Make Every Day Animal Camp All Summer Long

Make Every Day Animal Camp All Summer Long

“There’s nuthin’ to do!”

Every parent has heard this, especially during those long summer days. Of course, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. You just need a plan!

For kids already registered to attend summer Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Mom and Dad have a head start. Animal Camp not only keeps the kids busy, but also opens up a whole new world of learning.

Humane Educator Lizzie Hart loves the expressions on the camper’s faces when they have that “Ah-ha” moment and really understand something for the first time.

This summer, when the kids have “nuthin” to do, here are a few Animal Camp ideas:

  • Grab a pencil and paper and write down the animals they see. Most kids are surprised at how many different kinds of animals are right there in their own yard… birds, butterflies, rabbits, bugs, and squirrels.
  • Go to a park or trail and count how many different kinds of animals they see. You can do this many times since you’re sure to see different animals every time.
  • Lizzie is really big on kids holding pet food drives. It’s easy to do and it doesn’t require a lot of time from Mom or Dad. Take a look at the Wish List on the RCHS website to see what kind of pet food is in demand. During the summer, we really need kitten food.
  • For Animal Camp alumni, these kids have a wealth of knowledge that they can share with their friends and family members.
  • It’s baby season. That’s a great time for youngsters to keep an eye open for animals in distress. They can take what they’ve learned and use it to save lives!

If you need more ideas, contact our Education Department at or call 760-753-6413. We’d also love to hear your ideas. We’re all in this together!