Summer will be here soon and the 2018 Summer Camp Guide has the camp or activity for your kid! Search through more than 175 listings for Alaska camps to find the perfect fit and register before summer arrives.

Educational Summer Camps

Avalon Destination Equine Program

Avalon Destination, 33151 Cumulus Road, Eagle River

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6 and older | COST: $525/week

Equine Summer Academy: earth, nature and horses. Teaching life skills thru the art of riding. Learning ground work and riding skills that connect horse and rider as companions. Lessons build character, inner peace and full potential. Horses help cultivate the mind, body and spirit, bringing calmness in life and connecting to gain a better understanding of the world. Students of all levels or riding skills or experience are welcome.

WHEN: May-August; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monday-Friday

CONTACT: Renae, 907-694-3278

Pack Antics

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

What if your family was a pack of wild animals? Come learn the family dynamics of zoo animals and explore what your role would be if you lived with a pack of wolves.

WHEN: May 24, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Harbor Seal Plunge

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Do you love swimming and diving into water? So do our seals! Come learn what makes these marine mammals such good swimmers and why they enjoy the water so much.

WHEN: May 25, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Turtle Hurdles

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Spend a day learning how turtles that visit Alaska survive here, and what challenges they face every day in the wild. Meet the zoo?s resident turtles and discover the cool things that make turtles such amazing reptiles.

WHEN: May 28, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Zoo Photo Safari

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Meet a wildlife photographer and learn tips on how to take great photos of animals with zoo animals as the models! Go on a photo safari on zoo grounds and then see how you did at the end of the day! Don't forget your camera!

WHEN: May 29, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Trailside Discovery Camp

Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 4-16 | COST: $280/week, depending on class

Trailside Discovery Camp is an award-winning camp program in Alaska that provides a broad range of outdoor environmental education experiences for students ages 4 to 16 from all economic, social and cultural backgrounds. We provide summer camps at the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage and Spring Creek Farm in Palmer. We also offer special winter and spring programs during school breaks.

WHEN: May 29-Aug. 17, 2018; All day

CONTACT: trailside@akcenter.org

Wacky Weasels

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

The zoo's weasels might be wacky, but they're also very fun and interesting creatures. You'll find yourself going wacky discovering just how many cool facts there are about them, and after seeing them up close and spending a day learning all about them, you'll be a weasel expert!

WHEN: May 30, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Help debunk common wolf misconceptions! Are wolves really ferocious animals, or are they really just big chickens? Come meet the zoo's very own wolves and find out for yourself!

WHEN: May 31, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Colossal Cats

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

The zoo is home to the largest cat species in the world, and you will be blown away by the amazing characteristics that have made them successful. Come meet our tigers up close and see how colossal they really are.

WHEN: June 1, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Bear Aware

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Explore the wild world of bears! Learn bear safety and how to let bears know you are in their habitat. Meet the zoo?s bears and have fun while learning to be BEAR AWARE!

WHEN: June 4, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Mat-Su Girls Who Code

501 N. Gulkana St., Palmer

GRADES/AGES: Grades 6-10 | COST: Free; parents must drop-off/pick-up daily

In an effort to close the gender gap in technology, the Mat-Su School District is hosting a Girls Who Code summer day_camp. In addition to learning computer programming, girls will gain community service and leadership skills.

WHEN: June 4-8, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Victoria Flint, victoria.flint@matsuk12.us

Pacific Northern Academy, Create Academy: Robotics

Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades K-6 | COST: $285

Build robotic machines or robots that spin, push or respond to touch or sound. Program them with visual drag-and-drop programming software. Design robots to complete simple and challenging tasks, like an alligator with snapping jaws or a rescue vehicle with sounds and lights. Use sensors to guide a robot through a maze. Projects will be adapted towards camper skill level and will use LEGO Education WeDo or LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 kits.

WHEN: June 4-8, 2018; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; extended care included, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

CONTACT: www.pacificnorthern.org/createacademy; createacademy@pacificnorthern.org; 907-333-1080

Enrichment 101

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Have you ever wanted to help make a zoo animal?s life better? Then come to the zoo and help us make and hand out enrichment, which is a type of animal toy or treat. You?re sure to have a blast because you?ll be helping zoo animals have a blast too!

