Cost: Zoo Members $360, Non-members $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.
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.
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.
Per the guidelines from the Back on Track Indiana Plan, children who reside outside of the state of Indiana may not attend camp.
Yes, all campers and staff will be required to wear masks/cloth face coverings 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.
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.
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.
Explorer Camp begins at 9am with drop off as early as 8:45am. 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.
Explorer Camps give campers a chance to dive more deeply into the topic, learning more about zoo careers and animal care. 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!
Due to the ever changing environment of COVID-19, this year we will be more flexible with our refund policy. If you need to cancel your camp for any reason, we will refund 100% of your camp registration if you cancel by noon the Sunday before your camp begins.
Registration closes 7 days before the start of camp. Space is limited.
We are extremely excited to host camp this summer! Using the CDC’s summer camp decision tool, Back on Track Indiana Plan for summer camps and the American Camping Associations (ACA) summer camp guidelines, we’ve created new procedures, protocols and policies that will protect your child and our staff. We are dedicated to making sure camp is a safe, enjoyable and memorable experience for your child. For the safety of campers and staff there will be a number of changes to how camp operates this summer. This includes 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. After registration, parents will receive an email detailing our new procedures and should read those carefully.
We will begin camps on Monday, June 15. If you have booked a camp with start dates before June 15 you may reschedule to a different week or be provided a full refund. If your camp begins on June 15 or later, there is nothing more to do at this time.
We are also offering new single-day camps for those looking for a shorter camp experience. More information on those programs can be found at the bottom of this page.
Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have specific questions not answered here please email firstname.lastname@example.org.