General Information

We are open 10am-4:30pm everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas! Reservations are NOT required!

Utica Zoo 2021 Camp Registrations Now Open!

Zoo Camps Button with UZ Kids logo

Looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer? Bring them to the Utica Zoo for zoo summer day camp! Join us for five zooerific filled days of programs.  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 an animal meet and greets, enrichment projects, touring the zoo, and crafts.


In these unprecedented times, we recognize that summer camp will be more important than ever. At this time, we are planning to hold on-site camp and zoo crew training programs, 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 2021

CLICK HERE to review Zoo Camp Behavioral/Safety Protocols

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Zoo Camp Questions

Your camper’s age must be within the age range for the camp session by the first day of camp. 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 which can be found HERE.

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 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  non-refundable 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.


Single Day Sessions – $45 per camper for members/$55 per camper for members

Half Day/Half Week Sessions – $75.00 per camper for members/$90.00 per camper for not-yet-members.

Half Day/Full Week Sessions – $125.00 per camper for members/$150.00 per camper for not-yet-members.

Full Day/Full Week Sessions – $175.00 per camper for members/$200.00 per camper for not-yet-members.

Aftercare (Only offered for Full Day camps; Pickup time is 4:45pm) – $50 per week

2021 Summer Zoo Camp Dates & Topics

Wallaby Joey Sessions (Open to Campers ages 3 to 5)

*Campers must be able to independently use the restroom in order to attend*

Half Week/Half Day Session and Full Week /Half Day Sessions Available

Shiny Scales & Feathery Tails
Half Week/Half Day Session
Some animals are sticky, others are fuzzy, but every animal has a special covering!  Learn all about the different coverings animals have and why they feel the way they do!

Tuesday, July 6th – Thursday, July 8th 9:00am to 12:00pm SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

Storybook Safari
Full Week/Half Day Session
Did you know that porcupines can’t shoot their quills, even though we sometimes see them doing just that in our storybooks? We’ll dive into some of our favorite stories to discover the myths behind these tales and meet a couple of these famous critters up close in our classroom!

Monday, August 2nd – Friday, August 6th 9:00am to 12:00pm Book online now!

Slither, Strut, Soar!
Full Week/Half Day Session
Climbing, walking, flying, swimming; All animals need to get around somehow!  Learn all about the ways animals move and where they’re going.

Monday, August 30th – Friday, September 3rd 9:00am to 12:00pm Book online now!

Owlet Sessions (Open to Campers ages 5 to 7)

Half Day and Full Day Sessions Available!

Where the Wild Things Live

Join us on an adventure around the world and explore different places like deserts and rainforests! Each day, we’ll meet animals from a different habitat and learn all about what it takes to survive in some of the most extreme habitats on the planet!

Session 1: Monday, July 12th -Friday, July 16th SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

Session 2: Monday, August 16th – Friday, August 20th SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

Zoo-per Animals!

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!

Session 1: Monday, July 19th – Friday, July 23rd SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

Session 2: Monday, August 23rd – Friday, August 27th SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

Wolf Pack Sessions (Open to Campers ages 7 to 9)

Full Day/Full Week Sessions Available!

Sense-sational Safari

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!

Session 1: Monday, July 12th -Friday, July 16th 8:45am to 2:45pm SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

Session 2: Monday, August 23rd – Friday, August 27th 8:45am to 2:45pm SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

What’s for Dinner?

Have you ever wondered what the zoo animals like to eat for lunch?  Learn about what animals eat in the wild and how the zoo keeps the animals on healthy diets.

Monday, July 26th – Friday, July 30th 9:00am to 3:00pm SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

Lion Pride Sessions (Open to Campers ages 9 to 11)

Full Day/Full Week Sessions Available!


Did you know that an ostrich can run over 40 miles per hour? Learn all about our fastest, tallest, shortest, and smallest animals and how characteristics like size and speed help animals to survive!

Session 1: Monday, July 19th -Friday, July 23rd 8:45am to 2:45pm SESSION CLOSED – FULLY BOOKED

Session 2: Monday, August 2nd – Friday, August 6th 8:45am to 2:45pm Book online now!

Animal Myths & Legends

Dragons, unicorns, and mermaids, oh my! Learn all about the animals behind the legends and meet some modern “monsters” up close!

Monday, August 16th – Friday, August 20th 8:45am to 2:45pm Book online now!

Beaversprite Sessions (Open to Campers ages 8 to 11)

Single Day/Full Day and Full Week/Full Day Sessions Available!

Join us this summer at Beaversprite, the Utica Zoo’s Conservation Education Center, for fun summer adventures! Your camper will explore the fields and forests of the 1300-acre sanctuary, go on stream safaris, visit the beaver ponds and wetlands, practice outdoor survival skills, and create art; All while learning about the plants and animals that call Beaversprite! This camp will be held at Beaversprite Nature Center on Belden Corners Road in Dolgeville, NY!

Wet & Wild Adventures

Monday, July 26th -Friday, July 30th 9:00am to 3:00pm Book online now!

Adirondack Adventures

Monday, August 9th – Friday, August 13th 9:00am to 3:00pm Book online now!