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. All summer camps will visit the Zoo's new seasonal exhibit, Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks. 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. More than your average camp, these programs give campers the opportunity to delve deeper and see more than ever before. 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. 

Zoo Vet – October 11-12
9-12 year olds

Cost: $190 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. 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 – October 13-14 or 20-21
10-14 year olds

Cost: $360 members and $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 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.

*Participants must be at least 4 feet 6 inches tall and 10-14 years of age to participate in this program.


Plains Keeper – October 18-19
9-12 year olds

Cost: $190 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.

Wildlife Engineering – December 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 – January 5-6
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.​ ​