We’re Open!

After more than 100 days of being closed due to COVID-19, we have finally received the go-ahead to re-open for members on June 29-July 1 and not-yet-members on July 2.

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

Utica Zoo Summer Zoo Camp Registration






In these unprecedented times, we recognize that summer camp 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.

Zoo Camp Pricing

$175.00 per child for members/$200.00 per child for not-yet-members. Save on Zoo Camps and enjoy a host of other year-long benefits by becoming a Utica Zoo Member today!

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. Click the BOOK NOW button next to the camp of your choice to register.

 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.

2020 Summer Zoo Camp Dates & Topics 

2nd & 3rd Grade Sessions (Open to Campers ages 7 to 9)

Head, Shells, Teeth, and Tails

From head to tail, animals have amazing adaptations that help them find food, shelter, and protect themselves from other animals! We’ll explore a different adaptation each day and create our own creatures.

Session 1: July 20th to July 24th – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Session 2: August 17th to August 21st — 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Polly’s Planet Patrol

Follow Polly on a quest to help preserve habitats and protect animals! During this week-long camp, we’ll learn about the challenges that wild animals face today and how we can do our part to help them to survive!

Session 1: July 27th to July 31st – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Session 2: August 24th to August 28th— 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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 helps them to survive.

Session 1: August 3rd to August 7th – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


4th & 5th Grade Sessions (Open to Campers ages 9 to 11)


Sticky spiderwebs, slimy frogs, slithering snakes, and spraying skunks; Some animals just make you want to shout ‘yuck’! During this camp, we’ll be exploring the strangest, grossest members of the animal kingdom!

Session 1: July 20th to July 24th – 8:45 am to 3:45 pm

Session 2: August 17th to August 21st — 8:45 am to 3:45 pm


Wild in Your Backyard

When you step outside, what kinds of animals do you see? What animals do you hear? If you open your window at night, do you hear different animals then during the day? Discover all the different animals that live in our backyards and learn about how these animals have adapted to living with people.

Session 1: August 3rd to August 7th – 8:45 am to 3:45 pm

Session 2: August 24th to August 28th— 8:45 am to 3:45 pm


Beaversprite Adventure Camp (Open to Campers aged 9 to 11)

Join us this summer at Beaversprite, the Utica Zoo’s new 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 and practice outdoor survival skills! All while learning about the plants and animals that call Beaversprite home.

*Please note that this camp will be held at the Beaversprite Nature center at Belden Corners Rd, Dolgeville, NY. Beaversprite campers must be dropped off at Beaversprite. There is no transportation from the zoo to the conservation center.*

Session 1: Adirondack Adventures — July 27th to July 31st – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Session 2: Wet & Wild Adventures — August 10th to August 14th – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

If you have any questions or would like to sign a child up for our zoo camp sessions, please email the education department at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or call 315-738-0472 ext. 36. Zoo Camps are brought to you by First Source Federal Credit Union.