Local Events and Opportunities

Community activities and events are listed below.  All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting.  In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office.  By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.


Marble Elementary Online Only Silent Auction


Starts: Monday, April 29 at 5am

Ends: Wednesday, May 8 at 10pm

Everyone Welcome. Thank You for Your Support. 

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The Marble Equity Team Presents Increasing Our Appetites for Social Justice

With all of the work being done in ELPS geared towards equity and ensuring opportunities for all of our students, I wanted to pass along an opportunity for you to continue your learning in regards to equity and social justice. On May 1, the Marble Parent Equity Team is hosting a workshop about the lifelong journey of cultural competency. It will be held in the Marble cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Participants will be exposed to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. We’ll engage with facilitators regarding social justice concepts and educational best practices to help move our district toward cultural proficiency and authentic just change.

I’ve attached the flyer for the event and included a link to rsvp.


We are extending this invitation to all ELPS administration, teachers, Board of Education reps, and parent councils. Please feel free to share this invitation with your Parent Councils and anyone else in ELPS who might be interested.

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Burchfield County Park Exploring Nature Day Camp

Enrollment is open to children age 5-12. Children age 5 must have completed kindergarten. Campers are limited to two one-week sessions.

  • Identify local wildlife & plants
  • Explore Peppermint Creek
  • Catch frogs & salamanders
  • Build forts & have a campfire
  • Swim in the pond
  • Investigate ecosystems
  • Hike & go fishing

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City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

Arbor Day Tree Planting to Take Place at Pinecrest Elementary on Friday, April 26

The City of East Lansing’s annual Arbor Day tree planting with Pinecrest Elementary School students will take place Friday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in Henry Fine Park.

Henry Fine Park is located on Winchester Drive at Crown Boulevard, adjacent to Pinecrest Elementary School. Members of the media who would like to attend are asked to arrive early and check in at the school office to receive a visitor’s pass.

East Lansing resident and retired forester Mike Vasievich will lead the tree planting, educating the students about the importance of trees in an urban environment. Van Atta’s Greenhouse and Flower
Shop has once again generously donated the tree for the annual planting. A beautiful Swamp White Oak tree will be planted.

The City of East Lansing has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 32nd year.

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City of East Lansing, MSU Announce 2019 One Book, One Community Selection

The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University have announced the book selection for the 2019 One Book, One Community (OBOC) program: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by author Matthew Desmond.

Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book transports readers to the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee to tell the heartbreaking, real-life stories of eight families struggling to keep a roof over their heads. By living among these families in 2008 and 2009, Desmond is able to provide readers with a ground-level view of one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems and shine a probing light on the human cost of America’s immense inequality.

Desmond’s book has garnered countless accolades, including being the winner of: the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal Excellence in Nonfiction. The book was also a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and many more.

Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University and is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. As the principal investigator at The Eviction Lab at Princeton University, Desmond’s research has focused on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial
inequality and ethnography.

Desmond’s book, “Evicted,” was picked by the East Lansing-MSU community via an online survey that was conducted in early 2019. The survey invited community participants to select one of three books on the OBOC Selection Committee’s short list for the 2019 program, with Desmond’s “Evicted”
garnering the most votes. More information on the book can be found at http://evictedbook.com/.

About OBOC Signature Events
As part of the 2019 OBOC program, Desmond will visit the East Lansing-MSU community in August 2019. Community members are invited to A Community Conversation with Matthew Desmond on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. Desmond will also speak during the MSU Fall Convocation at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534
Birch Road, on Monday Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. Both events are FREE and open to all community members.

The One Book, One Community program encourages the East Lansing-Michigan State University community to read the same book and come together to explore its themes and issues at a variety of campus and community events each fall. The selected book is widely read on and off campus. The highlight of the program is the visit by the author(s) to the community in the fall. OBOC is one of the first community reading programs to bring together the students of a major university and the residents of its surrounding community. Learn more about OBOC and the 2019 program at www.onebookeastlansing.com.

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All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre and Riverwalk Theatre Partner to Bring “The Wizard of Oz” to the Stage

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) and Riverwalk Theatre are partnering to bring “The Wizard of Oz” to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC) stage, 819 Abbot Road, April 26-28 and May 2-5.

