Zoo Camps
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Zoo Camps

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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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.

$260 members/$285 non-members
Oct. 16-18 9am-4pm

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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$260 members/$285 non-members
Oct. 21-23 9am-4pm


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.

$360 members/$385 non-members
Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25 or Jan. 2 & 3 9am-4pm

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.

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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.

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

Summer Zoo Camps

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. ​​

For information on 2020 summer camps, please check back in December.

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