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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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.
  • Science: Zoology/Animals
  • Overnight 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. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $850/week
Overnight camp Coed8506-170Clarington, OntarioScience: Zoology/AnimalsSafari Zoo CampThe 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, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Harbourfront Centre Camps   

Harbourfront, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. . Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed2504-151Harbourfront, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Harbourfront Centre CampsSince 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. . Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

An outdoor adventure day camp surrounded by nature just north of Toronto for ages 4 to 16. Each week campers experience outdoor cookouts, crafts, games, activities, campfires and live animals. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $216/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed2164-162Vaughan, OntarioEducation (multi)Kortright Summer Nature Day CampAn outdoor adventure day camp surrounded by nature just north of Toronto for ages 4 to 16. Each week campers experience outdoor cookouts, crafts, games, activities, campfires and live animals. Vaughan, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Nature based summer day and overnight camp led by Ontario Certified Teachers. Spend days outdoors exploring ponds, creeks, wetlands meadows and forests! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed2004-123Pickering, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Claremont Nature CentreNature based summer day and overnight camp led by Ontario Certified Teachers. Spend days outdoors exploring ponds, creeks, wetlands meadows and forests! Pickering, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
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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.
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Virtual Program, Program

With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $325/program
Virtual Program, Program openCamp Coed3256-180Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)Brain Power Enrichment ProgramsWith more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA. Vaughan, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Program Coed

Sidney Ledson Institute   

Don Mills, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

The SLI Summer Camp offers: Pre-K/K reading/numeracy program, Math/ English enrichment, Debate, Entrepreneurship, Comp Sci (HTML/CSS, Machine Learning/AI, App Development, R, Python), French, Spanish, and SSAT/ISEE prep. Read more...

  • Ages 2.5 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $420/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed4202.5-141Don Mills, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Sidney Ledson InstituteThe SLI Summer Camp offers: Pre-K/K reading/numeracy program, Math/ English enrichment, Debate, Entrepreneurship, Comp Sci (HTML/CSS, Machine Learning/AI, App Development, R, Python), French, Spanish, and SSAT/ISEE prep. Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Focus Learning Academic Centre   

Don Mills, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

An enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1506-152Don Mills, Toronto, OntarioEducation (multi)Focus Learning Academic CentreAn enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

STEM Camp   

Ontario (46); Online (1)

  • Science (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

STEM Camp is a weekly summer day camp at more than 50 locations across Canada where youth aged 5-13 engage in fun and amazing activities in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. 519-475-6600. stemcamp.ca Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed1505-133Milton, London, Orangeville, Oakville, North Bay, Niagara Falls, Mississauga, Burlington, Markham, Kitchener, West Hill, Toronto, Kincardine, Hamilton, Guelph, Halton Hills, Ancaster, Cambridge, Brantford, Sarnia, Port Elgin, Richmond Hill, The Beach, Toronto, Scarborough Village, Toronto, Rexdale, Toronto, St. Catharines, Stratford, St Thomas, Strathroy, Vaughan, Waterloo, Welland, Windsor, Newmarket, Chatham-Kent, Woodstock, Barrie, OnlineScience (multi)STEM CampSTEM Camp is a weekly summer day camp at more than 50 locations across Canada where youth aged 5-13 engage in fun and amazing activities in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. 519-475-6600. stemcamp.ca Milton, London, Orangeville, Oakville, North Bay, Niagara Falls, Mississauga, Burlington, Markham, Kitchener, West Hill, Toronto, Kincardine, Hamilton, Guelph, Halton Hills, Ancaster, Cambridge, Brantford, Sarnia, Port Elgin, Richmond Hill, The Beach, Toronto, Scarborough Village, Toronto, Rexdale, Toronto, St. Catharines, Stratford, St Thomas, Strathroy, Vaughan, Waterloo, Welland, Windsor, Newmarket, Chatham-Kent, Woodstock, Barrie, Online Virtual Program, Day camp Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp

Enrichment Studies at Queen's University connects students in Grades 5-12 with exciting university experiences. We inspire our participants to reach their potential through mentorship, growth and problem solving. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $199/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed19910-174Kingston, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education (multi)Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen's UniversityEnrichment Studies at Queen's University connects students in Grades 5-12 with exciting university experiences. We inspire our participants to reach their potential through mentorship, growth and problem solving. Kingston, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Summer Camps will include Robotics, STEM, Art, Sports all taking advantage of our beautiful new state of the art facility. Registration opens March 1, 2021 Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $340/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3407-135Oakville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Rotherglen Summer CampSummer Camps will include Robotics, STEM, Art, Sports all taking advantage of our beautiful new state of the art facility. Registration opens March 1, 2021 Oakville, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Academy, Enrichment, Discover Canada, Day Camps, Advanced Performance Sports and many more! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $290/session
Day camp openCamp Coed2904-136St. Catharines, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Ridley College Summer ProgrammesRidley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Academy, Enrichment, Discover Canada, Day Camps, Advanced Performance Sports and many more! St. Catharines, Ontario Day camp Coed

