Welcome from the
Friends of the Living Desert

This site is matained by the Friends of the Living Desert, a non-profit organization

that provides support for the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.  

E-mail: friendsoflivingdesert@gmail.com

Phone: 575-887-5516.

Pictures may be used for educational purposes.  

Copyright © Friends of the Living Desert. All rights reserved.

in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Zoo Camp

  • ​Zoo Camp is for children who completed 1st- 6th grade.  They must be able to read write.  Please note: Children who have completed 7th grade, may apply to become a Jr. Docent by calling the Docent Coordinator at
  • 575-887-5516.
  • Zoo Camp is held the 1st and 2nd full weeks following the 4th of July.
  • Zoo Camp is a 5 day (Monday- Friday)  camp that meets from 8:30- 12:00 noon.
  • Zoo Camp daily includes singing special camp songs, a trip to different parts of the Zoo each day, crafts, a group project, an educational program, and a guest speaker.  On Friday, the children present a short program demonstrating what they did that week.
  • Each week's session is limited to 33 campers, so please get your registration forms and fee in early.  
  • Registration begins June 1.  
  • Cost for a week session is $40 or$30 per child if parents have a Friends of the Living Desert Membership.
  • A 6 year theme cycle is followed to ensure the children will have a new experience each year.  Themes are listed below:

​​            1. Inverterbrates of the Chihuahuan Desert  (2015)

            2. Native Americans of the Chihuahuan Deserti

            3. Conservation and Ecology of the Chihuahuan Desert

            4. Mammals of the Chihuahuan Desert

            5. Birds of the Chihuahuan Desert

            6. Reptitles and Amphibians of the Chihuahuan Desert