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Download our 2014 Kids’ Activity Guide for a complete listing of camp sessions at the Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses.

The Wisconsin Humane Society offers fun-filled camps during spring break, summer and winter break for kids who are WILD about animals! Activities include animal-themed crafts, games, a private shelter tour, and lots of chances to meet furry and four-legged friends. Learn about responsible animal guardianship, safety, dog training, cat socializing, wildlife rehabilitation and much more!  

How To Register

To register, visit our calendar and select the session start date. Follow the prompts to register your child and pay for tickets online. Please note: Online registration is the quickest way to ensure space availability. If you are unable to register online, please contact a member of our education team below to register over the phone.

Milwaukee Campus:  Laura Nowlin, lnowlin@wihumane.org or 414-431-6153
Ozaukee Campus:  Andrea Swanson, aswanson@wihumane.org or 262-988-5947

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Register

 After You Register

Before You Register

 

I’d prefer not to register online.  Is there another option?
Yes, we accept registrations by phone.  If you are not able to register online, please contact the education office at the campus where you wish to register (see contact information at bottom of page). Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are processed when full payment is received.  We are unable to hold spaces without full payment and cannot accept registrations by mail.

What’s included in the registration fee?
Camp registration fees include snacks, all materials and take-home crafts. T-shirts are optional and may be ordered for an additional fee at the time of registration. You may select a size and pay for T-shirts at the time of registration. T-shirts will be handed out on the first day of camp. The deadline for T-shirt orders is March 14 for spring camp; June 6 for summer camp and December 5 for winter camp.

My child has allergies. Can he or she still attend camp?
Please notify us if your child is sensitive to or allergic to any foods so we can make adjustments. If you have concerns about your child’s allergy to animals, please contact the education office.

Do you make exceptions to age requirements?
Activities during camp are tailored to match the needs and abilities of specific age levels. To maintain the best experience for all campers, we do not make exceptions to the age requirements for camp.

Do you offer early drop-off or late pick-up times?
Yes, extended care sessions can be purchased for an additional $5.00 per child, per session. Normal camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Morning care is available from 8-9 a.m. and afternoon care is available from 3-4 p.m.  Pre-registration is required for extended care sessions. If you wish to utilize this service, please register online or contact the education office. Any child arriving before 8:45 a.m. or departing after 3:15 p.m. will be charged for extended care. Children picked up after 4 p.m. will be charged an additional $1.00 for every 5 minutes.

All camp sessions are sold out. Is there a wait list I can get on?
Yes. To be added to the wait list for a particular camp session, please contact the education office at the campus you wish to register (see contact information above).

What is your cancellation policy?
Registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend camp, you may offer your registration to a friend of the same age. Please contact the education office to notify us immediately. We are unable to issue refunds if your child does not attend. The Wisconsin Humane Society reserves the right to cancel camp. In the unlikely event that we cancel a camp, we will attempt to reschedule the session. If we are unable to do so, or we are unable to accommodate your child in another camp, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee.  

Are there scholarships available to attend camps?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer scholarships to attend camps.

Who leads camp?
Each camp is led by a staff member from the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Education Department, assisted by 2-3 adult volunteers. We perform background checks on all volunteers who assist with children’s programs. 

Do campers have a chance to meet animals during camp?
Yes. In addition to animal-themed crafts and games, every camp day includes time to interact with shelter animals. Animals may include, but are not limited to, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and domestic rats. Camp staff stresses the importance of safety and appropriate behavior when interacting with any animal. If your child has allergies or fear of animals, please contact the education office to discuss your concerns.

My child would like to attend with a friend. Will they be together during camp?
During camp, we conduct both full group and small group activities. Groups are rotated regularly to encourage kids to meet with new people. Friends attending together will have many chances to be together, but we don’t guarantee they will participate in every activity together.

 

After You Register

 

What does my child need to bring with them to camp?
Campers should bring a bag lunch from home (non-perishable food items, as refrigeration is not available). Campers should also bring a beverage/water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day. We discourage bringing valuables to camp (cameras, toys, games, etc.). Campers may bring cell phones, but they should be used for emergency purposes only. The Wisconsin Humane Society is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items. 

What should my child wear to camp?
Comfortable clothing is important!  Please wear pants/shorts, T-shirts, tennis shoes or other closed-toe shoes.  Sandals and crocs may not be appropriate for camp activities. Dress appropriate for the weather, as we may be doing some activities outside. For summer camps, sunscreen is strongly encouraged. Campers are responsible for bringing and applying their own sunscreen.

Where can I find the Consent and Release form?
Please download our Consent and Release form and bring a signed copy with you to camp. The form is also provided in your confirmation email after you register online.  Each participant must have a signed copy by their parent or legal guardian. If a child forgets his/her permission form, verbal permission may be accepted if we are able to contact the parent or guardian on the telephone prior to the start of camp. Additional forms will be available at drop-off.

My child needs to take medication(s) during the day. Can I send it with him/her to camp?
If your child requires any medication (prescription or non-prescription) while attending a program at the Wisconsin Humane Society, you must download our Medication Form and return to the education office prior to the start of camp. This includes inhalers, epipens or over-the-counter medicines (Benadryl, acetaminophen, etc.).  

What are camp hours?
Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Morning care is available from 8-9 a.m. and afternoon care is available from 3-4 p.m.  Extended care sessions are $5.00 each, and pre-registration is required.   If you wish to register for extended care, please do so online or contact the education office.Any child arriving before 8:45 a.m. or departing after 3:15 p.m. will be charged for extended care. Children picked up after 4 p.m. will be charged an additional $1.00 for every 5 minutes.

Where do I drop-off/pick-up my child?
Campers should enter through the main entrance at their campus location. Because the shelters do not open to the public until noon on weekdays, you may find the front doors locked. Camp staff will be available to unlock the doors and greet campers starting at 8:45 a.m.

What happens in an emergency? How do I get a hold of you during camp?
WHS education staff will contact you using the information you provided during registration. If we cannot reach a parent or guardian, we will attempt to reach the person(s) provided as an emergency contact. If you need to reach your child during the camp day, please call the Wisconsin Humane Society front desk at our Milwaukee Campus (414-264-6257) or Ozaukee Campus (262-377-7580) and our staff can pass along a message to camp staff.

If you have additional questions about camp, please contact:

Milwaukee Campus: Laura Nowlin, Education Manager |  414-431-6153
Ozaukee Campus: Andrea Swanson, Education Coordinator | 262-988-5947