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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 this 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 wellbeing 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 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
    Bowmanville Zoo Eco Day Camp
    A unique opportunity for kids aged 4 to 16 to interact with animals, including lemurs, zebras, giraffes, guinea singing dogs, lions and tigers, and learn from animal experts.

    Clarington

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $207/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 207 4-16 1 Clarington
    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 2 Rouge, Toronto
    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 3 Rouge, Toronto
    Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp
    All camp programs are hands-on with animals. A variety of camp programs are offered for campers aged five to 16.

    Forest Hill, Toronto

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 4 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 4-14 4 Forest Hill, 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 5 Fort Erie
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp
    An outdoor adventure day camp surrounded by nature just north of Toronto for ages 5 to 14.

    Vaughan

    Education (multi)
    Offers animal and zoo sessions.
    • Ages 5 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $254/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 254 5-14 6 Vaughan
    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 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $188/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 188 4-16 7 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 11
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $325/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 325 5-11 1 Downtown West, Toronto
    CEFA Early Learning Summer Program
    BC's leading summer program exclusively designed for children aged 1 through 5. Choose from one of 15 locations across the Lower Mainland and Kelowna.

    British Columbia (15)

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 1 to 5
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $695/month
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 695 1-5 2 Langley, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, New Westminster, Surrey, Kelowna
    Crestwood Valley Day Camp
    A Toronto summer camp specializing in baseball and basketball training camps, including other sports like golf and soccer, arts and more.

    Bridle Path, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $545/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 545 3-15 3 Bridle Path, 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 Camp
    from $225/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 225 5-13 4 Rexdale, 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 Camp
    from $210/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 210 4-16 5 King
    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 2.5 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $125/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 125 2.5-12 6 Brampton, Downsview, Toronto
    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 $680/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 680 8-18 7 Algonquin Park
    Laurus Summer Camp
    Montreal's #1 lifestyle camp in the heart of Downtown that blends fun, education and specialty training in one of the following: Sports, arts, music, French or English, math or fitness.

    Montreal; Montreal

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 200 3-15 8 Montreal
    Willowbrae Academy North York Summer Camp
    A variety summer camp in the heart of North York. With over 30 indoor and outdoor activities, including Body Break Kid Fit program developed by Hal Johnson and Joanne Mcleod. Hot healthy lunches and extended care.

    Henry Farm, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.5 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $160/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 160 2.5-14 9 Henry Farm, Toronto
    Serenity Valley Radiant Girls Camp
    A unique Wellness Camp in a Retreat setting. Featuring Yoga and Pilates, Outdoor Excursions, Hands-On Cooking, Coaching for Confidence & Emotional Intelligence, Meaningful Expressive Art, Fun & Lots of Giggling.

    Burlington; Midland

    Health & Fitness: Mindfulness Training
    • Ages 7 to 15
    • Girls
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $300/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Girls 300 7-15 10 Burlington, Midland
    York University: SciX - Science Explorations
    Science Engagement provides a fun and interactive experience in STEM for youth ages 8 to 14. Helix immerses students in university learning and research experiences lead by university graduate students and faculty.

    Vaughan

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 18
    • Coed, Girls
    • Day Camp
    from $175/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed, Girls 175 8-18 11 Vaughan
    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 $915/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 915 8-17 12 Ste. Clotilde
    Science Timmins
    Founded in 1969, Science Timmins Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization run by volunteers and governed by a community-based Board of Directors.

    Timmins Cochrane - Iroquois Falls

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 17
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $20/day
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 20 2-17 13 Timmins Cochrane - Iroquois Falls
    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 10
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 4-10 14 Bloor West Village, Toronto
    Ontario Science Centre Camp
    A science day camp where children ages 5-12 from throughout the GTA can make new friends, take part in exciting science experiments and enjoy exclusive access to the exhibit halls.

    Flemingdon Park, Toronto

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $225/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 225 5-14 15 Flemingdon Park, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning
    Sylvan Academic and Enrichment Summer Camps are fun, engaging and educational. They are offered in a full day and half day format for children aged 4-11 in a low ratio setting. They are led by Certified Ontario Teachers

    Oakville; Burlington; Hamilton

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 11
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $195/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 195 4-11 16 Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton
    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 $1,980/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 1980 6-16 17 Peterborough Area
    La Citadelle Summer Camp
    La Citadelle Summer Camp offers: sports, arts & crafts, performing arts, lego, robotics, computer music and animation, fun with math, reading & an hour of French, field trips (weather permitting).

    Don Mills, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.5 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $350/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 350 2.5-13 18 Don Mills, Toronto

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