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.
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.
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. Sign Up for Summer Camps
All 3-day camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates. Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).
Nonmembers $190; Members receive a 10% discount
Colorings & Coverings
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.
Sharks, snakes, and lions are a few of the WILDEST hunters in the world! Come and investigate the often surprising world of animal predators.
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!
All 5-day camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates. Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).
Nonmembers $270; Members receive a 10% discount
Animals Having Fun
Swinging, swimming, climbing and hiding are things animals love to do. What would we do without having fun? Campers will learn what the Zoo does to create fun for our animals.
World Travelers: Who Lives Where?
Travel Itinerary, check! Passport, check! Travel the Zoo and see animals from around the world! Campers will explore the many habitats found on earth as well as discover a little about our diverse cultures.
June 29-July 3
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!
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!
Wild Senses & Crazy Defenses
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!
Animals Got Class
Mammals, reptiles, fish, birds…animals come in an array of shapes and sizes! So how do we learn about the animal kingdom with so many different animals? Campers will come see how scientist group and sort animals, how animals are related, and what we do to care for them at the Zoo!
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.
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!
Eyes on top of your head? 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.
June 29-July 3
Super Sleuths Solve It!
The animal world has mysteries, and yes we will solve them! Campers will explore the lives of animals in daily mysteries to discover animals while becoming an “Animal Super Sleuth”.
Tooth & Claw
Lots of teeth, sharp claws, stealthy stalking… being a top animal predator requires a lot of work! Campers will learn what it takes for predators to survive when other predators want the same foods!
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.
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!
Chatter, smells, and waves: animals “talk” in lots of ways! Campers will learn the various ways our animals communicate with each other, and even learn how we communicate with the animals.
What Animals Do
What is operant conditioning? How do we know really know what our animals want? Come and explore animal behavior and learn how to watch animals like a scientist.
June 29-July 3
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!
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.
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.
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 how to use science to save wildlife.
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.
Art & Animals
Does your child love art and the Zoo? This camp is just for them! Campers will discover art techniques, explore the Zoo, and learn about the myriad of amazing animals at the same time! Campers will also work on an individual art piece throughout the week to practice their newly learned art techniques.
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.
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.