Summer Camp

Join us on an exciting adventure to learn all about animals and the natural world! Our camps are designed to engage both mind and body through hands-on, unique zoo experiences and encounters with animals. We also feel that providing this fun and exciting atmosphere gives us the opportunity to reach kids and inspire them to care about wildlife, wild spaces, and to act to protect them. Sign your Tiger (4-5year olds), Lion (6-7 year olds), Zebra (8-9 year olds), or Elephant (10-13 year olds) up for an adventure they won’t forget! Your registration includes one camp t-shirt, snacks, activities, and crafts or experiments for the week.

Summer camps run weekly from June 3rd through August 9th. Keep scrolling down for specific dates for the age groups and more information.

***Campers registered after May 8 are no longer guaranteed their requested shirt size.***

Half Day Camps

Non-members: $115

ZooMembers: $100

Morning Half Day Camps are ONLY for Tigers (aged 4-5 years) and run Monday through Friday from 9 am - 12 pm.

9:00 am - 9:15 am Drop-off/Check-in
9:15 am - 9:45 am Circle Time
9:45 am - 10:30 am Time on Grounds
10:30 am - 10:45 am Snack
10:45 am - 11:45 am Stories/Crafts/Games
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Pick-up/Check-out

Afternoon Half Day Camps for Lions (aged 6-7 years) and Zebras (aged 8-9 years) run Monday through Friday from 12 pm - 3 pm.

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Drop-off/Check-in
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Topic Exploration
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Time on Grounds
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Snack
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Experiments/Crafts/Games
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Pick-up/Check-out

Full Day Camps

Non-members: $225

ZooMembers: $200

Full Day Camps for Lions, Zebras and Elephants ages 6 and up run Monday through Friday from 9 am - 3 pm.

9:00 am - 9:15 am Drop-off/Check-in
9:15 am - 9:45 am Topic Exploration
9:45 am - 10:30 am Time on Grounds
10:30 am - 10:45 am Snack
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Experiments/Crafts/Games
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch/Outside Time
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Free Time
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Time on Grounds
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Snack
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Experiments/Crafts/Games
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Pick-up/Check-out

All campers participating in Full Day Camps are required to bring a lunch each day. Please be aware that refrigeration and microwaves are not available for campers' lunches, and plan accordingly.

Zooniversity - Experience Life as a Keeper (14-18 yrs)

August 5th - 7th

$315 for non-members and $280 for ZooMembers

Zooniversity is back! Our favorite 3 day, 2 night adventure allows campers to experience the various jobs at the Caldwell Zoo. Campers will interact directly with staff from keeper and other behind the scenes departments. Be prepared to work hard and get dirty while having buckets of fun!

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Important Information:

  • Each camp runs for the days listed. When you register for camp, you are signing your child up for all five days. Each day will have different activities!
  • If your child has a summer birthday, they must be the age of their camp by the first day of the week they are registered for.
  • Registration is online this year! Simply click a red "Register Now" button, and select the first day of the camp you would like your child to attend. Even though you are selecting a single day, this will register your child for the entire week.
  • Camp shirts must be worn each day of camp. One shirt is included in the cost of registration. If you would like more shirts, they must be purchased at the time of registration.
  • Lunch options are available for Full Day camps. If you would like your child to be provided a hot lunch from the cafe each day, please select that option while registering for camp. If your child is participating in a Full Day camp, but you do not choose to add on a meal package, you will be required to send a lunch with your child.
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page for more details about our camp programs!
  • If you are not able to find the answer to your question on this page, please contact our Education Department at 903-593-0121 ext. 228 or by email at education@caldwellzoo.org. We are generally available to respond to calls and emails Monday through Friday.

Before and After Care

This year we will be offering Before and After Care for zoo campers. These services do not include any extra camp programming.

  • Our Before Care is $30 for the week and runs from 7:30 am - 9:00 am. Gates will open at 7:30 am for Before Care drop-off and will close at 7:40 am. For child safety and staffing, if you do not have your child dropped off by 7:40 am, you will have to wait until camp drop-off at 8:45 am. Before care is only for campers registered for morning or full day camps.

