We’re Open!

WE ARE OPEN TO ALL VISITORS! After more than 100 days of being closed, we have finally re-opened and are welcoming visitors from 10 am-4 pm every day! We can’t wait to see you!

Masks will be required while on-grounds, as well as social distancing measures. Visit UticaZoo.org/prepare for full details.

Utica Zoo Camp Registration

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In these unprecedented times, we recognize that camps and day off activities will be more important than ever. We are thrilled to be offering on-site camp programs for 2nd-5th graders and our zoo crew program this year, but with some modifications to better ensure the safety of our campers, staff, and animals during this time. We are following all recommendations from the CDC, American Camp Association, and our local health department.

Please be sure to review the below documents before registering.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Zoo Camp changes due to COVID-19 for 2020

CLICK HERE to review Zoo Camp Behavioral/Safety Protocols

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Zoo Camp Questions

The grade level of the camp is determined by what grade they will be entering in the Fall. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with limited space available per session. All zoo camp registrations must go through our online booking system. 

Using the calendars below each session, choose the dates of the camp you would like to register for and follow the on-screen prompts to complete your registration!

Questions may be sent to kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or 315-738-0472

 Cancellation Protocol

If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we must be contacted at least 14 days prior to the camp start date in order to be eligible for a refund. There is a $25 convenience fee charged for each transaction. If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the first day of your camp session, your registration fee is non-refundable, unless the class is canceled by zoo staff. Please notify zoo camp staff if your child will be unable to attend, is arriving late, or leaving early on any particular day of zoo camp.

Rube Goldberg Machine STEAM Adventure Camp

Join us for our day-long “camp” offered on the days when students have off for a “holiday”, like Columbus Day or Black Friday. Each day will have a theme and focus on hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities.

At the Utica Zoo Rube Goldberg Camp, students ages 8 to 12 years of age will work in groups, using everyday items to insert ten or more “actions” into the feeding of our Sumatra Chicken Poe, with an action being anything that transfers energy from one item to another. We will design and build our own wild machines to do simple tasks in a fun and complex way.

We will start at 10:00 am (check-in time is at 9:45 am) learning about how machines work. At 2:45 pm we invite the parents to join us in a demonstration of our wonderful “machine” and hear about how each part was developed from the youth who built it.

Cost is $55 per child, plus admission, for not-yet-members, and $50 per child for Utica Zoo Members. Make sure to send your campers with a packed lunch.

Book online now!