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Little River Zoo hosts Junior Zookeeper Camp



Kids will learn about earth, emus and energy at the Little River Zoo's Junior Zookeeper Camp all summer long.

Each week during the summer at the zoo, 3405 S.E. 120th in Norman, campers ages 5-14 will learn to be respectful and kind to animals and the earth, through a series of activities and lessons, said Mickey Pierce, Little River's education director.

With each new week, the themes and activities change, so kids can attend every week if they wish, he said. Monday marks the start of Oklahoma week, when children will learn about the wildlife and terrain in Oklahoma.

"We're sitting in the middle of one of the only ancient cross timber forests in the U.S.," Pierce said.

Campers will learn about the state's red mud clay, how to distinguish species of snakes, and how to identify native animal tracks, Pierce said.

The kids will also learn about recycling, conservation and trash cleanup, and campers will release into the wild turtles that zoo workers have rescued throughout the week.

At the end of the week, campers can show off their newly acquired outdoor knowledge to their parents at the Junior Zookeeper Camp Graduation and lead a tour of the zoo in their own words.

"The experience is unparalleled in camps these days," Pierce said. "Kids get a chance to absolutely love nature."

Campers should bring a sack lunch and a snack, and wear shoes that cover their feet and clothes they're not afraid to get dirty.

The camp is is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday each week during the summer. For more information, call 366-7229.

"Jamie Birdwell

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