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.

Registration opens for zoo members at 9am on July 15. General registration opens July 22.

$190 members/$215 non-members
Oct. 24-25 9am-4pm

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.

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$190 members/$215 non-members
Oct. 10-11 9am-4pm

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.

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$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.

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$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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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. ​​

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.

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5-Day Summer Camps

All five-day camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates. Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).

Non-members: $270
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.

July 8-12


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!

July 22-26


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.

July 8-12


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”.

July 22-26


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.

July 8-12


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!

July 15-19


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!

July 22-26

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.

July 15-19

Wildlife Conservation – SOLD OUT

Discover the science of wildlife conservation as you focus on conservation of the planet and its inhabitants.

June 17-21

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.

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.

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

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