Zoo Camp is a WILD way for children to spend the day! Each year, we offer a variety of programs for students entering 5K through 7th grades. Registration for Summer Zoo Camp begins annually in January, and most classes fill quickly.
The 2017 Summer Zoo Camp schedule and program details are available here.
Summer Zoo Camp “Basics”
Children must be registered to attend a day that corresponds to their age group. The grades listed correspond to the grade the child will be entering at the end of the summer. Children should dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Pre-registration is required and a limited number of spaces are available for each day’s session. Parents must provide a sack lunch for each child.
- $21 per day for Zoo Pass Members
- $26 per day for non Zoo Pass Members
- 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily
All Zoo Camps include
- Live animal visits in the classroom
- Educational presentations
- Tours of the Zoo
- Fun, hands-on activities like games or crafts
- A morning snack (students choose from peanut-free popcorn cooked in coconut oil OR nut- and dairy-free pretzels)
- A short, educational video is watched during lunch time
Behind the Scenes
Due to safety concerns and the availability of animal care staff, we are not able to offer behind the scenes tours for most camps. Camps with behind-the-scenes experiences are specified in the program description. Animal contact experiences ARE provided for all camps.
Medication and Allergies
Medication cannot be administered or dispensed by zoo staff. Campers must be able to take their own medication. However, staff can carry medications and help children remember to take them. Staff are first aid and EpiPen trained. If your child is bringing an EpiPen or medication to camp, you will be asked to note this on the child’s Release Form and provide authorization for its use. If your child has any food-specific allergies, you are welcome to pack a snack in addition to lunch. Your child will be permited to eat their home-packed snacks during snack time.
Special Needs Campers
Please detail any physical, academic, or social special needs your child has that our staff should be made aware of. Special needs will be accommodated to the best of our ability provided we know in advance of your camp date. If your child is not self-sufficient, you may be asked to provide a non-parent aide for the program(s). Feel free to give the Education Coordinator a call or send an email to discuss in detail.
Can parents stay with kids?
Our camp program is designed for children who are able to be successful in group-oriented programs without parent involvement.
How do I register?
2017 Zoo Camp Registration will be available January 9th at 8:00 a.m. CST.