Oxford Learning High Park   

Bloor West Village, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $100/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1004-127Bloor West Village, Toronto, OntarioEducation (multi)Oxford Learning High ParkOxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

The Town of Oakville offers fun and affordable camps to suit any taste including arts, adventure, theatre, sports and more! Enjoy Summer, March Break, P.A. Day and Holiday camps. Programs offered for children aged 4-14. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $157/week
Day camp openCamp Coed1574-128Oakville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Town of Oakville campsThe Town of Oakville offers fun and affordable camps to suit any taste including arts, adventure, theatre, sports and more! Enjoy Summer, March Break, P.A. Day and Holiday camps. Programs offered for children aged 4-14. Oakville, Ontario Day camp Coed

Prestige School Summer Programme   

Willowdale, Toronto; Richmond Hill

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

A day camp with weekly themes that incorporate adventurous outings, artistic creations, scientific experiments, and much more. Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $350/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3503-129Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, Richmond Hill, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Prestige School Summer ProgrammeA day camp with weekly themes that incorporate adventurous outings, artistic creations, scientific experiments, and much more. Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, Richmond Hill, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

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. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $290/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed2905-1810Canning, Nova ScotiaArts (multi)Ross Creek Centre for the ArtsSummerArts 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, Nova Scotia Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp

Science North offers innovative and stimulating summer day camps and virtual camps that introduce children to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Camps are available for 4-11 year olds. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $153/week
Day camp Coed1534-1211Dryden, Sudbury, Barrie, North Bay, KenoraEducation: STEMScience North CampsScience North offers innovative and stimulating summer day camps and virtual camps that introduce children to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Camps are available for 4-11 year olds. Dryden, Sudbury, Barrie, North Bay, Kenora Day camp Coed

Laurus Summer Camp   

Quebec (5)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Montreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp openCamp Coed1503-1512Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, WestmountTraditional (multi activity) Laurus Summer CampMontreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, Westmount Day camp Coed

JOA Camps   

Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

An exceptional camp, all in French, offering weekly themes and diverse activities. Weekly outings included in pricing. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $55/day
Day camp openCamp Coed554-1213Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) JOA CampsAn exceptional camp, all in French, offering weekly themes and diverse activities. Weekly outings included in pricing. Ottawa, Ontario Day camp Coed
  • Arts : Performing Arts
  • Day camp, Program

Join our FREE STEM Day on Zoom this Thursday, September 3! Our specialty STEM program is running with a focus on science experiments, Python, Scratch and more! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $149/week
Day camp, Program Coed1496-1314Markham, OntarioArts : Performing ArtsYoung Bilinguals Join our FREE STEM Day on Zoom this Thursday, September 3! Our specialty STEM program is running with a focus on science experiments, Python, Scratch and more! Markham, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Reidmount Discovery School   

Vancouver; Mississauga; Brampton; Burlington; Ajax

  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Virtual Saturday classes, for all students who needs to excel, enhance or accelerate their academics. Our teachers will work to improve your child's grades from JK-Grade 12 for Math, English, Science, Writing and Coding. Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $600/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed6003-1815Vancouver, , Mississauga, Ontario, Brampton, Ontario, Burlington, Ontario, Ajax, Education (multi)Reidmount Discovery SchoolVirtual Saturday classes, for all students who needs to excel, enhance or accelerate their academics. Our teachers will work to improve your child's grades from JK-Grade 12 for Math, English, Science, Writing and Coding. Vancouver, , Mississauga, Ontario, Brampton, Ontario, Burlington, Ontario, Ajax, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

York University; Science Engagement   

Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; Sentinel Park, Toronto

  • Education: STEM
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program

Science Engagement Programs offers interactive and hands-on STEM experiences for youth in grade 3-12. Elementary programs include Science Saturdays, March Camp, and SciX. Secondary programs include Helix and Spark Lab. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $70/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program openCamp Coed, Girls708-1816Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Sentinel Park, Toronto, OntarioEducation: STEMYork University; Science EngagementScience Engagement Programs offers interactive and hands-on STEM experiences for youth in grade 3-12. Elementary programs include Science Saturdays, March Camp, and SciX. Secondary programs include Helix and Spark Lab. Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Sentinel Park, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program Coed, Girls