The Thursday show will take place at 10 a.m., Friday shows will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday shows will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday shows will take place at 3 p.m. More than 80 youth and adults will take part in this special production, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of both theatres and the 80th anniversary of the MGM film.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Riverwalk Theatre for this special production,” said AECT Artistic Director Liz Cooke. “This is a great way to bring community members of all ages together to create a live theatre performance.”

Tickets are $10 for children (18 and under) and $12 for adults (18 and above). Community members can purchase tickets ahead of time by visiting the ELHCC Box Office or by calling (517) 333-2580 ext. 0. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com/events/wizard. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus for more information.

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) offers young people of all backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles the opportunity to produce professional quality plays, study many aspects of the dramatic arts and develop valuable life skills while providing outstanding entertainment to the community. AECT brings four major productions to the Greater Lansing community each year with the help of hundreds of youth from throughout the region.

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ELPD to Host “Raise a Ton, Put a Cop in Jail” Food Drive Event on Saturday, April 20

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) will be hosting a “Raise a Ton, Put a Cop in Jail” food drive event on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Patriarche Park (corner of Alton Road and Saginaw Street).

After successfully collecting 600 pounds of food donations at last year’s event, the ELPD has increased its goal to raise more than one ton (2,000 pounds) of food donations this year. If they reach their goal, an ELPD officer has volunteered to spend eight hours in the East Lansing Jail as a prisoner. The name of the officer will be announced at a later date.

Community members are encouraged to bring food donations to Patriarche Park on the day of the event. All donations will go to the help those served by the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The food bank's greatest needs are:

  • Baby food and formula: Enfamil® and Enfamil® ProSobee® brands
  • Beans (canned): kidney, navy, pinto, pork & beans, refried
  • Beverages: hot chocolate, coffee, tea
  • Boxed meals: Hormel® Compleat® dinners, Helper ® Meals
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Canned pasta: Beefaroni, ravioli, SpaghettiOs®
  • Fish (canned): salmon, tuna
  • Fruit Juice 100% (canned or boxed)
  • Meats (canned): beef stew, chili, hash, SPAM®
  • Muffin and pancake mixes
  • Pasta: Macaroni, noodles (including Ramen), spaghetti
  • Peanut butter
  • Potatoes: instant
  • Rice: instant and dinners
  • Soup (canned or boxed)
  • Snack items: fruit snacks, granola bars, Pop-Tarts®
  • Staples: flour, spices (basic), sugar, syrup
  • Stuffing
  • Tomato Products: canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste
  • Vegetable oil (bottled)

The food bank cannot accept home-canned or homemade goods, opened or damaged items and fresh or perishable food items.

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All-of-US Children's Theater

Through theatre, young kids enhance reading skills, practice their ability to work in a team, take on leadership roles, gain self confidence to take with them to school, and learn to balance both
focus and creativity.


Conquest Fitness Foundation Programs forKids

FREE 6 Week Co-Ed Youth Rugby Clinic

The Youth Rugby Clinic is a FREE opportunity for youth to learn valuable life skills, healthy habits, and rugby skills and fundamentals. The Conquest Fitness Foundation has partnered with The Capital Area Rugby Football Foundation to coach this years’ clinic. These coaches and rugby professionals take a fun and seamless approach to classes to keep youth engaged.  No experience or equipment necessary.

WHERE: Frances Park, Lansing  
WHEN: June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17 TIME: 6-7:30pm
COST: Free

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FREE 6 Week Golf FORE Kids Program

The Golf FORE Kids Clinic is a FREE opportunity for youth to learn valuable life skills, healthy habits, and golf skills and fundamentals. The First Tee coaches and golf professionals take a fun and seamless approach to classes to keep youth engaged.

Participants will discover the health and fitness benefits of golf while having fun with activity based classes. No experience or equipment necessary.

