Zoo Camps

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

Zoo Academy
Weekday Experiences During the School Year

Zoo Academy is a new program that provides in person experiences at the Zoo and is ideal for students with at home and hybrid schooling.  Elementary-aged children will explore science topics and learning standards in a fun, camp-like setting.  Single day sessions are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, with topics rotating throughout the season.  In addition to learning about life science, participants will engage in arts and crafts, reading, creative writing, and active games and songs.  Come join the fun!

All activities will adhere to the Ohio Department of Health Mandatory Guidelines for Youth Day Camps. Here are the highlights of our Safety and Health Precautions:

We will take the following steps to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Require all staff and participants to take their temperature when reporting and not attend if they have a fever.
  • Staff, volunteers, and participants will wear face masks.
  • Maximum group size will be 9 participants per 1 staff member.
  • Different rooms will be assigned to each group to maximize distancing.
  • Outside locations will be used whenever possible for all activities.
  • Hand washing will be frequent and hand sanitizer will be carried by staff at all times.
  • Individually wrapped snacks will be provided by the Zoo twice per day.
  • Participants must bring their own lunch and water bottle.

Dates: Weekdays from August 24 to December 18
Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages: recommended for 5-12 years
Participant Cost: $50 for members/day; $60 for non-members/day

Each week will feature a new theme for the lessons, activities, and games with each day being unique.  Themes will repeat throughout the fall but with new activities.  Each day will include time for quiet activities provided by the Zoo.  Participants can bring school assignments to do at this time.

Single Day Camps for July and August

Explore a day of Zoo Camp fun in a small group setting! In July and August, the Zoo will offer single day sessions of popular camp topics for limited numbers of campers. Make crafts, meet animals and explore the Zoo!

All activities will adhere to the Ohio Department of Health Mandatory Guidelines for Youth Day Camps. Here are the highlights of our Safety and Health Precautions:

We will take the following steps to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Require all staff and campers to take their temperature when reporting and not attend if they have a fever.
  • Staff and volunteers will wear face masks.
  • Campers are required to have a face mask to wear in specific settings.
  • Maximum group size will be 9 campers per 1 staff member.
  • Different rooms will be assigned to each group to maximize distancing.
  • Outside locations will be used whenever possible for all camp activities.
  • Hand washing will be frequent and hand sanitizer will be carried by staff at all times.
  • Individually wrapped snacks will be provided by the Zoo.
  • Campers must bring their own water bottle.

Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from July 7 to August 20
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (no extended care available)
Ages: recommended for 5-10 years
Participant Cost: $45 for members; $55 for non-members

ZooMazing Race – July 7, July 22, August 6, August 21
Rainforest Adventure – July 8, July 24, August 11
Cool Cats – July 9, July 28, August 7
Awesome Animals of Australia – July 10, July 23, August 18
Creepy Crawly Animals – July 14, July 29, August 12
Animal All-Stars – July 15, August 4, August 19
Splash Bash! – July 16, July 30, August 13
Animal Giants – July 17, August 5, August 20
Radical Reptiles – July 21, July 31, August 14

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