Summer Camps

2016 Summer Camps
Member Priority Registration - January 2-15
Registration opens to the general public January 16, 2016

Beginning Jan, 2 download a 2016 Zoo Camp Registration Packet here.

View the 2016 Zoo Camp Brochure

Interested in becoming a member?  Click here for more info or to join today!
Imagine your child touching a brilliant blue-and-gold macaw, studying an African giant millipede, or just hanging out with a two-toed sloth!  At Zoo Camp your child will have incredible opportunities just like these.  In today's world when schools are increasingly challenged and the time children spend in nature is more limited than ever, Zoo Camps can give your child the extra boost he or she will love.  Our talented Zoo Educators will guide your child on the path to scientific and self-discovery through hands-on STEM activities, science explorations, games, crafts, and up-close encounters with our amazing Animal Ambassadors!  Join us this summer and give your child the educational opportunity of a lifetime...just don't be surprised when she's having too much fun and making friends to notice how much she's learned!
kids playing leapfrog
Camp Age Groups and Fees

Little Cub Club:  Ages 3-5
3 day mini-camps available, 9am-12pm each day
$60 ($53 Members)
Young EDventurers I:  Ages 6-8
5 day camps available in either half day or full day format. 
Half day camps run 9am-12pm.  $80 ($73 Members) 
Full day camps run 9am-4pm.  $120 ($113 Members)

Young EDventurers II:  Ages 8-11
5 day camps available, full day format, 9am-4pm
$120 ($113 Members)
Zoo Explorers: Ages 12-14
5 day camps available, full day format, 9am-4pm
$135 ($128 Members)
Children must meet the minimum age requirement by the first day of camp in order to participate.
All fees are per child, per camp. "Member" denotes the discounted fees available to members of Friends of Columbian Park Zoo.  Full payment is required at the time of registration. Receipts will be given on the first day of camp, unless otherwise requested. 
Included in your fee: all materials and supplies, keepsake photo, daily snack, and workbook.

Camp Information

Extended Care
An optional Extended Care service is available for Young EDventurers camp sessions only. Morning care: 7:30-9:00am Afternoon care: 4:00-5:30pm. A flat fee of $20 per child, per week applies to full day camps and includes both morning and afternoon sessions. Half-day camps offer morning only care for $10 per child, per week. Extended Care provides supervision only and is not instructional time. Once selected the service can be used as much or as little as needed.

Camp Location
All camps have home base in the DeFouw Education Center on Zoo grounds. Drop-off and pick-up using the Education Programs gate in the Wallace Street parking lot. During a typical camp day, participants will take excursions outside to visit zoo exhibits, go behind-the-scenes, and take advantage of the beautiful Columbian Park setting.

Lunch and Snacks
A daily snack will be provided for all camps and may include crackers, pretzels, fruit, or other similar items, along with water.

You may choose to pack an alternate snack. Parents of full-day campers are expected to pack a lunch for their child daily. Please avoid including nut-based food items due to allergy concerns. Refrigeration and reheating are not available. We encourage children to bring a litterless lunch and a reusable plastic cup or water bottle.

Allergies and Special Needs 
All allergies should be disclosed on the registration form. Indicate if food allergies are environmental or ingestion-only. Please note that Zoo facilities are NOT peanut-free or latex-free. Despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee your child will not be exposed to an allergen. Although contact allergies with zoo animals are rare, please discuss any previous animal-related allergies with Zoo staff prior to camp.

If your child has special needs for learning or access, please discuss these with Zoo Education staff prior to registration.  It is our goal to be as inclusive as possible and to set your child up for a successful camp experience! 

Are You a Member Yet? Members of Friends of Columbian Park Zoo (FOCPZ) receive a special discount on camp fees and priority registration! If you are already a member, be sure to include your membership number and apply your discount when registering. If not, consider joining today.

Click HERE to join online.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds will be made if notification of cancellation is received fourteen (14) days or more prior to the event.  A $15 Cancellation Fee applies.  Cancellation fees will be automatically deducted from any due refund.  The Zoo reserves the right to cancel an event or program due to insufficient registration with full refunds and notification.  Columbian Park Zoo reserves the right to cancel any program without refund for the following reasons: inclement weather which would compromise the health or safety of the animals and/or Zoo staff members; guidelines set by Zoo staff at presentation are not respected/followed.

Questions?  Please call the Zoo Education Department at (765) 807-1540.