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Zoo Camp

Zoo Camp Programs

Our Zoo Camp programs, offered in the Spring, Summer, and Winter, feature incredible experiences for children of all ages. At Zoo Camp, your child will come face to face with some of our friendly zoo animals, get a behind-the-scenes look at zoo operations, and visit with our knowledgeable zookeepers!

Zoo Mini Camp

Now there’s a new option for those single days when school is out of session during the school year! Join us this year for one of our brand new Zoo Mini Camps! Based on our popular Summer, Spring Break, and Winter Break Zoo Camp Programs, each Mini Camp will be based on a different theme and will offer an opportunity for animal encounters, crafts, and games.

Zoo Mini Camp Dates for the 2019-2020 school year are based on the MMSD school calendar. Dates are subject to change.

October 25
November 21
December 9
January 20
January 24
February 7
February 28
March 20
April 27

Registration now open!

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Spring Break Camp

We’ve made our Spring Break Camp flexible to fit your schedule. You get the best deal and the most exciting experiences if you sign up for the whole week, but you can also sign up for individual days or topics. In 2019, Spring Break Camp will take place from March 25 – 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. We also offer optional aftercare from 3:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for $8 a day. The full week is only $300 for zoo members and $335 for non-members.

Thanks for joining us for Spring Break Camp in 2019!

Look for 2020 Spring Break Camp registration information in February!

Summer Zoo Camp

Come and spend the summer at our inquiry-focused Summer Zoo Camp! Campers enjoy special animal experiences and behind-the-scenes opportunities while facing scientific challenges that put the campers in the shoes of keepers, vets, or zoo administrators and motivate campers to seek the information to solve real-life problems. In alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards, campers engage in the scientific process of observation, scientific reasoning, and engineering design to build solutions to real-life problems. Campers leave Zoo Camp with a greater awareness for the individual animals at the zoo and how to help animals in the wild, all while building their science skills and making new friends. 

Camp Hours
Drop off: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
Kinderfari K-1 camp: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Explorers, Scouts and Jr. Zookeeper camps: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Aftercare (optional – $8 daily): 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Camp Prices
Kinderfari K-1 camp: $180 Zoo Members/$195 Non-Members
Explorers, Scouts and Jr. Zookeeper camps: $300 Zoo Members/$335 Non-Members

Thank you for joining us for Summer Zoo Camp 2019!
Look for registration information for 2020 in February!

Winter Zoo Camp

It’s time to leave your den and enjoy ours! When winter comes to the Henry Vilas Zoo, our animals stay cozy and so will you. All our programs include a mix of time spent exploring the outdoors and experiences in our warm indoor spaces. With a different topic each day, and a half or full-day options, we offer flexible sign-up options to fit your schedule.

Winter Break dates for December 2019 will be available later this year.

Questions about Zoo Camp? 

Email the Education Department at