 

  • Our After Care is $60 for the week, runs from 3 pm - 6 pm and includes a snack. Gates will be open between 5:00 - 6:00 pm for pick-up. There will be a $5 charge for campers picked up late every 5 minutes after 6:00 pm. After Care is only for campers registered for afternoon or full day camps.

Summer 2019 Adventure Tracks

Summer of 2019 will feature THREE unique and exciting themes that will create extraordinary experiences for every age! These themes will repeat throughout the summer for each age group, then next summer we will present three new themes.

 

 

Fantastic Beasts - Enter a world of wonder! Learn about how animals can "see" with their feet, only sleep minutes a day and sweat blood.
Home is Where You Roam - Explore the various ways animals find, build, and move their homes.
 Look Who's Talking - How do animals communicate without words? Find out how they use their senses to connect with one another!

Tiger (4-5 yrs) Offerings


This age group only has morning Half Day Camps, running from 9 am - 12 pm.

 

June 3rd - 7th HALF DAY Fantastic Beasts This session is now full.
June 10th - 14th HALF DAY Home is Where You Roam This session is now full.
June 17th - 21st HALF DAY Look Who's Talking This session is now full.
June 24th - 28th HALF DAY Fantastic Beasts This session is now full.
July 8th - 12th HALF DAY Home is Where You Roam This session is now full.
July 15th - 19th HALF DAY Look Who's Talking This session is now full.
July 22nd - 26th HALF DAY Fantastic Beasts This session is now full.
July 29th - August 2nd HALF DAY Home is Where You Roam 1 spot remains.

Lion (6-7 yrs) Offerings


This age group has afternoon Half Day Camps from 12 pm - 3 pm or Full Day Camps from 9 am - 3 pm.

 

June 3rd - 7th HALF DAY  and FULL DAY Fantastic Beasts FULL DAY session is now full. HALF DAY session has 1 spot remaining.
June 10th - 14th HALF DAY Home is Where You Roam 1 spot remains.
June 17th - 21st HALF DAY and FULL DAY Look Who's Talking FULL DAY session is now full. HALF DAY session is now full.
June 24th - 28th HALF DAY Fantastic Beasts This session is now full.
July 8th - 12th HALF DAY and FULL DAY Home is Where You Roam FULL DAY session has 3 spots remaining.
 July 15th - 19th FULL DAY Look Who's Talking 3 spots remain.
July 22nd - 26th HALF DAY Fantastic Beasts This session is now full.
August 5th - 9th HALF DAY Look Who's Talking

Zebra (8-9 yrs) Offerings


This age group has afternoon Half Day Camps from 12 pm - 3 pm or Full Day Camps from 9 am - 3 pm.

 

June 10th - 14th FULL DAY Home is Where You Roam This session is now full.
July 15th - 19th HALF DAY Look Who's Talking This session is now full.
July 22nd - 26th FULL DAY Fantastic Beasts This session is now full.
July 29th - August 2nd HALF DAY Home is Where You Roam This session is now full.
August 5th - 9th FULL DAY Look Who's Talking

Elephant (10-13 yrs) Offerings


This age group ONLY has Full Day Camps, which run from 9 am - 3 pm.

 

June 24th - 28th FULL DAY Fantastic Beasts This session is now full.
July 29th - August 2nd FULL DAY Home is Where You Roam This session is now full.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus lot will be open during the following times:

  • 7:30 am - 7:40 am Before Care Drop-off
  • 8:50 am - 9:15 am Morning Camp/Full Day Camp Drop-off
  • 11:50 am - 12:15 pm Morning Camp Pick-up/Afternoon Camp Drop-off
  • 2:50 pm - 3:15 pm Afternoon Camp/Full Day Camp Pick-up
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm After Care Pick-up
Accommodations for late arrivals or early departures can be made but are disruptive to camp causing staff to be pulled away from programs. Your child may miss walks, behind the scenes excursions, animal encounters, or other activities. Please make every effort to adhere to the camp schedule. If absolutely necessary, late arrivals and early departures must be arranged in advance.
We understand that a camper may have a birthday or special occasion arise during the camp week. While camp instructors work to provide fun daily snacks during the camp week, we will allow you to bring a group snack for a special event if we know in advance, as some campers may have allergies. These snacks have to be store bought and sealed. If the camp staff does not know about these snacks in advance, they have the right to turn away any group snack.
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Camp Shirt
  • Closed-toed Shoes
  • Lunch (Full Day Camps)
  • Weather-appropriate Gear
  • Sunscreen or Bug Spray
  • Toys
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Weapons
  • Perfume or Make-up
  • Money
  • Pets
  • Parents
  • Bad Attitude

