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
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29-30

​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.


​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

Zoo Members: $190
Non-members: $215


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


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 8-12 years of age​.

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



Sign Up Today!​

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!  We offer 3- or 5-day camps to children between the ages of 5 and 12.  Participants can look forward to tours of the Zoo and Gardens, games, songs, creative craft projects, animal shows, and more.

Program registration for 2015 begins in January!  Check back then for program topics and details.

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

​​​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

Registration for 2015 opens in January!

 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.​