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MOORPARK COLLEGE offers Junior Safari Summer Camp at America’s Teaching Zoo


Contact: James Schuelke
Fax: 805-378-1499

MOORPARK COLLEGE offers Junior Safari Summer Camp at America’s Teaching Zoo

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College is now accepting enrollment for its Junior Safari Summer Camp, which runs June 18th – August 10th for children who will be enrolled in grades 1 – 8 beginning this fall. Junior Safari Summer Camp allows campers the unique opportunity to interact with the Zoo’s animal collection while participating in age appropriate, science-based learning experiences.

Camp activities include animal presentations, art and science projects, and opportunities to handle animals. Activities occur within the safety of Zoo grounds under direct supervision of trained camp staff. Camp hours run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with “early bird” and “night owl” alternatives to accommodate those looking for a half-day option.

Themes for this year’s camp include:

  • Grade 1st/2nd, June 18-22: Zookeeping 101
  • Grade 3rd/4th, June 25-June 29: Wild in the City
  • Grade 3rd/4th, July 9-13: Zookeeping 101
  • Grade 1st/2nd, July 16-20: Animal Detectives
  • Grade 5th/6th, July 23-27: Animal Dream Jobs
  • Grade 5th/6th, July 30-August 3: Zookeeping 101
  • Grade 7th/8th, August 6-10: Zookeeping 101

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College is home to the Exotic Animal Training and Management program. Founded by local science teacher Bill Brisby in 1971, America’s Teaching Zoo and “EATM” have served Ventura County, and beyond, as a resource for family recreation and overall wildlife education. The unique “EATM” program trains students to work safely and humanely with wild and exotic animals at zoos, aquariums and wildlife facilities across the country. “EATM” has been an established major at Moorpark College since 1974 and is the only major of its kind in the country”

For additional information, camp availability, and registration forms, please visit America’s Teaching Zoo at or contact Kris Romero at (805) 378-1441. America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College is located at 7075 Campus Road Moorpark, California.

MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.

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