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SPARC Summer Camps


  1. Summer Adventure Camp


    An action-packed traditional summer camp experience with weekly themes, crafts, games and more. Drop off and pick up campers at Disney Elementary. Online registration opening soon. SPARC 837-5737

    For ages 5-12 yrs.
    May 24-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week



  2. Summer Quest Day Camp


    “Too old” for day camp? Summer Quest is designed for older kids with weekly themes, crafts, games and more, held at Glendale High School. Online registration opening soon. SPARC 837-5737

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    May 24-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week


  3. Before & After Explore


    Join us before and after Springfield Public School’s Summer Explore program, for a fun camp-like experience with games, crafts, sports, teambuilding and more. Harrison, Truman, Watkins, Field, Westport and Carver schools. Space is limited. Online registration opening soon. SPARC 837-5737

    For students going into grades K-8
    Session 1: June 7-30
    Session 2: July 7-30
    Before Explore: 6:30 a.m.-School begins
    After Explore: School Dismissal-6 p.m.
    Before Explore: $20/Week or $5/Week with Free/Reduced Lunch status
    After Explore: $40/Week or $15/Week with Free/Reduced Lunch status



  4. Ritter Springs Day Camp


    Love the outdoors? If so, join SPARC as they spend most of the day outside experiencing creek walking, canoeing, swimming, cook-outs and more! Drop off and pick up campers at Glendale High School, Disney Elementary and Bowerman Elementary. SPARC 837-5737

    For ages 5-12 yrs.
    May 24-Aug. 13
    7-8:30 a.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.
    (Camp activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    $100/Week

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Farm Park Summer Camps


  1. My Little Pony Half Day Camp


    Do you have a child that loves horses? This camp is for them! Campers will get to spend the week with our two miniature horses Firefly and Bullet. They’ll get to learn all about a horse’s life on the farm and even get to ride a pony. Register by June 4.

    For ages 4-5 yrs.
    June 7-11
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.
    $50/Camp
    $20/ Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)





  2. Rutledge-Wilson Had a Farm Half Day Camp


    Everyone wants to visit the big red barn! Campers learn how all the animals inside help us make farms such a fun place to visit through animal interactions, games, activities and crafts. Register by July 9.

    For ages 4-5 yrs.
    July 12-16
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.
    $50/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/ Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)




  3. Barnyard Adventures Half Day Camp


    Do you know who lives on the farm? We are going to explore the farm and meet all the animals that live on it through animal interactions and some of our favorite fairy tale stories. Register by July 23.

    For ages 4-5 yrs.
    July 26-30
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.
    $50/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)





  4. Discovery Farm Day Camp


    Do you have an inquisitive child who wants to know everything about animals? Discover the answers to basic animal questions as we explore the barn and learn about the animals that live there. Register by June 11.

    For ages 6-7 yrs.
    June 14-18; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)







  5. Little Farmers Day Camp


    Dream of living life down on the farm? Come give it a try! See how farmers live from day to day and the impact it has on our environment. Experience animal interactions and be a farmer for the week. Register by June 25.

    For ages 6-7 yrs.
    June 28-July 2; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)







  6. Once Upon a Farm Day Camp


    Do you know who lives on a farm? Take a peek inside the barn and learn about the animals found inside, their care and the products they provide for us. Register by July 15.

    For ages 6-7 yrs.
    July 19-23; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care(5 Days)







  7. Earth Keepers Day Camp


    Farmers not only live off the land when they grow the food that we eat, but they also leave an impact. Join us at the farm as we learn about the world around us through hands-on activities and investigations. Register by June 18.

    For ages 8-9 yrs.
    June 21-25; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)







  8. Best in Show Day Camp


    During the summer, many farmers enjoy displaying their animals at summer fairs. Learn firsthand how to prepare and train an animal for a fair at the end of the week. Register by July 30.

