4-H Zoo Apprentice Camp


4-H Zoo Apprentice Camp (Ages 14+)
4-H Junior Zoo Apprentice (Ages 11–13)

  • Registration: Open in 4-H Online Oct. 4–Nov. 1, 2021
  • Cost: $695. Registration fee does NOT include airfare to and from Tampa, FL.
  • Location: Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL
  • Dates: Dec. 28, 2021–Jan. 1, 2022
    • Arrive: Fly or Drive. Everyone should plan to arrive at Busch Gardens in Tampa by 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28th
    • Depart: Fly or Drive home but don't plan to leave Busch Gardens until after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 1st

The world's largest zoological organization partners with Missouri 4-H to offer Missouri Youth an opportunity to discover, learn, laugh and experience one-of-a-kind adventures with animals from around the world.

Learn-by-doing has long been a 4-H motto. Now Missouri 4-Her's will experience this in Busch Gardens' 335-acre African-themed living classroom by attending the 4-H Zoo Apprentice Camp for youth ages 14+ or by attending 4-H Junior Zoo Apprentice Camp for youth ages 10-13.

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Youth in attendance will become amateur zookeepers and discover firsthand what it takes to care for animals from around the world. Assist zoo staff behind the scenes and observe animal care sessions.

Youth in attendance will be living inside Busch Gardens. They will investigate the mysteries of the animal kingdom, getting up-close to animals they have never seen before. And in between life changing moments, participants will enjoy World Class Entertainment in our nation's 4th most popular amusement park.

In addition, all participants will make lifetime memories spend time working with the animal care specialists at Sea World, touring Sea World Rescue, and sleeping overnight beside our new aquatic friends.

You will return with a keen understanding of animal behavior, science, & nutrition. You will be a better communicator with your own animals and 4-footed family members.

The 2019 Zoo Apprentice/Junior Zoo apprentice experience was held December 28, 2019-January 1, 2020, at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL and Sea World, Orlando, FL.

In 2019 the $695 registration fee included:

  • Airport pick-up and transportation on Saturday to Busch Gardens
  • All lodging
  • 24/7 Staff Escorts including Zoo Staff, Education Staff, Youth Professionals & Health Staff
  • Three camp t-shirts
  • Staff will process needed laundry during the week
  • All meals and lodge snacks
  • Re-usable water bottle
  • I.D. badges
  • Backpack
  • Transportation to and from Orlando
  • Overnight habitat accommodations at Sea World
  • All meals at Sea World
  • All special events at Sea World
  • Sea World Rescue facilities
  • Park admission to both Sea World and Busch Gardens
  • Behind the scene access
  • Veterinary practices and care facilities
  • Animal encounters
  • Proper dress and equipment required for Zoo areas
  • Photo access and camp video (produced after camp concludes)
  • Unique animal experiences based on age which will be revealed at Camp
  • Access to America's 4th most popular theme park rides
  • World class shows and entertainment
  • New Year's fireworks display
  • Lifelong friendships
  • Transportation back to airport on Wednesday, January 1st

Not included in the $695 fee:

  • Airfare to and from Tampa, FL
  • Money for souvenirs