2021 Summer Camps with Animals

Photo: Phoenix Herpetological Society
Listings are continuously being updated for 2021 based on information we collect directly from camps through an online questionnaire.
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The H.E.A.R.T. Center
21152 N. 22nd St., Phoenix
818-613-6394 • theheart-center.com/programs

Ages 7-18. Half-day Horse Camps, Siblings Camp for siblings of children with special needs, Yoga + Horse Camp, and Adaptive Adventure Camp with an overnight trip. Half- and full-day sessions four or five days a week June 1-July 30. $225-$575.

Arizona Animal Welfare League
25 N. 40th St., Phoenix
602-273-6852 • aawl.org/education/seasonal-camps

Dog Days at Camp Kitty. Ages 6-11 (in two age groups: 6-8 and 9-11). Kids will learn about animal safety, care, behavior, training, body language, advocacy, knowing how to choose the right pet, and more. Live animal demonstrations, interactive time with kittens and puppies, hands-on activities including how to make homemade pet toys and treats. One-week sessions 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7-July 30. $325.
Animal Advocacy Camp. Ages 12-17 (in two age groups: 12-14 and 15-17). Learn how to make your voice heard through your actions and make a difference in the lives of animals. Includes guest speakers and daily interaction with shelter animals. One-week sessions 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7-July 30. $175.
Veterinary Science Camp. Ages 15-17. Learn all about the field of veterinary science and medicine through guest speakers, hands-on lab activities, mock procedures, dissections, live surgery observations, and more. Become aware of one of the biggest problems that veterinary science faces today — lack of equity and diversity. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7-June 11. $350.

Arizona Humane Society
Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion
1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix
602-997-7585 • azhumane.org

Animal Ed-Ventures. Ages 6-12. Campers will learn how they can make a difference in the lives of animals during a week of animal encounters, interactive games and activities. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7-11 (ages 6-8 and 9-12), June 14-18 (ages 6-8 and 9-12), June 21-25 (ages 9-12), June 28-July 2 (ages 6-8), July 5-9 (ages 6-8), July 12-16 (ages 6-8 and 9-12), July 19-23 (ages 6-8 and 9-12). $275; discounts for early registration and siblings.
Junior EAMT Academy. Ages 10-13. Designed for kids who are interested in working as animal first responders. Campers will practice field medicine techniques, use rescue equipemtn and interact with real-life Emergency Animal Medical Technicians. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14-18, July 5-9, July 12-16, July 19-23. $275; discounts for early registration and siblings.
Victory Vets. Ages 13-17. A career-discovery program for animal enthusiasts focused on employment options within the veterinary field. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 5-9. $295; discounts for early registration and siblings.
Wild Wonders. Ages 6-12. This hands-on camp encompasses the importance of wild and domestic animal sanctuaries and rehabilitators. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21-25 (ages 6-9) and June 28-July 2 (ages 9-12). $275; discounts for early registration and siblings.

Phoenix Zoo. Summer Camp Zoo. Grades 1-8 (as of fall 2021). Each week-long session includes up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. Most activities will be outdoors, with indoor activities mixed in for cooling breaks. Each age group limited to 10 campers with no mixing between groups. Weekly sessions 8 a.m. to noon June 7-July 30. $174/week ($159 members). 602-286-3800 or phoenixzoo.org/camps-programs/camps/

Robinson Ranch. Equine facilitated learning, horseback riding classes, archery, fishing, swimming, paddle boats, scavenger hunt, inside and outside games, hiking, camp fires, movie night under the stars, catered meals and cookouts, camping in tents, teepees, bunkhouses, cabins, and RV’s at camp sites in Phoenix, Camp Verde and Prescott. Half-day programs five days a week, May 31-July 30. $99-$399. 602-268-4972 or robinsonranch.org


Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary
602-501-2930 or phoenixherp.com

Reptile Encounters. Ages 6-15. The best way to learn about the animals is from the animals themselves! Each day includes activities that are STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) oriented, but these academic components are hidden within animal interactions, activities, games, and helping care for the animals. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us, which is why we only handle proven education animals and our counselors have received advanced training on all of these animals. We utilize observations of animals that cannot be handled so that the learning can continue even if the touching cannot. All camps are designed to be age appropriate so the Advanced Campers would be learning much more in depth and complicated information about the animals than an 8 year old would. Our counselors, again, are trained to teach to various age ranges and excel at helping children learn in many ways. Full-day programs May 31-Aug. 13. $275-$300/week.

