Kids of all ages can spend summer and winter breaks at the Phoenix Zoo with Camp Zoo! Camp Zoo offers children in kindergarten through eighth-grade an opportunity to explore nature and the Zoo in a fun, hands-on and exciting way. All of our lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Young children will be introduced to nature with smaller animals, basic care giving, art projects and simple action projects. Each class progresses with the children’s level of understanding all the way up to seventh and eighth-grade, during which participants will explore animal training, visitor education and zoo careers.

Camp Zoo is inclusive of all abilities and learning styles. While we encourage campers to participate in all activities as designed, we are able to provide modified lessons and some accommodations for campers with special needs. We also have special day camps designed for children with orthopedic or visual impairments. Visit our Special Needs Programs & Camps for more information.

Summer Camp 2015

All scholarships for the 2015 Camp Zoo season have been awarded.
Visit our Special Needs Programs page for information about Special Needs Camp Zoo scholarships.

Camp Zoo 2015 Registration Form

Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world this summer at Camp Zoo. Each age-appropriate, week-long session is filled with up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free-time. During the mornings, we’ll take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as water-play and hiking. In the afternoons, when the temperatures increase, we will spend more time participating in indoor activities.

The Zoo offers two different camps on alternating weeks so children can attend more than one session at Camp Zoo. The different camps are designed to complement and build upon each other. The weekly themes and activities for this year are different from last year, but the fun remains unchanged!

Camp Zoo is for students who are entering kindergarten through eighth grade in fall 2015. Choose from eight weeks of full-day (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or half-day (8 a.m. – Noon) sessions. Please note that for seventh and eighth grades, only full-days are offered and for kindergarten, only half-days are offered.

All camp participants receive a shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard. Campers must wear their Camp Zoo shirts every day. Full-day participants must bring their lunch each day. We encourage campers’ lunches be packed in reusable containers whenever possible. Refrigeration is not available; however, all lunches are kept in an air conditioned room. Campers are able to recycle paper, aluminum and plastics labeled #1 – 7. Please do not use glass containers.

All Camp Zoo lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Young children are introduced to nature with smaller animals, basic caregiving, art projects and very simple action projects. Older kids are introduced to more advanced activities, information and skills to complement their development and understanding. The oldest campers explore animal training, zoo careers and visitor education. Although lessons are developed ahead of time, we leave room for individual self-expression, and the programs are flexible to meet the needs of each particular group.

Camp Zoo instructors possess respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation.

Camp Zoo 2015 General Information

**Campers MUST wear their 2015 Camp Zoo shirt EVERY DAY! One shirt will be included with your registration and additional shirts are available for only $10 each (please call Reservations 602.914.4333 to purchase additional shirts).

**Full-day pick-up time is from 3 – 3:30 p.m. A $15 Extended Day Camp charge will be collected for campers not picked up by 3:30 p.m.

**Camp Zoo orientation days are May 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and May 30 from Noon – 2 p.m. Attending an orientation allows you to pick up your Camp Zoo gear early, meet some of the Camp Zoo instructors, the Camp Zoo supervisor and manager, and ask any questions you have about the Camp Zoo experience. Attending an orientation also helps speed up check-in on the first day of camp!

After registering click here to fill out the required waivers, health forms and emergency contact information.

Session Dates

Session 1: June 1 – 5
Session 2: June 8 – 12
Session 3: June 15 – 19
Session 4: June 22 – 26
Session 5: June 29 – July 3
Session 6: July 6 – 10
Session 7: July 13 – 17
Session 8: July 20 – 24

Camp Zoo 2015 Daily Schedule

Full-Day campers attend 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (not available for kindergarten)
Half-Day campers attend 8 a.m. – Noon (not available for seventh and eighth grades)
Extended Day Camp is from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Camp Zoo 2015 Fees

Full-Day

$250 Members
$275 General

Half-Day

$155 Members
$170 General

Extended Day Camp

$50 for the entire week when paid in advance
$15 per day
$1/minute for each minute after 6 p.m. for late pick up

Kindergarten (Half-Day Only)

Register Here for Kindergarten Sessions

After registering click here to fill out the required waivers,
health forms and emergency contact information.

