Kids zoo camps and zoology programs

Learn about animals!

Zoo camps and zoology camps give kids and teens an opportunity to deepen their love for animals and nature. Some camps, found across the country, are put on by actual zoos. You'll also find camps below that offer a concentrated zoology curriculum. Many of these camps give kids experiences with animals they will remember the rest of their lives. Some camps listed further below offer a variety of traditional kids’ day camp activities, including learning about animals. Below the camp listings, there's much more info for parents. Read more




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Programs specializing in Zoology (4 results)

Camps below offer specialized education and programming for kids who specifically want to learn more about animals. Look for “zoo camp” in the name to find camps that are put on by actual zoos. (Note that some camps offer only zoology-related sessions.) View camp listings to get more details.

  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $1,200
ClaringtonOntario

Participants work alongside professional Animal Care staff to look after a variety of rescued & endangered wildlife. Visit website

Safari Zoo Camp12006-82023-07-01,48,6,81,10,5,9,69,24,2,357,50,267,7,28,3,60,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $1,200
ClaringtonOntario

Participants work alongside professional Animal Care staff to look after a variety of rescued & endangered wildlife. Visit website

Safari Zoo Camp12006-82023-07-01,48,6,81,10,5,9,69,24,2,357,50,267,7,28,3,60,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Clarington, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,200
ClaringtonOntario

Participants work alongside professional Animal Care staff to look after a variety of rescued & endangered wildlife. Visit website

Safari Zoo Camp12009-122023-07-01,48,6,81,10,5,9,69,24,2,357,50,267,7,28,3,60,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Pickering, ON
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $224
PickeringOntario

Embrace your animal instincts while learning about and looking for signs of animals! Visit website

Claremont Nature Centre2244-122023-07-01,48,6,81,10,5,9,173,123,69,24,2,7,50,12,3,347,28,63,357,daycamp,coed,


Programs offering Zoology as an activity (39 results)

Camps below offer some curriculum related to animals that may include, for example, a zoo visit. View their listings in full to learn what they offer.

  • Pickering, ON
  • Age 7 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $675
PickeringOntario

Learn to jump the hurdles, build a bond and create new friendships at Belle Wood Equestrian Summer Camp Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Belle Wood Equestrian6757-182023-07-012023-08-01,256,5,133,341,345,263,368,293,197,138,37,70,288,10,9,173,123,333,69,134,33,2,91,24,7,50,137,19,276,1,54,3,347,63,30,74,161,daycamp,coed,
  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $305
OakvilleOntario

Each day will have a different science theme, craft and experiment based on a Magic School Bus episode. Visit website

Rotherglen Summer Camp3057-92023-07-012023-08-01,357,2,50,356,267,317,7,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $305
MississaugaOntario

Fun with Science is a fun, accessible way for children to explore their sense of wonder. Visit website

Rotherglen Summer Camp3054-62023-08-01,357,2,50,130,317,7,188,0,daycamp,coed,

  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $380
OakvilleOntario

Campers will be introduced to all types of wild animals, including birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Visit website

Rotherglen Summer Camp3804-62023-07-01,337,5,10,9,7,2,50,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $375
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Designed to help students use their time more effectively so that they can keep their busy lives in balance. Visit website

Oxford Learning High Park37513-182019-01-012019-02-012019-03-012019-04-012019-05-012019-06-012019-07-012019-08-012019-09-012019-10-012019-11-012019-12-012020-01-012020-02-012020-03-012020-04-012020-05-012020-06-012020-07-012020-08-012020-09-012020-10-012020-11-012020-12-012021-01-012021-02-012021-03-012021-04-012021-05-012021-06-012021-07-012021-08-012021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-01,153,1,7,2,50,19,24,33,91,79,97,129,130,144,195,32,196,362,358,357,programclass,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $1,600
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Guarantee of highly skilled and compassionate teachers, as well as curricular and instructional excellence. Grade 1 - 8. Visit website

Oxford Learning High Park16003-132020-09-012020-10-012020-11-012020-12-012021-01-012021-02-012021-03-012021-04-012021-05-012021-06-012021-07-012021-08-012021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-012025-01-012025-02-012025-03-012025-04-012025-05-012025-06-01,153,1,7,2,50,19,24,33,91,79,97,129,130,144,195,32,196,362,358,357,programclass,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $400
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Our theme-based camps use an interdisciplinary approach to develop student knowledge, problem-solving and confidence. Visit website

