Zoo Camps

​​​​Put a wild twist on learning with fun and engaging Zoo Camps! Offered during school breaks and in the summer, camps incorporate age-appropriate activities to encourage discovery and appreciation of wildlife. Campers have the opportunity to make new friends, explore the Zoo and participate in games, crafts, tours, presentations, animal visits and more. Camps are well supervised with trained staff. Space is limited, so register early!

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Zoo Explorer Camps

Interested in zoo careers? Join us for in-depth Zoo experiences, where participants learn about caring for and working with our amazing animals. More than your average camp, these programs give children the opportunity to delve deeper and see more than ever before. The Zoo offers these unique two-day camps at select times of the year, typically during spring, fall and winter breaks. Zoo Explorer Camps run from 9am to 4pm unless otherwise noted. 

​Wildlife Engineering — Dec. 29-30 • 9-12 year olds

Cost: $190 for zoo members and $215 for non-members

Every animal is “engineered” for survival and success. How can you tell? Come and explore how animals are designed, what we can learn and copy from their designs, and how we create their exhibits here at the zoo. Campers will discover how animals survive through animal investigations, behind the scenes tours, and hands on activities. 

Designing a Habitat — Jan. 5-6, 2017 • 9-12 year olds

Cost: $190 for zoo members and $215 for non-members

Have you ever wondered how we get ready for a new zoo animal? Join us for a very special camp looking at how we plan new exhibits and even create your own zoo designs. We’ll look at blueprints, go behind-the-scenes, talk about different animal requirements and do a variety of hands-on activities.

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Summer Zoo Camps

​Dive into adventure and education with Zoo Summer Camps! We offer either three-day or five-day camps for children ages 5-14. Participants will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the Zoo and White River Gardens, games, songs, creative craft projects, animal presentations and more. ​​ Check back this winter for information about 2017 summer camps.

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: In the unlikely event that a Zoo Camp is cancelled, you will be notified directly and receive the opportunity to switch to another camp or receive a refund. Otherwise, no refunds or rescheduling of camps is allowed.​

Snacks and Lunches: ​Parents will need to provide all drinks, snacks and a lunch for their campers each day.

T-shirts: 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 five-day camps, and $27 for three-day camps.​ ​