Learning Adventures Camps (ages 12-14)

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Priority Registration for Members:
January 3-17, 2017

General registration begins January 18, 2017

Download a 2017 Zoo Camps Registration Form HERE.


For more camp information and full description of themes, please view our 2017 Zoo Camp Brochure HERE.

Camp Title Dates Times Status
Care of Magical Creatures June 19-23 9:00am-4:00pm OPEN
Nature's Stolen Designs
*Attend with a Friend session!
July 5-7
*3 day session
9:00am-4:00pm OPEN
A Week in the Life of a Zookeeper
July 24-28 9:00am-4:00pm FULL
*Attend with a Friend session: Each paying child may choose to bring one friend at no additional cost. Friend must meet age requirements and submit a registration form with parent/guardian signature. Please submit both participants' forms together.

Learning Adventures (ages 12-14) Camp Fees:



$142 Members/$149 Non-Members

Extended care is available for an additional $20
7:30am-9:00am and 4:00pm-5:30pm
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Ashley sure does love our goats!
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A Week in the Life of a Zookeeper - a camp like no other!

To be added to the wait list for the 2017 "Week in the Life" camp session, please contact the Education Department at 765-807-1540 or through email at zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov. 

For over a decade, Columbian Park Zoo has been offering area youth a totally unique camp experience.  A Week in the Life of a Zookeeper provides young teens with an interest in zookeeping or other animal-related careers a rare inside look at what these jobs entail.  Topics include animal husbandry, conservation, public education, and customer service. 

What to Expect:

This camp is unlike other Zoo Camps.  A portion of each day will be spent in the classroom with Zoo Educators, learning about the zoo industry. Campers will also spend a portion of each day outside the classroom, working alongside zookeepers on safe animal husbandry tasks such as enclosure cleaning, diet preparation, animal grooming, and exercise.  Campers will also be expected to speak publically to small groups of zoo visitors about the animals in our care. 

Zookeepers work in all weather conditions and campers will be working alongside them unless a severe weather situation arises.  Campers will get hot, sweaty and will be exposed to dirt, animal feces/urine, hay/straw, other allergens, and cleaning chemicals.  Personal protective gear, such as gloves and masks, will be provided as appropriate and must be worn as directed. 
 In addition, campers will work in small teams throughout the week on a project, which will be presented to the camp and zoo staff (parents invited) at the end of the week.  All campers are expected to contribute to this presentation.

What to Bring:


A reusable water bottle, packed lunch, a long pair of socks (to wear under provided rubber boots), and a great attitude!

Getting dirty has never been so much fun!

Questions?  Please call the Education Department at (765) 807-1540 or email zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov.