Please be advised that the zoo is closing at 1pm on Saturday June 2nd to set up for Wine in the Wilderness

Winter Zoo Camps

December 12, 2016


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. The ages of the camps are determined by what grade they will be entering in the Fall. For more information or to pre-register for camps by calling the zoo at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or email kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.orgPre-registration for all zoo camps is required! Click here for the registration form.

Wild Winter ***Class Full***

Pre-Kindergarten to 1st Grade

Have you ever wondered how animals survive through the winter? Or how our zookeepers take care of the zoo animals through the seasons? Join us as we learn about the different ways animals stay warm and get their food in winter!

December 28th  9:00am-12:00pm  SINGLE DAY, HALF DAY SESSION


Survival of the Fittest

2nd Grade – 5th Grade

Some animals are fast and some animals are slow and steady, but every animal has a special way of surviving in their habitat! Learn about the different adaptations animals have and how they use them to be the most fit!

December 30th   9:00am-3:00pm   SINGLE DAY, FULL DAY SESSION


All About Birds

Pre-Kindergarten to 1st Grade

Eggs, Feathers, Beaks, and Talons; Learn what makes birds such you unique creatures!

February 21st  9:00am-12:00pm   SINGLE DAY, HALF DAY SESSION


Critter Keeper

2nd Grade to 5th Grade

Have you ever wondered if a snake or a hedgehog would make a good pet? Learn all about how we care for our critters here at the zoo and what it takes to be a responsible pet owner!

February 22nd   9:00am-3:00pm   SINGLE DAY, FULL DAY SESSION


Zoo Camp Prices:

Single Day/Half-Day Sessions:  $20.00 per child members / $25.00 per child non-members

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


Click here for the Registration Form

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 ‘single 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!