Storybook Safaris

Animals have inspired many wonderful stories throughout history. Today, some of the most beloved children’s books are all about animals. Campers will be exposed to some of the greatest animal stories ever told and will meet the animals that inspired the stories. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Phoenix Zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Animal Art

Many of the world’s greatest artists are not people at all. Animals around the world create beautiful pieces of art everyday! Campers will learn about the unique artists of the animal world and get a chance to mimic these incredible animals with art projects so wild, they could only come from nature. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Phoenix Zoo.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 1 & 2 (Half- or Full-Day)

Register Here for Grades 1 & 2 Sessions

After registering click here to fill out the required waivers,
health forms and emergency contact information.

Animals Big and Small

Animals come in every size, shape and color… tiny like a beetle or huge like an elephant, skinny like a snake or round like a hedgehog, white like a pelican or red like a parrot. Campers will categorize animal opposites and then compare and contrast to explore what makes animals in the wild and at the Phoenix Zoo unique. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Animals Survive and Thrive

From the coldest tundra to the hottest deserts, animals are able to live successfully in different habitats around the world. Campers will learn how and why animals survive and thrive in every condition imaginable. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Phoenix Zoo.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 3 & 4 (Half- or Full-Day)

Register Here for Grades 3 & 4 Sessions

After registering click here to fill out the required waivers,
health forms and emergency contact information.

Into the Wild

If you really want to learn all about animals, you have to get out and explore their world. Campers will experience what it’s like to track animals in the wild and to tread softly and leave no trace. By visiting animals and their habitats throughout the Phoenix Zoo, this camp promotes a life-long love of the natural world. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Animal Olympians

Faster! Higher! Stronger! Animal athletes can give a totally new meaning to all of these words. What animal can out-accelerate a race car? Which bird can fly as high as an airplane? Is there an animal strong enough to knock down a tree to get its food? The answers to these questions, along with up-close encounters with our amazing animal Olympians, will have campers smiling in world-record time! Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures, and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Phoenix Zoo.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 5 & 6 (Half- or Full-Day)

Register Here for Grades 5 & 6 Sessions

After registering click here to fill out the required waivers,
health forms and emergency contact information.

Camp Around the World

What if you could journey around the world on the ultimate safari? In just one week, campers will make this amazing journey without ever having to leave the Phoenix Zoo! Campers will learn about animals, habitats, people and cultures from different regions of the globe. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Future Vet – Sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital

Caring for the animals at the Phoenix Zoo is a huge responsibility that requires a lot of knowledge, patience and even creativity! Campers will get an in-depth look at the Zoo’s Joyce Corrigan Animal Care Center. They will learn about our incredible veterinarians and animal care staff find out exactly what it takes to be a veterinarian at the Zoo and how best to care for pets at home. This camp also includes a special visit by a veterinary professional from Banfield Pet Hospital. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Banfield

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 7 & 8 (Full-Day Only)

Register Here for Grades 7 & 8 Sessions

After registering click here to fill out the required waivers,
health forms and emergency contact information.

Junior Zookeepers – Sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital

Each and every day, zookeepers at the Phoenix Zoo work to provide the Zoo’s animals with all the things they need … food and water are only the beginning! Campers will learn first-hand what it takes to be a keeper at the Zoo and care for the animals. This camp is heavily weighted as a work experience and campers must understand the importance of taking the opportunities and responsibilities of this camp seriously. Campers should expect to get dirty and smelly and be hot and sweaty as they experience first-hand how challenging it is to be a keeper. But don’t worry, it’s also lots of fun and very rewarding. This camp also includes a special visit by a veterinary professional from Banfield Pet Hospital. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Banfield

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Zoology in the Field

What does it take to be a real field scientist? How do you study animals in their natural habitat? Using real scientific tools to track, observe and study animal habitats and behavior, campers will design a research study to be conducted during the week of camp. Data will be collected and results analyzed. To conclude the week, campers will report on their findings. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Phoenix Zoo.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8