Best Friends Kids Camp in Memory of Nathania Gartman

Join us for the 2nd annual Kids Camp at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary!

Children ages 6 to 9 are welcome. Each day of the week features a different fun and potentially furry educational activity. Sign up for as many or as few days as you like.

When is Kids Camp?

June 1st - August 14th, 2015
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Additional details

Kids will need a parent or guardian on the Sanctuary premises during camp hours.

Stop by our Welcome Center, email us at, or call us at 435-644-2001 ext. 4555 for more information.

Who is Nathania Gartman?

Nathania GartmanNathania Gartman was a co-founder of Best Friends and dedicated her life to service. Not only was she committed to ending the killing of cats and dogs in shelters, she was also dedicated to transforming the way people, and especially children, think about animals. A nationally respected humane educator, Utah Educator of the Year, President of the Association of Professional Humane Educators and education director for Best Friends, Nathania started educational programs at the Sanctuary, and worked in communities around the country to teach respect, compassion, and empathy for all living things.

Nathania believed that the way to change the future is to influence those who will live it, and teaching children and young people to love animals was her passion. She hosted workshops, internships, and tours for children and adults at the Sanctuary, worked in local schools, helped launch Utah's Week for the Animals, and worked extensively with children in the Navajo nation and across the country.

Nathania passed away from cancer in 2003, but her passion for educating children lives on at the Sanctuary. The Best Friends Kids Camp is a free program offered during the summer that gives children the opportunity to learn about and safely interact with the animals at the Sanctuary. Best Friends Kids Camp honors Nathania’s legacy of compassion for animals and her dedication to educating children.