Kids can spend summer and winter breaks at the Zoo with Camp Zoo! Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo offers children ages kindergarten through 8th 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 very 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 Zoo

Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world this summer at Camp Zoo. Each age-appropriate, weeklong 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 temperature increases, we will spend more time participating in indoor activities.

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

Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo is for students who are entering Kindergarten through 8th grade in the fall of 2014. Choose from 8 weeks of full-day (8 a.m. – 3  p.m.) or half-day (8 a.m. – noon) sessions. Please note that for grades 7 & 8, only full-days are offered and for Kindergarten, only half-days are offered.

All camp participants will receive a shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard. Campers must wear their Camp Zoo shirts every day. Full day participants will need to bring their lunch each day. We encourage you to pack your camper’s lunch in a reusable container 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 send glass containers in your child’s lunch.

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 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, seventh and eighth grade, explore animal training, zoo careers, and visitor education. Although our lessons are developed ahead of time, we do leave room for individual self-expression, and the programs are flexible to meet the needs of each particular group.

Our 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 2014 General Information

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

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

**Two Camp Zoo orientation days will be offered, May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. and May 31 from noon to 2 p.m.  Attending these orientation days will allow you to pick up your Camp Zoo gear early, meet some of the Camp Zoo instructors along with the Camp Zoo supervisor and manager, and ask any questions you have about the Phoenix Zoo camp experience. Attending an orientation will also help speed up your check-in on your first day of camp!

Session Dates

Session 1: June 2 – 6
Session 2: June 9 – 13
Session 3: June 16 – 20
Session 4: June 23 – June 27
Session 5: June 30 – July 3*
Session 6: July 7 – 11
Session 7: July 14 – 18
Session 8: July 21 – 25

*Special 4 day session: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Camp Zoo 2014 Daily Schedule

Full Day campers attend 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (not available for Kindergarten)
Half Day campers attend 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (not available for 7th and 8th grade)
Extended Day Camp is from 3:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Camp Zoo 2014 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 (Session 5 = $40)
$15 per day
$1/minute for each minute after 6 p.m. for late pick ups

Session 5 Fees:
Full Day – $200 Members/$220 General
Half Day – $125 Members/$135 General
Extended Day Camp – $40 for the entire week when paid in advance, $1/minute for each minute after 6 p.m. for late pick ups

Required Forms

The required forms and waivers for attending Camp Zoo must be filled out and submitted electronically prior to camp, but ONLY after registration has been confirmed via email from the Phoenix Zoo Reservations Department.

Please click here to fill out and submit the required forms online.

Camp Zoo 2014 Registration

Limited spots available, please call Reservations at 602.914.4333 for availability and to register.

Camp Zoo 2014 Registration Form 


Kindergarten (Half-Day Only)

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 then 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)

Zany Zoology!

Tortoises, and ocelots, and hornbills – oh my! Are you crazy for animals? Then this is the camp for you! Games, stories, art-activities, simple action projects, behind-the-scenes experiences, and special animal encounters will help campers learn the zany, amazing, and specialized behaviors, adaptations, and anatomy of animals (lions, tigers, and bears also included!).

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Home Sweet Home: Animal Style!

Whether it’s a rhinoceros in the African savanna, a spectacled owl in the South American rainforest, or a mountain lion in the North American temperate forests, animals make their homes in some wild places. Campers will explore habitats from around the world – including those created in the Phoenix Zoo. Through games, stories, art-activities, action projects, behind-the-scenes experiences, and special animal encounters, campers will learn how animals use their habitats and the resources contained within to survive.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

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

 Eco Adventurers

The world around us is an amazing place! This week of camp allows children a chance to explore, observe, and appreciate their natural surroundings and the interconnectedness of life. Campers will discover microscopic animals that live in a pond and will travel to unique and picturesque mountain landscapes that overlook the Zoo. In addition, games, stories, art-activities, simple action projects, animal encounters, and much more will be enjoyed as we help campers broaden their ecological knowledge and awareness.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

 Zoo Action Heroes

The world around us is an important place! This week of camp allows children a chance to help protect and conserve the natural world. Service and conservation projects within the Zoo and beyond will allow campers to complete their week knowing they have made a difference. Along with action projects, campers will enjoy games, stories, art-activities, special tours, and animal encounters that reinforce the importance of respecting the places we live, the resources we need to survive, and the living creatures with which we share our environment.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

 Grades 5 & 6 (Half- or Full-Day)

Build the Zoo

How does a zoo create a home for animals? By the end of this exciting and productive week, campers will be able to answer that question and show off their very own animal exhibit design plan. Games, stories, art-activities, special tours, and animal encounters will help campers develop their knowledge. Campers will then combine their knowledge and ingenuity to design an animal exhibit, complete with interpretive graphics. And who knows? Maybe one of these designs will be inspiration for a new or redesigned Phoenix Zoo exhibit!

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Scientific Investigation and Exploration
Sponsored by
Banfield

Do you like asking questions? Does everyone rely on you for answers? Do you like to explore and solve problems?  Combining critical thinking with nature exploration is the goal of this amazing week of camp!  Observing animal behavior, perfecting our animal tracking skills, designing experiments, and investigating the clues animals leave behind, are just some of the activities campers will experience. This camp also includes a special visit by a veterinarian from Banfield Pet Hospital, who will talk about how they use scientific skills each day to care for animals. This scientific method themed week of fun will also include games, stories, art-activities, special tours, and up-close animal encounters. Campers should come prepared with a sense of adventure and plenty of curiosity!

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 7 & 8 (Full-Day Only)

Who Works at the Zoo?

Sponsored by
Banfield

Do you think working as a Zookeeper would be fun? It is! In this fast-paced, week-long session our oldest campers will have a chance to learn the ins and outs of being a zookeeper. From cleaning to feeding, training to behavioral enrichment, campers will experience the rewards and challenges of this most popular job at the Zoo.  But we won’t stop there… at the Zoo there are LOTS of fun jobs to do. Campers interested in food, shopping, math, anatomy, writing, computers, education, marketing, and more, might find there’s a job at the Zoo that’s perfect for them. This camp also includes a special visit by a veterinarian from Banfield Pet Hospital, who will talk about the work they do with animals outside of the Zoo.  Special tours, animal encounters, and guest speakers will allow campers to learn about all the work it takes to run a zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Lights, Camera, Conservation!

Do you have a passion for animals and protecting the natural world? Do you want to know how you can make a difference?  The Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1300 animals, with more than 200 endangered species. Campers will meet many of these amazing animals up close and learn about the efforts being done to protect and preserve them in the wild. Campers will then write, produce, and film their own short movie to educate the public about the threats to these amazing animals.  Through interviews with animal experts, behind-the-scenes access, and personal experiences with the animals, campers will create lasting memories and become champions of wildlife conservation! Special tours, animal encounters, and guest speakers will allow campers to learn how Zoos function as centers for animal conservation.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8