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- and 3-day camps at select times of the year, typically during Spring, Fall and Winter breaks.  

Zoo Explorer programs run from 9am to 4pm unless otherwise marked.

Cost: Varies by program. Please see program details below.

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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 presentation, 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: March 26-27; April 2-3
Cost: ​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.

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​Zoo Vet - SOLD OUT

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: March31-April1
Cost: Zoo members: $190; non-members: $215

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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: April 7-8Cost: Zoo members: $190; non-members: $215

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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: March 23-25
Cost: Zoo members: $225; non-members: $250

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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

5 years old only

Animal Playtime

Swinging, swimming, climbing and hiding are things animals like to do. Boxes, balls, ropes and ice are some of the things we use to make animal toys. Campers will learn what the Zoo does to create fun for our animals.
June 8-10

Colorings & Coverings!

Reds, browns, stripes, spots, feathers, fur… Campers will discover the great array of colorings and coverings animals have and why these are important to their survival.
June 29-July 1
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6-8 years old

Growing Up Wild!

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!
June 8-10

Wildlife Wonders

This camp will open the eyes of campers to the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, stories, games and crafts.
June 29-July 1 

Endangered Wildlife

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
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9-12 year olds

Animal Investigations

With games, crafts, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours campers will explore the animal world and discover ways they can help save wildlife.

June 8-10

Wildlife Science

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.
June 29-July 1

Conservation Connection

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

All 5-day camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates. Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).    

Cost: Zoo members: $240; non-members: $265

5 & 6 year olds

Summer Safari

Campers will discover a safari of fun while learning about the Zoo’s animals.  Camp will include stories, games, crafts and animal encounters.
June 15-19
July 20-24

Animal Senses

Do you have antennae? Can you smell with your tongue? Campers will learn about animal senses while exploring their own.
June 22-26

Art Safari

Visits with the animals will be the inspiration for special art projects on this Art Safari.
July 6-10

Animal Tales

The world is filled with animal stories. Campers in this camp will hear stories, create crafts and meet some the animals from these stories.
July 13-17
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6-8 years old

Who Lives Where?

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.June 1-5
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7 & 8 year olds

Animal Armor

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.
June 15-19
July 20-24

Animal Signs

Can you tell when an animal is near or has passed through an area? Discover the signs animals leave behind.
June 22-26

Animal Designs

Investigate the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of animal designs and use your creative side to generate your own animal designs.
July 6-10

What’s For Dinner?

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.
July 13-17
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9 & 10 year olds

Mission: SOS-Save Our Species

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.
June 15-19
July 20-24

Animal Adaptations

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.
June 22-26

Animal Observations

Use your best observation skills to explore the world of animals and learn all about the Zoo’s residents.
July 13-17
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9-12 year olds

Habitat Hunters

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.
June 1-5

Art & Animals

Discover animals and art at the same time as animal encounters inspire various art projects.
July 6-10
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11 & 12 year olds

Race to Save the Planet

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.
June 15-19

Wildlife Technology

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.
July 13-17
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13 & 14 year olds

Wildlife Conservation

Discover the science of wildlife conservation as you focus on conservation of the planet and its inhabitants.
June 22-26​
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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.​ ​