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

Zoo Camps

January 1, 2018


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 cancelled. 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.

Utica Zoo Camp Registration Form

Utica Zoo Camp Behavior, Safety & Medical Protocols

Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-registration for all zoo camps is required!

Cancellation Protocol

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 cancelled 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.

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 zoo camps. After care runs until 4:45pm and is only available for full day sessions. Preregistration is highly encouraged, but we do realize that emergencies can happen and you may need to schedule before or after care 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


Preschool Summer Camp Dates

**Please note: In order for your preschooler to participate in a camp, they must be at least 3 years old and be able to use the restroom independently**

Animal Opposites


Some animals are soft, and some animals are spikey! Learn all about what makes different animals unique in this two day camp!

Monday, July 2nd – Tuesday, July 3rd  9:00am-12:00pm  TWO DAY/HALF DAY SESSION

0 of 15 slots available  —  CAMP FULL


Who Do You Hear?


Have you ever wondered why our gibbons howl or snakes hiss? Discover all the cool sounds animals can make and why they sound the way they do!

Thursday, July 5th – Friday, July 6th  9:00am-12:00pm  TWO DAY/HALF DAY SESSION

7 of 15 slots available


Stripes, Spots, & Scutes


Some animals have patterns to scare away predators, others have patterns to attract attention! Discover all the different colors and patterns in the animal world!

Monday, July 30th – Friday, August 3rd  9:00am-12:00pm  FULL WEEK/HALF DAY SESSION

5 of 15 slots available


School Age Summer Camp Dates

Neat Feet!

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Walking, climbing, digging, jumping; Animals use their feet in many different ways! Learn all about how animals use their feet to survive in their habitat!

Session 1: Monday, July 9th – Friday, July 13th  9:00am-12:00pm  FULL WEEK/HALF DAY SESSION

0 of 20 slots available  —  CAMP FULL

Session 2: Monday, July 30th – Friday, August 3rd  1:00pm-4:00pm  FULL WEEK/HALF DAY SESSION

10 of 20 slots available


Creature Comforts

2nd & 3rd Grade

Have you ever wondered how we care for our animals here at the zoo? Join us as we explore the zoo world and learn about the many responsibilities of our zookeepers!

Session 1: Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th  9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK/FULL DAY SESSION

4 of 20 slots available

Session 2: Monday, August 13th – Friday, August 17th  9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK/FULL DAY SESSION

0 of 20 slots available  —  CAMP FULL


Pass the Energy!

4th & 5th Grade

Ready for some food web fun? Learn how energy moves through an ecosystem through animal interactions!

Session 1: Monday, July 23rd – Friday, July 27th  9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK/FULL DAY SESSION

6 of 20 slots available

Session 2: Monday, August 20th – Friday, August 24th  9:00am-3:00pm  FULL WEEK/FULL DAY SESSION

5 of 20 slots available

Zoo Camp Prices

Two Day, Half Day Sessions:  $40.00 per child members / $50.00 per child non-members
Full Week, Half Day Sessions:  $110.00 per child members / $135.00 per child non-members
Full Week, Full Day Sessions:  $160.00 per child members / $185.00 per child non-members