Zoo Camp
Put a wild twist on learning!

Zoo Camp

New in 2022! Home School Camps

August 1-3; 8:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $205. 10% discount for zoo members

Looking for a way to add excitement to school? Plan a Zoo adventure for your home school students this summer! Campers will participate in educational games, activities, Zoo walks, and more! Camps are available for ages 6-12.

Wildlife Trek: 6-8 yr old
Animal Survivors: 9-12 yr old

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Spring, fall and winter break camps
Zoo Explorer Camp

Does your child dream of working with animals one day? Zoo Explorer Camp is a perfect way to discover the exciting career opportunities that zoos offer!

Held during school breaks, our camps include special behind-the-scenes tours where participants can meet members of our Zoo’s animal care team. Campers will also participate in a variety of hands-on activities that are designed to engage children at different ages.

 

  • Zoo Vet Camp (9-12 years) Oct 10-12
  • Dolphin Trainer (10-14 years) Oct 13-14
  • Zoo Vet (9-12 years) Oct 17-19
  • Dolphin Trainer (10-14 years) Oct 20-21
  • Dolphin Trainer (10-14 years) Dec 28-29
October 10-12 9am-4pm

Cost: Zoo Members $260, Nonmembers $285. Registration opens July 18 for members, August 1 for nonmembers

Discover the world of the Zoo Vet and learn what goes into caring for all the Zoo’s animals. Campers will go behind the scenes in the Zoo’s vet hospital, participate in hands-on activities that give an inside look at a veterinarian’s responsibilities, and learn what it takes to become a Zoo Vet. Campers will also get to spend time with our Vet staff learning about animal care and jobs within the veterinary field.

October 13-14 9am-4pm

Cost: Zoo Members $360, Nonmembers $385. Registration opens July 18 for members, August 1 for nonmembers

This adventure of a lifetime provides the opportunity for young people* to experience what it takes to be a dolphin trainer and get to know the members of our dolphin pod. Participants will learn how we train and care for our dolphins through activities, behind the scenes experiences, dolphin presentations, meeting the trainers, and the ultimate experience of venturing into the water to meet our wonderful dolphins up close and personal.

*Participants must be at least 4 feet 6 inches (54 inches) tall and 10-14 years of age to participate in this program.

October 17-19 9am-4pm

Cost: Zoo Members $260, Nonmembers $285. Registration opens July 18 for members, August 1 for nonmembers

Discover the world of the Zoo Vet and learn what goes into caring for all the Zoo’s animals. Campers will go behind the scenes in the Zoo’s vet hospital, participate in hands-on activities that give an inside look at a veterinarian’s responsibilities, and learn what it takes to become a Zoo Vet. Campers will also get to spend time with our Vet staff learning about animal care and jobs within the veterinary field.

October 20-21 9am-4pm

Cost: Zoo Members $360, Nonmembers $385. Registration opens July 18 for members, August 1 for nonmembers

This adventure of a lifetime provides the opportunity for young people* to experience what it takes to be a dolphin trainer and get to know the members of our dolphin pod. Participants will learn how we train and care for our dolphins through activities, behind the scenes experiences, dolphin presentations, meeting the trainers, and the ultimate experience of venturing into the water to meet our wonderful dolphins up close and personal.

*Participants must be at least 4 feet 6 inches (54 inches) tall and 10-14 years of age to participate in this program.

December 28-29 9am-4pm

Cost: Zoo Members $360, Nonmembers $385. Registration opens July 18 for members, August 1 for nonmembers

This adventure of a lifetime provides the opportunity for young people* to experience what it takes to be a dolphin trainer and get to know the members of our dolphin pod. Participants will learn how we train and care for our dolphins through activities, behind the scenes experiences, dolphin presentations, meeting the trainers, and the ultimate experience of venturing into the water to meet our wonderful dolphins up close and personal.

*Participants must be at least 4 feet 6 inches (54 inches) tall and 10-14 years of age to participate in this program.

