Summer 2020 Wild Marvels Day Camps | Kids Out and About Houston

Summer 2020 Wild Marvels Day Camps

Dirty jobs exist in the zoological field, and it’s our job to find people to fill them! Join us this summer at Moody Gardens as a wildlife engineer to get nitty and gritty with the natural marvels of our planet, put your design ideas to the test, and create your own environmental blueprints for the future of our oceans and rainforests.

The Ideal Candidate: Have you ever dreamed of hosting your own show on television that highlights unique and often messy careers in conservation, gets up close and personal with animals and ecosystems out in the field, showcases design elements of zoological facilities, and inspires a generation to love wildlife?  Then we want you! We invite all young and wondrous minds entering grades K-8th that are curious about the parts and pieces that keep ecosystems running to participate in Wild Marvels.

Experiences Included:

• Discover what it takes to become a wildlife engineer by exploring our attractions, participating in design challenges, conducting experiments, and creating works of art inspired by nature.

• Hear firsthand from our staff about the role we all serve in ecosystem conservation.

• Receive your own Wildlife Engineer Portfolio to track your daily adventures.

• Work with your fellow wildlife engineers to receive puzzle pieces that will help you create an environmental blueprint for the oceans and rainforests of tomorrow.

• Experience up-close encounters with the Moody Gardens Animal Ambassadors.

• Make memories and friends that will last a lifetime!

Department Availability:

  • Seaside Safari (K-2nd Grade)- Nurture your curiosity about the natural world as we trek through the Moody Gardens Pyramids. Work with your fellow wildlife engineers to find answers to your questions about the world's€™s oceans and rainforests.  Run wild as you create a new habitat, plant or animal straight from your imagination.
  • Nature Rangers (3rd-5th Grade)-Patrol the wilds of Moody Gardens to discover the processes that help ecosystems tick.  Monitor the orders that people place for services and resources provided by nature.  Put your wildlife engineering skills to the test as you design and build your own sustainable ecosystem protected from natural disasters and human activities.
  • BioQuest (6th-8th Grade)- Go on behind the scenes expeditions with Moody Gardens animal care staff.  Get an in-depth look at how we ensure our animal ambassadors have the latest and greatest advantage we can design.  Grab your wildlife engineer toolkit to construct models, complete labs (SLIME!), conduct surveys, and create plans to help share our conservation mission with the world

Worksite Schedule:
June 15th-19th
• Seaside Safari I- Marvel Below the Sea and Beyond the Trees
• Nature Rangers I- The Great Circle of Life
• BioQuest I- They Have to Eat Every Day- The Practice of Animal Husbandry

July 13th-17th
• Seaside Safari II- Let’s Go ReSEArching!
• Nature Rangers II- Marvelous Ecosystem Services
• BioQuest II- Dig, Assemble & Clean- The Art of Animal Exhibit Design

August 3rd-7th
• Seaside Safari III- Let Your Imagination Grow Wild
• Nature Rangers III- You Can’t Patrol Without Resources!
• BioQuest III- People Marvel at Animals- The Conservation Message of Moody Gardens

Online Registration Now Available!
Click here to register your wildlife engineer for Wild Marvels Summer Camp at Moody Gardens!

Site Location and Logistics:

  • All wildlife engineers may report for duty beginning at 8:00am each day at the Main Parking Lot Tram Stop (Click here to download a property map)
  • Drop-Off/Pick-Up Line- Parents should pull up along the curb next to the Main Parking Lot Tram Stop and remain in their vehicles to sign their wildlife engineers in and out each day of camp via paperwork with a construction site educator.  After you have dropped off or picked up your engineer, please move your vehicle forward to keep the line moving.
  • All wildlife engineers will participate in free play on our construction zone playground during pick-up and drop-off times.  Construction site educators will escort all wildlife engineers to their job sites beginning at 8:30am each morning and return to the playground at 4:30pm each afternoon for pick-up.
  • Construction site educators or parents may request one-on-one conferences with each other to address inquiries regarding camp activities and policies or behavioral needs of their engineers.  In this case, parents will be asked to park in the hotel or attractions lot and walk over to the Main Parking Lot Tram Stop to speak with a construction site educator.

Uniforms and Safety Gear:

• One camp t-shirt will be provided to each wildlife engineer as their required uniform for the week.  Additional t-shirts may be purchased for a fee.
• All wildlife engineers must wear closed-toed shoes and arrive to camp with sunscreen/bug spray already applied.  Engineers may bring and reapply sunscreen/bug spray on their own as needed throughout the day.
• We will visit Palm Beach on a specified day towards the end of each camp week, and information regarding this camp activity will be provided to parents on Mondays. In order to attend Palm Beach, all wildlife engineers must wear a swimsuit underneath their camp uniform on this day or bring one to change into along with a towel.
• The following are additional items that Moody Gardens recommends all wildlife engineers bring to keep them safe and comfortable while at camp:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Backpack/bag to carry personal belongings to, during and from camp 
  • Camera to take pictures while exploring exhibits/attractions

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


Moody Gardens


One Hope Blvd
Galveston, TX, 77554
United States


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General Info
Monday- Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (Up to 3 attraction experiences per day) Before Care- 8:00-8:30am After Care- 4:30-5:00pm *Both included with registration.
Registration EARLY BIRD- Register by May 1st Members: K-5th Grade- $200/week 6th-8th Grade- $225/week Non-Members: K-5th Grade- $225/week 6th-8th Grade- $250/week


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