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 and sensory impairments. Visit our Special Needs Programs page for information about Camp Zoo camp programs for children with special needs, including scholarship information.
Winter Camp 2015
Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Winter Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! We’ll take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in depth investigations, and hikes around the Zoo. We’ll also spend time in the classroom making crafts, using scientific tools and meeting Animal Ambassadors up close.
Winter Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo is for students in kindergarten through eighth-grade. Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Extended Day Camp runs until 6 p.m. All camp participants receive a shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard. Campers must wear their Camp Zoo shirts every day. Campers must bring their lunch each day.
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.
Winter Camp Zoo 2015 Fees
One – Three days: $55/day Members, $60/day General
(Includes a shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard for each day registered.)
Four days: $200 Members, $220 General
(Includes one shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard. Additional shirts may be purchased.)
Extended Day Camp
$40 for all four days when paid in advance
$15 per day when paid on a daily basis
$1/minute for each minute after 6 p.m. for late pick up
The Hidden World of Zoos – Winter Style!
Glimpse the Hidden World of Zoos with Winter Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! Campers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the animals that call the Zoo home and meet the amazing people that care for them each and every day, all with a wintry twist. Through interactive learning activities, games, crafts and animal encounters, campers will get a chance to see what it takes to feed and care for the more than 1300 animals that live at the Phoenix Zoo. Sign up for one day, several days or the entire week and experience the Zoo like never before.
Winter Camp Daily Sessions:
Monday, December 28 – Feeding a Zoo
Campers will learn all that goes into feeding the many animals that call the Phoenix Zoo home. They will participate in games, learning activities and behind-the-scenes experiences that all relate to feeding our animals.
Tuesday, December 29 – Healthy and Happy Animals
Campers will experience first-hand what goes into providing for the health of the animals at the Phoenix Zoo. They will participate in games, learning activities and behind-the-scenes experiences that all relate to providing the highest level of care for our collection.
Wednesday, December 30 – A Place to Call Home
Campers will explore ways that the Phoenix Zoo is able to create a “home” for each of its animal residents. The day’s activities, games and behind-the-scenes experiences will help to create connections between an animal’s natural habitat and their home here at the Phoenix Zoo.
Thursday, December 31 – Animals Just Want to Have Fun!
Campers will explore the many ways that the Phoenix Zoo enriches the lives of each of its animal residents. The day’s activities, games and behind-the-scenes experiences will all help campers create connections between an animal’s natural behaviors and the ways that the Phoenix Zoo encourages those behaviors every day.