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.
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?
Look here for more details in January 2020! Do not delay! Our camps are popular and fill quickly!
Registration for Summer 2020 will open in January!
2020 Zoo Camp Rates
- First Week Camp Session : $150.00/members $170.00/nonmembers
- Additional Weeks : $130.00/members $150.00/nonmembers
- Extended Care : $30/AM or PM ($6/day) $50.00/BOTH ($10/day)
- Half Day Camp : $90.00/members $110/nonmembers
- Extra Shirts – $10
Destination Discovery Spring Break Camp
Destination Discovery is a traveling camp experience that runs 9 AM – 4 PM during EVSC Spring Break. Campers will spend one day at each of Evansville’s 5 premier camp destinations: Angel Mounds, cMoe, the Evansville Museum, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, and Wesselman Woods.
Camp includes discounts for members of host organizations, a central drop-off location each day (cMoe), camp T-shirt, and morning / afternoon snacks (parents provide lunch).
For children ages 5 – 11 (campers must be enrolled in kindergarten). Extended care is available. For more information, call 812-479-0771 x102.