At Elmwood Park Zoo Camps, children 6 years to 11 years old enjoy a fun and educational experience, learning about and interacting with many of the zoo's resident collection. They gain knowledge and understanding in what it takes to be a zookeeper, and they make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

2018 Summer Camp

June 18 - 22 SOLD OUT
June 25 - 29 SOLD OUT
July 9 - 13
July 16 - 20

July 23 - 27
July 30 - August 3
August 6 - 10
August 13 - 17

A wild camp like no other!

At Elmwood Park Zoo Summer Camp, children 6 years old to 11 years old explore the habits and daily lives of some of the zoo's wild residents. Each week-long camp includes a lot of learning and fun, with crafts, stories, snacks, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo. Regular summer zoo events and shows are incorporated into camp each week. Please note that camps do not change from week to week.

Weekly sessions are available by age groups. Camp days run from 9 AM to 4 PM. Early 7:30 AM drop-offs and late 5 PM pick ups are available for additional per occurrence fees ($15 early drop off/$10 late pick up). Each camper receives a t-shirt, water bottle and tote bag.

$250/Member child per week
$275/Non-Member child per week

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Camp Information

Staff Ratios and Experience

Our camp counselors are screened for excellence in programming for children. Each counselor is required to have previous experience with children; many of our counselors return year after year. Typically, our camp counselors are working toward a college degree or have just graduated. All staff and who work at Elmwood Park Zoo as well as our volunteers have successfully passed the Pennsylvania Child Care Registry's criminal background check. Counselor to student ratios is 1:10. We may have additional teen helpers in camp but we do not count the teens when calculating staff ratios. The same counselors work with the same campers each day. Education staff is also on hand on a regular basis to introduce the campers to animal visitors and to teach them about the animals in our education collection.

Supervision and Safety

At no time is any child left unsupervised. The number of counselors ensures thorough supervision and monitoring. Most staff at the zoo are trained in first aid and CPR and are also automatic emergency defibrillator (AED) trained. The zoo grounds are completely fenced in, and all employees are aware of Zoo Camp.

When registering, parents are asked to list the names of authorized transporters. Everyone picking up a child from camp will now be required to present a photo ID that matches a name on that list.


All camps include snacks. Snacks typically include fresh fruit and a carb -- usually pretzels, crackers or popcorn. Campers with food allergies are welcome to pack their own snacks. Zoo campers are encouraged to pack lunch daily.

Multiple Weeks

Although we vary the camp activities from week- to-week, many games, craft and animal visitors will be repeated each week of camp.

Behavior Management

Behavior is managed to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all. Children are expected to behave appropriately. In the event a child is disruptive, time-out may be used. If disruptive behavior continues, the parent will be called to help find a solution. If improvement is not realized, the child may be asked to not return to camp.

Behind the Scenes

Due to safety concerns and the availability of animal care staff we are not able to offer behind the scenes tours for most camps. Animal contact experiences are provided, however, for all camps.

Extended Care

Early care: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. $15 daily
Late care: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. $10 daily
Children are supervised in a classroom with a variety of animal themed free-choice learning activities available. Pre-registration is required – drop-ins cannot be accommodated. Register for extended care when registering online for camp.

Can Parents Stay with Kids?

Our camp program is designed for children who are able to be successful in group oriented programs without parent involvement.

Medication and Allergies

Medication cannot be administered or dispensed by zoo staff. Campers must be able to take their own medication. However, staff can carry medications and help children remember to take them. Many of the zoo's full time staff are first aid and EpiPen trained. If your child is bringing an EpiPen or medication to camp, you will be asked to complete additional paperwork regarding its authorized use.

If your child has any food specific allergies please pack your own snacks and lunches. We do not offer snacks that list nuts as an ingredient; however box lunches may be packed in the same area as other foods posing allergy risks. Your child will be permitted to eat their home packed snacks during snack time.


Zoo staff cannot apply sunscreen to campers. Please make sure your camper comes to camp already wearing adequate sunscreen protection. Staff can remind campers to reapply and assist them in measuring an appropriate amount but children should be able to apply their own sunscreen.

Special Needs Campers

Please detail any physical, academic or social special needs your child has that our staff should be made aware of. Special needs will be accommodated to the best of our ability provided we know in advance of your camp week. If your child is not self-sufficient, you will be asked to provide a non-parent aide for the week of camp.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items are held in education at the end of each camp week. To check on lost items after your child's camp week, call 610.277.3825 x235 or 236.

Cancellation Policy

All camp sales are final. No refunds will be given for cancelled camp reservations or camp withdrawals. A program credit may be issued based on circumstance. The credit may be used for any education program or camp at Elmwood Park Zoo. Credit will not be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours of your scheduled enrollment or for no-show participants. All programs will take place rain or shine.

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