Bronx Zoo Nature Club

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The Bronx Zoo invites you and your family to explore and play outside with our Nature Club programs. Join us for a morning of exploration at a free Nature Club meetup or Family Event at the zoo. Take a walk on the wild side with our Wild Adventure Camps and Nature Girls program. Your Nature Play begins at our zoo!





Bronx Zoo Nature Club Meetups

Join us for free outdoor Meetups with the Bronx Zoo Nature Club! We will host monthly sessions at the Zoo and in nearby parks, in hopes to connect families back to nature through unstructured, free-play exploration.

This program is for children of all ages.

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Bronx Zoo Nature Club Family Events

Thanks to funding from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, we will be hosting a series of Nature Club Family Events at the zoo from April-July 2017. These events will give families a chance to participate in nature play activities in different locations around the zoo.

Here's what's coming up...

Fairy & Gnome Homes
Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Mouse House Lawn

Fort building
Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Mitsubishi Riverwalk

Bird Nests
Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Birds of Prey Lawn


Bronx Zoo Nature Girls

Give your wild adventurer a chance to get muddy with like-minded girls at the Bronx Zoo Nature Girls program. Participants will receive a nature backpack to explore the Riverwalk and keep it to explore beyond the program.

Age: 6-12 years

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Wild Adventurer Camp

Does your 3rd to 8th grader love being outdoors and spending time in nature? Then our new Bronx Zoo Wild Adventurer Camp is perfect for your young naturalist! Wild Adventurer Campers will spend the day learning about local wildlife through free exploration, art, games, and animal encounters. Campers should plan on coming dressed and ready for a full day of outdoor exploration and adventure that will leave them with a new appreciation for the natural world that surrounds the zoo!

Age: 3rd-8th grade

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Your Next Adventure...

Come visit the Mitsubishi Riverwalk

Located right here at the Bronx Zoo, the Mitsubishi Riverwalk is a perfect space for your family to explore this winter. The paved trail follows the Bronx River, offering scenic waterfall views, shady forest streams and ending with riverside spot perfect for and exploring. Keep your eyes peeled for local New York wildlife on the trail including chipmunks, cardinals, red tailed hawks, and even the famous Bronx River beavers, Jose and Justin Beaver. You may even see some fallen trees with characteristic teeth marks where our beavers have collected wood for their dams. The Riverwalk is free for all adventurers so grab your winter gear and come explore!

Location: Bronx Zoo, Riverwalk entrance is located through the Zoo Bronx River Parking Lot B.

Mass Transportation: Subway — 2 Train to Pelham Bay Parkway, BxM11 to Zoo Parking Lot B entrance.

Fees: $15 for Bronx Zoo Parking, No fee to enter site; You Might Want to Bring: Binoculars, bags for collecting nature treasures.

Suggested Outside Activity:

Build an animal home!

Choose a favorite stuffed or plastic animal to accompany you on an outdoor adventure. Think about what that animal might need in order to survive. Food? Water? Shelter? What kind of home might this animal like to live in? Collect sticks, leaves, and other treasures to build a comfortable home for your animal friend. While you are exploring, keep an eye out for other animal homes such as nests or burrows.

Want to share your adventures with us? Post your photos to Instagram using #bznatureclub. Follow us @bznatureclub to see what the Nature Club families are up to every month.

Family Resources:

To help inspire your own outdoor adventures…

family nature play e-guide for families

A Parents Guide to Nature Play


Questions?

Feel free to contact bznatureclub@wcs.org with any questions regarding the Bronx Zoo Nature Club!

Resources

Kids Unplugged - kidsunplugged.org

Tarrytown Family Nature Club - tarrynature.org

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