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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.

Check back soon for information on camps for fall 2018!

Summer Zoo Camps

Dive into adventure and education with Zoo Summer Camps! We offer either 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.


Summer Zoo Explorer Camps

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.

July 2-3 • 8am to 4pm (no aftercare available) • $190 members/$215 non-members

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.

July 2-3 • 8am to 4pm (no aftercare available) • $190 members/$215 non-members

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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July 5-6 • 8am to 4pm (no aftercare available) • $190 members/$215 non-members

Experience what it takes to be an aquarist at a zoo. From our sharks to our penguins learn more about the animals in the Zoo’s Oceans exhibit. Discover how to care for these amazing creatures through special behind scenes experiences and hands on activities.

July 5-6 • 8am to 4pm (no aftercare available) • $360 members/$385 non-members

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 behind the scenes experiences, attending the dolphin show, meeting the trainers, and 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.

Three-day Summer Camps

All three-day camps run 8am-3pm on designated dates. Aftercare is available until 4:30pm (additional fees apply).
Non-members: $190
Members receive a 10 percent discount off of their total camp cost

Colorings & Coverings • June 4-6

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.


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Tooth & Claw • June 4-6

From teeth and claws, to sharp spikes and venom, this camp will reveal the ways that animals stay alive. Through games, crafts, activities, and behind the scenes tours, campers will learn how we care for even the wildest of animals.


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Wildlife Science • June 4-6

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 the natural world.


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Five-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 receive a 10 percent discount off of their total camp cost

Animal Snacks • June 11-15 (SOLD OUT)

What is your favorite treat? What about a lion’s favorite treat? Come and learn what animals like to eat and what makes a great animal treat. The zoo’s menu is full of surprises!

Animal Detectives • June 18-22

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!

Summer Safari • July 9-13

Campers will discover a safari of fun while learning about the Zoo’s animals. Camp will include stories, games, crafts and daily safari walks.

Who Lives Where? • July 23-27

Travel the Zoo and see animals from around the world! Explore the many habitats found on earth as well as discover a little about our diverse cultures.

Animal Super Senses • July 30-Aug. 3

Do you have antennae? Can you smell with your tongue? Humans have five senses, but what about zoo animals? Campers will learn about some awesome animal senses, explore their own senses, and see just how we compare to the animal world around us


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Animal Designs • June 11-15

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.

Animal Signs • June 18-22

Can you tell when an animal is near or has passed through an area? Let’s explore and discover the signs animals leave behind.

Extreme Wildlife • June 25-29 or July 23-27

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.

Animal Got Class • July 9-13

Mammals, reptiles, fish, birds…animals come in an array of shapes and sizes! Come see how scientist group and sort animals.

Endangered Wildlife • July 16-20

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!

What’s For Dinner? • July 30-Aug. 3

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.


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Zookeeper Science • June 11-15

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.

Conservation Connection • June 18-22

Make a “conservation connection” and see how you can help save species and habitats around the world.

What Animals Do • July 9-13

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.

Ocean Odyssey • July 16-20

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.

Animal Communication • Jul 30-Aug. 3

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.


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Art & Animals • June 25-29

Discover animals and art at the same time as animal encounters inspire various art projects.


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Bio-Discovery 101 • July 16-20

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. [close]

Race to Save the Planet • July 23-27

With species disappearing rapidly it is a race to save them. Campers will explore endangered animals and habitats while they participate in a race to save the planet.


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Wildlife Conservation • June 25-29

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


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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.

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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