Oxford Learning High Park4004-102023-07-012023-08-01,133,5,165,22,59,288,10,9,173,123,180,177,159,196,2,32,195,79,129,97,270,130,50,24,160,67,7,268,19,153,1,28,3,161,181,daycamp,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $2,100
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Experience the individualized Oxford approach with the benefits of socialization in a small bilingual classroom environment. Visit website

Oxford Learning High Park21003-82022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,337,5,150,37,59,288,159,177,342,2,275,91,129,24,97,270,144,50,7,314,19,319,1,161,3,362,366,358,357,181,programclass,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $345
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Customized to meet your child's needs, help your child become more engaged, more prepared, and on track to a brighter future! Visit website

Oxford Learning High Park3453-142019-01-012019-02-012019-03-012019-04-012019-05-012019-06-012019-07-012019-08-012019-09-012019-10-012019-11-012019-12-012020-01-012020-02-012020-03-012020-04-012020-05-012020-06-012020-07-012020-08-012020-09-012020-10-012020-11-012020-12-012021-01-012021-02-012021-03-012021-04-012021-05-012021-06-012021-07-012021-08-012021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,153,1,7,2,50,19,24,33,91,79,97,129,130,144,195,32,196,362,358,357,181,programclass,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $280
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Customized program focuses on French grammar, reading comprehension, writing, & vocabulary to help students of every skill! Visit website

Oxford Learning High Park2806-192019-01-012019-02-012019-03-012019-04-012019-05-012019-06-012019-07-012019-08-012019-09-012019-10-012019-11-012019-12-012020-01-012020-02-012020-03-012020-04-012020-05-012020-06-012020-07-012020-08-012020-09-012020-10-012020-11-012020-12-012021-01-012021-02-012021-03-012021-04-012021-05-012021-06-012021-07-012021-08-012021-09-012021-10-012021-11-012021-12-012022-01-012022-02-012022-03-012022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-012025-01-012025-02-012025-03-012025-04-012025-05-012025-06-012025-07-012025-08-01,153,1,7,2,50,19,24,33,91,79,97,129,130,144,195,32,196,362,358,357,programclass,coed,

  • Downtown, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $295
TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

Eureka guides campers through hands-on, interactive activities that let them fall in love with science & engineering. Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Toronto Met Day Camps2958-132023-07-012023-08-01,178,177,159,357,2,50,130,316,315,317,7,268,12,3,347,323,223,54,63,222,260,56,322,161,daycamp,coed,
  • Montreal, QC
  • Age 3 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $40
MontrealQuebec

STEM Junior programs are designed for the youngest inventors, who are starting to explore the world around them. Visit website

Inventor Stem School403-62022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,304,177,180,67,160,2,129,357,50,356,182,130,267,317,7,268,paday,coed,
DAY CAMP
Nature
March Break Camp
Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2023

  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 4 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $63
BramptonOntario

Campers will be immersed in nature, looking for signs of animal life, making nature crafts, and exploring the land! Visit website

Claireville Conservation Area634-102023-03-01,298,6,170,41,81,337,5,10,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,7,28,3,daycamp,coed,
DAY CAMP
Traditional
Summer Camp
Jul 04 - Aug 25, 2023

  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $264
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Campers return each year because they love the activities, the playful nature of the program and the caring staff. Visit website

Tamarack West Summer Camp2644-102023-07-012023-08-01,170,6,81,133,5,197,345,59,288,10,9,173,123,134,24,2,7,50,153,1,28,3,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Caledon, ON
  • Age 5 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $260
CaledonOntario

Get your camper ready to embrace their animal instincts as they look for signs of animals, and learn about animal adaptations Visit website

Albion Hills Field Centre2605-92023-07-01,81,6,133,5,10,9,24,2,357,50,7,314,268,28,3,56,322,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Caledon, ON
  • Age 5 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $260
CaledonOntario

Take a closer look at the magic the forest has to offer! Visit website

Albion Hills Field Centre2605-92023-07-012023-08-01,81,6,263,5,345,59,288,337,10,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,7,314,268,28,3,56,322,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $645
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Watch out world… BVG Trailblazers are discovering who they are and what makes them unique and amazing! Visit website