WHEN: June 5, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Predators of the Sky

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Birds of prey have adapted to become some of the most amazing and talented predators in the world. You will see zoo birds of prey up close and discover the many traits that have made these animals the ultimate flying predators.

WHEN: June 6, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Bristol Bay Fly-Fishing and Guide Academy

Bear Trail Lodge, King Salmon

GRADES/AGES: Ages 14-24 | COST: $50 if accepted; reimbursed upon arrival to academy

We are excited to welcome Bristol Bay residents and BBNC shareholders or descendants between the ages of 14 and 24 to apply to the 10th annual Bristol Bay Fly-Fishing & Guide Academy. The Academy is a weeklong course that teaches fly-fishing skills and explores career opportunities in the sport fishing industry. It is a great opportunity for young adults to build leadership skills and learn more about being caretakers of our salmon resources.

WHEN: June 6-13, 2018; Application deadline March 16, 2018; Seven days

CONTACT: Tiarna Fischler, tiarna.fischler@gmail.com

Surviving the Arctic

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come learn how to survive in the Arctic during emergency situations. Campers will be blown away learning and comparing the unbelievable ways in which animals, including themselves, can survive the Arctic winters.

WHEN: June 7, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Otterly Awesome

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come to the zoo to learn everything there is to know about otters through fun activities and behind-the-scenes encounters with the zoo's otters. You'll be amazed by all the otterly awesome characteristics they have!

WHEN: June 8, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Creatures of the Night

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Are you afraid of the dark? No? Then come meet our nocturnal animals who prowl the earth when the sun goes down, and learn what it takes to be a true creature of the night!

WHEN: June 11, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Pacific Northern Academy, Create Academy: Messy Science

Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades K-6 | COST: $285

Grab your lab coat and put on your goggles for this week of experimentation. Mix clever concoctions to create surprising results. Using the scientific method, discover the properties of matter by experimenting with solids, liquids and gases. Experiments will be adapted to camper age and skill level.

WHEN: June 11-15, 2018; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; extended care included, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

CONTACT: www.pacificnorthern.org/createacademy; createacademy@pacificnorthern.org; 907-333-1080

Moose on the Loose

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Alaskans know moose, but do you know how to be safe around moose on the loose? Meet the zoo's moose and learn how we can be good neighbors to these large backyard residents who share our city.

WHEN: June 12, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Fossil Frenzy

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Everyone loves digging up fossils and learning about the creatures of the past, but who knew some of those animals were still alive today? Come find out what animals those might be, while also getting a special presentation from the zoo's own fossil enthusiast!

WHEN: June 13, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Feisty Felines

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Do you simply adore cats? Then let us introduce you to the felines of the zoo while exploring their similarities and differences. Go behind-the-scenes to see these species as you never have before.

WHEN: June 14, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Beary Interesting

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Life isn't about stealing picnic baskets if you're a bear. Come learn all about the bears found in Alaska and what makes them so beary interesting. You'll get to see the zoo's bears up close and give them extra fun and yummy enrichment.

WHEN: June 15, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Kooky Canines

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Canines are elegant and fierce predators, but the ones at the zoo can really be kooky. Campers will learn what makes these amazing creatures so successful and then go see their fun and eccentric side.

WHEN: June 18, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Pacific Northern Academy, Create Academy: Future Surgeons

Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades K-6 | COST: $285

Calling all future doctors, surgeons and veterinarians! Practice your lab skills like a real scientist or surgeon. Learn about the inner workings of animals and humans through virtual and hands-on dissections and model building. Campers will dissect a worm, squid, cow eye and frog. Scrub in like a veterinary surgeon as we explore the insides of a dog shark. A $20 lab fee covers the cost of specimens. Specimens may change due to availability.

