In-person Camps (2021)

Summer Programs 2021

Safari Day Camps 2021 (In-Person!)

We’ve rolled back the group sizes and ramped up the fun for summer 2021! With smaller class sizes, enhanced zoo experiences, and safety measures our new, in-person camp programs are the perfect choice for families who want to give their child a fun, safe, camp experience this summer

NEW for 2021: All camps include an adventure backpack with everything your camper needs to have a fun filled week including: print materials, science tools, PPE, supplies, camp shirts and a workbook to use throughout the week. The backpack will include ways to bring the zoo into your home, with activity suggestions and craft instructions that will continue the experience.

All camp groups will have the opportunity to experience the Zoo’s attractions including the carousel, traveling exhibitions, exclusive experiences and enjoy up-close encounters with our small animal ambassadors! After care is included in all camp programs. Plus, this year we’ve extended our services to include curbside drop off and pick up for all families.

Want even more? Try one of our new Premium camps to get a private one-of-a-kind animal encounter with our Linnaeus two toed sloths or make your debut with our partners at Stage One Family Theater in a performance on our Zoo stage!

All camps are Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5 p.m.
Summer Camps are for ages 6-12
Prices vary by week and topic

Keeper Camp

(Ages 6-8: Jun. 1-4 or Jul. 26-30; Ages 9-12: Jun. 21-25 or Aug. 2-6)

Cost:  $350 Members / $375 Non Members (4-day weeks are prorated)
Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to be a zoo keeper? This week we’re learning about animal care, as campers build enrichment items like puzzle boxes and sensory boards, whip up some animal treats, and explore the importance of animal training. As a part of their week, campers will have the opportunity to talk to our keepers, participate in enrichment sessions where they will observe the animals using the items they create and will tour keeper areas that are not open to the public.

Zoo Mazing Race

(Ages 6-8: Jun. 7-11 or Jul. 12-16; Ages 9-12: Jun. 14-18 or Jul. 19-23)

Cost:  $350 Members / $375 Non Members (4-day weeks are prorated)
Tie up your laces and get ready for a week of zoo exploration! Campers will work in small teams throughout the week to decipher clues, answer trivia and perform challenges. With help from some of our zoo staff and some of our favorite resident animals, this “race” is sure to be memorable. As a part of their week campers will have the opportunity to participate in animal enrichment sessions, talk with keeper staff, and tour areas that are not open to the public.

Modern Dinosaurs

(Ages 6-8: Jun. 28 – Jul. 2; Ages 9-12: Jul. 6-9)

Cost:  $350 Members / $375 Non Members (4-day weeks are prorated)
Campers will spend the week exploring what it means to be a modern dinosaur and learn about which of our animal ambassadors has reached this level of evolutionary excellence. As a part of their week campers will learn about living fossils, explore scientific research, speak with keeper staff, participate in animal enrichment sessions, and tour areas not open to the public.

Farm to Zoo

(Ages 6-8: Jul. 6-9; Ages 9-12: Jun. 1-4)

Cost:  $350 Members / $375 Non Members (4-day weeks are prorated)
Have you ever wondered how food gets to the zoo? This week we’re learning about what animals eat here at the zoo and how it gets here! As a part of their week campers will learn about composting, raising food crops, and start growing an edible plant of their own! Campers will have the opportunity to talk with zoo staff involved in food production and animal care, participate in an enrichment session and tour areas not open to the public.

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Sloth Encounter

(Ages 6-8: Jun. 21-25, Jul. 19-23 or Aug. 2-6; Ages 9-12: Jun. 7-11, Jun. 28 – Jul. 2, Jul. 26-30)

Cost:  $500 members/ $525 Non Members
Hang out with some of the Zoo’s most beloved ambassador animals and get an unforgettable nose-to-nose experience with our Linnaeus 2 toed sloths, Sunni and Sebastian. Campers will learn about slow animals and sloth relatives found at the Zoo and participate in activities that share how unique these animals are. This camp includes a talk with a member of our Zoo’s sloth keeper team, a sloth diet making activity and a touch experience with our sloths that includes a keepsake photo.

Animal Tales: featuring Stage One Family Theater

(Ages 6-8: Jun. 14-18; Ages 9-12: Jul. 12-16)

Cost:  $400 members/ $425 Non Members

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Ready to make your stage debut? Campers will join MetaZoo Education Staff and our partners from Stage One Family Theater in creating a unique theatrical experience based on some of our zoo’s animal ambassadors. This week campers will explore animal knowledge and story-telling techniques to stage a one-of-a-kind play on our Zoo Stage. This camp includes mentorship from Stage One Family Theater staff, the opportunity to speak with zoo staff, participate in enrichment sessions, and tour areas of the zoo not open to the public.

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