Bayview Glen Camp6457-92023-07-012023-08-01,256,5,133,154,22,257,259,258,165,70,288,265,289,59,10,9,296,363,297,173,123,333,343,177,67,135,2,24,357,50,356,182,130,316,267,317,7,314,268,8,3,12,347,327,323,223,54,15,322,16,201,25,56,64,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Canning, NS
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $550
CanningNova Scotia

Combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, a full recreation schedule, and a core of incredible arts programming! Visit website

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts55012-162023-07-012023-08-01,81,6,274,5,288,165,22,197,345,71,150,37,59,10,9,173,123,69,174,178,177,179,68,67,196,2,32,88,91,33,275,281,24,182,50,130,160,144,7,137,268,19,251,3,223,347,54,172,overnightcamp,coed,

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $645
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

From Sports to Arts to Off-Site Water-Based Specialty Camp our Maverick camp allows campers to have a well-rounded experience Visit website

Bayview Glen Camp64510-132023-07-012023-08-01,256,5,133,154,22,257,259,258,165,70,288,265,289,59,10,9,296,363,297,173,123,333,343,177,67,135,2,24,357,50,356,182,130,316,267,317,7,314,268,8,3,12,347,327,323,223,54,15,322,16,201,25,56,64,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $325
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Join us in-person for a week filled with activities on the York University | Keele campus! Visit website

York University; Science Engagement3258-142023-03-01,67,177,159,24,2,357,50,130,316,144,315,317,7,314,268,daycamp,coed,
  • Canning, NS
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $345
CanningNova Scotia

Combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, a full recreation schedule, and a core of incredible arts programming! Visit website

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts34512-162023-07-012023-08-01,81,6,274,5,288,165,22,197,345,71,150,37,59,10,9,173,123,69,174,178,177,179,68,67,196,2,32,88,91,33,275,281,24,182,50,130,160,144,7,137,268,19,251,3,223,347,54,172,daycamp,coed,
PROGRAM
Nature
Outdoor School - East End
Oct 03, 2022 - Jun 11, 2023

  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 1 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $495
TorontoEast-YorkEast-YorkOntario

At Outdoor School, nature is our classroom. Children join us each week during the school year to explore, learn and grow. Visit website

The Pine Project4951-152022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,298,6,81,10,5,9,134,33,2,91,24,7,50,153,1,276,28,3,programclass,coed,
  • Haliburton, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $1,145
HaliburtonOntario

Escape into nature, learn to live with the land, build life-long friendships, and discover your full potential. Visit website

The Pine Project11457-142023-08-01,298,6,170,41,81,133,5,10,9,134,88,2,91,33,24,7,50,153,1,276,8,3,28,16,322,25,56,overnightcamp,coed,

  • Caledon, ON
  • Age 5 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $260
CaledonOntario

Your imaginative camper will love to experience nature through dramatic play, dance, yoga, song and storytelling. Visit website

Albion Hills Field Centre2605-92023-07-01,59,5,288,337,10,9,24,2,357,50,7,314,268,28,3,56,322,161,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $270
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Our Leaders in Training program allows youth to gain leadership skills while exploring Toronto's urban wilderness. Visit website

Tommy Thompson Park27014-162023-07-012023-08-01,10,5,9,173,123,69,88,2,91,33,24,357,50,7,153,1,28,3,161,daycamp,coed,

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 4 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $645
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

A specially curated program for campers ages 4-6 that is based on their ages and stages of development. Visit website

Bayview Glen Camp6454-62023-07-012023-08-01,256,5,133,150,37,265,288,10,9,173,123,333,343,177,196,2,32,160,129,24,357,50,182,130,267,317,7,314,268,19,320,1,153,319,11,3,347,12,323,223,54,58,21,251,27,74,161,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Caledon, ON
  • Age 5 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $260
CaledonOntario

Use nature as inspiration to draw and sketch life in the forest, make earth art, paint and sculpt with natural materials. Visit website

Albion Hills Field Centre2605-92023-07-01,59,5,288,337,10,9,173,355,123,69,24,2,357,50,7,314,268,28,3,56,322,161,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Montreal, QC
  • Age 3 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $200
MontrealQuebec

English, French, Math Music, Magic, Cooking, Science, Robotics, Soccer, Basketball, Drama, Dance, Art & more! Visit website

