Zoo Camps

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Each year, the Indianapolis Zoo hosts a wide range of exciting and fun camps that put a "wild" twist on traditional summer camp fun! Camps are designed with age-appropriate activities to encourage discovery and appreciation of wildlife. Campers will have the opportunity to make new friends, explore the Zoo, and participate in games, crafts, tours, shows, animal visits and more. Zoo camps are well supervised with trained camp staff. Space is limited and camps do sell out, so sign up early!​

​Zoo Explorer Camps 

Interested in zoo careers? Join us for in-depth zoo experiences, where participants learn more about how to care for and work with our amazing animals. The Zoo offers these unique 2- and 3-day camps at select times of the year, typically during Spring, Fall and Winter breaks.  

Unless otherwise marked, all Zoo Explorer programs run from 9am to 4pm.

Cost:  Varies by program.  Please see specific program details below.

Dolphin Trainer

If you know a child who dreams of becoming a dolphin trainer, this is the perfect opportunity!  The 2-day Dolphin Trainer program provides young people* with a chance to explore the world of dolphins and experience what it takes to be a zoo trainer. Over the course of two full days, participants will learn how we train and care for our dolphins through special behind-the-scenes experiences in our Dolphin Pavilion, including attending the dolphin show, and meeting the trainers, dolphins and other marine mammals. Participants will learn how to individually identify our dolphins and how scientists study dolphins in the wild. All of this leads up to the ultimate experience, venturing into the water to meet our wonderful dolphins up close and personal.  For participants 10-14 years of age.

Dates offered:
Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9-10
Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16-17
Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23-24
Thursday and Friday, Jan. 1-2

Cost:
​Zoo Members: $360
Non-members: $385

*Participants must be at least 4 feet 6 inches tall.  Please measure before signing up!

Important: Please read information about the Dolphin In-Water Adventure.

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​Zoo Vet

Discover the world of a zoo veterinarian and learn what goes into caring for all the Zoo's animals!  In a 2-day experience, go behind the scenes in the Zoo's vet hospital, then take part in hands-on activities to experience what it's like to be a zoo vet! For participants 10-14 years of age.

Dates offered:
Monday and Tuesday, Oct.6-7

Cost:
Zoo Members: $190
Non-members: $215

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Zoo Aquarist

Experience what it takes to be an aquarist at a zoo!  From our sharks to our penguins, this 2-day experience shows participants an in-depth look at the animals in the Zoo's Oceans exhibit.  Discover how to care for these amazing creatures through special behind the scenes experiences and hands-on activites. For participants 10-14 years of age​.

Dates offered:
All Zoo Aquarist dates have passed.  Please check back for future dates!
Cost:
Zoo Members: $190
Non-members: $215

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Zoo Keeper Science

Zoo keepers use science every day. This 3-day camp explores how keepers use science by participating in science activities, games, animal observations and behind the scenes tours. For participants 10-14 years of age​.

Dates offered:
Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 13-15
Cost:
Zoo Members: $225
Non-members: $250

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Fall Registration Opens Aug. 11!


For more information, please email ​us or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday​.

​Summer Zoo Camps

Looking for a way to get a more in-depth experience at the Zoo? Try out one of our summer camps! Participants can look forward to tours of the Zoo and Gardens, games, songs, creative craft projects, animal shows, and more.

Summer camp registration begins on Jan. 13 for members and on Jan. 27 for non-members.

3-day Camps

All 3-day camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates.  Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).    

Members: $160

Non-members: $185

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​​​5-Year Olds

  • Animal Playtime, June 9-11
    Swinging, swimming, climbing and hiding are things animals like to do. Boxes, balls, ropes and ice are some of the things we use to make animal toys. Campers will learn what the Zoo does to create fun for our animals. 

  • Animal Tales, June 30-2
    This camp will be full of tales and tails.  Listen to animal stories, create crafts, and meet some amazing animal characters.

6-7 Year Olds

  • Animal Snacks, June 9-11
    Learn what animals like to eat and what makes a great animal treat. 

  • Wildlife Trek, June 30-July 2 - SOLD OUT
    Explore the animals, habitats and cultures of the world on a Wildlife Trek at the Zoo.

6-8 Year Olds

  • Animals Now & Then, July 28-30
    Mastodons, mammoths and e​lephants – explore the Zoo’s animals and compare them with animals from the past.

