Children who are at least 4 years old, who have not yet completed Kindergarten and who can use the restroom independently, can hop out of the pouch and into the Zoo at Camp Joey! Our days will be filled with animal antics, habitat ventures and Zoo fun as we experience and appreciate the animal world together. Camp Joey takes place both inside the Monsanto Education Gallery, and outside on our beautiful Zoo grounds. The theme this year is Animals in our World. Campers will be learning about the animals living in their homes and backyards, as well as those at the Zoo and in the wild. Camp Joey instructors all have early childhood experience and will make sure that your child's first Zoo camp experience is a great one! With a 1:4 staff:camper ratio, you can be assured that your child will get individual attention and be well supervised.
Each Camp session includes a Camp Joey T-shirt, group photo, journal and daily snack. Camp Joey occurs Monday - Friday, with half day and full day sessions available.
See the Camp Joey page for dates and registration information.
New this summer!
Camp KangaZoo themes are Aquatic Animals and Animals Everywhere. KangaCare (before and after-care) is offered every week, except July 4-8.Campers can choose to attend one or two week-long sessions throughout the summer.
Camp KangaZoo is more than just a day camp, it is an educational program with activities and experiences to appeal to many different learning styles. Campers learn through a combination of indoor and outdoor activities, including active games, classroom activities, live animal contact opportunities, guided tours around the Zoo, crafts, music, drama and more. The campers are placed into groups based on their age, and our camp instructors are experts at making sure that all activities are age-appropriate and fun.
Along with gaining knowledge and science skills, campers meet, learn and play with children from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Camp helps children to develop their social and emotional skills, independence and self-confidence. Camp KangaZoo is for children entering 1st - 6th grade.
Camp sessions occur Monday - Thursday during the day and overnight Thursday until Friday morning. Camp KangaZoo T-shirt, group photo, snacks, Thursday pizza dinner and Friday morning breakfast are included.
We will offer two “Mini-Camp” weeks on June 13-15 and July 5-7. This three day session includes regular Camp activities during the day, but does not include an overnight. It will include a t-shirt, group photo and daily snack.
We will offer two five day, Half-Day Camps, that can be combined to make a full day Camp experience on June 6-10. Have fun at Primate Palooza and/or Animal Detectives .
Extend your Camp week at Camp Caribbean, offered every Friday after the Camp overnight, with discounted pricing for Camp KangaZoo participants.
Too old for Camp? Get ready for Teen Camp; an awesome summer adventure for teens entering 7th - 9th grade. Teen camp combines all of the best aspects of camp - fun, friends, music, crafts, skits, live animal encounters and awesome instructors - with more in-depth information about Zoo animals and conservation, a field experience and kayaking at Riverland’s Migratory Bird Sanctuary and an expanded overnight adventure!
Each Teen Camp session occurs Monday - Thursday during the day and overnight Thursday until Friday morning. Teen Camp T-shirt, group photo, snacks, field trip transportation, Thursday pizza dinner and Friday morning breakfast are included.
See Teen Camp page for dates and registration information.
Teen Camp FAQ's - coming soon.
For students entering 8th – 10th grade.
This exciting program will take your interest in animals and nature to new heights as we spend 5 days and 5 nights at Shaw Nature Reserve in the Dana Brown Overnight Center. We will explore forests, fields, springs, creeks, and ponds, searching for the creatures that inhabit these ecosystems. This program offers a unique S.T.E.M. opportunity by allowing campers to experience a variety of field biology techniques and use these techniques to take data for an active field study. Lodging is in primitive cabins with a central shower house and restroom. All meals, lodging and transportation are included.
See the Teen Camp II page for dates and registration information.