Member registration for Summer Zoo Camp is now open. Non-member registration will begin on March 4, 2019.

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Zoo Camp Registration

If you are interested in registering for a zoo camp session, please email the Education Department at to reserve your slot. Once your slot has been saved, please download the registration form and e-mail or mail it to the address found at the bottom of the form, along with a $50 deposit payment. This deposit MUST be received no later than 2 weeks after registering and will be deducted from your final zoo camp payment. If the deposit fee is not received within two weeks after registering, your reservation(s) will be canceled. The ages of the camps are 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. Pre-registration for all zoo camps is required!

Utica Zoo Camp Registration Form

Utica Zoo Camp Behavior, Safety & Medical Protocols

Frequently Asked Questions


Summer Camp Dates & Topics

Hives, Holes, & Hideaways


Every animal needs a place to call home! Meet some animal architects and learn how they build their homes!

July 1st to July 3rd  9:00am-12:00pm  HALF WEEK SESSION

8 of 15 slots available


Heads and Tails


Have you ever wondered why lemurs have such long tails or rabbits have such big ears? Learn why animals look the way they do!

August 26th to August 28th  9:00am-12:00pm  HALF WEEK SESSION

10 of 15 slots available


Sensory Safari


Did you know that snakes use their tongues to smell or that flies use their feet to taste? Discover the unique ways that animals use their senses to move around their environment, find food, and stay away from danger!

August 12th to August 16th 9:00am-12:00pm  HALF DAY/FULL WEEK SESSION

11 of 15 slots available


Water, Water Everywhere!

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Water to drink, water to bathe in, water to call home. Regardless of their habitat, all animals need water! Join us for a wild, watery adventure!

Session 1: July 15th to July 19th  9:00am-12:00pm  HALF DAY/FULL WEEK SESSION

15 of 20 slots available

Session 2: August 12th to August 16th  1:00pm-4:00pm  HALF DAY/FULL WEEK SESSION

17 of 20 slots available


Myths and Legends

2nd & 3rd Grade

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

Session 1: July 8th to July 12th  9:00am-3:00pm  FULL DAY/FULL WEEK SESSION

8 of 20 slots available

Session 2: July 29th to August 2nd  9:00am-3:00pm  FULL DAY/FULL WEEK SESSION

14 of 20 slots available


Amazing Adaptations

4th & 5th Grade

Creatures big and small all have adaptations to help them survive! Explore the many habitats found around the world and learn about the amazing things that animals can do!

Session 1: July 22nd to July 26th  9:00am-3:00pm  FULL DAY/FULL WEEK SESSION

16 of 20 slots available

Session 2: August 19th to August 23rd  9:00am-3:00pm  FULL DAY/FULL WEEK SESSION

13 of 20 slots available


Zoo Camp Pricing

Half Week Sessions – $65.00 per child for members/$80.00 per child for nonmembers

Half Day/Full Week Sessions – $115.00 per child for members/$140.00 per child for nonmembers

Full Day/Full Week Sessions – $165.00 per child for members/$190.00 per child for nonmembers


Before & After Care

The Utica Zoo now offers extended care before and after zoo camp hours. Before care begins at 7:45 am and is available for all full-day camps and half-day camps that run from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Aftercare runs until 4:45 pm and is available for all full-day sessions and half-day camps that run from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Preregistration is highly encouraged, but we do realize that emergencies can happen and you may need to schedule before or aftercare last minute. Also, please be respectful of the drop-off and pick up times. The associated fees are as follows:

Before Care: $5.00 per day/$20.00 for the full week

After Care: $5.00 per day/$20.00 for the full week

Before & After Care: $10.00 per day/$40.00 for the full week


Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we must be contacted at least 30 days prior to the camp start date in order to receive your full refund. If you cancel less than 30 days in advance, your registration fee and/or deposit 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. No refunds will be given for missed days.