​8-9 Year Olds

  • Tooth & Claw with Animal Predators, June 9-11
    Sharks, snakes and lions…investigate the animal world by exploring the world’s animal predators.

  • Animal Signs, June 30-July 2
    Can you tell when an animal is near or has passed through an area? Discover the signs animals leave behind.

9-12 Year Olds

  • Zoology 101, June 30-July 2 & July 28-30
    Campers will journey into the world of animal science while learning about the Zoo’s animals. ​

10-12 Year Olds

  • ​Animal Snapshots, June 9-11
    Improve your observation and picture taking skills while watching and learning about the Zoo’s animals. Campers should bring a digital camera. [close]

​​​5-Day Summer Zoo Camps​

All 5-day camps run Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm on designated dates.  Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).

Members: $240

Non-members: $265

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5-6 Year Olds

  • Animals on the Move, June 2-6 
    Run, fly, climb...Come and explore how animals move.

  • Animal Detectives, June 16-20 & July 21-25
    Become a detective and discover a variety of animals while solving some animal who-dun-its.

  • Art Safari, June 23-27 & July 7-11
    Visits with the animals will be the inspiration for special art projects on this Art Safari. 

  • Who Lives Where?, July 14-18
    Travel the Zoo and see animals from around the world! Explore the many habitats found on earth as well as discover a little about our diverse cultures.

7-8 Year Olds 

  • What's for Dinner?, June 2-6
    See what's on the menu at the Zoo. Learn what and how animals eat and discover what it takes to feed the Zoo's animals.

  • Endangered Wildlife, June 16-20 & July 7-11
    Disappearing before our eyes, many of the world's most beautiful and beneficial animals are some of the world's most endangered. Learn about some of these animals and how you can help save them.

  • Extreme Wildlife, June 23-27 & July 14-18
    Blue tongues, heat detectors, stinging tentacles, night vision, thousands of teeth, a 24-pound heart... discover some of the really amazing wildlife of the world.

  • Animal Observations, July 21-25
    Use your best observation skills to explore the world of animals and learn all about the Indianapolis Zoo's residents.

9-10 Year Olds

  • Zookeeper Science, Jun 2-6
    Participate in science activities, games and observations to discover how zookeepers use science.  

  • Animal Adaptations, June 16-20 & July 21-25 
    Webbed feet, spines, suction cups and fringed feathers are all types of adaptations. Come spend a week exploring the weird, bizarre and wild world of animal adaptations.  

  • Art & Animals, June 23-27
    Discover animals and art at the same time as animal encounters inspire various art projects.

  • Mission: SOS Save our Species, July 7-11
    Species are disappearing at alarming rates around the world. Campers will see what the Indianapolis Zoo is doing to help save the Earth's endangered species and learn what they can do to help.

  • Blue Planet, July 14-18
    Campers will delve into the world of water and discover why we call earth the blue planet. Explore animals and their relationships to water. 

10-12 Year Olds

  • Acting Like Animals, July 14-18
    While learning about and observing animals you'll bring out your inner performer. Explore theater and acting through activities and games while making masks and props for your own performance. 

11-12 year olds

  • What Animals Do, June 2-6
    Explore animal behavior and learn how to watch animals like a scientist.  

  • Blue Planet, July 16-20
    Campers will delve into the world of water and discover why we call earth the blue planet.  Explore animals and their relationships to water.

  • Animal Survivor, July 7-11
    Participate in team challenges for our own "Zoo Survivors" as you explore the ways animals survive and what people are doing to help.

  • Biodiversity Blitz, July 21-25
    Discover the amazing diversity of life on our planet and investigate how it works. 

13-14 Year Olds

  • Wildlife Conservation, June 23-27
    Discover the science of wildlife conservation as you focus on conservation of the planet and its inhabitants.  [close]

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 For more information, please email ​us or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday​.

​Important Zoo Camp Information

Camp Cancellations: If the Zoo cancels a camp, you will be notified directly and receive the opportunity to switch to another camp or receive a refund for the price of the camp. Otherwise, no refunds or rescheduling of camps is allowed.​

Snacks, Lunches, and T-shirts: Camps do not include lunch or snacks. Campers will need to bring a lunch, drinks and snacks each day. Campers will receive a camp T-shirt. We will do our best to accommodate the requested shirt size.

Extended Care: For your convenience we offer extended care for our summer camps from 3-4:30pm. Children are supervised in a classroom with various activities available. Pre-registration is required. Fees are $45 for 5-day camps, and $27 for 3-day camps.​