Academy Teen Programs

Ages 13–16

Animal Training and Husbandry: Beginner

Get hands-on animal care experience during this one of a kind summer program. Learn about the basic care of the Academy’s live animal collection and assist keepers and educators in the general husbandry, feeding, and training of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Learn about positive reinforcement and use clicker training methods to train a live animal.

Camp Activities

We have a week of great activities planned for our campers!

Participants will:

  • meet live animals and learn about basic handling and care
  • get an up-close and personal look at the live animals from our Live Animal Center
  • attend an wildlife rehabilitation inspired field trip
  • work with Academy staff to help prepare a naturalist presentation for Academy guests
  • and have fun!

Program Details and Registration Dates

Dates: Monday–Friday, July 10-14, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Cost (per person): $500 (members) $525 (non-members)

Register your teen by calling our reservations office at 215-299-1060 or clicking below to register online. Reserve a spot today! Spaces are limited. 

For general questions, email Christine Danowsky at cad364@drexel.edu


Animal Training and Husbandry: Advanced

teen camp animal husbandry 

Use the skills introduced in our beginner program to set a specific animal behavior training plan for one of the Academy’s live animals. Identify a desired behavior, work closely with Academy staff to set a plan, and personally build those behaviors with your assigned animal. Then create a presentation highlighting your animal’s progress. (Prerequisite Animal Training and Husbandry: Beginner, or participation in Academy Animal Husbandry Camp 2016.)

Program Details and Registration Dates

Dates: Monday–Friday, July 17–21, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Cost (per person): $500 (members) $525 (non-members)

Register your teen by calling our reservations office at 215-299-1060 or clicking below to register online. Reserve a spot today! Spaces are limited. 

For general questions, email Christine Danowsky at cad364@drexel.edu


Invertebrate Husbandry

invert camp 

Tap into your inner entomologist during this invertebrate intensive summer program. Assist keepers and educators in the general husbandry, feeding, and handling of the live invertebrate collection at the Academy. Prepare displays for various live invertebrates including insects and arachnids, and learn about responsible collection. Join our experts to collect at various sites in the Philadelphia region to add to the Academy’s live collection, and then learn about scientific and personal specimen preservation.
*Teens who attended last season will work with higher level invertebrates for 2017.

Program Activities

We have a week of great activities planned for our campers! 

Participants will: 

  • meet live insects and learn about basic handling and care
  • get an up-close look at the animals from our invertebrate collection
  • venture into invertebrate-rich local parks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to learn how to identify insects
  • attend an insect collection field trip
  • work with Academy staff to help prepare live invertebrate displays
  • and have fun!   

Program Details and Registration Dates 

Dates: Monday–Friday, August 14–18, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Cost (per person): $500 (members) $525 (non-members)

Register your teen by calling our reservations office at 215-299-1060 or clicking below to register online. Reserve a spot today! Spaces are limited. 

For general questions, email Christine Danowsky at cad364@drexel.edu

 

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