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.
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
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
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
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
Transportation back to airport on Wednesday, January 1st