School Break Camps 2019/2020

November 14, 2019


Looking for something fun for your kids to do during school break? Bring them to the Utica Zoo for our school break zoo camp! Join us for a single day or mix and match multiple days! Camps run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and are open to students from 6 years to 10 years old. Zoo camp is a great place for kids to have fun and learn too! We introduce campers to an inquiry-based learning environment, with STEAM activities that encourage group collaboration and learning! Camps are interactive and also include animal meet and greets, enrichment projects, touring the zoo, and crafts. The cost of each session is $45.00 per child for members and $55.00 per child for nonmembers. Preregistration is required for all camp sessions. If you have any questions or would like to sign a child up for our zoo camp sessions, please email the education department at or call 315-738-0472 ext. 26.


Holiday Break Camps/Events:

December 30th – It’s Snowing Cats & Dogs!

The Utica Zoo is home to many felines and canines, such as our African Lions and Mexican Wolves! Learn the similarities and differences between the members of each of these families, and compare them to the pets we have at home!

December 31st – Noon Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year at the Utica Zoo! Enjoy special animal enrichment, roasting marshmallows by the fire, animal meet and greets, and a sparkling juice toast at 12 pm for a family-friendly New Year celebration!                         Learn more on Facebook

January 2nd – Rescued, Rehabilitated, Rehomed

Did you know that all three of our bald eagles are rescues from the wild? Discover the exciting field of wildlife rehabilitation and meet some of our rehabbed animals up close!

January 3rd – Ice and Snow, Where do they go?

Have you ever wondered where all of our native turtles and snakes go during the winter? Learn all about how our native animals survive the winter months as well as how we take care of our animals here at the zoo this time of the year!


Day Off Camp:

January 20th (MLK Day) – Tropical Adventure!

Take a break from the cold winter weather! Join our zoo educators as we explore the deserts and rainforests of the world and meet the many animals who call these places home!

Winter Break Camps:

February 17th – Let’s Hear it for Ears!

From owls to rabbits, many animals have unique ears that help them to survive in their environment! Discover why some animals need large ears, and how others navigate with no ears at all!

February 18th – Anything Nose

Not only can animals use their noses to help them find food, but many animals also use them to help them to dig! Meet the most nosey animals here at the zoo and discover why some animals need to have a powerful sense of smell!

February 19th – The Tale of Tails

Short tails, long tails, furry tails and scaly tails! Meet some animals who have the coolest tails around and discover how animals use their tails in different ways!

February 20th – All Eyes on Animals!

Did you know that even though tarantulas have 8 eyes, they don’t see very well? Learn all about why some animals need to have great eyesight, while others do not.

Spring Break Camps:

Spring Break Zoo Camp topics to be announced. Tentative camp schedule:

April 6th-9th for 6-10 years old

April 3-10 for pre-school aged children

Summer School Break Camps 2019

Click here to visit the general zoo camp page

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