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Kids zoo camps

Zoo camps give kids the keys to the animal cages!

There are several zoo camps across Ontario where kids can spend summer time to get hands on experience with animals and learn firsthand what life is like inside the zoo. Of course, they get to meet many of the animals face-to-face. For kids who love wildlife and animals, zoo camp offers the experience of a lifetime.

A zoo camp is usually organized as a residential summer camp program that gives campers a chance to work with animals in a zoological park. Younger children may have activities like games, songs, activities, animal visits, stories, crafts and walk-abouts. Older children may undergo advanced training in zoo maintenance and even animal behavior. Teens can explore animal behavior, wildlife conservation and career options at these zoo camps.

Some activities at these kind of camps include:

  • Daily care of the animals: Cleaning, feeding and watering at the zoo.
  • Animal sharing: Free time with the animals.
  • Wildlife safari: Campers learn about wildlife and the environment. Night safaris teach about nocturnal animals.
  • Hiking: Learning to identify native plants and animals.
  • Orienteering: Using a compass to navigate the woods.
  • Animal tracking: Identifying the footprints of deer, raccoons, chipmunks, bears, and more.

Campers can also choose from a variety of activities taught by SCBI scientists and keepers. Outdoor living skills, arts and crafts, tree climbing, sports and campfires may also be included. Talent shows, presentations, biking and outdoor sports are also organized by zoo camps. In fact, these camps may cover every aspect of the zoo and aquarium that affects the well being of the animals like nutrition, enclosures, security, exercise and enrichment, veterinary care, contact with visitors and so on. Campers at zoo camps are taught about endangered species, extinct animals, wildlife art, tribal art and many related subjects too.

Kids zoo camps


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List of animal and zoo camps and programs

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Safari Zoo Camp   
The only residential summer camp of its kind in the world, participants work hands on alongside professional animal care staff to care for a variety of animals, many rare and endangered.

Clarington

Science: Zooology/Animals

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $850/week
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 850 6-17 0 Clarington
Niagara Christian Collegiate   
Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's Summer Camps. Or get a head start on your studies during our August Credit Program!

Fort Erie

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $3,550/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 3550 11-17 1 Fort Erie
Toronto Zoo - Zoo Camp   
Located at the Toronto Zoo, Zoo Camp offers unique adventures to stimulate kids' interest in the natural world. Go behind-the-scenes at Canada's largest zoo.

Rouge, Toronto

Science: Zooology/Animals

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day
from $265/week
Day Coed 265 4-16 2 Rouge, Toronto
Toronto Zoo Serengeti Bush Camp   
A uniquely wild adventure camp in the GTA, where families ( ages six and up) stay overnight and explore the African Savanna right in Toronto.

Rouge, Toronto

Science: Zooology/Animals

  • Ages 6 to 100
  • Coed
  • Overnight, family
from $89/night
Overnight, family Coed 89 6-100 3 Rouge, Toronto
Claremont Field Centre   
A nature based summer day camp taught by Ontario Certified Teachers. Spend days outdoors exploring ponds, creeks, wetlands meadows and forests!

Pickering

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day, family
from $180/week
Day, family Coed 180 5-12 4 Pickering
Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp   
An outdoor adventure day camp surrounded by nature just north of Toronto for ages 4 to 14.

Vaughan

Education (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $216/week
Day, Program, family Coed 216 4-14 5 Vaughan
Bricks 4 Kidz Woodbridge   
With several camp themes, your child will be sure to have an experience they will never forget. We do two structured builds a day, along with games and art and crafts related to our theme of the week.

Vaughan; Woodbridge

Education (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 10
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $70/session
Day, Program Coed 70 4-10 6 Vaughan, Woodbridge
Township of King   
With a mixture of sports, arts, and nature based programs, you are sure to find the perfect camp or program for your child! High Five and OCA Certified. Visit www.king.ca for more information.

King

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 2 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $4/week
Day, Program, family Coed 4 2-18 7 King
Harbourfront Centre Camps   
Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps has provided a a unique setting in which learning and fun intersect. Our campers gain life skills through meaningful participation and in all facets of arts and contemporary culture.

Harbourfront, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $285/week
Day, Overnight Coed 285 4-16 8 Harbourfront, Toronto
Camps offering animal and zoo as an activity
Northwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping Programs   
Wilderness canoe adventures with heart & meaning in separate boys, girls and coed programs. Trips weave together challenge, community and confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit.

Temagami

Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Overnight
from $1,200/week
Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys 1200 10-17 0 Temagami
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Day Camps   
Summer camp at the Toronto Ripley's Aquarium offers your kids an exciting learning experience into the wonderful world of water and aquatic life. For kids aged 5 to 13.

Downtown West, Toronto

Science: Marine Biology

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $99/week
Day, Program Coed 99 5-13 1 Downtown West, Toronto
The Wylde Swan   
Grow into a citizen of the world with this unique summer camp offering international travel, sailing aboard a tall-ship, education in geography, environmental sciences, leadership, communication skills, and so much more!

