camp and list the child’s name so it will be credited properly. We’re busy planning a full schedule of activities for our camp sessions and hope your child will join us.  Tell your friends so as many students as possible get a chance to participate in the fun.

We certainly want to encourage every child’s love of animals and help them learn to be responsible pet parents – that’s what these camps are all about.

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