A trip to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium means entering a world of wonder and adventure for all ages.
For the zoo’s youngest fans, there is a special program called The Little Explorers Base Camp that gives preschoolers and toddlers a chance to get hands-on with nature.
According to Carrie Hauck, the Columbus Zoo’s Senior Instructor Over Early Childhood Programs, play is a form of research for young children.
“It’s important for us to offer them instructed playtime like you’re going to see at Little Explorers Base Camp.”
The activities let children get hands-on with nature free with zoo admission.
“We try to have stuff for every age to be able to get them engaged with the topic that we have,” said Cristina Matos, Early Childhood Education lead. “It gets kids engaged with the environment that they’re in.”
The Little Explorers Base Camp happens each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in the spring and fall. Every two weeks, the theme and location change to keep the content fresh and engaging.
Remaining dates include:
Earth Day Every Day: April 23, 25 at Flamingos
Animal Babies: April 30, May 2, 7, 9 at Conservation Lake
Backyards for Wildlife; May 14, 16, 21, 23 at My House
For more information on the Little Explorers Base Camp and to see what our “little explorers” thought, watch the full story. You can also visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s website for a full list of all zoo activities and programs.