Zoo hours for 2024: The zoo is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last entry is at 4 p.m. The zoo is closed on Mondays, except for Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Indigenous Peoples Day. Please note that some exhibits are closed due to construction. For more information, visit 'Plan Your Visit' - 'Hours & Pricing'. (dismiss)
Zoo Camps

If you know a child that would enjoy learning more about animals, habitats, and the challenges they face, Zoo Camps are the place to be! These fun, informative, interactive learning experiences include hands-on activities, special zoo tours, and up-close animal encounters!

Zoo Camp Information

Summer 2024

Age Appropriate – Each Zoo Camp curriculum is designed to be age appropriate to meet the attention, interests, and developmental needs of each age range, therefore it is important that the age guidelines are followed.

Duplicate Sessions – For each age range, there are multiple opportunities to attend Zoo Camp. For ages 4-5 years and 6-7 years, the AM session is the same as the PM session. Sessions in June are the same as the sessions in July/August. Please only register your child for one session.

Cost 

  • Become a Zoo Member before registering and save 20% on Zoo Camp! Member discount is given at the end of the registration process.
  • Ages 4-5 & 6-7: 5 days, partial day = $120 for Zoo Members, $150 for Non-Members
  • Ages 8-9 & 10-13: 5 days, full day = $200 for Zoo Members, $250 for Non-Members
  • Scholarship: If a situation exists that prevents a family from being able to afford to send a child to Zoo Camp, they can apply for the Mary Lou Ries Education Program Scholarship to cover a portion or all of the costs of Zoo Camp. To apply for scholarship assistance, email jvanderbush@niabizoo.com to request a scholarship application.

Considerations

  • Children age 4-5 years must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver to stay for the duration of the camp.
  • Food: Snacks will be provided at each session, except for 4-5 years. Lunches are only necessary for those registering for full-day sessions (Ages 8-9 and 10-13).
  • Drinks: Each child should bring a refillable water bottle as water will be provided.
  • Camp Description: Locate the camp sessions at the bottom of this page on our events calendar and select the session of interest to see the description.
  • Weather: Zoo Camp is held rain or shine, hot or cold. Prepare your child appropriately.
  • Registration: Fees are non-refundable. Select the button below to take you to the Registration Page.
  • Camp t-shirt: Be sure to provide the shirt size of your Zoo Camper as a Camp t-shirt is included with paid registration.

For questions or to be added to our education contact list, please email us at education@niabizoo.com.

june

17jun(jun 17)9:00 am21(jun 21)4:00 pmZoo Camp: Age 8-9, Session #3Dive into Science9:00 am - 4:00 pm (GMT-05:00)

24jun(jun 24)9:00 am28(jun 28)4:00 pmZoo Camp: Age 10-13, Session #4Creative Conservationist9:00 am - 4:00 pm (GMT-05:00)

july

08jul(jul 8)9:00 am12(jul 12)4:00 pmZoo Camp: Age 10-13, Session #5Creative Conservationist9:00 am - 4:00 pm (GMT-05:00)

15jul(jul 15)9:00 am19(jul 19)4:00 pmZoo Camp: Age 8-9, Session #6Dive into Science9:00 am - 4:00 pm (GMT-05:00)

22jul(jul 22)9:00 am26(jul 26)12:00 pmZoo Camp: Age 6-7, Session #7 AMAbstract Adaptations9:00 am - 12:00 pm (GMT-05:00)

22jul(jul 22)1:00 pm26(jul 26)4:00 pmZoo Camp: Age 6-7, Session #7 PMAbstract Adaptations1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (GMT-05:00)

29jul(jul 29)9:30 am02aug(aug 2)11:30 amZoo Camp: Age 4-5, Session #8 AMMovement of Life 9:30 am - 11:30 am(GMT-05:00)

29jul(jul 29)1:00 pm02aug(aug 2)3:00 pmZoo Camp: Age 4-5, Session #8 PMMovement of Life 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

august

29jul(jul 29)9:30 am02aug(aug 2)11:30 amZoo Camp: Age 4-5, Session #8 AMMovement of Life 9:30 am - 11:30 am(GMT-05:00)

29jul(jul 29)1:00 pm02aug(aug 2)3:00 pmZoo Camp: Age 4-5, Session #8 PMMovement of Life 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

september

To be announced

october

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november

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december

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january

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february

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march

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april

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may

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