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Summer Zoo Camp

Building on our unique animal experiences, Zoo Camp 2018 will include more hands-on opportunities for campers to go behind-the-scenes and help care for the animals. Our camps will present challenges that put the campers in the shoes of keepers, vets, or zoo administrators and motivate campers to seek the information to solve real-life problems. In alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards, campers engage in the scientific process of observation, scientific reasoning, and engineering design to build solutions to real-life problems. Campers leave zoo camp with a greater awareness for the individual animals at the zoo and how to help animals in the wild, all while building their science skills and making new friends.

Parents are invited to join us for lunch on Fridays to learn about what their camper has been up to, and join us for fun activities, informal presentations, and camper-led tours of the zoo. It's an amazing week for all animal lovers!

Perhaps best of all, we've lowered our prices for 2018, making zoo camp more accessible to the community! We've managed to do this while reducing the group size and adding an hour into the camp day. Aftercare is available, making it a breeze for working families to fit zoo camp into their schedule.

For more information, please view our 2018 Zoo Camp Catalog.

Hours and Prices

Zoo Camp offers 5-day camps for campers going into grades kindergarten-8th grade all summer long.


$300 zoo members/$335 non-members for full-day camps
$180 zoo members/$195 non-members for half-day camp


Drop off is from 8:00am-8:30am. Full day (grades 2-8) camp starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm. Half day (grades K-1) ends at 11:30am

Aftercare is from 3:30-5:00pm for $8 per day

Camp Descriptions

To see our full schedule along with frequently asked questions and important information for parents, please download our 2018 Zoo Camp Catalog.


Registration is NOW OPEN! If you are a zoo member, you receive a discount on all education programs! To become a member, please call Tressa at 608-258-9490 or email

Our registration and waiting lists for all Kinderfari and Zoo Explorers camps (K-3) are closed. We had overwhelming interest and suggest you check back early next year when registration opens in February.

*Special Offer* we’ve just lowered our price on our Girls STEAM program for girls going into grades 6th - 8th during the week of 6/25. You’ll enjoy a ton of exciting animal experiences and you’ll bond with other girls through challenges around science, technology, engineering, art, and math!
Girls STEAM program for members: $175, for non-members $210 for the week!

Zoo Scouts (4th-5th) has a few spots left and Jr. Zookeepers (6th-8th) is filling up fast, so register today!

Click here to register for zoo camp.