3 Bars Ranch
North Scottsdale near Jomax and Pima
720-985-7535 • 3BarsRanch.com

Social and Emotional Growth through Horses. Ages 5-17. Horsemanship skills and equine facilitated learning (EFL) activities foster personal growth and development. Kids and teens build trust, respect, responsibility, patience, leadership, kindness, communication and self-confidence as they discover how to communicate and interact with horses, groom and care for them. EFL available for trauma healing, abuse, ADHD, and more. Ongoing half-day sessions two days/week. Group rates vary; $60/hour for individual sessions.

OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
480-291-8193 • odyseaaquarium.com/campocean

Fins, Feather, and Fur: All About Animals. Grades K-2. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7-11, June 28-July 2, July 19-23. $295/week (discount for early registration).
Land, Sea, and Sky: Habitats of the World. Grades 3-5. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31-June 4, June 21-25, July 5-9, July 26-30. $295/week (discount for early registration).
Junior Marine Biologists: Care & Conservation. Grades 6-8. 9 a.m. to 3 pm. June 14-18, July 12-16. $295/week (discount for early registration).



Each day of camp will include a two-hour live zoom call with a zoo expert with a variety of animal encounters, activities, crafts, and discussions. Kids will be provided with extra resources like videos, games, and projects to explore and complete after the live video call. First two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. $60 per week.virtual-summer-camp


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The following programs are from 2020 and are in the process of being updated for 2021.

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, summer camp, summer camps, Phoenix, Arizona. animal care

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA
15 N. 40th Place, Phoenix
602-273-6852 • aawl.org
Ages 6-17

Our camps cover a variety of topics for young animal lovers including veterinary science, animal care, art and wildlife education! Your child will have fun learning about STEM-based topics, responsible pet ownership, performing scientific experiments, reading to dogs and animal encounters with our exotic animal ambassadors! Weekly sessions June 1-July 31. $225 and up.

Arizona Humane Society, summer campArizona Humane Society
1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix
602-997-7585, Ext. 2005 • azhumane.org/athomekit
Ages 8-12

Animal Ed-Ventures At Home Kits offer kids ages 8-12 a surprise box that allows them to explore the world of animals through hands-on crafts, activities, learning opportunities, links for online videos, virtual classroom opportunities and animal meet-and-greets from AHS’ Animal Ambassadors.

Themes such as Regal Mutts and Snakes & Lizards will dive into areas such as animal genetics and the slithering, slinking world of our reptile friends. Boxes can be picked up weekly at AHS’ Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion at 1521 W. Dobbins Road in Phoenix or can be mailed directly to your home. Deliveries begin the first week of June. $25/week; additional $15 for mailed delivery. azhumane.org/athomekit

Updated May 22, 2020

Phoenix Herpetological Society, summer camp, summer camps, Scottsdale, Arizona
Phoenix Herpetological Society Reptile Encounters Summer Camp
28011 N. 78th St., Scottsdale
480-513-4377 • phoenixherp.com
Ages 6-14

Reptile conservation education, interactions with animals, how to coexist with wildlife, guest speakers from other organizations in the Valley, STEAM-based activities. Weekly sessions May 25-Aug. 7. $200 and up.

Phoenix Zoo, Camp Zoo, summer camp, summer camps, Arizona

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
602-914-4333 • phoenixzoo.org
Grades K-8

Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world this summer at Camp Zoo. Each age-appropriate, weeklong session is filled with up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. During the mornings, we’ll take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as water play and hiking. In the afternoons, we will spend more time participating in indoor activities. Weekly full- and half-day sessions. June -July 31. $159 and up/half day; $254 and up/full day.

3 Bars Ranch
9040 E. Jomax Road, Scottsdale • 720-985-7535
Ages 6-15

Fostering personal growth and development through equine assisted learning (EAL) activities. Working with horses, participants build trust; respect; responsibility; patience; leadership; kindness; communication; and self-confidence. All while having fun with horses! Socially and emotionally enriching. Horsemanship skills and riding integrated for learning new skills and building self-esteem. Level II program follows for more mounted activities and learning and development. EAL also available for trauma healing. June-August; ongoing thereafter. $45 for individual sessions; half-day group program $150.


For information about being part of our of our online summer camps directory, contact us.