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  • Ellen Trout Zoo summer camp registration starts on April 17th
  • Zoo Safari Summer Camp is a Lufkin tradition
  • The Ellen Trout Zoo is also hiring a new gift shop manager

Looking to keep your kids entertained for a week this summer? The Ellen Trout Zoo summer camp "Zoo Safari" is a great idea for your kids.

Zoo Safari is a 3-hour day camp for kids going into 1st - 6th grade in the Fall of 2023. Each week of the camp covers the same curriculum for each group every week, so you just pick which of the 9 weeks offered you want them to attend.

It's $65 for the 2023 week-long summer camp per child. That includes a camp T-shirt, camp bag, encounters with animals, snack time, crafts, and hands-on activities. One of the benefits of joining the Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo is early registration for camp starting April 1st.

Junior Zookeeper Competitive Program For Older Kids Available

For your older kids going into seventh, eighth, and ninth grade there is an opportunity to explore a career path as a zookeeper with the Junior Zoo Keeper program. There is an essay, application, and teacher recommendation that is due on March 17, 2023 to participate.

CLICK HERE for links and details on these programs that the Ellen Trout Zoo is offering this summer.

Generations Of East Texans Have Participated In These Programs

The first Zoo Safari started at Ellen Trout Zoo in 1977, making this the 46th year of the camp. If your kid loves animals and our amazing local zoo, get them involved.

Ellen Trout Zoo Is Now Hiring A New Gift Shop Manager

The Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo is also looking for a new Gift Shop Manager. This recent post on the Ellen Trout Zoo [official] facebook page has the application and all the details.

Baby Turtles At Ellen Trout Zoo

See these turtles hatch at the zoo in Lufkin.

This Abandoned Zoo in Cisco, Texas Could Make for a Cool Road Trip

Take a virtual tour of the walking trail and see if this may be a cool adventure for you and your friends or family this spring or summer.