Zoo Camps

At Elmwood Park Zoo Camps, children 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.

2019 Summer Camp

At Elmwood Park Zoo Summer camp, children ages 6-11 will explore habits and daily lives of some of the zoo’s wild residents. Each weeklong 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. 

Ages 6-8

June 17 – June 21: Fossils, Feathers, and Fangs!

Step back 65 million years when brontosaurus roamed the earth and apex predators like the T. Rex ruled the landscape. Campers will explore the extinct animals of the past and learn about how we can save the wildlife we have today from going extinct, too! This week of camp will discover what modern day dinosaurs look like and even get to help train one of the T. Rex’s closest relatives.

June 24- June 28: Mythical Creatures and Modern Day Critters- Camp Session is Full

What do hippogriffs and dragons have in common with real life lizards and birds? Where did the story of the unicorn come from? Join us as we discover how magical creatures may not be so different from the animals we know and love! This week campers will meet a real life dragon and learn how we can protect animals from becoming just myths and legends.

July 22-July 26: Zoologist in Training- Camp Session is Full

Plunge into the world of zoology by studying the habitats and behaviors of animals. Design enrichment and puzzles for our animals and even learn all about animal training! Campers will observe our zoo animals and discover what animals need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. This week of camp will feature guest talks by our animal professionals here at the zoo.

July 29 – August 2: Survivor: Animal Edition- Camp Session is Full

Animals of all shapes and sizes have special adaptations to help them survive in the wild. Explore how animals defend themselves, stay warm in the cold or cool in the heat, all while meeting animals up close and exploring the animals we have here at Elmwood Park Zoo. Campers will engage in team building games, and even spend a whole day focused on S.T.EM learning, building and creating projects to find out what animals really need to survive the wilderness.

August 5 – August 9: Super Species

Super strength and super senses are not just for the superheroes of movies and comic books. This week of camp delves into real life animals that have real life super powers! Campers will make enrichment and puzzles for our animals and watch their super senses go to work.

Ages 9-11

July 8 – July 12: Junior Zookeeper- Camp Session is Full

Ever wonder what it takes to be a zookeeper? Join us for a week of experiencing all the fun of being a keeper! Campers will get hands on experience prepping animal diets and learning how to train an animal. This week will feature guest talks by some of our Education and Animal Care Keepers and some close up animal encounters. A love and excitement for animals is required, khakis are not.

July 15 – July 19: Enchanting Beasts and Magical Creatures

Cloaks and wands not provided, but encouraged! Join us as we take off into the magical world of animals. Discover mythical beasts of legends and how some fearsome beasts may not be so different from our modern day creatures. Learn all about real life basilisks, meet an owl, and learn how we can save the natural world, even without magic.

August 12 – August 16: Conservation Ranger Camp Session is Full

Animals need our help! Learn about some of the endangered and threatened animals we have here at the zoo and all about what the zoo is doing to help these species. Campers will dive into the world of conservation and discover ways to help save wildlife in their own backyards and neighborhoods. This week features S.T.E.M based projects to spark creativity and excitement, and every camper will learn their one thing to help save the planet.

August 19- August 23: Junior Zookeeper- Camp Session is Full

Ever wonder what it takes to be a zookeeper? Join us for a week of experiencing all the fun of being a keeper! Campers will get hands on experience prepping animal diets and learning how to train an animal. This week will feature guest talks by some of our Education and Animal Care Keepers and some close up animal encounters. A love and excitement for animals is required, khakis are not.

$325/Member Child per week | $350/Non-Member Child per week

If you’re having issues registering, please email camp@elmwoodparkzoo.org

Early drop off and late pick up is available for an added cost.  Early drop off is at 7:30am for $15/child per day, and late pick up is at 5:30pm for $15/child per day.

Register between January 1st and March 1st, 2019 and receive $25 off one week of camp. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts.

Ages 3-5

June 24- June 28: Hooray for Habitats- Camp Session is Full

Animals live all over the world, and through dramatic play and hands on activities, campers will explore what animals need to best survive in their homes. Campers will jump into a different habitat every day, learning all about the benefits and challenges of living in places like the Arctic Tundra or the Sahara Desert. S.T.E.M learning is introduced into each session by having students build animal shelters, count how many animals we have around the zoo, and many more engaging activities!

July 15 – July 19: Feathers, Furs, and Scales

Explore the wild world of animals at the zoo this summer! This week will focus on the feathered, furred, and scaly animal friends that live right here in our own backyards and neighborhoods. Campers will learn how to look for native critters and how to identify them. Through a week of nature play and creative projects, campers will learn how to enjoy wildlife and protect the living things around us!

August 5 – August 9: Hooray for Habitats

Animals live all over the world, and through dramatic play and hands on activities, campers will explore what animals need to best survive in their homes. Campers will jump into a different habitat every day, learning all about the benefits and challenges of living in places like the Arctic Tundra or the Sahara Desert. S.T.E.M learning is introduced into each session by having students build animal shelters, count how many animals we have around the zoo, and many more engaging activities!

August 12 – August 16: Feathers, Furs, and Scales

Explore the wild world of animals at the zoo this summer! This week will focus on the feathered, furred, and scaly animal friends that live right here in our own backyards and neighborhoods. Campers will learn how to look for native critters and how to identify them. Through a week of nature play and creative projects, campers will learn how to enjoy wildlife and protect the living things around us!

$225/ Member Child per week | $250/Non-Member Child per week

*camper must be potty trained to attend camp

Ages 6-11

July 1: Adventures in Zoology

July 2: Adventures in Zoology

July 3: Adventures in Zoology

What wildlife can you find in your own backyard? What types of animals live in the rainforest and how do these animals survive in these very different climates? During this short week of camp, discover how animals adapt to different environments and learn how to decipher animal behavior. Campers will make animal observations and participate in S.T.E.M based projects to explore the world around us!

$50/Member Child per day| $55/Non-Member Child per day

Special Needs camp

Ages 6-13

June 17-21: Sense of Adventure 

July 22-26: Sense of Adventure

$250 per week 

This year, Zoo Camp is making some exciting changes! We are offering brand new camps including a Special Needs Camp tailored to children who would benefit from a smaller class size. Our New Sense of Adventure Camp will feature a smaller class size with an adult to child ratio of 1:5. This camp will offer a safe sensory experience for children of all abilities. This camp will allow campers to experience the whole zoo with in depth zoo walks, up close animal encounters, hands on activities, and lots of fun learning! Our lessons are pre-planned and adhere to a schedule, but allow for flexibility, so our counselors can better assist individuals within a group setting. Please Note: Camp counselors are certified by IBCCES and have experience with special needs students. 

TO REGISTER FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CAMp: Please email camp@elmwoodparkzoo.org Space is limited.

*Drop off is between 8:30am and 9am, and pick up is between 12pm and 12:30pm.

 

In May of 2018 Elmwood Park Zoo became the first zoo in the world to earn certification as a Certified Autism Center. The designation, given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), is awarded to organizations who have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.

For more information on camps, contact the

Education Department at 610.277.3825 x234

or email camp@elmwoodparkzoo.org