Zoo Camp
Put a wild twist on learning!

Zoo Camp

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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

Thanks for a Great 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.

 

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. 

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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.

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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

Check back this winter for 2023 camp information.

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.

  • 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, snack foods, and a water bottle 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.