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

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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. ​​


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. ​​

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

3-day Summer Camps

Members: $160Non-members: $185. Camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates. Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).

5 years old only

Growing Up Wild • June 5-7
Some babies look like their parents and some babies don't. Some babies need a lot of care while others are on their own. Find out what it is like growing up wild!

5 & 6 years old

Animal Senses • July 31-Aug. 2
Do you have antennae? Can you smell with your tongue? Campers will learn about animal senses while exploring their own.

6-8 years old

Wildlife Trek - SOLD OUT • June 5-7
Explore the animals exhibits and discover habitats and cultures of the world on a Wildlife Trek at the Zoo.

7-8 years old

Wildlife Wonders • July 31-Aug. 2
This camp will open the eyes of campers to the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, stories, games and crafts.

Wild Hunters - SOLD OUT -  July 5-7
Sharks, snakes, and lions are a few of the WILDEST hunters in the world! Come and investigate the often surprising world of animal predators.

9 & 10 years old

Animal Investigators • SOLD OUT - July 5-7
With games, crafts, lego bricks, and behind-the-scenes tours campers will explore the animal world and discover ways they can help save wildlife.

9 -12 years old

Wildlife Science • SOLD OUT • June 5-7
Think like a wildlife scientist by focusing on the plants and animals at the Zoo. Participate in science activities and tour the Zoo while learning about the natural world.

Animal Survivors • July 31-Aug. 2
Participate in team challenges for our own “Zoo Survivors” as you explore the ways animals and survive and what people are doing to help.

11-12 years old

Zoology 101 • SOLD OUT • July 5-7
Campers will journey into the world of animal science while learning about the Zoo’s animals.

5-day Summer Camps

Members: $240; Non-members: $265. Camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates. Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).

5 & 6 year olds

Who Lives Where? - SOLD OUT • June 12-16
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.

Summer Safari - SOLD OUT • June 26-30
Campers will discover a safari of fun while learning about the Zoo’s animals. Camp will include stories, games, crafts and daily safari walks.

Animal Tales - SOLD OUT • July 10-14
The world is filled with animal stories. Campers in this camp will hear stories, create crafts and meet some the animals from these stories.

Animal On The Move • July 24-28
Run, fly, climb, and glide! Campers will explore how animals move and how they use movement for survival.

7 & 8 year olds

What’s For Dinner? - SOLD OUT • June 12-16
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.

Animal Armor - SOLD OUT • June 19-23
Horns, claws, spikes and spines are just a few of the ways animals protect themselves. Campers will take a closer look at animal protection and see how and why they do it.

Animal Signs - SOLD OUT • July 10-14
Can you tell when an animal is near or has passed through an area? Discover the signs animals leave behind.

Animal Super Sleuths - SOLD OUT • July 17-21
Campers will explore the lives of animals through daily mysteries. Campers will discover what makes our animals extradorinary while becoming an”Animal Super Sleuth”.

Habitat Hunters - SOLD OUT   • July 24-28
What makes a good habitat? Discover how animals are suited to their habitats in a search for a good home for each day’s animal.

9 & 10 year olds

Animal Adaptations • June 12-16
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.

Mission: SOS • June 19-23
Species are disappearing at alarming rates around the world. Campers will see what the Zoo is doing to help save the Earth’s endangered species and learn what they can do to help.

What Animals Do - SOLD OUT • July 10-14
What is operant conditioning? How do we know really know what our animals want? Come and explore animal behavior and learn how to watch animals like a scientist.

Blue Planet  • July 17-21
Campers will delve into the world of water and discover why we call earth the blue planet. Explore animals and their relationships to water.
Conservation Connection • July 24-28
Make a “conservation connection” and see how you can help save species and habitats around the world.

9- 12 year olds

Art & Animals - SOLD OUT • June 26-30
Discover animals and art at the same time as animal encounters inspire various art projects.

11 & 12 year olds

Race to Save the Planet - SOLD OUT • June 19-23
With species disappearing rapidly it is a race to save them. Campers will explore endangered animals and habitats while they participate in a race to save the planet.

Wildlife Technology - SOLD OUT • July 17-21
Learn how scientists use technology to study the planet’s wildlife from entire ecosystems to individual species. Try your hand at using some of the technology.

13 & 14 year olds

Wildlife Conservation • June 26-30
Discover the science of wildlife conservation as you focus on conservation of the planet and its inhabitants.


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​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: Summer zoo 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.​ ​