In this section, you'll find answers to some of the most common questions we hear about Zoo Camp

If after reading through this, you still have questions, give us a call at 204 927 6070 or send us a quick email at education@assiniboinepark.ca.

  

  • Where do Spring Camp activities take place?

       

    • Campers will spend time in and around the Zoo and Park. Depending on the weather and theme, the day may include visits to the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Nature Playground, and Acorn Activity Room at the Qualico Family Centre.
    • Drop-off and pick-up is located at the Zoo Classroom. Please go to the dedicated camp entrance (Gate 4) located west of the main Zoo entrance at 2595 Roblin Boulevard. 
    • The camp itinerary will be posted at the Zoo Classroom for your reference. 
  • How do I access the Zoo Classroom?

      

    • Park your vehicle to the west (or left) side of Zoo’s main entrance (2595 Roblin Boulevard).
    • We will be opening a separate gate for Camp participants. The gate is located between the Zoo main entrance and the Zoo Classroom. A staff person will be at the gate to greet you.
    • If you are arriving in the middle of the day, please enter through the Zoo’s main entrance and talk to a Visitor Services Representative.
  • What are the age groups of the campers?

      

    • Spring Camp is designed for children in Grades 1 to 6 (ages 6 to 12). Children must be self-sufficient in the washroom and capable of participating in a full day of programming. We place children in groups based on age. Activities are adjusted to be age-appropriate and encourage positive social interactions.
  • What time does Spring Camp start and end?

      

    • We provide staff-led activities from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
    • Drop-off is from 8:00 - 9:00 am. Pick-up is from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. There are no structured activities before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm, just free play. 
    • There is a $5 fee, per instance, for dropping off/picking up your child outside of these times.
  • Who are the Camp Counsellors?

     

    • Spring Camp is developed and run by our highly-talented Education Coordinators, who provide educational experiences at Assiniboine Park year-round.
    • We are supported by camp volunteers, who are 16 – 65 years of age.
    • All staff, counsellors and volunteers working within the Education and Programs Department have cleared child abuse registry and criminal record checks.
  • What do campers do at Spring Camp?

      
    Depending on the day, the camp experience may include:
    • “take home” crafts or art-based projects that may remain in the Park
    • games and hands-on activities that encourage learning based upon the daily theme
    • guided venue tours (including Zoo, gardens, or Conservatory depending on the day)
    • the opportunity to meet a zookeeper and one of the Zoo’s ambassador animals
    • play time in the very interactive Nature Playground or Polar Playgrounds

    Planned activities may be altered depending on the weather and animal care schedules. If the weather forces us indoors we have great indoor programming. Camp will go on, rain or shine!

  • What should my camper wear?

     
    Ensure your child is dressed appropriately for active play and the weather. If necessary, to keep your child comfortable and happy through the entire day, send:
    • a toque or hat
    • rain or snow boots
    • ski or slush pants
    • running shoes for indoor play
    • an extra change of clothes, especially pants, socks and mitts (especially in wet, soggy weather conditions)
    • sunscreen and/or bug spray (Manitoba weather and seasons can be unpredictable)

    Please do not send Wheelie shoes, iPods or music devices, handheld electronic games, cell phones or trading cards to avoid loss or damage.

  • What are the Camp’s food policies?

     
    • Campers must bring their own lunch and snacks from home. We do NOT provide snacks or encourage children to buy food at Park or Zoo restaurants. We do not have access to microwaves. Pack warm lunches in a thermos. Please send a refillable water bottle.
    • Campers will have 15 minutes each for a morning and afternoon snack and 30 minutes for lunch.
    • Lunches and snacks can happen in a variety of locations so please pack for mobility
    • Please help us reduce waste by using reusable food containers, reducing packaging, and encouraging your child to recycle and compost the remains.
    • We promote a policy of no food sharing, as some of our campers have severe allergies to foods like nuts, gluten, soy or milk products and we want to reduce the risk of exposure to these items. Please do not send peanuts or nut products with your child.
    • We take allergies seriously but cannot guarantee that the program is completely free of food or environmental allergens. The Park and Zoo facilities may expose your child to allergens like nuts, animals, dusts/pollens/grasses, and food allergens.
  • Does Spring Camp accommodate children with special needs?

      

    • We want all children to experience camp at Assiniboine Park.
    • We do not have staff that can work with your child one-on-one, so it is the responsibility of the parent to provide an aide to accompany your child if they so need.
    • Buildings and walking paths are wheelchair accessible, but fields and open areas are not.
  • Can you give my child their medication?

      

    • Camp leaders are not authorized to administer medication in any form, with the exception of an epi-pen in the case of an emergency. 
    • We can remind your child to take their medication.
  • What is your behaviour policy?

      

    • We want all children to have a fun, memorable experience at our day camps. On very rare occasions, some children’s behaviour negatively impacts others.
    • If a child is asked to leave camp, it will only be after we have contacted the child’s parents to discuss the situation.
    • Reasons for dismissal include bullying or putting another person or animal at risk.
      No money will be refunded if a child is sent home for negative or dangerous behaviour.
    • Children may be sent home for the day or for the balance of the week.
  • Can we put our child in the same camp as their friend or sibling?

      

    • We will make every effort to place your child in the same group as their friends or siblings, but there are instances where we cannot always accommodate this.
    • Please include a note with your registration indicating the name of the child you would like to keep with your child.
    • We place children in groups based on age. Activities are adjusted to be age-appropriate and encourage positive social interactions.
  • How do I contact you or my child?

       

    • For emergencies, absences, questions or concerns, please contact Education and Programs at 204-927-6070 or camps@assiniboinepark.ca