WHEN: June 18-22, 2018; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; extended care included, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

CONTACT: www.pacificnorthern.org/createacademy; createacademy@pacificnorthern.org; 907-333-1080

Camp HoWL

61420 Florence Martin Court, Homer

GRADES/AGES: Ages 10-14 | COST: $1,425

This two-week camp will be based high in the Homer hills and focus on building teamwork, leadership, survival skills, a strong sense of community and partnership. We will be sleeping in yurts and cooking delicious meals in the out of doors! This camp includes beach hikes, stand-up paddleboarding, lessons in Leave No Trace camping ethics, ecology, camp fires, mountain hikes, building survival shelters, lighting one match fire, arts and crafts, bushcraft and much, much more! Camp HoWL is all the adventure a kid could dream of in an exciting two-week camp!

WHEN: June 18-30, 2018; Noon, June 18-10 a.m., June 30, 2018

CONTACT: 907-399-4695; Howlalaska.org

Ice Age Adventure

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Travel back in time with zoo staff to learn what Alaska was like 10,000 years ago during the Ice Age. Campers will learn about how different the landscape was and what animals survived back then. They will also get to meet some Ice Age relics that are still alive today!

WHEN: June 19, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Are You Smarter than a Raven?

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come match wits against the tricksters of the bird world and find out who would beat who in a challenge of the minds. You are sure to be surprised at the amazing intelligence of these animals.

WHEN: June 20, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Fish Fanatics

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Alaska is known for its abundance of fish. Come discover everything about the salmon life cycle and what it takes to be a fish, and meet some zoo animals that wouldn't mind a fishy Alaskan snack.

WHEN: June 21, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Art in the Outdoors

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Connect with nature and use its bounty in creative projects! Explore zoo grounds, gather your materials and work with staff to make fun and eco-friendly art. It's all about celebrating the beauty of our Alaskan surroundings.

WHEN: June 22, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

What Does the Fox Say?

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Do fox bark? Do they growl? Do they howl at the moon? Come to the zoo and find out! Campers will see our foxes up close and figure out just what they are saying.

WHEN: June 25, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Pacific Northern Academy, Create Academy: Game Days

Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades K-6 | COST: $285

It's all fun and games during this week of camp. Examine classic games to discover their long-lasting appeal and create your own modern interpretation. Build a life-size version of a favorite game. Test your strategic thinking as you invent your own outdoor, card or board games. Older students will use Scratch to code computer games.

WHEN: June 25-29, 2018; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; extended care included, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

CONTACT: www.pacificnorthern.org/createacademy; createacademy@pacificnorthern.org; 907-333-1080

Zoo Babies

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Who doesn't love babies? The Alaska Zoo in springtime often finds itself full of new life, and we want to share it with you. Learn all about the zoo's newcomers and what it means to be an Alaskan baby. *Dependent on availability of animals*

WHEN: June 26, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Pokey Porcupines

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Porcupines are some of the cutest, most adorable rodents in North America, but do you know what makes them so dangerous? Come to the zoo to see our porcupines up close and learn all about what makes these creatures so unique, and why you should keep your distance when you encounter a pokey porcupine!

WHEN: June 27, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Sensory Safari

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come to the zoo and use your senses to learn how animals use all of their senses. You'll experience the zoo like never before by discovering all of the different smells, sounds and sights you've never noticed!

WHEN: June 28, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Marine Mammal Madness

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Marine mammals have mastered the art of living in and near the water. You'll be amazed to learn all about how our seals and polar bears have adapted to a life dependent on the ocean.

WHEN: June 29, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Hoots, Howls and Growls

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Whoooo makes what sound in nature? Learn about the many different voices you may hear around the zoo and what they are saying. You may even discover ways to identify who's who in your own backyard just by using your ears.

WHEN: July 2, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Leaping Lynx

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Do you love leaping around? Well, our lynx love leaping, too, and they're very good at it! You'll find out if you can beat a lynx in a leaping contest, learn all about these small felines and see them up close through a special encounter.

WHEN: July 3, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Polar Bear Preservation

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come to the zoo to learn all about polar bears and what you can do to ensure their conservation. You will meet the zoo's polar bears up close and discover what the zoo does to help wild and captive bears.

WHEN: July 4, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Zookeeping 101

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Learn animal care by working alongside zookeepers to care for and provide a clean home for zoo animals. Observe training and help us enrich the lives of our animals!

