Zoo Camps
Put a wild twist on learning

Zoo Camps

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Spring, fall and winter break camps
Zoo Explorer Camps

Does your child dream of working with animals one day? Our Zoo Explorer Camps are 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.

  • Camp Wild (6-8 years)
  • SOLD OUT! Zoo Vet (9-12 years)
  • Dolphin Trainer (10-14 years)
Oct. 19-20 9am-4pm

Cost: Zoo Members $190, Nonmembers $215

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.

Oct. 11-13 9am-4pm

Cost: Zoo Members $260, Nonmembers $285

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.

Oct. 14-15 or Oct. 21-22 or Dec. 29-30 9am-4pm

Cost: Zoo Members $360, Nonmembers $385

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

Check back for more details on 2022 Summer Zoo Camps.
Thanks for a wild 2021 Summer Zoo Camp season!

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.

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

Single-Day Camps

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-3pm on designated dates.  Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional $45 fee applies for 5-day aftercare).

Cost:

Nonmembers: $270 per camp
Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees.

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

$270. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

Check back this winter for more information about 2022 Summer Camps

$270. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

Check back this winter for more information about 2022 Summer Camps

$270. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

Check back this winter for more information about 2022 Summer Camps

$270. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

Check back this winter for more information about 2022 Summer Camps

$270. Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees. 

Check back this winter for more information about 2022 Summer Camps

3-Day Summer Camps

All 3-day camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates.  Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional $27 fee applies for 3-day aftercare).

Cost: 

Nonmembers: $190 per camp
Zoo members receive a 10% discount on all camp fees.

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

Camp and Covid-19

Last summer there were a number of changes to how camp operated. This included the wearing of masks by staff and campers, physical distancing, additional cleaning and sanitizing, health screenings of campers and staff and curbside drop off and pick up.

Procedures for 2021 summer camps call for all campers to 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. Pleaser 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 2020 camp season. We are excited to continue to offer summer camp in 2021 and will continue to follow any city, state, and national guidelines.

Camp Frequently Asked Questions - Important Information for Camps
  • How are you screening campers for COVID-19?

    A healthy camp starts at home!  We are asking all parents to begin monitoring their child’s health 2 weeks prior to their camp using prescreening questions that we will provide. Health screening questions will also be asked at check in each morning. Any child who is displaying symptoms of any illness will be asked to stay home.

  • How are you screening staff for COVID-19?

    Each day as all Zoo staff arrive, including camp counselors and volunteers, there will be a set of health screening questions that they will be asked related to their health and potential exposure to COVID-19.

  • Will my child be required to wear a mask/face covering?

    Yes, at this time all campers and staff will be required to wear masks/cloth face coverings inside and when they can’t be 6 feet apart from other guests and/or campers outside of their home base camp. This requirement is based on recommendations from the CDC, ACA and the Back on Track Indiana Plan. We are asking that parents send clean masks/face coverings with their child each day. If a child forgets his or her mask/face covering, we will provide them for campers to use.

  • 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 Camps 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 3pm with pick up by 3:15pm (unless registered for aftercare). The new drop off and pick up procedures for accommodating physical distancing may take a little longer.

  • 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 canceled days.