*All Full week camps are FULL with long waitlists*
"Keeper" Days are available
Thank you for your interest in the Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary’s Summer Camp Program! We are passionate about the conservation of native and exotic reptiles and are excited to share our animals, experience, and knowledge with your child. Please see the descriptions and FAQ below to decide the camp that is best for your child! Register today!
Camp is located near Scottsdale Rd and Dynamite in Scottsdale
• --- ** Temperature checks at the gate. Campers will not be allowed to attend camp if they are showing any symptoms of illness**
• --- ** Students will maintain social distancing in the classroom by sitting at least once chair away from each other and all facing the same direction **
• --- ** Use of a face mask will be required by the campers, counselors and CITs while they are inside ** Please bring a mask with you each day. We will have some available if needed.
• --- ** The two camps will check-out separately in their respective rooms**
Neonate(baby reptile!) is for 6 and 7 year olds
Junior is for 9-11 year olds
Advanced is for 12-14 year olds
Counselor in Training (CIT) 14+
**NEW Keeper classes available!!**
Little Keepers 5-8 years old
Junior Keeper 9-11 years old
"Reptile Encounters" Camp
including Neonate, 8 Year Old, Junior, & Advanced Camps, this is our introductory camp.
We recommend this for any child who has never attended our summer camps before.
Monday - Native Reptiles, Tuesday - Turtles/Tortoises, Wednesday- Lizards, Thursday - Snakes, Friday - Crocodilians
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.