WHERE: Woodside Golf Course
WHEN: June 13th, 20th, 27th
July 11th, 18th, 25th
Ages 6-8 …. 6-7pm
Ages 9-14 … 7:15-8:15pm
COST: Free

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East Lansing Educational Foundation Announces New Title Sponsor and New Location for its 2019 Annual Dinner


The East Lansing Educational Foundation (ELEF) will hold its 19th annual awards dinner at the East Lansing High School Student Union on May 16th with a significant boost this year from Flynn Wealth Partners as the title sponsor. The event honors outstanding ELHS alums and friends of ELEF in the community while showcasing current students and what the foundation does to improve classroom learning.

ELEF board president Kwafo Adarkwa said the foundation is excited about the collaboration with Flynn Wealth Partners. “We appreciate that Bill and Nathanael Flynn have made this commitment to help take our event and its fund raising to a new level. Nathanael is a 1993 ELHS alum and strongly believes in the value of the education he received and what his children are getting now in our school system.” Nathanael Flynn, managing partner of Flynn Wealth Partners said, “We are honored to partner with the East Lansing Educational Foundation to enhance ongoing educational opportunities for current and future East Lansing students.”

The awards dinner will start at 5:30 on Thursday, May 16, Tickets will go on sale closer to the event, which will also feature a strolling dinner concept that brings together the best food offerings from a variety of local restaurants. More than 200 attendees from East Lansing will be on hand.

The East Lansing Educational Foundation is a diverse organization pursuing excellence and innovation in education through community engagement, strategic partnerships, ongoing fundraising and effective programming. ELEF made 37 grants totaling $50,559 for the current school year to support teachers and students in East Lansing public schools. Additional information about the foundation can be found at www.elef.us

Flynn Wealth Partners is an independent financial planning and wealth management firm in East Lansing leveraging more than 60 years of combined financial experience across two generations. The registered representatives of Flynn Wealth Partners offer securities through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. They offer investment advice through Private Advisor Group, a registered investment advisor. Private Advisor Group and Flynn Wealth Partners are separate entities from LPL Financial. Additional information about Flynn Wealth Partners can be found at www.flynnwp.com.

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East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities

Dear Friends of the East Lansing Educational Foundation:

Through wind, rain, and snow a dedicated team of community volunteers meets on the second Tuesday of each month with one ultimate goal in mind; to help raise funds to distribute to East Lansing Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff.

It has been my pleasure over the past few years to be a part of this team, better known as the East Lansing Educational Foundation, and to help raise those funds and to assist in reviewing the requests for assistance for our classrooms that come in each fall. From your donations, the ELEF was able to fund grants this year totaling over $48,000. I wanted to share just a few of those wonderful requests that were awarded this year.

East Lansing High School
$1,058.00 for two new cameras for the yearbook staff
$3,939.90 for mini iPads for the Math Department

MacDonald Middle School
$3,500.00 for a new 3-D printer

$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center

$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department

$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs

$718.00 for parental support literature

$3,400.00 for Drum Fit - a collaborative effort between P.E. and music classes

As you can see, students at every school in our district benefit from your generous support to the ELEF. As we enter the season of giving, I humbly ask that you once again open your hearts and your checkbooks to assist the ELEF in its mission to continue to provide that extra support our ELPS teachers, administrators, and staff so deservingly need. We all benefit from this generosity of spirit and our community is a much richer place for it. Please fill out the enclosed donation form or visit us online at: www.elef.us to contribute to the ELEF in whatever amount you can spare. All donations are extremely appreciated.

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Blair Renfro
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation

PDF Version of Letter

Donation Form


East Lansing Kiwanis Annual Candy Hunt

East Lansing Kiwanis
Annual Candy Hunt
Saturday April 20, 2019

Located in Patriarche Park, East Lansing Hunt Begins at 10 a.m. sharp, arrive early.

Take home what you can carry. No baskets or bags please.
Separate areas for preschool-kindergarten,

1st-2nd graders & 3rd-5th graders.

Open to all children through 5th grade.

Sponsored by the East Lansing Kiwanis Club and Kroger, working with the City of East Lansing and East Lansing School District

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ELPD Accepting Applications for 2019 Citizens’ Police Academy

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) is currently accepting applications for its 2019 Citizens’ Police Academy.

