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.
Space is limited, so register early!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dive into adventure and education with Zoo Summer Camps! We offer both 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.
All summer camps are sold out for 2019. If you would like to add yourself to the waiting list you can do so by registering below and selecting the camp wait list you would like to join.Sign Up for a Wait List
All five-day camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates. Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).
Members will receive a 10 percent discount on all camp costs.
Summer Safari – SOLD OUT
Campers will discover a safari of fun while learning about the Zoo’s animals. Camp will include stories, games, crafts and daily safari walks.
Animal Detectives – SOLD OUT
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!
Animals on the Move – SOLD OUT
Run, fly, climb … Come and explore how animals move.
July 29-August 2
Animal Armor – SOLD OUT
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.
Endangered Wildlife – 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 before they are gone forever!
June 17-21 – SOLD OUT
July 15-19 – SOLD OUT
Animal Super Sleuths – SOLD OUT
Campers will explore the lives of animals in daily mysteries to discover animals while becoming an “Animal Super Sleuth”.
Extreme Wildlife – 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.
July 29-August 2
Zookeeper Science – SOLD OUT
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.
Wildlife Heroes – SOLD OUT
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!
Wildlife Mysteries – SOLD OUT
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!
Art & Animals – SOLD OUT
Discover animals and art at the same time as animal encounters inspire various art projects.
July 29-August 2
Biodiscovery – SOLD OUT
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.
Wildlife Conservation – SOLD OUT
Discover the science of wildlife conservation as you focus on conservation of the planet and its inhabitants.
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.