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Why Camp Zoo?

Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Camp Zoo. Each session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time.

All camp lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Campers engage in projects independently and within groups, which encourages individual expression and helps promote collaborative skills. Content is delivered with an awareness of campers’ development and is flexible to meet the needs of each particular group. Camp Zoo instructors have respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation.

If you don’t see the age group you’re looking for, please call our reservations team at 602-914-4333 to register or be added to the waiting list!

 


Winter Camp Zoo 

The Hidden World of Zoos – Winter Style!

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Get a glimpse into the Hidden World of Zoos with Winter Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! Campers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the animals that call the Zoo home and meet the amazing people that care for them each and every day… all with a wintry twist! Through games, activities, hikes and amazing animal encounters, campers will learn all about what it takes to feed and care for the more than 3,000 animals that live at the Zoo. Choose which day you attend based on your favorite topic, or sign up for all of Winter Camp Zoo to experience everything!

General Registration

Winter Camp Zoo is for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Camp runs from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Extended Day Camp runs until 6 p.m. 

Program time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*Extended Day camp available until 6 p.m. for an additional cost 

Program Fees:

Full Week (4 days)
$200 Member | $220 General

Per Day
$55 Member | $60 General

Extended Day Camp
$40 for the entire week when paid in advance | $15 per day

Dates/Daily Themes:

Campers may attend by the day or sign up for the entire week and experience the entire Zoo. Each day has a specific focus/topic. 

  • Monday December 30 — Feeding a Zoo
  • Tuesday December 31 — Healthy and Happy Animals
  • Thursday January 2 — A Place to Call Home
  • Friday January 3 — Animals Just Want to Have Fun!

Summer Camp Zoo

See you in 2020!

UPDATED: Camp Zoo Orientation
Camp Zoo Orientation is hosted open-house style and allows families who have already registered for their session(s) to pick up Camp Zoo gear early, meet Camp Zoo Instructors, learn more about the Camp Zoo experience from Camp supervisors and ask any questions you have. Attending an orientation also helps speed up check-in on the first day of camp! 

  • One of each item (t-shirt, hat, water bottle and lanyard) is included with the cost of registration. Additional items will be available for a per-item cost.
  • Families who are not able to attend one of the orientation dates will be able to pick up Camp Zoo gear during camp check-in on the Monday of their session.

Orientation Dates/Times (Neely Center)

Thursday, May 30, 5 – 7 p.m. AND Saturday, June 1, Noon – 2 p.m.

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  • General Information
  • Fee Waiver Info
  • Session Descriptions

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Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world this summer at Camp Zoo. Each week-long session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. During the mornings, we take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as water-play and hiking. In the afternoons, when the temperatures increase, more time is spent participating in indoor activities.

Two different camp topics are offered on alternating weeks, so children can attend more than one session at Camp Zoo. All camp lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Campers engage in projects independently and within groups, which encourages individual expression and helps promote collaborative skills. Content is delivered with an awareness of campers’ development and is flexible to meet the needs of each particular group.

Camp Zoo instructors have respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation.

We encourage campers to participate in all activities as designed, and are also able to provide modified lessons and accommodations for campers with special needs. We also have special day camps designed for children with orthopedic and sensory impairments. Visit our Special Needs Programs page for information about Camp Zoo programs for children with special needs and additional information to help determine if Camp Zoo is a good fit for your child.

Camp Zoo is for students who are entering kindergarten through eighth grade in fall 2019. Choose from eight weeks of full-day (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or half-day (8 a.m. – Noon) sessions, with the option to add Extended Day Camp (3 – 6 p.m.). Please note that for kindergarten only half-days are offered, and for seventh and eighth grades only full-days are offered.

All camp participants receive a shirt, hat and water bottle with lanyard. Additional shirts are available for $10 each.  Campers must wear their Camp Zoo shirts every day. Full-Day campers must bring their own lunch every day.

Camp Zoo 2019 Orientation

May 30, 5 – 7 p.m. and June 1, Noon – 2 p.m.*

Attending an orientation allows you to pick up your Camp Zoo gear early, meet Camp Zoo Instructors, learn more about the Camp Zoo experience from Camp supervisors and ask any questions you have. Attending an orientation also helps speed up check-in on the first day of camp!

*Families who are not able to attend one of the orientation dates will be able to pick up Camp Zoo gear during camp check-in on the Monday of their  session.

Camp Zoo 2019 Daily Schedule

  • Camp Zoo Check-in: 7:45 – 8 a.m. each day
  • Half-Day Check-out: Noon – 12:15 p.m.
  • Full-Day Check-out: 3 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day Camp Check-out: Anytime 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Camp Zoo 2019 Sessions                                           

  • Session 1: June 3 – 7
  • Session 2: June 10 – 14
  • Session 3: June 17 – 21
  • Session 4: June 24 – 28
  • Session 5: July 1 – 5*
  • Session 6: July 8 – 12
  • Session 7: July 15 – 19
  • Session 8: July 22 – 26             

*This session is only 4 days long and is priced differently.

Camp Zoo 2019 Fees

  • Full-Day: Member $250 | General $275
  • Half-Day: Member $155 | General $170

Extended Day: $15/day or $50 for the entire week when paid in advance, $1/minute for late pick up after 6 p.m.   

Session 5 Fees:

  • Full-Day: Member  $200 | General $220
  • Half-Day: Member $125 |  General $135

Extended Day Camp: $15/day or $40 for the entire week when paid in advance, $1/minute for late pick up after 6 p.m.

UPDATE: April 22, 2019 – All Camp Zoo fee waivers/scholarships have been claimed. If more become available, we will post them here. To be placed on our waiting list and for more information, please email TeamCallCenter@phoenixzoo.org

Camp Zoo Fee Waivers are intended to direct benefits to those children most in need. Per the eligibility guidelines provided by the Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program, families who qualify for free and reduced price meals and free milk may apply for Phoenix Zoo Camp Zoo Fee Waivers.

Income eligibility guidelines can be found HERE.

If your family meets the eligibility guidelines above, you may submit an application for a Camp Zoo Fee Waiver.  The application is available to download. Fee Waivers are limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

Camp Zoo Fee Waivers include*:

  • One week of full or half day camp in July at the Phoenix Zoo’s Camp Zoo
  • Camp shirt (must be worn every day of camp), camp hat, and camp water bottle with lanyard

*Lunch and transportation are NOT included. Full-day campers must bring their own lunch. All campers must make their own arrangements for transportation to/from the Zoo.

Application Instructions

1) Complete the fee waiver application form.
Fee Waiver Application

2) Complete a Camp Zoo Registration form.
Camp Zoo Registration Form

3) Submit BOTH forms via fax, mail or email beginning March 1, 2019 at 9 a.m.: a. Fax: 602.914.4328 ATTN: CAMP ZOO b. Mail: Phoenix Zoo – Attn: Call Center/Camp Zoo Fee Waivers 455 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 c. Email: TeamCallCenter@phoenixzoo.org

NOTE: Incomplete applications and applications received before March 1, 2019 at 9 a.m. will not be considered.

All Camp Zoo sessions include up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes adventures, art and hands-on learning activities, fun games, in-depth investigations and organized free time within the unique environment of the Phoenix Zoo.

Kindergarten: Half-Day Only

Storybook Safaris

Animals have inspired many wonderful stories throughout history. Today, some of the most beloved children’s books are all about animals. Campers will be exposed to some of the greatest animal stories ever told and will meet the animals that inspired the stories.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5 and 7

Animal Art

Many of the world’s greatest artists are not people. Animals around the world create beautiful pieces of art every day! Campers will learn about the unique artists of the animal kingdom and get a chance to mimic these incredible creatures, with art projects so wild, they could only come from nature!

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6 and 8

Grades 1 & 2: Half or Full-Day

Animals Big and Small

Animals come in every size, shape and color… tiny like a beetle or huge like an elephant, skinny like a snake or round like a hedgehog, white like a pelican or red like a parrot. Campers will categorize animal opposites and then compare and contrast to explore what makes animals in the wild and at the Phoenix Zoo unique. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Animals Survive and Thrive

From the coldest tundra to the hottest deserts, animals are able to live successfully in different habitats around the world. Campers will learn how and why animals survive and thrive in every condition imaginable. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Phoenix Zoo.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 3 & 4: Half or Full-Day

Into the Wild

If you really want to learn all about animals, you have to get out and explore their world. Campers will experience what it’s like to track animals in the wild, to tread softly and leave no trace. By visiting animals and their habitats throughout the Phoenix Zoo, this camp promotes a life-long love of the natural world. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Animal Athletes

Faster! Higher! Stronger! Animal athletes can give a totally new meaning to all of these words. What animal can out-accelerate a race car? Which bird can fly as high as an airplane? Is there an animal strong enough to knock down a tree to get its food? The answers to these questions, along with up-close encounters with our amazing animal athletes, will have campers smiling in world-record time! Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures, and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Phoenix Zoo.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 5 & 6: Half or Full-Day

Camp Around the World

What if you could journey around the world on the ultimate safari? In just one week, campers will make this amazing journey without ever having to leave the Phoenix Zoo! Campers will learn about animals, habitats, people and cultures from different regions of the globe. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Future Vet

Caring for the animals at the Phoenix Zoo is a huge responsibility that requires a lot of knowledge, patience and even creativity! Campers will learn about our incredible veterinarians and animal care staff find out exactly what it takes to be a veterinarian at the Zoo and how best to care for pets at home. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8

Grades 7 & 8: Full-Day Only

Junior Zookeepers

Each and every day, zookeepers at the Phoenix Zoo work to provide the Zoo’s animals with all the things they need … food and water are only the beginning! Campers will learn first-hand what it takes to be a keeper at the Zoo and care for the animals. This camp is heavily weighted as a work experience and campers must understand the importance of taking the opportunities and responsibilities of this camp seriously. Campers should expect to get dirty and smelly and be hot and sweaty as they experience first-hand how challenging it is to be a keeper. But don’t worry, it’s also lots of fun and very rewarding! Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Zoo.

Offered sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7

Zoology in the Field

What does it take to be a real field scientist? How do you study animals in their natural habitat? Using real scientific tools to track, observe and study animal habitats and behavior, campers will conduct research and collect and analyze data during the week of camp. To conclude the week, campers will report on their findings. Of course, this Camp Zoo session also involves fun games, art and learning activities, stories, behind-the-scenes adventures and special up-close animal encounters that can only be experienced at the Phoenix Zoo.

Offered sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8


Sense of Wonder Camp
~ For children with orthopedic and sensory impairments ~

Info Coming Soon!

Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! Campers participate in outdoor activities such as up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in depth investigations, and hikes around the Zoo. We’ll also spend time in the classroom making crafts, using scientific tools and meeting Animal Ambassadors up close.

Sense of Wonder Camp offers a safe yet challenging educational experience designed to build a camper’s independence, confidence and skills. Although lessons are developed ahead of time, we leave room for individual self-expression and the program is flexible to meet the needs of individuals within the group. Sense of Wonder Camp is designed for children with sensory or orthopedic impairments. 

* Please note that the Zoo does not employ specific individuals certified or extensively trained in Special Education; however, our camp instructors do receive pre-camp training that includes basic skills for working with children who have special needs. Our instructors possess respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation.