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OWC is one of only a handful of wildlife centers in the nation that offers children ages 4-16 the special opportunity to interact with wild animals.  These are fun-filled, action-packed weeks at a working wildlife center.  Campers take a hands-on role in learning about Ohio's native wildlife, including the care and husbandry of our resident animals, hikes, biosurveys, nest box monitoring, and other conservation activities.  One-day and week-long camps available year-round, so check back for Spring 2015 camp opportunities!

**NEW CAMP THEMES FOR 2014 SEASON**
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Wild Neighbors (ages 7-12)
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Campers will begin their week at camp by selecting their own special animal in our Adopt-A-Wild Friend program.  Campers will learn about their animal’s habitat, diet and behavior, and design the care, feeding and enrichment program for their animal for the week.  Campers will also work hands-on with many other animals during care and enrichment sessions.  Their WildScience project might include a special presentation about their adopted animal, creating an enrichment item for the resident wild animals or another creative project of their invention! The week includes animal science oriented games, hikes and time in our popular Aquatic Study Pond Living Lab!





WildCare I (ages 7-9) 
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Wildlife lovers who want to explore pre-veterinary medicine, animal keeping and biological sciences will not want to miss this camp!  Campers will begin their week by selecting their own special animal in our "Adopt-Care" program.  With daily hands-on practices, campers will study their animal's biology, special health concerns or needs, learn to feed and care for their animal and track animal health and treatment throughout the week.  Campers will also learn how to preform animal exams, read x-rays, bandage wounds and calculate medications.  Campers will work on a WildScience project where they will use scientific method to study, discover and  present on a question and hypothesis they select, research and analyze.  The camp week includes animal science oriented games, hikes and time in our popular Aquatic Study Pond Living Lab! 


 
WildCare II (ages 10-12; ages 7-9 only if a previous camper)
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Builds on the themes and skills from WildCare I.  Campers will explore expanded concepts in feeding and diet preparation, physical therapy,  training animals for husbandry procedures and special topics of the campers’ choosing.  WildScience projects for WildCare II campers include a field study of nesting songbirds, a biosurvey of reptiles or another similar field study. 

   
SCRAM! Camp (ages 13-16)  **NEW**
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During SCRAM! Camp, our Junior Keepers will be challenged to discover the common causes of human and wildlife conflict.  They will research the issues and design a project to help people solve conflicts humanely and prevent injury or illness to humans and wildlife in our communities. Campers may build reuniting kits for squirrels or raccoons that can be loaned to homeowners.  Some may choose to construct one-way doors that safely and effectively move animals out and not in. Others may design ways to prevent birds from striking windows or plan habitat and landscape designs that deter geese, deer and other wildlife from areas of concern.  Junior Keepers will be handling and caring for our resident wild animals daily as part of their keeper experience and career exploration into animal and veterinary sciences in wildlife or biology fields.    


SCRAM! Wildlife is OWC’s humane wildlife management business, income which goes 100% to the support of OWC’s wildlife rehabilitation and education mission.  Community education is one of the primary activities of SCRAM, and this camp will give young people a hands-on look at peaceful coexistence with wildlife and wildlife management techniques.

   

Owlets Summer Camp (ages 4-6)
"​First Friends" 
​August 11th-13th
Session B: 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.          

Owlets preschoolers enjoy three (3) half-days (choose from either AM or PM sessions) of hands-on immersion in nature through hikes, games, stories and the opportunity to learn how to feed and care for the smaller wild animal residents at OWC such as turtles, squirrels, birds, opossums and rabbits.  Campers will learn animals’ basic needs of food, water, shelter and space, (and for pet animals, toys and love!) as well as how to behave safely around both wild and domestic animals.  We will focus on wild canids and felids and compare our Ohio coyotes, foxes and bobcats to our pet dogs and cats, while learning which animals make appropriate companions for humans! A nutritious snack is provided each day.