Community members interested in learning more about the criminal justice system and the role of ELPD are encouraged to apply at www.cityofeastlansing.com/CitizensPoliceAcademy. The application deadline is August 23, 2019. Eligible applicants include anyone 18 and older who is affiliated with East Lansing, whether they are full-time residents, students, business owners or others with a community connection. ELPD hopes to have a diverse cross-section of the community be a part of the 2019 course.

The 11-week course is designed to give citizens a working knowledge of the police department, while also assisting ELPD in becoming more aware of the issues and concerns of the community. Featuring classroom and hands-on instruction, the course will cover a variety of topics, including: Use of Force, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, Neighborhood Watch, disaster preparedness, a K9 Unit demonstration and more.

The Citizens’ Police Academy is free and open to all who are eligible; however, class size is limited to 15-20 individuals. The department will conduct a background check on each applicant and notify selected applicants prior to the start of the course. The academy will meet from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday from Sept. 24-Dec. 3. The group will meet in the ELPD Emergency Operations Center, 409 Park Lane. Community members with questions can contact Sgt. Adrian Ojerio at aojerio@elpolice.com.

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EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.



Foster Garden 4-H Youth Program for Gardening for ages 10-14 and Junior Master Gardener Program for Young Teens

Calling all youth ages 10-14 who are green thumbs: Be sure to sign up for new soil science/seed science/pollinator/nutrition/gardening classes offered by Ingham County 4-H all summer long- the classes kick off soon at the Foster Garden on Lansing's Eastside. A Junior Master Gardener Certification is being offered too! Sign up at the 4-H Online link, here, and find classes under the 'projects' and 'club' tabs. https://www.canr.msu.edu/…/foster-community-garden-soil-sci… the Cost is $20 for the entire series for new members; and FREE for current 4-H members. Youth under 10 are invited, with an adult. 

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Gifted and Talented Office of Ingham ISD and Michigan State University - Kids’ College 2019

The Gifted and Talented Office of Ingham Intermediate School District and Michigan State University are pleased to announce the 33rd year of Kids’ College for talented students. This collaborative venture improves and expands educational offerings for students who have outstanding abilities and/or potential talent in the content areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The content focus for 2019 is “Forces.”

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for participation, a student:

  • Must currently be in grade four or grade five
  • Must attend school in Ingham, Clinton, Eaton or Shiawassee county with preference being given to students from Ingham County Should have an interest in science
  • Must have demonstrated high potential for development in the sciences
  • Must have parental permission to participate

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Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program GRASP 2019

The Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program is a correspondence program in reading and math for grades K-8. There is also an online version for grades 4-8. The program seeks to help students retain skills learned during the past school year by providing review exercises.

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Harris Nature Center

Animal Babies Campfire and Program

Saturday April 27 at 7 pm

The best part of spring is the arrival of all the animal babies!

Learn more about your favorite furry and feathery babies while you spend time around the campfire, roast
marshmallows and take a guided walk with a naturalist.

$3/person or $7/family payable at the program

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Woodland Fairy & Gnome Party

Saturday May 11, 11 am - 2 pm

Stop by anytime during party hours where children will enjoy building their own gnome or
fairy house, face painting, fairy/gnome games, scavenger hunt, stories and snacks.

$10/child no registration needed

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19th Annual Ingham Student Art Exhibit

Please join us for one of three Gallery Receptions as we honor our featured artists representing schools throughout the Ingham ISD service area. Families and educators are encouraged to attend as we recognize our artists and their teachers. Student art is professionally matted and framed and placed on display at Ingham ISD, the Michigan Education Leadership Group (MELG) building and Lansing Art Gallery for one year.

May 1, 2019 - Ingham ISD Reception
May 2, 2019 - Lansing Art Gallery Reception
May 9, 2019 - MELG Reception

The Ingham Student Art Exhibit is sponsored by Ingham ISD, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, Michigan School Business Officials, Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards and Lansing Art Gallery.

If you have any questions, please call 517.244.1287.

Impression 5 Events

Sensory Friendly Hours

Enjoy your Science Center with special hours designed for an experience that limits the number of guests, includes sensory rooms and quiet spaces with select exhibits altered to reduce sounds, scents, and lighting stimuli.