    For ages 10-12 yrs.
    Aug. 2-6; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Before and After Care:
    7-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
    $90/Camp (5 Days)
    $20/Before Care; $30/After Care (5 Days)






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Outdoor Initiatives Summer Camps


  1. Adventure Days


    If you are ages 11-14 and like all kinds of outdoor adventure, these day trips are for you! Each day is packed full of different outdoor activities that include climbing, cave crawling, kayaking, and more. Sign up for one day, or for the ultimate adventure, all seven! Drop off and pick up at Dan Kinney Family Center outdoor pavilion. Limited to 12 kids. Register by Monday prior to each program. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    Dates and times vary, see table for details
    $35 Per Day

    Time: Wed., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. & Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
    Date: May 26 Fishing & Horseback Riding
      June 2 Archery & Survival Skills
    Date: June 16 Kayaking on the James River
      July 7 Rock Climbing Skills & Climbing @ Zenith Climbing Center
      July 21 Go Carts & Swimming @ Moonshine Beach
      Aug. 4 Kayaking on the Niangua River
      Aug. 11 Caving & Swimming @ Doling Park





  2. Bicycling Adventure Week


    If your kid enjoys cycling, then this adventure camp is for them! Early in the week we will ride the greenways in Springfield and at Table Rock Lake stopping at places like Moonshine Beach, Rutledge Wilson Farm Park, and the Botanical Center. Then we will spend a day planning, preparing, and going over skills in preparation for an overnight bike trip Thursday to Friday on the famous Katy Trail! Meals and camping equipment included on overnight campout. Personal bicycle required. Drop off and pick up at Dan Kinney Family Center outdoor pavilion. Limited to 10 kids. Register by June 4. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    June 7-11
    (Camping at Missouri State Fair Campground June 10-11)
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. & Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
    $225



  3. Kayaking Adventure Week


    This week long adventure camp will be packed full of kayaking fun on Missouri rivers and lakes! Certified instructors will start with the basics on day one, practicing paddling skills at Lake Springfield Park, and build up to an overnight float trip on the Current River on Thursday to Friday. Each day campers will learn paddling skills while also getting a classic day camp experience. Kayak and lifejacket included throughout. Meals and camping equipment included on the overnight float. Drop off and pickup at Lake Springfield Park Boathouse. Limited to 10 kids. Register by July 9. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    For ages 11-14 yrs.
    July 12-16
    (Camping at Akers Ferry Campground July 15-16)
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. & Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
    $225



  4. Outdoor Trailblazers Camp


    Does your child love the great outdoors? This outdoor skills camp will feature all the best outdoor activities the Ozarks has to offer and more! Each day will include an outdoor adventure that is centered around an outdoor skill. Campers will learn all about these outdoor skills through fun games/activities and then get to go on an adventure with certified staff. Camp highlights will include canoeing & kayaking skills at Fellows Lake, a day float on the Niangua River, rock climbing skills and a trip to Zenith Climbing Center, survival skills and a trip to Fritz’s Adventure, and to cap it all off parents are invited to join us Friday night for a family adventure night that includes dinner. Drop off and pick up at Dan Kinney Family Center outdoor pavilion. Limited to 12 kids. Register by Aug. 13. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

    For ages 9-12 yrs.
    Aug. 16-20
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. & Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
    $225


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Equestrian Summer Camps



  1. Equestrian Summer Camp


    Saddle up for summer! Horses are assigned to each camper for an action-packed week learning how to halter, lead, groom, saddle and ride! Other activities may include barn chores and games! Bring a snack, water bottle and mask, wear jeans and closed-toe shoes. Helmets and horses provided. Camps may be repeated. Limited to 6 participants. Call 833-3291 to register. Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center 833-3291

    For ages 7-17 yrs.
    Dates and times vary, see table for details
    $165/wk

    Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Participants may be dropped off 30 min. prior and picked up 30 min. after camp times.
    Date: Beginner Summer Camp NEW RIDER – never independently saddled/ridden, limited experience.
      Session 1: June 7-11
      Session 2: July 12-16
      Session 3: Aug. 2-6
      Progressive Beginner Camp Attended HorseShoe 1 and 2 or Beginner Summer Camp. Can lead, groom, saddle and mount with assistance/light instruction. Can start, stop and steer at walk, working on confidence in trot/jog.
      Session 1: June 14-18
      Session 2: July 19-23
      Beginner/Intermediate Combined For any skill level ranging between beginner or intermediate
      Session 1: Aug. 9-13
      Session 2: Aug. 16-20
      Intermediate Camp In regular lesson program, independent rider at walk, trot and working towards canter/lope.
      Session 1: June 21-25
      Session 2: July 26-30
      Advanced Camp In regular lesson program, cantering but needs more experience.
      Session 1: June 28-July 2


