summer camp zoo 2024: Build the Zoo

Registration is now open!

This year’s camp is all about finding out what it takes to creatively care for animals. Campers will explore habitats, learn how animals survive and thrive, and learn about the many ways zoos create habitats and care for animals. 

All campers will meet animals up-close, play in our splash pads, and have opportunities to collaborate with other campers through different activities each day. Campers will also tackle design challenges related to their theme, incorporating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) principles and going through the design process. They’ll use what they learn about the animals to create real-world solutions and top off the week presenting their design.

Due to high temperatures in the summer, at least half of the camp day is spent indoors, with opportunities to expand indoor time as temperatures rise.

Grades 1 – 6: Members $299 | General $325

Kindergarten: Members $189 | General $210

Camp Scholarships are available for qualifying families for the month of July!

Grade levels are determined by the grade your camper is going into for the upcoming school year.

Choose the week that works best for you!

Start time: 8:00 a.m.

End Time for Kindergarten: 11:45 a.m.

End Time for all other age groups: 2:45 p.m. (No aftercare available)

All scholarships are sold out for the summer, follow the registration link to join our waitlist!

Due to current demand for Camp Zoo, we ask that families limit registration to only one (1) session per summer.

Grade Level Topics:

Kindergarten: What are habitats?

Fasten your seatbelts, Kindergarten! This week, we will explore habitats all around the world. Learn about what makes different habitats unique, and what special animals live in each one! Kindergarten is half day only! End time: 11:45 a.m.

Grades 1 & 2: Build a Wild Habitat

Explore the many habitats of animals around the world and identify what an animal needs to both survive and thrive in the wild. Campers will then get to design and build a model of a wild habitat for the animal of their choice!

Grades 3 & 4: Build a Zoo Habitat

How does the Phoenix Zoo design homes for animals? Campers will learn all about how to build an exhibit in the Zoo, Species Survival Plans, and how zoos design spaces that help care for animals’ physical and mental wellbeing. Campers will then get to design and build a model Zoo habitat for the animal of their choice!

Grades 5 & 6: Conservation Designers

Did you know there are animals at the Zoo that guests don’t get to see? Join us this week as we explore the Phoenix Zoo’s work in conserving species native to Arizona. Campers will learn all about conservation projects at the Zoo, and then design a conservation plan for a local species of their choice!

Thank you to our sponsors!

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