Electronics Policy:

Your student is welcome to bring a camera if they would like, but we ask that your students leave everything else at home, including toys, stuffed animals, books, etc. If your student has a cell phone that you would like them to bring with them, they are welcome to bring it and have it off unless an emergency arises. If we notice the cell phone becoming a distraction, we will hold it until the end of class.

Camp will occur rain or shine! Please send your child in the appropriate clothing. Due to child safety, if your child is not appropriately dressed for the weather, the camp staff has the right to send them home. In case of lightning, all activities will move indoors. If weather is predicted that is severe enough to warrant canceling, Education Staff will notify all parents via email.

Caldwell Zoo does not provide refunds for cancelled registrations. You are welcome to find another child to take your camper's spot for the week. To transfer registration to another child, you must notify zoo staff at least one month prior to the start of the camp. Registration for the new camper must be received two weeks before the camp, or else Caldwell Zoo holds the right to refuse participation.

We welcome children with special needs! We ask that the guardian inform us of the needs of the child so we are able to accommodate. If your child requires the assistance of an aide, the aide is more than welcome to join the child free of charge, but this must be arranged at the time of registration.

We understand that this happens from time to time. You are welcome to drop your child off and bring their lunch back to them before their scheduled camp lunch time. Feel free to utilize the Chakula Cafe or a local store or fast food restaurant to buy them a lunch. Please note that the Education Department is unable to provide lunches to campers and, due to time constraints, cannot allow them to buy lunch at the cafe themselves.

Your camper must be able to cooperatively play and sit and listen for 10 minutes. Campers must be toilet trained and must be able to take restroom breaks independently. If you have questions about this policy, please contact us! Reach us by phone: 903-593-0121 ext. 228; reach us by email: education@caldwellzoo.org.

Contact our Visitor Services Department at 903-593-0121, and they will coordinate with your child's teacher.

If your camper will be absent, please let us know at least an hour in advance. There are no refunds or make-up days for time missed.

The entire staff affiliated with camp is trained in CPR and First Aid, should your child need it. If your child is feeling sick during camp, we will notify their emergency contact. In the case of fever, vomiting, lice, pink eye, or other transmittable illnesses, your child will be sent home immediately.

We will have up to 15 campers and two teachers per class.

Parents and siblings are welcome to enjoy the zoo while we are at camp, but each parent and sibling must exit the bus lot and go through the main entrance in order to walk around the zoo. If you are a member, you will have to be scanned in. If you are not a member, you will be required to pay admission if you wish to stay in the zoo. If you know that you are planning to walk the zoo during your child's camp, you are welcome to walk them from the main entrance to the bus parking lot to drop them off, so that you can avoid moving your car.
No, because this is a drop-off program, we do not have space to accommodate parents remaining with the group. Having family around can be distracting for the campers, and we want all participants to get the most out of every camp.

Reservations are only valid for the camp week booked. Zoo camp is non-refundable; however the reservation can be rescheduled or transferred when possible (as long as the request is made one month in advance of the start of camp). All camps are subject to availability. Be sure to read our zoo camp information and policies thoroughly. Caldwell Zoo has the right to cancel these camps at any time without prior notice for full refund. If your camper jeopardizes the welfare of an animal or the safety of anyone in the group they will be removed from the program with no refund. All participants must be the age of their camp at the start of camp. Any campers that are registered for the wrong age group risk their reservation to be cancelled for no refund. Age will be verified on the first day of camp. Please call 903-593-0121 ext. 228 for more details on limitations. Prices are subject to change without notice.

If you cannot locate the answer to one of your questions on this page, please contact our Education Department at 903-593-1021 etx. 228 or by email at education@caldwellzoo.org.
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