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Archery Summer Camps


  1. Contact head archery coach Amy Francka for information regarding youth archery programs. Read more here.

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Skate Park Summer Camps



  1. Skate Camp


    For beginner and intermediate skate boarders. Instructors teach the basics of skateboarding in a fun camp setting. Riders will develop and enhance skills while creating new friendships and building confidence. Instruction focuses on control, safety, park etiquette and skating fundamentals. Limited skateboard rentals. Scholarships may be available.  Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

    For ages 6-14 yrs.
    Sat., July 10-31;
    11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    $45


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Zoo Summer Camps



  1. Wild About Art


    Inspired by nature and the beauty of the animal kingdom, we’ll work to create some masterpieces of our own using a variety of mediums and techniques. In addition, we’ll explore different areas of the world where animals live and incorporate the unique cultures of those places into our art. Each camper takes home a piece of artwork “painted” by a zoo animal! We may get messy, so please dress accordingly. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers are preferred). Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Grades 2-3 (grade completed)
    Mon.-Tues., July 12-13 (#1160) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $120/FOZ Members;
    $150/Non-members

    Grades 4-6 (grade completed)
    Mon.-Tues., July 19-20 (#1161) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $120/FOZ Members;
    $150/Non-members

  2. Hoofin’ It


    Giraffes and zebras and deer, oh my! Campers will spend two days of wild fun focusing on ungulates, hoofed animals with amazing adaptations who live all around the world. Camp includes zoo tours, animals encounters, games, crafts, and more. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers are preferred). Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Grades 2-3 (grade completed)
    Mon.-Tues., August 2-3 (#1170) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $120/FOZ Members;
    $150/Non-members

  3. Primate-palooza


    From leaping lemurs to mischievous monkeys and amazing apes, let’s sort out who’s who in the primate family tree. We’ll discover what makes each group unique while learning how we can help them in the wild. Camp includes zoo tours, animal encounters, games, crafts, and more. Please pack a lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers are preferred). Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Grades 2-3 (grade completed)
    Mon.-Tues., August 2-3 (#1180) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $120/FOZ Members;
    $150/Non-members

  4. Amazing Animal Architects


    Let's explore and celebrate the designs of some of the most incredible architects in the animal world! We'll discover the unbelievable techniques that animals use to build structures, while also taking a close look at our own zoo's habitat designs.

    For students in 2nd and 3rd grade (grade completed)
    June 17-18
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $120/FOZ Members;
    $150/Non-members

  5. Zookeepers in Training


    Do you have what it takes to be a zookeeper? Campers shadow zookeepers and participate in everyday animal care duties, including cleaning, feeding, and making special enrichment items. Prepare to get dirty! Closed-toe shoes required. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers are preferred). Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Grades 4-6 (grade completed)
    Wed.-Thurs., June 9-10 (#1190)
    Mon.-Tues., June 14-15 (#1191)
    Mon.-Wed., June 21-23 (#1192)
    Mon.-Tues., June 28-29 (#1193)
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    2-Day Camp: $120/FOZ Members; $150/Non-members
    3-Day Camp: $180/FOZ Members; $225/Non-members

  6. Zoo Careers


    Who works behind-the-scenes to run the zoo? In this camp students meet various zoo staff and learn about the day-to-day activities of those who work in close contact with the animals, as well as others who are vital to maintaining a zoo. If you are interested in a career in animal care, wildlife conservation, or veterinary medicine, this is the camp for you! Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Grades 7-9 (grade completed)
    Mon.-Wed., July 26-28
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $180/FOZ members, $225/Non-members

  7. Water: Who Needs It?


    We may take it for granted sometimes, but water plays a critical role in the lives of all animals. Join us to investigate the many different ways animals use water, observe adaptations that help animals survive in wet and dry environments, and explore how we can help protect this precious resource.