Join us from 5:30 - 7 :30 p.m. on the following dates:
Friday, February 22
Friday, March 22
Friday, April 19

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Italian Film Festival

April 12-14 2019

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LCC Youth Spring Semester

The LCC Youth Program has classes available for enrollment for our Spring 2019 Semester! This semester is four weeks long and are on Saturdays, starting February 16th until March 9th. Enroll soon to ensure your student gets a seat. If you sign up at least a 30+ days before our classes start, you get an “early bird” discount of $10!

To enroll, go to www.lcc.edu/seriousfun and click “Learn More” near the top. Not all classes are available for enrollment at this time, but we will be adding them at a later date. Please check our website often for future updates!

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Let Me Run Program

“Why don’t boys have a program similar to Girls on the Run?”

The answer? THEY DO!

With a similar format to Girls on the Run, Let Me Run’s goal is reduce the challenges associated with a lack of emotional expression in pre-teen and teenage BOYS, which can lead to stress, sickness, disease, addiction, and violence.


And we’re pleased to say to the parents with 4th and 5th grade boys- Let Me Run registration begins February 11 at 8 am.

Last year we launched the program at Marble and Donley and it was a huge success.

The team will meet twice a week for 7 weeks (14 total practices) beginning the week of March 18 and the program culminates with a 5k on Friday, May 17. We take a week off for Spring Break. Practice days are held twice a week but TBD per scheduling at school and availability.

Registration begins Feb 11 at 8 am.

Two things-

1. Can you email tali@ripplepublicrelations.com with your son’s school if your son(s) are interested in this program?

2. We need a coach and an assistant coach at every elementary but Donley (and potentially Pinecrest)!

If you or is anyone you know interested in coaching please email Tali as well.

There is a coaches training in Kalamazoo on March 11th from 5:30-9.

Here’s a great link to FAQ’s.



Mathematics Analytic Series: Cultivating Optimum Teamwork

The topics of MASCOT are intended to supplement, complement and extend mathematics taught in the classroom during the school year. The choice of topics is based on current research in mathematics and knowledge about how children learn. The instruction focuses on cooperative learning and builds on children’s prior mathematical knowledge.

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MSU College of Arts & Letters - CeLTA Language School - 2019 Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens


Our summer camps introduce children (ages 6-12) and teens (13+) to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on hands-on activities and interactions in the target language. No prior knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated.
Camps meet from 8:30-4:00 pm in Wells Hall.

Morning-only options (8:30-12:00 pm) are available for all kids camps.

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MSU Mathematics Department Play Math 2019 Summer Camps

Detailed course descriptions, introductions to the staff, and online registration can be found on our website:


MSU Mathematics Department camps are designed to foster curiosity, creativity, wonder, and enjoyment of mathematical ideas and reasoning. Daily activities will include a variety of fun games, puzzles, explorations and activities.

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MSU Science Festival

April 5-20, 2019


Special Guest Speaker
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 | 7 PM
Unraveling the Mysteries
of the Flint Water Crisis
A Talk with Pediatrician
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

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Sports Injury Research Laboratory Study for Men and Women Who Participated in Contact Sports in High School

The Sports Injury Research Laboratory is seeking men and women ages 30-40 that partcipated in contact sports in high school to participate in our study lastinng approximately 2 hours.

The purpose of our study is to assess the if there are any long-term effects of high school contact sports

You will receive $20 compensationon for your time.

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Wilson Talent Center Summer Camps for Students Entering Grades 5-7

The Wilson Talent Center is offering summer camps for students entering grades 5-7 in the fall. These camps provide students the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities in careers such as photography, cosmetology, healthcare and automotive.

Camps will run from 7:30am – 4:00pm including lunch and a snack each day. The first round of camps will be held July 9-10 and the second round will be held July 17-18. The cost of each camp is $110. Space is limited.

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Zookambi Summer Camp

Potter Park Zoo has the wildest weeks of summer camp available in Michigan!

Students from grades 1-12 will see fantastic animal presentations, learn amazing facts with a variety of hands-on activities and experience adventures that typical zoo visitors can't.

Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, or all day! Early  drop-off and late pick-up is available.

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