WHEN: July 5, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Wily Coyotes

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Coyotes are very clever members of the canine family, and the ones at the zoo are especially wily. You will be blown away learning about their cunning and agile ways through close-up encounters and tons of fun activities.

WHEN: July 6, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Fancy Feathers

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Have you ever wondered who's who when you see birds flying overhead? Come discover the many advantages of having feathers and ways you can identify birds by examining their plumage. Then get up close and personal by meeting some of the many birds at the zoo.

WHEN: July 9, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Pacific Northern Academy, Create Academy: Mechanical Marvels

Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades K-6 | COST: $285

Using the engineering design process, design, create, test and refine a variety of catapults and trebuchets. Explore energy, materials and movement by designing and building small catapults to find the best design for a full-scale watermelon chucking machine. Projects will be adapted towards camper skill level.

WHEN: July 9-13, 2018; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; extended care included, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

CONTACT: www.pacificnorthern.org/createacademy; createacademy@pacificnorthern.org; 907-333-1080

Wild About Wolves

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Our wolves are wild, but are you wild about them? If so, come to the zoo to learn about them, see them up close and help zookeepers give them some of their favorite tasty treats!

WHEN: July 10, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

E.R. Zoo M.D.

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Have you ever wondered what to do if a tiger has a toothache? Zoo veterinarians have a tough job and have many animals to care for. Discover the responsibilities of a zoo veterinarian then come learn how we care for our animals when they are feeling under the weather.

WHEN: July 11, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Un-fur-getable Ungulates

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Have you ever wondered what an ungulate is or what makes them so amazing? Then this camp is for you! You will go behind-the-scenes with zoo ungulates and find out why they are so un-fur-gettable!

WHEN: July 12, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Slithery Snakes

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Slither on over to the zoo to learn all there is to know about our scaly friends. Campers will meet the zoo's resident snakes up close, learn what it?s like to live without legs and discover the many amazing adaptations that allow these reptiles to survive.

WHEN: July 13, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Foxin' Around

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come visit our playful foxes and learn about them through games, hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes encounters. You will get a chance to give our foxes enrichment and learn all about them from the people that take care of them every day.

WHEN: July 16, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Pacific Northern Academy, Create Academy: Flights of Fancy

Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades K-6 | COST: $285

In partnership with the Alaska Aviation Museum Learn about flight, aerodynamics and imagine a future of flying cars. Design and build a flying car prototype no larger than a shoebox, launch it down a ramp, and see if it can jump a gap. Construct the vehicle of your dreams. Visit the Alaska Aviation Museum to learn about the innovative ways planes were designed to meet the challenges of flight in Alaska. A $35 fee covers the cost of the field trip.

WHEN: July 16-20, 2018; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; extended care included, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

CONTACT: www.pacificnorthern.org/createacademy; createacademy@pacificnorthern.org; 907-333-1080

Loveable Leopards

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Do you just adore snow leopards? Come to the zoo to learn about these fluffy cats and the ways that you can show them just how much you care about them.

WHEN: July 17, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Owl-trageous

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Whoooo loves owls? You do? Come to the zoo to learn all about these feathered critters. You'll see our owls up close and discover the many amazing things that make these predators owl-trageous!

WHEN: July 18, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Wolverine Wonders

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Wolverines are large weasels that have adapted to be fierce and efficient predators who thrive in cold environments. Campers will see this elusive animal up close while learning all the reasons they are able to be such successful, and wonderful, animals.

WHEN: July 19, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Musk Ox Marvels

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

The marvelous musk ox of the Alaska Zoo have some extraordinary adaptations that are sure to blow you away. This camp will be filled with fun activities, encounters and enrichment-making for our musk ox herd.

WHEN: July 20, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Reptile Rendezvous

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come and chill with our coldblooded residents! Learn amazing reptile facts and discover how the zoo cares for these amazing critters!

WHEN: July 23, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Pacific Northern Academy, Create Academy: Fantastical Filmmaking

Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades K-6 | COST: $285

Create your own magical world - ride a unicorn, fly on the back of a dragon or explore a distant planet. Transport yourself wherever you want through the magic of special effects. Write scripts, create storyboards, design sets and explore movie special effect techniques. Grab the popcorn and share your work with others at a Friday Movie Premiere.

