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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.

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List of animal and zoo camps and programs

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

    Clarington

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 6 to 19
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $850/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 850 6-19 0 Clarington
    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. Voted 2013 Best Day Camp in GTA - Toronto4Kids

    Rouge, Toronto

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $265/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 265 4-16 1 Rouge, Toronto
    Hands on Exotics
    An educational day camp that provides campers with a hands on experience with exotic animals. Zoo Camp includes activities such as zookeeping, animal enrichment, arts & crafts, sports, science experiments and more!

    Alderwood, Toronto

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $410/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 410 6-16 2 Alderwood, 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 Camp
    from $89/night
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 89 6-100 3 Rouge, Toronto
    Niagara Christian Collegiate
    Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's three Summer Camps!

    Fort Erie

    Traditional (multi activity)
    Offers animal and zoo sessions.
    • Ages 11 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $3,450/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 3450 11-18 4 Fort Erie
    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)
    Offers animal and zoo sessions.
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $188/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 188 4-15 5 Harbourfront, Toronto
    Camps offering animal and zoo as an activity
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  • 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 Camp
    from $1,000/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed, Girls, Boys 1000 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 Camp
    from $325/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 325 5-13 1 Downtown West, Toronto
    Ontario Science Centre Camp
    An action-packed science day camp with exciting experiments, unexpected discoveries and exclusive access to our hands-on exhibits.

    Flemingdon Park, Toronto

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 4-14 2 Flemingdon Park, Toronto
    Camp Kendellhurst
    A traditional summer camp with sports, arts, music, technology, swimming and more.

    Mississauga

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 250 6-14 3 Mississauga
    York University: SciX - Science Explorations
    Science Engagement Programs offers interactive STEM experiences through Science Explorations for youth in grades 3 to 8 and Helix Summer Science Institute for high-performing students in grades 9 to 12.

    Sentinel Park, Toronto; Sentinel Park, Toronto

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 18
    • Coed, Girls
    • Day Camp
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed, Girls 250 8-18 4 Sentinel Park, Toronto
    WillowWood School Summer Programs
    WillowWood offers 3 different summer programs: camps for Grades 1-6, leadership programs for Gr. 7-9 and high school credits for students in Grades 9-12.

    Don Mills, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Coed 200 6-17 5 Don Mills, Toronto
    KidzWhiz
    Kids technology programs in Lego robotics, animation, game design, Scratch, Minecraft, and programming. We do weekly programs, March Break and Summer Camps, and birthday parties. We participate in the FLL competition.

    Markham; Markham; Markham

    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $225/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 225 6-12 6 Markham
    Camp Kearney at S.O.E.S
    Camp Kearney is an overnight summer camp, near Algonquin Park and is owned and operated by Toronto District School Board. All of the programs incorporate a balance of environmental ethics, wilderness experience and fun

    Algonquin Park

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $715/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 715 8-18 7 Algonquin Park
    Kidnetix
    Be creative, have fun and meet new friends in our March break and Summer camps in Brampton and Yorkdale. Dynamic programming includes: Lego Robotic's, swimming, sports, arts & crafts, guest speakers and field trips.

    Brampton; Downsview, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $135/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 135 4-16 8 Brampton, Downsview, Toronto
    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
    A perfect combination of arts enrichment taught by professional artists in all disciplines, and a magical summer experience on 178 acres overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

    Canning

    Art (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $290/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 290 5-18 9 Canning
    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 Camp
    from $264/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 264 4-14 10 Vaughan
    City of Pickering Camps & Programs
    Traditional day camps with choices to meet every childs interest, and every parents expectation! Arts, Sports, Adventure, Science, History, Specialty and more!

    Pickering

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $183/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 183 4-16 11 Pickering
    Sport Western Summer Camps
    A premier march break and summer camp offering sport specific and academic based programming with over 25 camp options and a staff team, which consists of primarily Western University students and student-athletes.

    London

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Day Camp
    from $118/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed, Girls, Boys 118 4-18 12 London
    Earth Studies
    Award winning school in sustainability and environmental practices. Owned and operated by the Cushing family. A traditional summer camp with the highest quality animal husbandry, nature connection, and much more...

    Ladysmith

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $720/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 720 8-18 13 Ladysmith
    Crestwood Valley Day Camp
    A Toronto DAY camp offering 20-25 Daily Activities, Baseball and Basketball Camps, LIT/CIT,*"4' 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 Camp
    from $545/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 545 4-15 14 Bridle Path, Toronto
    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

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $375/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 375 4-12 15 Bloor West Village, Toronto
    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 Camp
    from $178/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 178 8-17 16 St. Catharines
    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 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $235/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 235 5-12 17 Rexdale, Toronto
    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 3 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $36/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 36 3-14 18 Mississauga
    Toronto Kidz
    Every week at Toronto Kidz Camp focuses on a new theme and includes a field trip to one of Toronto's top attractions: Ripley's Aquarium, Royal Ontario Museum, Pirate Life Cruise, Casa Loma...

    Junction Triangle, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $225/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 225 5-12 19 Junction Triangle, Toronto
    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 5 to 85
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $350/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 350 5-85 20 Ajax
    Zodiac Day Camp
    Central Toronto. Variety-based for 2-4 yrs (Adult/Tot) and 4-6 yrs drop-off. 7-12 yrs pick 1/2 day arts, discovery, sports, variety or French, plus 1/2 day variety. Daily Zodiac swim lesson, 7 1-week sessions and more!

    Forest Hill, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.0 to 15.
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $199/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 199 2.0-15. 21 Forest Hill, 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 Camp
    from $950/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 950 8-17 22 Ste. Clotilde
    Laurus Summer Camp
    Montreal's #1 lifestyle camp in the heart of Downtown that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports!

    Montreal

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 200 3-15 23 Montreal
    Willowbrae Academy North York Summer Camp
    A variety summer day camp in the heart of North York. With over 20 indoor and outdoor activities. Hot healthy lunche and snacks and extended care included. Multiple kids and sessions discounts!

    Henry Farm, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.5 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 200 2.5-13 24 Henry Farm, Toronto
    Stanstead College Summer Camps
    Summer Camps for local and foreign students and include highlights like a Tall Ship Adventure, Leadership, Yoga & Wellness, Hockey, etc. in addition to ESL and Language Excellence Camps.

    Stanstead; Halifax; Louisbourg

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $950/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 950 11-17 25 Stanstead, Halifax, Louisbourg
    Moana Institute (Maui, Hawaii)
    Aloha! Experience everything Maui, Hawaii has to offer. [email protected] offers SCUBA, surfing, snorkelling, sailing...and maybe even some hiking through tropical rainforests to hidden waterfalls. Come adventure with us!

    Hawaii; Hawaii

    Science: Marine Biology
    • Ages 12 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $3,750/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 3750 12-17 26 Hawaii
    Sylvan Learning South Mississauga
    Summer STEM Camps and after-school classes for kids and teens. Choose from Science, Engineering, video game coding, math and more. Fun, affordable and educational. All led by Ontario Certified Teachers!

    Mississauga

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $145/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 145 3-18 27 Mississauga
    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 Camp
    from $220/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 220 4-16 28 King
    Saddlewood Riding Camp
    A sports camp for girls, located in Eastern Ontario. The focus is on horse camp but other activities include swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, etc.

    Peterborough Area

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $2,100/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 2100 6-16 29 Peterborough Area

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