Sign Up for Explorer Camps

Registration opens on July 18 for members and August 1 for nonmembers

2022 Summer Zoo Camp is Sold Out!

Looking for a wild way to spend the summer? Look no further than the Indianapolis Zoo. Campers will participate in a variety of exciting activities, games, special tours, animal presentations and visits to see the animals. Camp is the perfect mix of education and just pure fun at the Zoo!

We offer Zoo Camps for single day, 3-day or 5-day sessions and we have camps for ages 5-14.  Summer camp is sold out for 2022 but registration is open for camp waitlists.

For registration assistance or questions, please email us at edustaff@indyzoo.com for the fastest response.

Single-Day Camps

June 18 – Animal Adaptation SOLD OUT
June 25 – Caring for Animals SOLD OUT
July 9 – Animal Movement SOLD OUT
July 23 – Saving Animals SOLD OUT

9am-3pm. Members $60, nonmembers $70

In these one-day camp programs, campers will explore the Zoo, learn about animals, and discover how we care for animals at the Zoo and around the world.

This is a drop-off program for ages 6-9. Parents do not need to attend with their child.

 

 

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5-Day Summer Camps

All 5-day camps run 8am-4pm on designated dates.

Cost:

Nonmembers: $290 per camp
Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees.

 

$290. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

SOLD OUT! Who Lives Where? — June 13-17
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.

SOLD OUT! Animal Detectives — June 27-July 1
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!

SOLD OUT! Animal Snacks — July 11-15
Campers will learn what different types of animals like to eat and what makes a great animal treat!

Wild Senses and Crazy Defenses — July 25-29
Survival in the animal world means you have to be the best! Some animals smell with their tongues, some taste with their skin! Spines and stinky behinds help protect them. Campers will learn all the ways that animals survive the animal kingdom!

$290. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

SOLD OUT! Animal Designs — June 13-17
Eyes on top of your head? Slimy skin? Animals can be strange and cool! Campers will investigate the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of animal designs. Through behind-the-scenes tours, daily activities, and games, campers will learn how to use their creative side to generate their own animal designs.

SOLD OUT! Extreme Wildlife — June 20-24
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.

SOLD OUT! Super Sleuths — June 27-July 1
Campers will explore the lives of animals in daily mysteries to discover animals while becoming an ”Animal Super Sleuth”.

SOLD OUT! What’s for Dinner? — June 27-July 1
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.

SOLD OUT! Animal Signs — July 11-15
How do you know an animal is near or passed through an area? Campers will discover the signs animals leave behind.

SOLD OUT! Grossology — July 18-22
Boogers and earwax – yuck or yay? Animals can be delightfully disgusting! Campers will learn how being gross can help animals survive, and how we can use some of these gross adaptations to identify animals! Being gross can be amazing!

SOLD OUT! Animals Got Class — July 25-29
Mammals, reptiles, fish, birds…animals come in an array of shapes and sizes. Come see how scientist group and sort animals.

$290. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

SOLD OUT! Animal Adaptations — June 13-17
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.

SOLD OUT! Wildlife Mysteries — June 27-July 1
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!

Mission S.O.S — July 11-15
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.

SOLD OUT! Ocean Odyssey — July 18-22
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.

$290. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

SOLD OUT! Art and Animals — June 20-24
Discover animals and art at the same time! Campers will use animal encounters throughout the zoo as inspiration for various art projects.

SOLD OUT! Wildlife Heroes — July 25-29
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.

$290. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

SOLD OUT! Race to Save the Planet — July 18-22
Species are disappearing rapidly and it is a race to save them! Campers will explore endangered animals and habitats while they participate in a race to save the planet.

$290. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

SOLD OUT! Wildlife Conservation — June 20-24
Campers will discover the science of wildlife conservation as they focus on conservation of the planet and its inhabitants. This camp will highlight several notable conservationists and campers will participate in games, activities, and behind-the-scenes tours.

3-Day Summer Camps

All 3-day camps run 8am-4pm on designated dates.