Laurus Summer Camp2003-152023-06-012023-07-012023-08-01,256,5,133,259,22,258,165,263,345,197,339,37,150,70,288,265,59,291,10,9,296,297,173,123,333,303,177,67,159,196,2,32,195,344,342,362,135,358,79,88,91,366,33,129,24,97,270,357,50,144,267,317,7,268,226,1,153,319,276,12,3,347,327,323,54,58,63,251,28,29,35,74,161,188,0,181,daycamp,coed,
  • Uptown, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $485
TorontoUptownUptownOntario

This camp is meant to show your child the beauty of science, math and coding and how they can make a difference in our life Visit website

Toronto STEM School4856-132023-07-01,364,177,300,178,299,349,303,332,180,305,67,159,68,179,196,2,32,280,33,91,129,357,50,130,316,317,7,314,268,224,3,54,347,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 4 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $226
BramptonOntario

Campers will learn about the different animal groups through hikes, games, and activities. Visit website

Claireville Conservation Area2264-112023-07-012023-08-01,298,6,81,10,5,9,173,123,24,2,357,50,7,54,3,347,28,252,daycamp,coed,
DAY CAMP
Traditional
Day Camp
Jul 03 - Aug 25, 2023

  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,600
Richmond HillOntario

A fun mix of sports and other fun activities for the camper interested in a bit of everything! Visit website

Richmond Hill Country Club 16004-122023-07-012023-08-01,133,5,258,22,197,345,263,138,37,147,38,10,9,173,69,174,67,177,159,281,2,24,7,50,314,321,1,56,3,322,8,224,11,347,12,261,324,327,323,223,26,29,35,222,54,74,325,58,139,260,63,360,363,357,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 4 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $415
TorontoEast-York, West-EndEast-YorkWest-EndOntario

Explore city parks, play nature games, learn new wilderness and naturalist skills, and connect with your peers! Visit website

The Pine Project4154-132023-03-01,81,6,10,5,9,134,33,2,91,24,7,50,153,1,276,28,3,daycamp,coed,
  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $270
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Nature Camp at Tommy Thompson Park offers the chance to discover our city’s animal and plant life among wetlands and meadows. Visit website

Tommy Thompson Park2706-122023-07-012023-08-01,10,5,9,173,123,69,24,2,357,50,7,153,1,28,3,161,daycamp,coed,
  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 13 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $2,100
Richmond HillOntario

Leadership, friendship and fun for today's teens! Visit website

Richmond Hill Country Club 210013-142023-07-012023-08-01,256,5,133,258,22,197,345,263,138,37,59,288,10,9,69,68,177,67,88,2,91,33,24,160,7,50,8,3,11,347,12,223,29,35,221,74,56,322,260,63,360,357,daycamp,coed,
  • Caledon, ON
  • Age 5 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $260
CaledonOntario

Campers will build a shelter, try orienteering, learn how to safely make a fire, and enjoy cedar tea. Visit website

Albion Hills Field Centre2605-92023-07-01,81,6,133,5,10,9,24,2,357,50,7,314,268,28,3,56,322,188,0,daycamp,coed,
  • Haliburton, ON
  • Age 15 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $3,435
HaliburtonOntario

Voyageurs mix camping, canoeing and leadership training for the ultimate backcountry adventure. Visit website

The Pine Project343515-162023-08-01,298,6,170,41,81,133,5,10,9,134,88,2,91,366,33,24,7,50,153,1,276,8,3,28,16,322,25,56,252,overnightcamp,coed,
  • Throughout Quebec (6)
  • Age 3 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
BlainvilleBrossardLavalMontrealPierrefondsVerdunQuebec

Soccer, Ball hockey, Dance, Drama, Art, Cooking, Robotics, Science and French, English & Martial Arts. Visit website

Laurus Summer Camp1503-112023-02-012023-03-01,256,5,133,259,22,258,165,197,345,339,37,285,150,70,288,59,10,9,173,123,67,177,68,135,2,79,33,91,129,24,144,50,267,317,7,268,153,1,319,276,12,3,347,29,54,74,161,188,0,66,daycamp,coed,
PROGRAM
Nature
Outdoor School - West End
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Organizations with Zoology programs (TBD)


Activities at these camps will focus on integrating knowledge of animals into children’s lives. They may go hiking and learn to identify native animals’ activities and tracks, orienteering may be an activity, and nighttime education at an overnight zoology camp may focus on identifying nocturnal creatures. Campers may also learn about endangered species and other more global issues related to animals. Of course, camps may also include related and typical camp activities like outdoor living skills, arts and crafts, tree climbing, sports and campfires.

