Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is THE place for your kids this summer. With 8 week-long sessions of hands-on, interactive, and FUN camps, you can be assured that your kids are making great summer memories—and learning something too!
Full-Day Camp Details
Eight week-long sessions are offered for children ages 5-12. You may sign up for one session or all of them. Don’t forget, there is a discount for enrolling in more than one camp session! Additional discounts are available for city and county employees. Class sizes are designed to ensure one counselor for every 8-10 campers.
Camp sessions reach capacity quickly – do not delay enrollment!
What Is Zoo Camp Like?
Our full day camps are geared for children ages 5-12 and emphasize learning in a fun and safe environment. On any given week a camper may enjoy crafts, educational games, scavenger hunts, hiking, animal care, an insider’s view of the zoo, and much more. Older campers may also learn to use modern techniques to study animals, or learn to train animals just like the professionals.
Full day camps are in session from 9:00 to 3:30. Camp begins promptly at 9 am. If you need to bring your camper before 9 am or pick them up after 3:30pm it’s OK with us—we offer extended care! There are optional drop-off and pick-up times as early as 7:30 am and as late as 5:30pm. The fee for extended care includes a snack and a drink.
Half-Day Camp Details
Six week-long 1/2 day sessions are offered for children ages 4-5. Class sizes for ½ day ensure one counselor for every 5 campers and classes are limited to 8 campers each week. The multiple camp discount does not apply for half day camps.
Camp hours are from 9 am to noon. Midway through each day, we’ll take a rest break and enjoy a small snack.
What Is Half-Day Zoo Camp Like?
These Junior Zoo Camps are scaled down versions of our most popular full-day sessions and designed for children who may not be ready for the full-day camp experience. Like our full day campers, your child will enjoy various age-appropriate activities including games, crafts, and contact with animals.
How do I register?
Complete the registration form, then submit full payment with the form at least 3 weeks prior to the camp session. You may register by fax, mail, or in person at the Zoo’s Education Office, located inside the Discovery Center. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]. Registration by phone is not allowed.
UPDATE (6/18/18): The following sessions are full and no longer accepting registrations:
- Full Day – Sessions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8 (only sessions 3 and 7 remaining!)
- Half Day – Sessions A, B, C, D, and F (only session remaining is E!)