    For students in 2nd and 3rd grade (grade completed)
    July 22-23
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $120/FOZ Members;
    $150/Non-members

  8. Safety First!


    There are so many ways for people to stay safe. Wearing life jackets in a boat, applying sunscreen, and using walking feet are all ways we can keep out bodies safe. But what about animals? How do animal keep their bodies safe? In this day camp, preschooler students will put their thinking caps to the test as we discuss the many ways animals stay safe and the reasons why. Join Ms. Jamie as we tour the zoo, meet animal friends, and learn important safety lessons. While on out safety safari, we might get a little bit messy, so students should wear clothes they don’t mind getting wet or dirty. Safety first! No open toed shoes please. This is a child-only class.

    For ages 4 -5 yrs., who have not yet started Kindergarten
    Thurs., June 17 (#1135), Fri., June 18 (#1136), or Sat., June 19 (#1137)
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    $30/FOZ Members;
    $45/Non-members

  9. Whooo’s Awake at Night? A look at nocturnal animals


    Late at night, while you’re asleep, many animals quietly prowl through the moonlight. Whooo are these animals, and why do they prefer the dark? Our curiosity journey will take us out on zoo grounds to visit some of our own nocturnal animals. Please dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. This is a child-only class.

    For ages 4 -5 yrs., who have not yet started Kindergarten
    Thurs., July 22 (#1138), Fri., July 23 (#1139), or Sat., July 24 (#1140)
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    $30/FOZ Members;
    $45/Non-members

  10. Art with Animals


    This crafty camp is perfect for any budding young artist. Art enthusiast will enjoy learning new techniques and experimenting with different media. We will look at art from around the world and even make some of our very own! Art can be messy, please wear clothing you don’t mind getting stained! This class will also take us outside onto zoo grounds, so dress for the weather.

    For ages 4 -5 yrs., who have not yet started Kindergarten
    Wed., Aug. 18 (#1141), Fri., Aug. 20 (#1142), or Sat., Aug. 21 (#1142)
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    $30/FOZ Members;
    $45/Non-members

    For students who have completed Kindergarten or 1st grade.
    Tues. and Wed., Aug. 3-4 (#1141), Thurs. and Fri., Aug. 5-6 (#1151)
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $100/FOZ Members;
    $120/Non-members

  11. World Elephant Celebration


    World Elephant Day is this week and we want to celebrate in a BIG way! This international event honors the incredible, iconic animal that we love and is dedicated to the preservation and protection of their species. Here at Dickerson Park Zoo we’ll discover the world of elephants through games, crafts, tours, and more, all while learning what we can do to help these amazing animals.

    For grades 2-3 (grade completed)
    Mon.-Tues., August 9-10 (#1200)
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $120/FOZ Members;
    $150/Non-members

    For grades 4-6 (grade completed)
    Wed.-Thurs., August 11-12 (#1210)
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $120/FOZ Members;
    $150/Non-members

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Ice Park Summer Camps


  1. Community Sports Development Program (CSDP) Ice Hockey Camp


    Want to continue to develop your hockey skills? Youth will receive on-and -off ice training to develop different abilities to become a great hockey player. Skating, body strength and overall knowledge of ice hockey will be taught by certified coaches. This Camp is for kids who already have hockey experience. Jordan Valley Ice Park 417-866-7444

    For ages 9-17 yrs. (9-12 yrs. Mon. and Wed.; 13-17 yrs. on Tues. and Thurs.)
    June 1-July 30
    9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    $75/Week or $300/Entire camp



  2. Figure Skating Summer Camp


    If you’re already comfortable skating on the ice, this may be the camp for you! Work on your figure skating skills to become an even better skater. Open to all who have completed Learn to Skate Basic 3. Jordan Valley Ice Park 417-866-7444

    For ages 6-17 yrs.
    June 1-July 28
    Tues. and Thurs., 7:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    $75/week or $300 for all 8 weeks


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Golf Summer Camps


  1. Junior Golf Clinic at Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course


    PGA instruction of basic golf fundamentals for juniors. Includes putting, chipping, full swing and proper etiquette and course play. Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962

    For ages 6-15 yrs.
    Session 1: June 14-18
    Session 2: July 19-23
    Mon.-Fri., 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    $90/Session; $180 for both


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