Zoo Camps
Put a wild twist on learning

Zoo Camps

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Spring, fall and winter break camps
Zoo Explorer Camps

Our Zoo Explorer Camps allow campers to explore various zoo careers. Camps include special behind the scenes tours, visiting the Zoo, meeting Zoo staff, participating in a variety of hands on activities and more.

Registration for spring explorer camps opens for Zoo members at 9am on Jan. 17. Registration for nonmembers opens Feb. 1.

  • Zoo Designers (9-12 years)
  • Zoo Vet (9-12 years)
  • Dolphin Trainer (10-14 years)
9am-4pm
March 22-24

Cost: Zoo Members $260, Nonmembers $285
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.

9am-4pm
March 29-31

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.

9am-4pm
March 25-26 or April 1-2

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.

2021 Summer Camp

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 are excited to continue to offer a safe and fun summer camp in 2021 following all city, state, and national guidelines.

Camps are available for 3-day or 5-day sessions and we have camps for ages 5-14.

Registration for summer camps opens for Zoo members at 9am on Jan. 17. Registration for nonmembers opens Feb. 1.

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

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

Registration for summer camps opens for Zoo members at 9am on Jan. 17. Registration for nonmembers opens Feb. 1. 

Sign Up Now!

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

$190. Members receive a 10% discount.

Animal Tales

This camp will be super full of tales and tails! Listen to animal stories, create crafts, and meet some amazing animal characters.

June 7-9

$190. Members receive a 10% discount.

Wildlife Trek

Join us on a quest to explore the animals, habitats and cultures of the world! Campers will learn about how important animals are to our world during daily expeditions at the Zoo.

June 7-9

$190. Members receive a 10% discount.

Animal Survivors

In the animal world, it’s survival of the fittest! Campers will participate in team challenges for our own “Zoo Survivors” as you explore the ways that animals can survive and what people are doing to help.

June 7-9

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

Registration for summer camps opens for Zoo members at 9am on Jan. 17. Registration for nonmembers opens Feb. 1. 

Sign Up Now!

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

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

Summer Safari – June 14-18

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

 

Wildlife Adventures – June 21-25

With around 1,200 animals to care for, every single day is an epic adventure at the Indianapolis Zoo! Campers will find adventure in learning how we care for our amazing group of animals, and why we love them!

 

Animal Detectives – July 5-9

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!

 

Animal Snacks – July 12-16

Animals big and small love TREATS! 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!

 

Wild Senses & Crazy Defenses – July 26-30

Survival in the animal world means you must be the best! Some animals smell with their tongues, some taste with their skin! Spines and stinky behinds help protect them. Campers will learn all the ways that animals survive the animal kingdom!

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

Animal Signs – June 14-18

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

 

Animal Designs – June 21-25

Eyes on top of your head? Slimy skin? Animals can be strange and cool! 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.

 

Extreme Wildlife – June 28-July 2

Blue tongues, heat detectors, stinging tentacles, night vision, thousands of teeth, a twenty four pound heart…discover some of the really amazing and really extreme wildlife of the world!

 

Super Sleuths Solve It! – July 5-9

The animal world has mysteries, and together we will solve them! Campers will explore the lives of animals in daily mysteries to discover animals while becoming an “Animal Super Sleuth”.

 

Grossology – July 12-16

Boogers and earwax – yuck or yay? Animals can be delightfully disgusting! Campers will learn how being gross can help animals survive, and how we can use some of these gross adaptations to identify animals! Being gross can be amazing!

 

Animal Armor – July 19-23

From horns to claws, spikes and spines – animals protect themselves in so many ways! Campers will take a closer look at animal protection and see how and why they do it.

 

Animal Got Class – July 26-30

Mammals, reptiles, fish, birds…animals come in an array of shapes and sizes! Come see how scientist group and sort animals and how that can help scientists protect them.

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

Animal Adaptations – June 14-18

Webbed feet, spines, suction cups and fringed feathers are all types of adaptations. Come spend a week exploring the weird, bizarre and wild world of animal adaptations.

 

Ocean Odyssey – June 21-25

The oceans make up 70% of the earth’s surface. It can be dark and murky, bright and colorful, but 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.

 

Wildlife Mysteries – July 5-9

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!

 

Mission S.O.S. – July 12-16

Species are disappearing at alarming rates around the world, and some will soon be gone. Campers will see what the Zoo is doing to help save the Earth’s endangered species and learn what they can do to help.

 

What Animals Do – July 19-23

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.

 

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

Art & Animals – June 28- July 2

Does your child love to create art and loves the Zoo? This camp is just for them! Campers will discover art techniques, explore the Zoo, and learn about the myriad of amazing animals at the same time! Campers will also work on an individual art piece throughout the week to practice their newly learned art techniques.

 

Wildlife Heroes – July 26-30

Not all heroes wear capes. Some heroes trudge over ice or through mud and face down fierce predators, all 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!

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

Race to Save the Planet – July 19-23

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

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

Wildlife Conservation – June 28- July 2

Is your teen passionate about animals and conservation? This camp will feature behind the scenes tours, experiments, activities, and will leave your teen with even more ways they can help the planet!

Camp and Covid-19

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.

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 will be finalized and shared before camp begins. 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.

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. We are providing prescreen questions during camp registration. Campers will have their temperatures taken. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher (the standard established by the CDC) will be sent 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, and they will have their temperatures taken. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher (the standard established by the CDC) will be sent home.

  • 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!

  • 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.