Markham; International

Sport: Sailing/Marine Skills

  • Ages 14 to 25
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $1,599/session
Overnight Coed 1599 14-25 2 Markham, International
Kidz Kare Summer Camp   
Exciting themed camps offered throughout the year at our downtown facility, including weekly field trips, guest speakers and delicious home cooked meals and snacks! Before and after care is also available.

Downtown West, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $200/week
Day, Program Coed 200 4-12 3 Downtown West, Toronto
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   
SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

Canning

Art (multi)

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
from $290/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed 290 5-18 4 Canning
Oxford Learning High Park   
Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Tutoring takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

Bloor West Village, Toronto

Education (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day
from $310/week
sessions & dates
Day Coed 310 4-12 5 Bloor West Village, Toronto
Sylvan Learning South Mississauga   
We offer low monthly rate programs in Readng, Writing, Math, Homework, Science Study Skills and Advanced Reading Strategies. Our STEM related programs in Robotics, Coding, Engineering are fun and affordable..

Mississauga

Education (multi)

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $145/session
sessions & dates
Day, Program Coed 145 3-18 6 Mississauga
Camp Portneuf   
An educational and wholesome experience for campers aged 4 to 16 years old. 50 minutes from Quebec city, our camp develops a sense of community, adventure and an appreciation of their natural surroundings

Saint-Raymond

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Day, Overnight, family
from $595/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys 595 4-16 7 Saint-Raymond
Life Gears Academy   
A specialized organization offering camps, clubs, and workshops throughout Ontario focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as well as various Life Skills such as communication and mindfulness.

Guelph; Newmarket; Windsor

Education: STEM

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed, Girls
  • Day, Program
from $50/session
Day, Program Coed, Girls 50 6-16 8 Guelph, Newmarket, Windsor
Kidnetix   
Be creative, have fun and meet new friends in our March break and Summer camps in Brampton and Toronto. Dynamic programming includes: Lego Robotic's, sports, arts & crafts, workshops, field trips & indoor playground fun!

Brampton; Downsview, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day
from $150/week
Day Coed 150 4-12 9 Brampton, Downsview, Toronto
HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS   
A nature-focused exploration and adventure camp set within a beautiful urban green space. This hands-on camp helps children foster an appreciation for the the many wonders of the natural world.

Rexdale, Toronto

Science: Environment

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Coed
  • Day
from $245/week
Day Coed 245 5-13 10 Rexdale, Toronto
Laurus Summer Camp   
Montreal & Laval's #1 lifestyle summer day camp that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 to 15! Registration is Open for 2018!

Montreal; Laval

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • Day
from $200/week
Day Coed 200 3-15 11 Montreal, Laval
Zodiac Day Camp   
Central Toronto. Variety-based for 2-4 yrs (Adult & Tot/Day Care) and 4-6 yrs drop-off. 7-12 yrs pick 1/2 day arts, discovery, sports, and variety, plus 1/2 day variety. Daily swim lesson, 7 1-week sessions and more!

Forest Hill, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 2.5 to 15
  • Coed
  • Day
from $180/week
Day Coed 180 2.5-15 12 Forest Hill, Toronto
York University; Science Engagement   
Science Engagement Programs offers interactive and hands-on STEM experiences for youth in grades 3 to 12. Summer programs include SciX (Gr. 3-8), Helix Summer Science Institute, and Spark Lab program (Gr. 9-12)

York Mills, Toronto; Sentinel Park, Toronto

Education: STEM

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed, Girls
  • Day, Overnight, Program
from $250/week
Day, Overnight, Program Coed, Girls 250 8-18 13 York Mills, Toronto, Sentinel Park, Toronto
The Dalton School Camps and Programs   
A one-of-a- kind March Break and summer camp experience with 11 weekly themes including science, history, arts and crafts, sports and more, all in Mandarin! Bring your swimsuit in the summer and join us in the sprinkler!

Deer Park, Toronto

Education: Language Studies

  • Ages 4 to 11
  • Coed
  • Day
from $280/week
Day Coed 280 4-11 14 Deer Park, Toronto
Camp Hurontario   
A traditional overnight camp with a variety of activities and sports including sailing, arts and crafts, leadership building and more.

Mactier

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Boys
  • Overnight
from $900/week
Overnight Boys 900 6-16 15 Mactier
Central Montessori Schools   
CMS offers dynamic summer camp programs for children 3 to 12 years of age. It’s the perfect balance of physical, mental and creative challenge! At CMS fun and learning go hand in hand!

Thornhill; Willowdale, Toronto; Bayview Village, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 3 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day
from $435/2 weeks
Day Coed 435 3-12 16 Thornhill, Willowdale, Toronto, Bayview Village, Toronto
YMCA Cedar Glen   
Give your child an experience they will never forget! YMCA Cedar Glen is an outdoor day camp just north of Toronto in King Township. Located on 263 acres, all programs are supervised by highly trained YMCA staff.

