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About 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.

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Spring 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-and three-day camps at select times of the year, typically during spring, fall and winter breaks. Click on the tabs below for more information about each upcoming program.

Zoo Explorer Camps will go on sale for Zoo Members at 9am Jan. 14 and for the general public at 9am on Jan. 28

March 28-29 • 9am-4pm

$190 members/$215 non-members

Suit up for an adventure as a Zoo Wilderness Explorer. Campers will discover what it takes to care for such a WILD mix of animals! Through games, activities, zoo walks, and behind the scenes tours, campers will explore just how fun science can be when it comes to wildlife and wild places.

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March 25-27 • 9am-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.

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April 1-3 • 9am-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.

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March 28-29 • 9am-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 tall and 10-14 years of age to participate in this program.

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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. ​​

Summer Zoo Camps will go on sale for Zoo Members at 9am Jan. 14 and for the general public at 9am on Jan. 28

3-Day Summer Camps

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

Members: $165

Non-members: $190

Animal Tales

This camp will be full of tales and tails! Listen to animal stories, create crafts, and meet some amazing animal characters.

June 10-12

Animal Super Senses

Do you have antennae? Can you smell with your tongue? Humans have five senses, but what about zoo animals? Campers will learn about some awesome animal senses, explore their own senses, and see just how we compare to the animal world around us.

July 1-3

Wildlife Trek

Explore the animals, habitats and cultures of the world on a Wildlife Trek at the Zoo.

June 10-12

Tooth & Claw

Sharks, snakes & lions…investigate the animal world by exploring the world’s animal predators.

July 1-3

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 10-12

 

Animal Survivors

Participate in team challenges for our own “Zoo Survivors” as you explore the ways animals and survive and what people are doing to help.

July 1-3

5-Day Summer Camps

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

Members: $245

Non-members: $270

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 3-7

 

Wildlife Adventures

With around 1,200 animals to care for, every single day is an epic adventure at the Indianapolis Zoo! Campers will find adventure in learning how we care for our amazing group of animals, and why we love them! The Zoo is a wild world full of fun!

June 24-28

 

Summer Safari

Campers will discover a safari of fun while learning about the Zoo’s animals.  Camp will include stories, games, crafts and daily safari walks.

July 8-12

 

Animal Detectives

Campers will become our animal detectives, searching for clues and discovering wildlife while solving some animal who-dun-its. Each day will be packed with interactive games, touring the zoo, and investigations to help solve our daily mysteries!

July 22-26

 

Animals on the Move

Run, fly, climb…Come and explore how animals move.

July 29 – August 2

What’s For Dinner?

Cheerios, avocado, raw chicken, and super worms? 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.

June 3-7

 

Animal Signs

Can you tell when an animal is near or has passed through an area? Let’s explore and discover the signs animals leave behind.

June 24-28

 

 

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.

July 8-12

 

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 before they are gone forever!

July 15-19

 

Animal Super Sleuths

Campers will explore the lives of animals in daily mysteries to discover animals while becoming an “Animal Super Sleuth”.

July 22-26

 

Extreme Wildlife

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.

July 29 – August 2

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 3-7

 

Mission S.O.S.

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 17-21

 

Ocean Odyssey

The oceans make up 70% of the earth’s surface. How much do you know about them? Campers will delve into the world of water and discover why our oceans are often such a mystery. Through activities and behind the scenes tours, campers will explore ocean animals and their relationships to water.

June 24-28

Zookeeper Science

Science isn’t always easy. The science that zookeepers use can be challenging AND fun! Campers will participate in science activities, games and observations to discover how zoo keepers use science to better care for animals.

July 8-12

 

 

Wildlife Heroes

Not all heroes wear capes. Some heroes trudge over ice or through mud and face down fierce predators, all in an effort to save the world’s wildlife! Campers will explore the animals of our Zoo and learn about the conservation heroes that are “flying” to the rescue. Through activities and behind the scenes tours, campers might even find a way to become a superhero to their favorite animal!

July 15-19

 

 

Wildlife Mysteries

The world of wildlife holds many unsolved mysteries. But if you know where to look, you might be just the scientist to solve them! Campers will explore artifacts, encounter behind the scenes tours, and learn about the oddities that make the world of wildlife so mystical!

July 22-26

Art & Animals

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

July 29 – August 2

Zoology 101

Science isn’t always easy. The science that zookeepers use can be challenging AND fun! Campers will participate in science activities, games and observations to discover how zoo keepers use science to better care for animals.

June 17-21

 

Biodiversity

Did you know an estimated 15,000 new species are still discovered each year? Campers will discover the amazing diversity of life on our planet and investigate how it works.

July 15-19

Wildlife Conservation

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

June 17-21

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.

*Aftercare: 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.

Have a question not answered here? Please contact us or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.


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