Zoology camps near you

Animal camps are found in many of Canada’s most populous cities. Find your city below, and find camps that teach zoology near you:

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The variety of zoology camp experiences

Kids who love to learn animals can do so at a variety of camp and program types. Check out different kinds of experiences linked to below:

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A closer look at the variety of ways to experience animals at camps

Zoology camps may in fact be as diverse as the animal kingdom which they study. Among camps in this category, themes can vary widely, even in sessions put on by the same camp. Here’s a brief look at the spectrum of learning from which to choose, along with other camps that appeal to young animal lovers:

  • Actual zoo camps—look for the phrase right in the name of the camp—where kids can learn, up close, about zoo animals from all over the world
  • Programs put on by nature centres, where kids may be able to learn up close about local wildlife from deer to wild birds (hawks, eagles, osprey, etc.) to pond life like turtles, etc.  Learn more about nature summer camps
  • Camps where kids visit a petting zoo, featuring fairly common animals such as deer, farm animals like horses and sheep, etc., and peacocks.
  • Horseback riding camps give girls and boys direct experience with these domesticated animals. For some kids, horses are just as interesting as any other wild animal. Aspiring veterinarians and any other child or teen who simply wants to expand their understanding and experience of the animal kingdom will benefit from time around horses.
  • Overnight kids' and teens' camps give a window onto the Canadian north, where wildlife sightings are common. Kids and teens at overnight camps in the northern reaches of Alberta, Ontario or BC north may hear wolves and coyotes, or get close to foxes, moose, otters and other Canadian wildlife.

More than just fun with animals

There are a number of noteworthy benefits of attending zoo camp. Kids develop skills through these experiences that carry over to future careers, and there are other benefits to personal development, and the improvement of soft skills. Here’s a look at what you’ll develop at zoo camp:

  • Scientific understanding. At these camps, kids will certainly encounter learning in biology and other sciences. This will build on things they learn in school. What’s more, zoo camp gives them practical experience in these sciences, unlikely to be available in any other forum. If you're interested in this, explore kids' science camps.  
  • Encourage enthusiasm for nature and the development of eco-awareness. Kids benefit immensely from time in the natural world. They also develop their understanding of issues like extinction, with related concerns like climate change and the ecology. Some camps feature baby animals, for example, or kids view animals at different stages of development, and observe both personal care and healthcare of animals. Their understanding of the natural world is deepened considerably. 
  • Leadership and courage. Zoo camp is a distinctly bold venture among the many camp choices there are for kids. The development of courage is one of the many benefits kids derive from any camp experience.  
  • Related skills and interest development. You never know where camp is going to take you, when you explore all the options and sessions available. For example, we list zoological camps that offer sessions and learning in wilderness survival. The variety of sessions at some camps focus on many different personally enriching subjects.  

Career trajectories in this area: 

  • Veterinary science is a popular possibility for kids who experience zoo camp. It’s also very lucrative, with veterinary salaries starting as high as $80,000 per year. Median salary in this field is about $90,000. In both the US and Canada, this field is expected to grow significantly, with an 18% projected job growth in the US. Related fields of interest include agricultural science.  
  • Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and wildlife in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from African savannahs to underwater study performed by marine biologists. This is a fascinating field with a reasonably lucrative median pay in the range of $60,000. 
  • Animal biology is university programming that leads to a diversity of career tracks, including (but not limited to) animal health technician, enforcement officer, and pet nutrition consultant. 

Budding zoologists can also steer themselves in the direction of high school or postsecondary teaching, conservation science and a variety of other fascinating and rewarding careers.

Sources and further research


Frequently Asked Questions

How many Kids zoo camps and zoology programs are there?
There are 4 programs specializing in Zoology. In addition, there are 39 programs offering zoology as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.

What are the fees to attend Kids zoo camps and zoology programs?
Fees for Kids zoo camps and zoology programs range from $224 to $1,200 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.

What age do Kids zoo camps and zoology programs start at?
There are programs available for children aged 4 through 12.

Where can parents meet with Kids zoo camps and zoology programs?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.


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