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Summer Fun at Oglebay

If you take a day-trip to Oglebay Park’s Good Zoo this summer, be prepared to be greeted by the sights and sounds of dozens of little “muddy grubby” youngsters invading the zoo for their daily fun.

The Good Zoo’s Summer Education program is in full swing, with 11 weekly camps set for the coming months.

The camps allow children ages 4 through 8th grade to experience wildlife, nature, science and the outdoors through experiments and activities with the zoo’s live animal ambassadors.

“It’s a great productive thing for the kids to do in the summer,” Courtney Snyder, senior program keeper for the zoo, said of the programs. “We’re getting out in nature and exploring.”

After a year that saw many kids cooped up at home due to COVID-19, spending their days staring into a computer screen, what better way for them to spend their summer than enjoying the outdoors.

“They love it,” Snyder said. “They love the creativity. They love the excuse to get dirty.”

Indeed.

Oglebay’s programs are just what many youngsters needed this year. We thank the park and its leaders for keeping these summer programs going.

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