Summer is officially here and that means the kids are out of school. So now what do they do? How about the Binghamton Zoo Summer Zoo School? It's games, crafts and hands on animal encounters.

Children learn about the natural world and the animals they share it with.

It starts on July 15th to 19th with "Half Day: What a Wonderful World" for 4-5 year olds. There're all different types of animals in the world from deserts and rainforests, mountains and grasslands. They will explore the zoo and all around the world to learn about the animals.

July 22nd-26th, it's Half/Full Day: Take Action for 6-7 year olds. Kids will learn about how they rely on wildlife and how they impact the natural world. They'll find ways that they can make a positive difference.

July 29th-August 2nd, it's Full Day: Take Action for 8-10 year olds. It's a chance for them to find a way to make a positive difference both big and small.

August 5th-9th, Full Day: Plugging In & Plugging Out for 11-13 year olds. Put down the phone and experience nature. Kids will get dirty, exploring the zoo, woods and wetlands, as well as learning how technology can help them better understand wildlife.

August 12th-16th, Half/Full Day: Survival: Competition & Cooperation for 6-7 year olds. Kids will learn how animals survive and put themselves to the test by competing against each other and working together.

Go here for more info and to register your child. It's school that's fun to do and they'll learn something and not even know it. The 5th oldest zoo is located at 60 Morgan Road in Binghamton.

[via Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park]