Cost: 

Nonmembers: $205 per camp
Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees.

 

$205. Members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees.

SOLD OUT! Animal Tales – June 6-8
This camp will be full of tales and tails. Listen to animal stories, create crafts, and meet some amazing animal characters.

SOLD OUT! Colorings and Coverings – July 6-8
Reds, browns, stripes, spots, feathers, fur, even slimy skin! What is on the outside of an animal can get pretty strange! Campers will discover the great array of colorings and coverings animals have and why these are important to their survival.

$205. Members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees.

SOLD OUT! Wildlife Trek – June 6-8
Explore the animals, habitats and cultures of the world on a Wildlife Trek at the Zoo.

SOLD OUT! Wild Hunters – July 6-8
Sharks, snakes, and lions are a few of the WILDEST hunters in the world! Come and investigate the often surprising world of animal predators.

SOLD OUT! Growing Up Wild – July 18-20
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!

$205. Members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees.

SOLD OUT! Animal Survivors – June 6-8
Participate in team challenges for our own “Zoo Survivors” as you explore the ways animals survive and what people are doing to help.

SOLD OUT! Animal Investigators – July 6-8
Campers will investigate the animal world and discover ways they can help save wildlife with games, crafts, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.

SOLD OUT! Animal Snapshots — July 11-13
Improve your observation and picture taking skills while watching and learning about the Zoo’s animals.
*Campers should bring a digital camera.

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Sign Up for Summer Camp!

Registration closes 7 days before the start of camp. Space is limited.

Camp and Covid-19

Procedures for 2022 summer camp will recommend that campers continue to wear masks. Any changes to camp guidelines or requirements will be communicated to camp parents in a timely manner before their camp begins. Once registered, parents will receive email updates detailing our camp procedures and should read those carefully. Please refer to our frequently asked questions below for more information.

Using guidance from the CDC, the Back on Track Indiana Plan and the American Camping Association (ACA) we had a fun and safe 2021 camp season. We are excited to continue to offer summer camp in 2022 and will continue to follow any city, state, and national guidelines.

Camp Frequently Asked Questions - Important Information for Camps
  • Will my child be required to wear a mask/face covering?

    At this time we are highly recommending that masks be worn indoors.

  • Can my camper bring hand sanitizer?

    Camps will have plenty of hand sanitizer and campers and counselors will practice good hand washing between activities. Children are also welcomed to bring their own hand sanitizer.

  • What is the child to staff ratio?

    Camps have one staff and one volunteer for every 10 youth. For some of the older age groups the ratio is one staff and one volunteer for every 12 youth.

  • What time does camp start? What time does it end?

    Spring, fall, and winter Explorer Camp begin at 9am with drop off no earlier than 8:45am. Camp ends at 4pm with pick up by 4:15pm.

    Summer Camp begins at 8am with drop off no earlier than 7:45am. Camp ends at 4pm with pick up by 4:15pm. The new drop off and pick up procedures for accommodating physical distancing may take a little longer.

  • Do campers need to pack a lunch?

    Yes, campers will need to bring lunch and snack foods every day of camp.

  • What do campers do during a typical camp day?

    Campers will participate in a variety of exciting activities, games, special tours, animal presentations and visits to see the animals.  Camp is the perfect mix of education and just pure fun at the Zoo!

  • Do you keep a waiting list for camp?

    Yes! Some of our camp sessions do fill up but we encourage you to sign up for a waiting list if the session you are interested in is full. As camp reservations are refundable up until April 1 we do sometimes have cancellations and have spaces become available. If a space becomes available for a camp you are waitlisted for you’ll receive an e-mail notification and will be given the opportunity to confirm your spot and pay at that time.

  • What is your refund policy?

    The Zoo will offer full refunds for our Summer Camp program through April 1. All cancelations after April 1 are non-refundable. If unforeseen circumstances, such as emergencies, arise refunds will be made on a case by case basis. If the Zoo must cancel a camp or a portion of a camp the Zoo will refund for the cancelled days.