Wildlife West’s annual Junior Zookeeper Day Camp in Edgewood is happening soon for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old.

Participants will have an opportunity to experience up close and learn about New Mexico’s native wildlife and plants, and observe what zookeepers do on a day to day basis. Children will interact with animals in a safe and educational environment, make toys for the wildlife, observe their behavior, and get behind-the-scenes tours led by zookeepers.

This five-day camp runs for four weeks from 9 a.m. to noon, June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20–24 and June 27 – July 1.

The camps are taught by two certified teachers who will cover everything from zookeeping and bird-watching techniques, to animal enrichment projects. Children will learn about the care and basic biology of native wildlife and plants.

This outdoor educational program is intended to help children develop lifelong values about wildlife and the environment, and learn all about the wildlife at Wildlife West Nature Park, including the newest arrivals—two young mountain lions.

Thanks to funding support from Santa Fe County, this five-day camp is $25 per child for families who live in Edgewood or Santa Fe County, or $70 per child for families outside this area.

Daily snacks and drinks will be provided. Space is limited. Visit wildlifewest.org to obtain the registration form which needs to be mailed in along with payment, or call Wildlife West at 505-281-7655.