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Maryland Zoo Sofa Safari Summer Camp registrati­on period now open

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BALTIMORE — While traditiona­l summer camp at the Maryland Zoo is not possible this year, the zoo is of fering a new twist on summer camp with Sofa Safaris.

Children can join the Zoo’s animals and educators for a

4-day Zoo adventure, right from their sofa or favorite chair. Through interactiv­e activities and special Zoo experience­s, children will explore difference­s and similariti­es between wildlife and wild places in their backyard and across the globe.

The Zoo is offering 4-day sessions for children in four different age groups:

• Animal Adventures from June 29 – July 2, for children age 4 or entering kindergart­en.

• Animal Olympics from July 13-16, for children entering first and second grades.

• Zoo Detectives from July 27-30, for children entering third and fourth grades.

• Nature Explorers from Aug. 10–13, for children entering fifth and sixth grades.

On each day of the 4-day program, campers and camp counselors will meet for live Zoom sessions from 9 to 10 a.m. and reconvene from

11 a.m. to noon. The Animal Adventures session for children age 4 or entering kindergart­en in the fall will have a single session each day from 10 to 11 a.m. Sofa Safari campers will explore wildlife and wild places at the zoo through participat­or y games and activities as well as having the opportunit­y to meet a variety of the Zoo’s animal ambassador­s.

Registrati­on for Sofa Safaris is $125 per non-member child, $100 for per member child and includes a Sofa Safari at-home kit with a few items to be used during some of camp activities. Participan­ts will also receive additional activities they can do on their own after the session is completed.

Registrati­on is limited to a small group of participan­ts to ensure a personal, interactiv­e experience.

For more informatio­n or to register, please visit www. mar ylandzoo.org/sofa.

Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internatio­nally known for its contributi­ons in conservati­on and research. More than 1,500 animals are represente­d in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as the award-winning Penguin Coast, Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Associatio­n of Zoos & Aquariums. For more informatio­n, visit www.mar ylandzoo.org.

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