WHEN: July 23-27, 2018; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; extended care included, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

CONTACT: www.pacificnorthern.org/createacademy; createacademy@pacificnorthern.org; 907-333-1080

AK Math Academy

Aquarian Charter School, 1705 W. 32nd Ave., Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Entering grades 4-5 | COST: $380

Get your student ready for the upcoming school year at the AK Math Academy! Taught by credentialed ASD teachers, students learn that math is interesting, engaging and, yes, even fun! Math is explored in the real world through two field trips, guest speakers who use math as part of their jobs and through engaging lessons and activities. Before- and after-camp care is available.

WHEN: July 23-Aug. 3, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: info@akmath.com; 907-350-9108

Birding 101

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come enjoy the wonderful world of birds that surrounds us every day. You'll learn how to recognize the different birds found in and around Anchorage through sight and sound. After special encounters with zoo birds, you will never look at them the same again!

WHEN: July 24, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Busy Brown Bears

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Brown bears may sleep part of the year, but they sure are busy when they're awake, and the bears of McNeil River State Game Sanctuary will show you just what they stay busy doing. Enjoy a photo journal of a trip to the sanctuary and then spend the day meeting bears up close and exploring their lives through hands-on activities.

WHEN: July 25, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Zoo Chew

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Discover what's on the menu for wildlife, both in nature and at the zoo. Take an in-depth look at how zoo animal meals are prepared, and pitch in to help zookeepers prepare animal diets.

WHEN: July 26, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

International Tiger Day

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

International Tiger Day is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tigers around the world. Come celebrate, learn about and meet our tigers up close and find out how you can help to save this species from future declines.

WHEN: July 27, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Really Seal-y

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Our seals can be really silly, and campers will discover how those silly behaviors can actually be beneficial. Meet our seals, spend time with their keeper and go home a real seal-y expert!

WHEN: July 30, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Pacific Northern Academy, Create Academy: Stop-Motion Animators

Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades K-6 | COST: $285

Explore the animation process by writing and animating stories using different stop-motion techniques. Experiment with a variety of materials like clay, paper or action figures to create your characters. Write scripts, create a storyboard, design and build characters and sets, and learn editing techniques. Grab the popcorn and share your work with others at a Friday Movie Premiere.

WHEN: July 30-Aug. 3, 2018; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; extended care included, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

CONTACT: www.pacificnorthern.org/createacademy; createacademy@pacificnorthern.org; 907-333-1080

College Essay Boot Camp

Greatland College Consulting, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades 9-12 | COST: $99

Most colleges will require that you write an essay as part of the application process. Writing an essay for the common application is often one of the difficult parts about applying to colleges, but it doesn't have to be. By using a step-wise approach, we start at brainstorming ideas by tapping into your experiences, move into developing a theme that will demonstrate your uniqueness and finishing with a well-crafted, personal essay that will tell the colleges something about who you are. This interactive, collaborative approach makes the process almost fun. We can take you from having no idea of what you?ll write about to an essay you'll be proud of.

WHEN: Monday-Thursday, July 30-Aug. 2; Aug. 6-9; Aug. 13-16, 2018; 6-8 p.m.

CONTACT: www.greatlandcollegeconsulting.com

Applying to College Stress Free! Summer Camp

Greatland College Consulting, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades 9-12 | COST: $99

How do I start looking for colleges? What's a good college? How am I going to afford it? These are the questions we can help answer at the Applying to College Stress Free! Summer Camp. The week is designed to reduce the stress of navigating the complex process of finding and applying to colleges. Students receive the tools for a personal plan that keeps the process organized and manageable, empowering each student to succeed in choosing a college that fits all their needs. Join us for an interactive, fun and helpful way to apply to college stress free!

WHEN: Monday-Wednesday, July 30-Aug. 1; Aug. 6-8; Aug. 13-15, 2018; Morning session 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Afternoon session 2-5 p.m.

CONTACT: www.greatlandcollegeconsulting.com

Moose Madness

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Come learn all about the massive herbivores that roam around Anchorage! Amazing to view up close, campers will get to enjoy meeting our resident moose and their keepers at the Alaska Zoo as well as being able to give them a special treat!

WHEN: Jul. 31, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Critter Camouflage

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Camouflage is cool and the animals at the zoo want to show off the ways they would hide from predators and prey. You'll find out which animals can blend into their environments and how they are so successful at not being seen.

WHEN: Aug. 1, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Zoo Photo Safari

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Meet a wildlife photographer and learn tips on how to take great photos of animals with zoo animals as the models! Go on a photo safari on zoo grounds and then see how you did at the end of the day. Don?t forget your camera!

WHEN: Aug. 2, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Incredible Ice Bears

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Alaska is home to all three bear species that are great at surviving in harsh, icy conditions. Campers will get to meet a few of the zoo's bears in special encounters and will learn all about how these ice bears are such great survivalists!

WHEN: Aug. 3, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

You Otter Know

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Meet our playful river otters and learn what you otter know about weasels. The day will be filled with crafts and games, and you'll go home as an otter expert!

WHEN: Aug. 6, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Seawolf Debate Camp

UAA Campus, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Grades 6-12 | COST: $350

Want to think more clearly? Write more effectively? Speak more persuasively? Join UAA's Seawolf Debate Program for a weeklong camp that uses debating to hone analytic and advocacy skills for middle and high school students (no experience necessary). The camp will feature exercises, mentoring and practice sessions led by our internationally-acclaimed staff and debaters, and will build toward a full debate tournament at the end of the week. Sign up to improve your public speaking and critical thinking skills while having a whole lot of fun!

WHEN: Aug. 6-11, 2018; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Early drop-off/late pick-up avaialble

CONTACT: Steve Johnson, 907-786-4391; sljohnson@alaska.edu

Yippin' Coyotes

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Yip, yip, yip! Is that a coyote you hear? Come to the zoo to meet our coyotes up close and learn how they communicate with each other. You'll be amazed by the many adaptations that have led to their success, and by the end of the day you?ll never look at coyotes the same.

WHEN: Aug. 7, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Impacts of Insects

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Insects are tiny animals, but their effect on the world is huge! Come learn all about these mini creatures that are found in Alaska and how they can make a big difference in the lives of other animals and the areas they live in.

WHEN: Aug. 8, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Zookeeping 101

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Learn animal care by working alongside zookeepers to care for and provide a clean home for zoo animals. Observe training and help us enrich the lives of our animals!

WHEN: Aug. 9, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Whooos and Hawks

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Explore the amazing world of raptors with a close-up look at the owls and hawks of the zoo. Learn how we train, handle and care for these wild feathered friends through close encounters with our raptors and their handlers. This will be an experience you will never forget!

WHEN: Aug. 10, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Radiant Rodents

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Are all rodents small? What do rodents eat? Do they really grow their teeth their whole lives? Campers will discover answers to these questions and more as they learn about the radiant rodents of the world.

WHEN: Aug. 13, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Zoo Scene Investigators

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Have you ever wondered what our animals are up to when no one is looking? Become a Zoo Scene Investigator and follow the clues to find out the truth of what goes on when the lights go off.

WHEN: Aug. 14, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

The Bear Truth

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 9-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Are bears vicious animals, or cuddly like a teddy bear? Come to the zoo to find out the answers to questions like this through encounters with zoo bears. You will go home a bear expert because you will know the truth about everything bear-y.

WHEN: Aug. 15, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Crazy Camel Caravan

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 9-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

We all know camels are funny looking creatures, but who knew all their humps and bumps were actually well-honed adaptations? Come learn about our Bactrian camels, and all the things that make them the ultimate survivor.

WHEN: Aug. 16, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

Tiger Tales

The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage

GRADES/AGES: Ages 6-12 | COST: $70/passholders; $85/non-passholders

Do you love tigers? Then this is the camp for you! You?ll hear stories and myths about tigers from all over the world, then you will meet our tigers to learn if there is any truth in those tiger tales.

WHEN: Aug. 17, 2018; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

CONTACT: 907-341-6432; camp@alaskazoo.org

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