2015 Utica Zoo Camps

The Utica Zoo’s education department has Zoo Camps designed for kids of all ages. The zoo environment and animal themed fun make these camps a great addition to any child’s day. For more information or to pre-register for camps by calling the zoo at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or e-mail kathleen.mallory@uticazoo.org.

Pre-registration for all zoo camps is required!

Summer Break Zoo Camp:

Forests Tall and Small

Pre Kindergarten

From turtles to parrots, there are all types of animals that call the forest home!  Learn all about these animals and the different types of forests they live in!

Wednesday, July 1st ~ Friday, July 3rd    9:00am-12:00pm   HALF WEEK, HALF DAY

4 of 10 slots available


Hoot, Howl, Sing


From the animals in the forest to the animals on the farm, every animal makes noise!  Listen and learn all about the sounds that animals make!

Monday, July 27th ~ Friday, July 31st     9:00am-12:00pm  FULL WEEK, HALF DAY

0 of 10 slots available  —  CLOSED OUT


Zoo-per Animals!

Kindergarten–1st Grade

If you could have an animal super power, which would you choose?  Learn all about the cool things animals can do and why they do them!

Monday, July 6th ~ Friday, July 10th     9:00am-12:00pm  FULL WEEK, HALF DAY

0 of 12 slots available  —  CLOSED OUT

Monday, July 27th ~ Friday, July 31st     1:00pm-4:00pm  FULL WEEK, HALF DAY

5 of 12 slots available


Sense-ational Safari

2nd Grade–3rd Grade

Which animal do you think is the most sense-ational?  Explore the unique ways that animals use their senses and test to see how good your senses are!

Monday, July 13th ~ Friday, July 17th     9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK, FULL DAY

0 of 12 slots available  —  CLOSED OUT

Monday, August 10th ~ Friday, August 14th     9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK, FULL DAY

3 of 12 slots available


Critter Connections

3rd Grade–5th Grade

From bugs under a log to predators that hunt from above, every animal is important to their ecosystem!  Join us as we explore the connections between animals and people!

Monday, July 20th ~ Friday, July 24th     9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK, FULL DAY

6 of 12 slots available

Monday, August 17th ~ Friday, August 21st     9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK, FULL DAY

2 of 12 slots available


Jr. ZooKeeper Camp

5th Grade & Up

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a zookeeper?  Learn all about the different animals here at the zoo and how we take care of them through the seasons!

Monday, August 3rd ~ Friday, August 7th     9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK, FULL DAY

4 of 12 slots available


Zoo Camp Prices:

Single Day Sessions:  $30.00 per child members / $35.00 per child non-members

Half Week Sessions:  $60.00 per child members / $75.00 per child non-members

Full Week, Half Day Sessions:  $110.00 per child members / $135.00 per child non-members

Full Week, Full Day Sessions:  $160.00 per child members / $185.00 per child non-members

Registration Form HERE


Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, with limited space available per session.  Registration  fees are non-refundable unless a camp session is cancelled by zoo staff.  You will be notified at least one week prior to camp if a session must be cancelled.


Zoo Camp Frequently Asked Questions:

Question:  What should my child wear to zoo camp?

Answer:  Something you don’t mind getting dirty!  We are out and about all day exploring the zoo and doing crafts.  Your best bet is to dress your child for the weather in their ‘play clothes.’  Packing a change of clothes is a good idea too!  Please have your camper wear comfortable and sturdy shoes.  Hats, sunscreen, and insect repellant are some other items that come in handy.


Question:  Does my child need to pack a lunch?

Answer:  If your child is registered for a ‘full day’ or ‘extended day’ camp, they should bring a lunch with an ice pack since there is not a refrigerator in the auditorium.  We will provide a snack, but not a lunch.  Packing plenty of water to drink and a refillable drinking bottle is highly recommended!  We ask that campers do not rely on the food vendor at the zoo because of varying schedules.


Question:  Where do I drop off my child?

Answer:  An adult needs to drop off their zoo camper in the auditorium, sign them in, and write down who will be picking them up each day.  Many parents and campers also set up carpools to the zoo, which we highly encourage!  We just ask that you inform one of the zoo camp counselors about which parent will be picking up each day!