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

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

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

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

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

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. ​​

Three-day Camps

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

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

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5 year olds

Animals Now & Then • June 6-8

Mammoths and elephants to tigers and sabertooths! This camp will explore the Zoo's animals and compare them with animals from the past while using nature connect bricks. [close]

5-6 year olds

Animal Playtime • Aug. 1-3

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. [close]

6-8 year olds

Wildlife Wonders • June 6-8 - SOLD OUT

This camp will open campers' eyes to the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, stories, games, and crafts. We will also be utilizing nature connect bricks to build what they have discovered.

Wildlife Trek • July 6-8 - SOLD OUT

Explore the animals exhibits, build animals using nature connect bricks, discover habitats and cultures of the world on a Wildlife Trek at the Zoo. [close]

7-9 year olds

Wild Hunters • Aug. 1-3 - SOLD OUT

Sharks, snakes, and lions are a few of the WILDEST hunters in the world! Come and investigate the often surprising world of animal predators. [close]

9-10 year olds

Animal Investigators • July 6-8 - SOLD OUT

With games, crafts, LEGO bricks, and behind-the-scenes tours campers will explore the animal world and discover ways they can help save wildlife. [close]

9-12 year olds

Conservation Connection • June 6-8 - SOLD OUT

Make a conservation connection and see how you can help save species and habitats around the world. [close]

10-12 year olds

Zoology 101 • Aug. 1-3 - SOLD OUT

Campers will journey into the world of animal science while learning about the Zoo's animals. [close]

11-12 year olds

Creature Creators • July 6-8

Campers will create their own creatures using natureconnect bricks, all while learning about our creature collection! [close]

Five-day Camps

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

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

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​5-6 year olds

Growing Up Wild • June 13-17 - SOLD OUT

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!

Animal Detectives • June 27-July 1 - SOLD OUT

Become an animal detective and discover a variety of animals while solving some animal who-dun-its.

Art Safari • July 11-15

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

Animal Tales • July 25-29

The world is filled with animal stories. Campers in this camp will hear stories, create crafts and meet some the animals from these stories. [close]

7-8 year olds

Extreme Wildlife • June 13-17 or July 11-15 - SOLD OUT

Blue tongues, heat detectors, stinging tentacles, night vision, thousands of teeth, a twenty four pound heart … discover some of the really amazing wildlife of the world.

Endangered Wildlife • June 20-24 - 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.

Animal Observations • June 27-July 1 - SOLD OUT

Use your best observation skills to explore the world of animals and learn all about the Zoo's residents.

Animal Got Class • July 18-22 - SOLD OUT

Mammals, reptiles, fish, birds … animals come in an array of shapes and sizes. See how scientist group and sort animals.

Habitat Hunters • July 25-29 - SOLD OUT

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. [close]

9-10 year olds

Zookeeper Science • June 13-17 - SOLD OUT

Participate in science activities, games and observations to discover how zoo keepers use science.

Blue Planet • June 20-24 - SOLD OUT

Campers will delve into the world of water and discover why we call earth the blue planet. Explore animals and their relationships to water. 

Mission: SOS • July 11-15 - SOLD OUT

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.

Animal Adaptations • July 18-22

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.

Art & Animals • July 25-29 - SOLD OUT

Discover animals and art at the same time as animal encounters inspire various art projects. [close]

11-12 year olds

Animal Survivors • June 27-July 1

Explore the ways animals survive, the amazing diversity of life on our planet, and what people are doing to help.

Wildlife Technology • July 18-22

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. [close]

13-14 year olds

Wildlife Conservation • June 20-24 - SOLD OUT

Discover the science of wildlife conservation as you focus on conservation of the planet and its inhabitants. [close]

 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.​ ​