Zoo Camps

Your Zoo’s Education Department offers awesome camps throughout the year involving both fun and learning!

Camp for a Day

Have the kids spend their day off school at the Zoo!

HAPPY AND HEALTHY ANIMALS CAMP

Learn all about how the Zoo keeps its animals happy and healthy. Campers will make stops at our indoor exhibits to learn how diet, enrichment, vet care and exhibit design all contribute to animal health.

Monday, February 17
Members: $40 per day
Non-members: $45 per day

Camp Details:
Ages: 5-12
Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Summer Safari Camp 2020

Sponsored by Toby & Sue Cardone

Summer Safari Camps are week-long experiences featuring live animals, games, activities and crafts!

• Each camper receives two t-shirts, water bottle and daily snack.
• Camps run 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, unless otherwise noted.
• Before and after camp care is available for an additional fee. Before Camp is $25/week and After Camp is $40/week.

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Camps for 4-5 year olds

Members: $135
Non-Members: $160

Camps Run 9 a.m.- Noon

The Littlest Zookeeper
Learn how we take care of our animals at the Zoo! From elephants to snakes, campers will find out what zookeepers do to make our animals safe, healthy and happy.
• Session 1: June 1-5
• Session 2: July 6-10
• Session 3: August 3-7

Color it Wild
Create and explore animal art in this wildly exciting hands-on art camp!
• Session 1: June 8-12
• Session 2: July 13-17

Animal Sing-a-long
Sing-along, dance and discover all about some of the Zoo’s most talented animal musicians. From Baby Shark to Old MacDonald kids will learn a new song each day. Join us for a Friday performance for parents!
• Session 1: June 15-19
• Session 2: July 20-24

Animal Babies
From cubs to caterpillars, find out all about some of the Zoo’s baby animals and how they grow up!
• Session 1: June 22-26
• Session 2: July 27-31

Camps for 6-10 year olds

Members: $185
Non-Members: $235

The Fast and the Furriest
Why do giraffes have purple tongues, elephants have such big ears and rattlesnakes have rattles? Explore some of the Zoo’s most amazing animals and the unique adaptations that help them survive!
• Session 1: June 1-5
• Session 2: July 6-10
• Session 3: August 3-7

Under the Sea
Get your flippers ready and dive into this exciting camp about underwater animals.
• Session 1: June 8-12
• Session 2: June 22-26
• Session 3: July 20-24

Wild Artist
Use paint, paper, clay and other materials make your own art masterpieces and exhibit them at the end of the week art show.
• Session 1: June 1-5
• Session 2: June 15-19
• Session 3: August 3-7

Paws, Jaws, and Claws
Large teeth, long leaps and strong muscles are just a few of the characteristics that make up some of the world’s best predators. From the Great White Shark to the Polar Bear, find out who comes out on top!
• Session 1: June 15-19
• Session 2: July 13-17
• Session 3: July 20-24

ZooMazing Race
On your mark, get set, go! Race around the Zoo in this exciting camp about animals! Work as a team to complete challenges, solve puzzles and discover amazing animals from all over.
• Session 1: June 8-12
• Session 2: July 13-17
• Session 3: July 27-31

Amazon Adventure
Join us on an adventure to discover some of the animals that call the largest rainforest in the world home!
• Session 1: June 22-26
• Session 2: July 6-10
• Session 3: July 27-31

Animal Detectives
Do you have what it takes to crack the case? Put your detective skills to the test by uncovering clues and solving animal mysteries.
• Session 1: June 1-5
• Session 2: June 22-26
• Session 3: July 20-24

Creepy Crawly
Don’t bug-out! Join us as we uncover the truth about the Zoo’s most misunderstood critters and discover that they are not so creepy after all!
• Session 1: June 8-12
• Session 2: July 6-10
• Session 3: July 27-31

Animal Giants
Do you know which animal is the tallest? Longest? Strongest? Uncover the answers to these questions and more in this camp all about some of the Zoo’s most sizeable species!
• Session 1: June 15-19
• Session 2: July 13-17
• Session 3: August 3-7

Zoo Career Exploration

The camps below involve smaller class sizes, more hands-on in-depth learning all about what people do at the Zoo. This includes construction, behavior staff, zookeepers, conservation staff and field work, videographers, veterinarians and more! These camps are designed for an age range of 8-15, with each camp having its own minimum age requirement.

New to these classes? Below is chart to help you find the right camp!

BeginnerAnimal BehaviorMaster BuilderSaving Species: Around the World
IntermediateJunior Zookeeper IJunior Zookeeper IISaving Species: Out in the Field
ExpertZoo VetLeaders of the Pack

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Animal Behavior
Members: $200
Non-Members: $250
Minimum Age 8
Keeping animals happy and healthy at the Zoo is a full-time job. See how our staff creates enrichment, trains the animals for health check-ups and designs exhibits for natural behaviors of the animals.
• Session 1: June 8-12
• Session 2: July 13-17

Master Builder
Members: $200
Non-Members: $250
Minimum Age 8
Do you have what it takes to earn the title of Master Builder? Discover what goes into building and designing animals exhibits at the Zoo and then put your skills to the test by creating an animal exhibit of your very own!
• Session 1: June 22-26
• Session 2: July 27-31

Saving Species: Around the World
Members: $200
Non-Members: $250
Minimum Age 10
Zoos help animals all around the world. Dive into the cool conservation projects the Zoo staff has worked on including Tasmanian devils, fruit doves, lake sturgeon and hellbenders. Hear the staff talk, go behind-the-scenes in one of the areas and help spread the word of these cool projects by making a fun video.
• Session 1: June 1-5
• Session 2: July 6-10

Saving Species: Out in the Field
Members: $200
Non-Members: $250
Minimum Age 10
Join our Wild Toledo Staff as they track and capture turtles, venture into the prairies looking for small predators, snakes and butterflies.
*This Camp spends a significant amount of time off Zoo grounds.
• Session 1: July 20-24
• Session 2: August 3-7

Junior Zookeeper I
Members: $300
Non-Members: $350
Minimum Age 10
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a zookeeper? Find out all the basics of zookeeping and how our staff takes care of animals every day. You will get the chance to clean exhibits and prepare diets—even go behind-the-scenes of exhibits! Junior Zookeeper I will focus on small mammals, reptiles, insects and fish!
• Session 1: June 1-5
• Session 2: June 15-19
• Session 3: July 6-10
• Session 4: July 20-24
• Session 5: August 3-7

Junior Zookeeper II
Members: $300
Non-Members: $350
Minimum Age 11
Discover the fun of being a Zookeeper for large animals! You will get the chance to clean exhibits, prepare diets, go behind-the-scenes and even make enrichment for one of our animal residents. Junior Zookeeper II will focus on large animals such as elephants, Galapagos tortoise, saltwater crocodile, great apes and more!
• Session 1: June 8-12
• Session 2: June 22-26
• Session 3: July 13-17
• Session 4: July 27-31

Leaders of the Pack
Members: $300
Non-Members: $350
Minimum Age 12
Challenge yourself in this camp all about being a leader! Check out what it takes to be one of our ZooTeens and how our education department inspires visitors. Try our Aerial Adventure Course and create your very own video for a zoo animal. Campers will also be able to spend the night at the Zoo and hear from one of our night zoo keepers. Camp runs 9 a.m. -3 p.m. (M, T, F) Overnight Adventure (W 6 .p.m- Thu 10 a.m.)
• Session 1: July 6-10
• Session 2: July 20-24

fishing camps for 8-15 year olds

Members: $300
Non-Members: $350

Camps generally run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Adjusted schedules for specific days will be sent out.
*These camps go off Zoo grounds.

Fishing Camp (Ages 8-10)
If you like to fish or have always wanted to try but have not had the opportunity, this camp is for you! Learn the basics from rigging your pole to properly baiting your hook. Daily trips to local ponds, a charter trip on Lake Erie and a fishing derby on Friday are part of the excitement. Rods, reels and bait are provided but if you like, you may bring your own gear.
• Session 1: June 8-12
• Session 2: June 22-26

Fishing Camp (Ages 11-15)
If you like to fish, this camp is for you! Daily trips to local ponds and a charter trip on Lake Erie are part of the excitement. Rods, reels and tackle are provided but please feel free to bring your gear if you wish.
• Session 1: June 15-19

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