Critter Camp

 THREE different CRITTER CAMPS for all your little critters!

*2021 Update - Please e-mail questions to Ande at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
All Invoices, forms, and registrations will be handled electronically this year. 


LIL' CRITTER CAMP! Ages 3-4
Four morning sessions for beginners!
2021 LCC open enrollment begins April 15!
Early enrollment (additional fee) begins March 15

Every summer we had eager, younger siblings just wishing they could go to camp. By request, we added an introductory camp for the really little ones and it's been a huge hit! Lil' Critter Camp is designed for preschoolers (ages 3-4) who are ready to spend a couple hours at Pet World, with or without mom or dad. Parents or caregivers are welcome to stay and participate, observe from a distance as much as desired, or use the time for other things, knowing their precious little ones are safe with us.

From 9-11am kids are introduced to animals, starting slowly with the easier pets and advancing throughout the week. They learn a few animal basics and safe handling techniques. Mostly, they just have fun playing with the animals!

2021 Lil' Critter Camp
Ages 3-4

Mon-Thu 9-11am 
June 28 - July 1, 2021 $75 7 of 10 spots available

4 day, morning camp for beginners!
Mostly indoors, includes camp shirt, laundry, and snacks.

Click here to ENROLL NOW in Little Critter Camp
Enrollment Form will be activated at 10am, March 15


Open Enrollment for LCC begins April 15*
*Early Registration opens April 1 (addl fee)
*Super Early Registration opens March 15 (addl fee)

CRITTER CAMP! Ages 4-6
Three half-days + Optional Field Trip Day
2021 CC open enrollment begins April 15!
Early enrollment (additional fee) begins March 15

Our original half day camp! For kids who aren't old enough for all day camps, Critter Camp provides the perfect opportunity to ease children into the day camp experience with three hour sessions. Three half days will be held at Pet World and then the last day, if they're ready, is an optional field trip to visit and feed the tortoises at our private Nature Preserve! Family can join us for the field trip or we will provide free transportation for kids whose parents can't attend. The last day field trip is a great opportunity to hike and see where kids will be spending a lot of their time as they return to the more advanced camps each summer. Parents are invited to join us for this first experience and then will be invited back one more time during Wilderness Camp when kids are 10 and it's their last summer with us.  

WEEK 1 AM: Tues-Fri, 8:30am-11:30am
June 1-4 2021  $110 + $40 Field Trip Fee 
1 of 10 spots available 
Click here to ENROLL NOW in Critter Camp
Enrollment Form will be activated at 10am, March 15

WEEK 1 PM: Tues-Fri, 1-4pm
June 1-4 2021  $110 + $40 Field Trip Fee 
6 of 10 spots available
Click here to ENROLL NOW in Critter Camp
Enrollment Form will be activated at 10am, March 15

Includes camp shirt, daily camp laundry, snacks. Optional field trip to tortoise farm available for extra fee on the last day and FREE field trip transportation if parents are unable to join us.
Open Enrollment begins April 15*
*Early Registration opens April 1 (addl fee)
*Super Early Registration opens March 15 (addl fee)


BIG CRITTER CAMP! Ages 5-6
Three half-days + Optional Field Trip Day
2021 CC open enrollment begins April 15!
Early enrollment (additional fee) begins March 15

Just like original half day Critter Camp, these sessions are one hour longer for kids who aren't quite old enough for our all day camps but can handle four hours away. Big Critter Camp provides a great opportunity to prepare children for the full day camp experience. Three half days are held at Pet World and then there is an optional field trip on the last day to visit and feed the tortoises at our private Nature Preserve! Family can join us for the field trip or we will provide free transportation for kids whose parents can't attend. The field trip is the last opportunity for parents to hike with us and see where their kids will be spending a lot of their time as they return to the more advanced camps each summer. Parents are encouraged to join us at least once for this experience and then will be invited back one more time during Wilderness Camp when kids are 10 and it's their last summer with us.

Mon-Thu, 12:30 - 4:30pm
June 28 - July 1 2021  $145 + $50 Field Trip Fee 
0 of 12 spots available SOLD OUT on March 22!
Click here to ENROLL NOW in Big Critter Camp SOLD OUT! Any forms submitted will be added to the waitlist. 
Enrollment Form will be activated at 10am, March 15

Includes camp shirt, daily camp laundry, snacks. Optional field trip to tortoise farm available for extra fee on the last day and FREE field trip transportation if parents are unable to join us.
Open Enrollment begins April 15*
*Early Registration opens April 1 (addl fee)
*Super Early Registration opens March 15 (addl fee)

NOTE for 7 year old children:
If your child is a very young 7 year old, fresh out of first grade, with a birthday not long before June, (or a first time Pet World day camper) you might seriously consider Big Critter Camp just to make sure it's a well matched experience for your child. If your child is an older 7 year old, soon to be 8, who has done a PW Critter Camp before or is super adventurous and can easily do an all day camp with 8 year olds, you might consider the first week of Animal Camp, instead.


All Pet World camps are indoor & outdoor, rain or shine! Includes camp shirt, laundry, snacks, and FREE field trip transportation!  

*2021 Update - Please e-mail questions to Ande at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Registrations will be handled electronically this year. 


The Fine Print: Online registration forms are usually updated by March 1. Please check the year on the form before submitting or the price may be incorrect. Parents, please submit enrollment forms at your earliest convenience. We call our programs "summer camps" for convenience but actually they are classified as instructional, topic/task specific classes under K.S.A. 65-501 which are exempt from licensing requirements (similar to a sports training camp or Vacation Bible School). Our programs are private and sometimes used for childcare, however, because they are less than five weeks in duration, they are not classified as daycare. Even though licensing is not required, our instructors and leaders are fully trained in animal husbandry, local nature, certified in rescue, first aid, and CPR, and we maintain an adult to child ratio of 1 adult to 6 kids. Enrollment is limited because we keep our groups very small.   

Open Enrollment: Registration for Open Enrollment is handled first come, first served beginning when the store opens on APRIL 15 (tax day).

Early Enrollment
It's possible to pay an additional, early registration fee and register beginning March 15. Early, prepaid registrations are processed in the order received as long as they are accompanied by the early fee. First time camp parents can complete registration in person, with our assistance at Pet World, or using their own computers at home. The numbers of available spots are updated every day from March 15 until all camps are sold out (which happens every year by mid May (except 2020, of course).


Been to Critter Camp and loved it?
Maybe your child is ready for Animal Camp!