CAMPS AND PROGRAMS

Most educational activities must be booked at least three days in advance and preferably 4-6 days in advance. Camps must be booked two weeks in advance and preferably 2-3 months in advance. Shorter-notice bookings may not be available. For information, availability and/or to make reservations, please call 254.897.2960.

CAMPS

Fossil Rim + Camps = FUN!

Wolf Ridge Nature Camp offers a variety of camps including mini, day, overnight and Badge Camps. Spend a few hours, an entire day, or even the night with us and take home lasting memories, as well as a deeper knowledge of nature, endangered species and Fossil Rim’s mission to save them. One adult attends free with every 12 students. Programs offered are shown below. Optional sack lunches are $6.50 per person. Reservations are required.

Day Camps

Offering exciting short-term outings for schools and other groups, these camps include a guided tour of the park, a nature hike and two educational programs. You may bring your own lunch or we can preorder reasonably priced sack lunches from our lodging facilities (including sandwich, chips, drink and animal crackers). The price is $57 per person.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Overnight Camps

During our most popular camps, schools and other groups often enhance their stay to include after-dinner activities around a campfire accompanied by the night sounds of Fossil Rim. These camps offer a guided tour, three educational programs and a nature hike.
Wolf Ridge Nature Camp offers modern units with air conditioning and heating. Restroom and shower facilities are near the bunkhouses. Participants need to bring their own sleeping bags and pillows. The price is $87 per person.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Badge Camps

Scouting groups have the opportunity to turn a Day Camp or Overnight Camp into a Badge Camp, allowing the participants to earn a badge and receive a Fossil Rim fun patch. A day Badge Camp costs $62 per person, while an Overnight Badge Camp costs $94 per person.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Mini Camps

Designed for school groups that cannot participate in a Day Camp, these programs run 3-4 hours in length and include a guided tour of the park, one educational program and a one-hour lunch break with a supervised visit to the Children’s Animal Center and Nature Store. The price is $35 per person, and one teacher/adult is admitted free with every 12 children.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Badgefests

Unique Day Camps which occur on select dates throughout the year, Badgefests allow Girl Scouts to travel throughout the park visiting various activity stations. Upon completion of activities, the girls earn two badges by day’s end. A guided tour of the park, Badgefest fun patch and all materials for activities are provided. The price is $38 per person. Girls must be accompanied by a paying adult. All girls and adults pay full price.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

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Think Before You Squish

Insects and other arthropods are usually not found on a person’s list of favorite animals. But these underappreciated creepy crawlies are extremely valuable – not only to humans, but also to other plants and animals. In this program, students will use songs, games and real specimens as they discover the characteristics of insects and the important roles they play in the world around us. (Recommended for all ages.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Don't Take Rocks For Granted!

All things made by people consist of one of three things: plants, animals or rocks.  Most people visit Fossil Rim to enjoy the living things, but nonliving things – such as rocks – are an important part of the ecosystem, too.  In our rocks and minerals program, we will first establish a foundation by partaking in an interactive rock-cycle game. Then, students will have the opportunity to examine several samples of rocks and minerals for themselves, while hypothesizing and discovering the many uses for these rocks and minerals in our world today. (Recommended for ages nine and older.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

This program is for anyone who loves to shop!  Whether you are shopping for your favorite clothes, foods or household items – everything we use has an effect on the world around us. In this program, students will discover how our shopping choices impact the environment and what actions we can take to promote the conservation of natural resources.  (Recommended for ages nine and older.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

World Biomes

Do dolphins live in the desert? Do addax live in the rainforest? Every biome has a specific level of moisture and temperature, which makes it suitable for a specific plant or animal based on its adaptations. This specificity illustrates the delicate and interconnected nature of the world we live in. In this program, students will use our giant maps to explore the biomes of the world and the plants and animals that call those biomes home. (Recommended for ages nine and older.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Fossil Discovery

Fossils are present-day clues that reveal what was alive in the past.  In this program, students will have the opportunity to visit our “fossil pit” and uncover real marine fossils.  Although we do not have fossils from dinosaurs, the name “Fossil Rim” comes from the abundant amount of marine fossils found in the limestone in this area of Texas.  Each student will be able to take home two fossils. (Recommended for all ages).

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Behave Yourself

What does it mean when an opossum plays dead or when a dog bares its teeth? Animals use different types of behaviors to communicate with one another. Learn about the importance of behaviors in animal communication and even try some out for yourself. (Recommended for all ages.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Biofact Bonanza

What’s the difference between horns and antlers? What can an animal’s teeth tell us about its diet? Why do some animals have claws and others have hooves? This program answers these questions and more while allowing students to discover the answers by examining animal biofacts from many of the creatures that we have right here at Fossil Rim. Discover the difference! (Recommended for all ages.).

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Brink of Extinct

What are the threats and challenges that animals face today? This program focuses on endangered species and the reasons they are threatened with extinction. Find out what our most beloved species are up against and how you can make a difference for both them and the environment. (Recommended for all ages.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Capture Techniques

Being a wildlife veterinarian at Fossil Rim isn’t easy, and in this exciting program students learn about some of the most dangerous tasks our vets undertake in the field. Classes discuss what it means to work with wild animals, learn what training and precautions must be taken, and hear real stories of what goes on behind the scenes at Fossil Rim. Each student will also get to test their vet ability as they participate in a hands-on capture activity that is guaranteed to be a hit! (Recommended for ages nine and older.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Defend Yourself

How does a hedgehog protect itself? What about a cheetah or a hognose snake? Learn how different animal species protect themselves from predators and other threats. You’ll learn a lot about animal defense mechanisms, plus have fun creating your own animal and its defenses! (Recommended for all ages.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Discover this powerful message of sustainability found in a favorite children’s book written by Dr. Seuss. In this program, students will have the opportunity to visit the Street of the Lifted Lorax and become a part of the story. This interactive program connects the story of The Lorax to our own endangered species at Fossil Rim and is guaranteed to leave students asking pertinent questions concerning the environment, sustainability and what they can do to help. Seasonal and space restrictions may apply. (Recommended for all ages.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Have You Heard?

Have you heard: eating carrots increases your vision, gigantic snakes in the Amazon hang from trees and eat humans and rhino horn is a magical cure for cancer! In our Fossil Rim Fact or Fiction program you will discover how myths are created, why they are established and how they can affect us in our everyday lives. Stop the rumors before they start by uncovering the truth in this program. (Recommended for ages nine and older.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Nature Detectives

Plants and tracks and droppings, oh my! Learn about the different types of clues that nature detectives look for to make discoveries around them. You’ll use your senses to learn how to be a nature detective, and we’ll even take a walk outside to see if we can find any clues about animals that live around you! (Recommended for ages 3-10.)

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

Design-A-Program

Don’t see a program that fits your needs? Let us know what your topic is, and we may be able to create one for you!