Zoo Camps

​​Put a wild twist on learning with fun and engaging Zoo Camps! Offered during school breaks and in the summer, Zoo Camps are designed with age-appropriate activities that encourage discovery and appreciation of wildlife. Campers will 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!​

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-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.

Plains Keeper (9-12 year olds)

(October 13-14) Cost: $190 per person for Zoo members and $215 for non-members

From lions, to baboons, to wildebeest – a plains keeper has to be prepared for a wild and crazy day! Come and explore what it is like to be a plains keeper. Meet one of our plains keepers, and get a behind the scenes look at caring for African Plains animals, and learn what you can do to help with conservation of African animals.

Dolphin Trainer (10-14 year olds*)

(October 15-16 or October 22-23) Cost: $360 per person for Zoo members and $385 for non-members

Experience what it takes to be a dolphin trainer and get to know the members of our dolphin pod. This program includes venturing into the water to meet our dolphins up close and personal.
*Participants must be at least 4 feet 6 inches tall and 10-14 years of age to participate in this program.

Zoo Vet (10-14 year olds)

(October 20-21) Cost: $190 per person for Zoo members and $215 for non-members

Discover the world of the zoo vet and learn what goes into caring for all the Zoo’s animals. Participants will meet with vet staff and see firsthand how we care for the animals.

Designing a Habitat (9-12 year olds)

(December 29-30) Cost: $190 per person 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 3-day and 5-day camps to 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.

3-day Camps

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

Cost: Zoo members: $160; non-members: $185

6-8 years old

Endangered Wildlife - SOLD OUT

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.July 27-29[close]

9-12 year olds

Conservation Connection

Make a “conservation connection” and see how you can help save species and habitats around the world.
July 27-29​[close]​

5-day Camps

5 Day camps have ended for 2015. Check back in January for information on 2016 camps. 


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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.​ ​