Several children out of school for the summer are enjoying their first few days off at the Charles Paddock Zoo Summer Camp program.
The fun and educational programs provide an outdoor outlet for kids to learn more about animals on exhibit at the zoo.
Some of the camps include topics like “Colors and Patterns in Nature,” which teaches kids about why animals adapt to their surroundings through their physical traits and “California Dreaming,” which pinpoints some of the state’s native species.
“Hopefully, if we inspire them to care about their natural world, they’ll grow up and do something really amazing whether it’s a zookeeper, an educator, a zoo contributor, biologist, zoologist, all of those animal careers. Hopefully, we are inspiring all those kids to care about nature,” said Melinda Mathis, Education Curator at the Charles Paddock Zoo.
For more information about the zoo’s Summer Camp program, contact the Charles Paddock Zoo at (805) 461-5080.
The zoo will be open all summer long with more than 200 animals on exhibit.