King

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day
from $220/session
Day Coed 220 4-16 17 King
Ajax Riding Academy   
The Ajax Riding Academy offers camps for Christmas, March Break, and Summer. In each camp, camper's riding ability will be assessed and then riding groups of five or less and of similar age group and level are formed.

Ajax

Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian

  • Ages 4 to 100
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $200/week
Day, Program, family Coed 200 4-100 18 Ajax
Idea Lab Kids Calgary   
Idea Lab provides classes, camps ranging from Cooking, Robotics, 3D Art, Engineering and Science. At Idea Lab children learn through hands-on-activities utilizing Critical-thinking Skills and a great deal of IMAGINATION!

Calgary

Education: STEM

  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $30/week
sessions & dates
Day, Program Coed 30 3-14 19 Calgary
Brock Youth University   
A unique program experience right on the Brock University Campus. Over 95 programs to choose from including +40 STEM Camps. Choose from: class day and overnight trips, summer camps and after-school programs.

St. Catharines

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
from $178/session
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed 178 8-17 20 St. Catharines
City of Mississauga   
We offer a variety of camps for ages 4–14. Choose the camp that’s right for your child, whether it’s creative, sports, learning, adventure, swimming, skating, dance or drama we have it all! mississauga.ca/camps

Mississauga

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $115/week
Day, Program, family Coed 115 4-14 21 Mississauga
Science North Camps   
Science North offers fun and educational Summer Science Camps in English and French for children aged 4 to 11 in Sudbury and Thunder Bay!

City of Thunder Bay; Sudbury

Science (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 11
  • Coed
  • Day
from $45/day
sessions & dates
Day Coed 45 4-11 22 City of Thunder Bay, Sudbury
Sidney Ledson Institute   
Give your child the advantage of academic advancement / reinforcement in curriculum subjects and SSAT/ISEE prep during the Summer holidays.  Daily physical activity and outdoor play.

Don Mills, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 2.5 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $275/week
Day, Program Coed 275 2.5-14 23 Don Mills, Toronto
Crestwood Valley Day Camp   
A Toronto DAY camp offering 20-25 Daily Activities, Baseball and Basketball Camps, LIT/CIT,*"5' Heated Inground Salt Pools*w/daily lessons-WEEKLY CARNIVAL, Gymboree & ROSE REISMAN CATERING! LOW RATIOS! Call 416.444.9595

Bridle Path, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • Day
from $545/week
Day Coed 545 4-15 24 Bridle Path, Toronto
JOA Camps   
An exceptional camp, all in French, offering weekly themes and diverse activities. Weekly outings included in pricing.

Ottawa

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 9
  • Coed
  • Day
from $55/day
Day Coed 55 4-9 25 Ottawa
Camp Kendellhurst   
A traditional summer camp with sports, arts, music, technology, swimming and more.

Mississauga

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day
from $250/week
Day Coed 250 6-14 26 Mississauga
Saddlewood Riding Camp   
Celebrating 50 years in 2018! A horseback riding camp for girls, located northeast of Toronto. Each camper has their own horse to ride in two lessons per day (English), daily horse care and stable management.

Peterborough Area

Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Girls
  • Overnight
from $2,200/2 weeks
Overnight Girls 2200 6-16 27 Peterborough Area
Camp Robin Hood   
Day Camp with the atmosphere and philosophy of a premium overnight camp! Twice-daily swim instruction, gymnastics, canoe and more. Low ratios and specialty instructors focus on life/social skills development.

Markham

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • Day
from $1,100/2 weeks
Day Coed 1100 4-15 28 Markham
Earth Studies   
Award winning school in sustainability and environmental practices. Owned and operated by the Cushing family. A traditional all-season campus with the highest quality animal husbandry, nature connection, and much more...

Ladysmith

Adventure: Wilderness Skills

  • Ages 9 to 22
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight, family
from $750/session
Day, Overnight, family Coed 750 9-22 29 Ladysmith
Centennial Colts Summer Camps   
Designed for boys and girls between the age of 7 - 13 to provide additional physical literacy to those who would like to further develop their athletic skills.

Centennial-Port Union, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 7 to 13
  • Coed
  • Day
from $195/week
Day Coed 195 7-13 30 Centennial-Port Union, Toronto
Sans Souci Riding Centre INC.   
A specialized co-ed summer camp for children who are passionate about horses and the sport of English riding. Located in Québec, offering a bilingual experience. Awarded the CCA Award of Excellence in 2014.

Ste. Clotilde

Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $985/week
Overnight Coed 985 8-17 31 Ste. Clotilde
University of King's College   
University of King's College has: 1) summer day camp for ages 6-12, 2) Humanities for Young People, a summer live-in program for teens, 3) soccer and basketball camps in March Break, in-service days and early August.

Halifax

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $150/week
Day, Overnight Coed 150 6-17 32 Halifax

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