Why Camp Zoo?

Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Camp Zoo. Each session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time.

All camp lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Campers engage in projects independently and within groups, which encourages individual expression and helps promote collaborative skills. Content is delivered with an awareness of campers’ development and is flexible to meet the needs of each particular group. Camp Zoo instructors have 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.


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Camp Zoo 2017?

Registration will open
March 1, 2017!

Learn more about Summer Camp Zoo

Camp Zoo1 800Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world this summer at Camp Zoo. Each week-long session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. During the mornings, we take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as water-play and hiking. In the afternoons, when the temperatures increase, more time is spent participating in indoor activities.

Two different camp topics are offered on alternating weeks, so children can attend more than one session at Camp Zoo. All camp lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Campers engage in projects independently and within groups, which encourages individual expression and helps promote collaborative skills. Content is delivered with an awareness of campers’ development and is flexible to meet the needs of each particular group.

Camp Zoo instructors have 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.

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We encourage campers to participate in all activities as designed, and are also able to provide modified lessons and 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 programs for children with special needs and additional information to help determine if Camp Zoo is a good fit for your child.

Camp Zoo is for students who are entering kindergarten through eighth grade in fall 2017. Choose from eight weeks of full-day (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or half-day (8 a.m. – Noon) sessions, with the option to add Extended Day Camp (3 – 6 p.m.). Please note that for kindergarten only half-days are offered, and for seventh and eighth grades only full-days are offered.

All camp participants receive a shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard. Additional shirts are available for $10 each. Campers must wear their Camp Zoo shirts every day. Full-Day campers must bring their own lunch every day.

Camp Zoo 2017 General Information

Camp Zoo 2017 Orientation
May 31, 5 – 7 p.m. and June 3, Noon – 2 p.m.
Attending an orientation allows you to pick up your Camp Zoo gear early, meet Camp Zoo Instructors and management staff 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!

Camp Zoo 2017 Daily Schedule
Camp Zoo Check-in: 7:45 – 8 a.m. each day
Half-Day Check-out: Noon – 12:15 p.m.
Full-Day Check-out: 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Extended Day Camp Check-out: Anytime 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Camp Zoo 2017 Sessions
Session 1: June 5 – 9
Session 2: June 12 – 16
Session 3: June 19 – 23
Session 4: June 26 – 30
Session 5: July 3 – 7*
Session 6: July 10 – 14
Session 7: July 17 – 21
Session 8: July 24 – 28
*This session is only 4 days long and is priced differently.

Camp Zoo 2017 Fees
Full-Day: Member $250 General $275
Half-Day: Member $155 General $170
Extended Day: $15/day or $50 for the entire week when paid in advance, $1/minute for late pick up after 6 p.m.

Session 5 Fees:
Full-Day: Member $200 General $220
Half-Day: Member $125 General $135
Extended Day Camp: $15/day or $40 for the entire week when paid in advance, $1/minute for late pick up after 6 p.m.

Scholarship information for Camp Zoo 2017 will be available soon!

Camp Zoo 2017 Session Descriptions
All Camp Zoo sessions include up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes adventures, art and hands-on learning activities, fun games, in-depth investigations and organized free time within the unique environment of the Phoenix Zoo.

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 meet the animals that inspired the stories.
Offered sessions 1, 3, 5 and 7

Animal Art
Many of the world’s greatest artists are not people. Animals around the world create beautiful pieces of art every day! Campers will learn about the unique artists of the animal kingdom and get a chance to mimic these incredible creatures, with art projects so wild, they could only come from nature.
Offered sessions 2, 4, 6 and 8

Grades 1 & 2

(Half or Full-Day)
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)
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)
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

FutureVet
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. 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 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 7 & 8

(Full-Day Only)
Junior Zookeepers
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. 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

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


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Thanks for a fantastic 2016 Winter Camp Zoo!

 

Learn more about Winter Camp Zoo

Experience the Zoo as never before with Winter Camp Zoo! Did you know the Zoo is divided into unique trails? This year, Winter Camp Zoo campers focus on a different trail each day. Through games, activities, hikes and amazing animal encounters, campers learn about the amazing animals and habitats of the Arizona, Tropics, Africa and Nina Mason Pulliam Children’s Trails! Choose which day you attend based on your favorite trail, or sign up for all of Winter Camp Zoo to experience everything!