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 2020
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 email@example.com or 315-738-0472
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
Looking for something fun for your kids to do during school break? Bring them to the Utica Zoo for our school break zoo camp! Join us for a single day or mix and match multiple days! Camps run from 9:00am to 3:00pm and are open to learners from 7 years to 10 years old. The cost of each day in the session is $45.00 per child for members and $55.00 per child for nonmembers.
Spring Break 2021 – Honey, I Bought a Zoo!
What would you do if you had your own zoo? Join us as we explore the different ways that our staff help keep our critters safe, healthy and happy! We’ll meet some critters up close and learn how they are ambassadors for their species, make treats for the animals around the zoo, and talk about how zoos help animals out in the wild.
April 5th – Gotta Have a Habitat Book online now!
April 6th – What’s for Dinner? Book online now!
April 7th – Animal Besties Book online now!
April 8th – Conservation Club Book online now!
Memorial Day Weekend – Mythological Creatures and Where to Find Them
Monday, May 31st 9:00am to 3:00pm Book online now!
Discover the animals behind popular myths! At this camp session we will explore a different mythological creature: Dragons, Mermaids, Griffins and Unicorns! We’ll learn about where these myths came from and how animals we see in the zoo today are tied to some of these tall tales!
*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 Book online now!
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!
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 9:00am to 12:00pm or 9:00 am to 3:00pm Book online now!
Session 2: Monday, August 16th – Friday, August 20th 9:00am to 12:00pm or 9:00 am to 3:00pm Book online now!
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 9:00am to 12:00pm or 9:00am to 3:00pm Book online now!
Session 2: Monday, August 23rd – Friday, August 27th 9:00am to 12:00pm or 9:00am to 3:00pm Book online now!
Full Day/Full Week Sessions Available!
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 Book online now!
Session 2: Monday, August 23rd – Friday, August 27th 8:45am to 2:45pm Book online now!
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 Book online now!
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 Book online now!
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!