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Zoo Camp

Our Zoo Camp programs, offered in the Spring, Summer, and Winter, feature incredible experiences for children of all ages. At Zoo Camp, your child will come face to face with some of our friendly zoo animals, get a behind-the-scenes look at zoo operations, and visit with our knowledgeable zookeepers!

Spring Break Camp
We’ve made our Spring Break Camp flexible to fit your schedule. You get the best deal and the most exciting experiences if you sign up for the whole week, but you can also sign up for individual days or topics. In 2019, Spring Break Camp will take place from March 25 – 29, from 8:30 to 3:30 each day. We also offer an optional after care from 3:30-5:00 for $8 a day. The full week is only $300 for zoo members and $335 for non-members.

Registration for 2019 camps is now open!

Spring Break Camp Topics:

Local vs. Global – 1st-3rd Grade
Join us to discover some critters you may find in your own backyard, and learn how they are connected to animals from across the globe. We are going to explore some Wisconsin wildlife in their native habitat and compare them to their zoo counterparts from all over the world. Each day we’ll focus on a different animal group. Pick your favorite or join us for the whole week!

Predators vs. Prey – 4th-6th Grade
The on-going battle between predators and prey plays out every day. We will take an in-depth look at what makes a predator a good hunter, and what prey animals do to survive.

Summer Zoo Camp

Come and spend the summer at our inquiry-focused Summer Zoo Camp! Campers enjoy special animal experiences and behind-the-scenes opportunities, while facing scientific 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. 

Click here for a full summer camp schedule.

Camp Hours
Drop off: 8:00-8:30am
Kinderfari K-1 camp: 8:30-11:30am
Explorers, Scouts and Jr. Zookeeper camps: 8:30am-3:30pm
Aftercare (optional – $8 daily): 3:30-5:00pm

Camp Prices
Kinderfari K-1 camp: $180 Zoo Members/$195 Non-Members
Explorers, Scouts and Jr. Zookeeper camps: $300 Zoo Members/$335 Non-Members

Registration for 2019 camps is now open!

Winter Zoo Camp

It’s time to leave your den and enjoy ours! When winter comes to the Henry Vilas Zoo, our animals stay cozy and so will you. All our programs include a mix of time spent exploring the outdoors and experiences in our warm indoor spaces. With a different topic each day, and half or full day options, we offer flexible sign-up options to fit your schedule.

Winter Break dates for December 2019 will be available later this year.

Questions about Zoo Camp? 
Email the Education Department at

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