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 Designers (9-12 year-olds)

Oct. 9-11 • 9am to 4pm • $225 members/$250 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.

Zoo Vet (10-14 year-olds)

Oct. 16-18 • 9am to 4pm • $260 members/$285 non-members 

Discover the world of the zoo vet and learn what goes into caring for all the Zoo’s animals. Go behind the scenes in the Zoo’s vet hospital. Take part in hands-on activities to experience what it’s like to be a zoo vet.

Dolphin Trainer (10-14 year-olds*)

Oct. 12-13 or Oct. 19-20 • 9am to 4pm • $360 members/$385 non-members

This adventure of a lifetime provides the opportunity for young people* to explore the world of dolphins. Experience what it takes to be a dolphin trainer and get to know the members of our dolphin pod. Over the course of two full days participants will learn how we train and care for our dolphins through behind the scenes experiences, attending the dolphin show, meeting the trainers, and the ultimate experience, venturing into the water to meet our wonderful dolphins up close and personal.
*Participants must be at least 4 feet 6 inches (54 inches) tall and 10-14 years of age to participate in this program.

Wildlife Engineering (9-12 year-olds)

Dec. 28-29 • 9am to 4pm • $190 members/$215 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. ​

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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. ​​

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: 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.​ ​