Camp Robin Hood   

Markham

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

A traditional day camp with superb camper-to-staff ratios, a variety of activities, outstanding spirit and well-trained staff! Daily swim instruction, a dedicated Sports Academy and optional bus transportation available. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $1,295/2 weeks
Day camp openCamp Coed12954-1517Markham, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp Robin HoodA traditional day camp with superb camper-to-staff ratios, a variety of activities, outstanding spirit and well-trained staff! Daily swim instruction, a dedicated Sports Academy and optional bus transportation available. Markham, Ontario Day camp Coed

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Day Camps   

Downtown West, Toronto

  • Science: Marine Biology
  • Day camp

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. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $280/week
Day camp openCamp Coed2805-1318Downtown West, Toronto, OntarioScience: Marine BiologyRipley’s Aquarium of Canada Day CampsSummer 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, Ontario Day camp Coed

UTS: Experience Innovation   

Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto; South Annex, Toronto; Online

  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp

A day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 11 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors. Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $350/session
Virtual Program, Day camp openCamp Coed35011-1819Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Ontario, South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education (multi)UTS: Experience InnovationA day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 11 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors. Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Ontario, South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

A co-ed summer day camp close to the city offering camp activities for any child: traditional camp, sports camp, golf camp, tennis camp or leadership training. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $780/week
Day camp openCamp Coed7804-1420Richmond Hill, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Richmond Hill Country Club A co-ed summer day camp close to the city offering camp activities for any child: traditional camp, sports camp, golf camp, tennis camp or leadership training. Richmond Hill, Ontario Day camp Coed

Tamarack West Summer Camp   

High Park, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

A unique outdoor day camp that combines both nature and city experiences assuring a great experience for each camper. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 11
  • Coed
  • from $310/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3104-1121High Park, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Tamarack West Summer CampA unique outdoor day camp that combines both nature and city experiences assuring a great experience for each camper. High Park, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

Shadow Lake Centre   

Whitchurch - Stouffville

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

A summer camp for children, youth, and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Accessible activities that include sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and lots of music. Read more...

  • Ages 9 to 65
  • Coed
  • from $1,800/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed18009-6522Whitchurch - Stouffville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Shadow Lake CentreA summer camp for children, youth, and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Accessible activities that include sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and lots of music. Whitchurch - Stouffville, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Science (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Explore unique science and tech programa at Ontario Tech, including LEGO , Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Family Camps. Camps will require minimal parent support once the camp site has been successfully accessed. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $300/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed, Girls3005-1723Oshawa, OntarioScience (multi)Ontario Tech University Summer CampsExplore unique science and tech programa at Ontario Tech, including LEGO , Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Family Camps. Camps will require minimal parent support once the camp site has been successfully accessed. Oshawa, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed, Girls

Inspirely STEAM Education   

Online; Brampton

  • Science: STEAM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

Premier after-school online STEAM Education for children age 6 to 15 years. They also host family bonding & parent networking events. Their creative STEAM Kits/Gifts are perfect to spend quality Family Time @HOME. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $95/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed956-1424Virtual Program, , Brampton, OntarioScience: STEAMInspirely STEAM EducationPremier after-school online STEAM Education for children age 6 to 15 years. They also host family bonding & parent networking events. Their creative STEAM Kits/Gifts are perfect to spend quality Family Time @HOME. Virtual Program, , Brampton, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

The Michelangelo Code   

Brampton; Vaughan; Mississauga; Online

  • Computer : Video Game/Web Design
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

With valuable contributions from Industry leaders, Mr. G, a STEM Instructor and former GANZ game developer passes on key techniques used by his production team! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $150/month
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed1505-1825Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Computer : Video Game/Web DesignThe Michelangelo CodeWith valuable contributions from Industry leaders, Mr. G, a STEM Instructor and former GANZ game developer passes on key techniques used by his production team! Brampton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

A STEAM (STEM + Arts) summer camp and before and after-school care provider that offers variety of classes, including coding, cooking, game design, robotics and virtual reality for children ages 4-13. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 13
  • Coed
  • from $275/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2754-1326Pickering, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Idea Labs Kids PickeringA STEAM (STEM + Arts) summer camp and before and after-school care provider that offers variety of classes, including coding, cooking, game design, robotics and virtual reality for children ages 4-13. Pickering, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

LOGIMIX   

Mississauga; Online

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

LOGIMIX offers enhanced and regular math, science, physics and chemistry programs all year long. Prepare students for SSAT, SAT tests, Pre-U and University levels. Dedicated help with IB math and science. Read more...

  • Ages 10 to 20
  • Coed
  • from $40/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed4010-2027Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: Academic/TutoringLOGIMIXLOGIMIX offers enhanced and regular math, science, physics and chemistry programs all year long. Prepare students for SSAT, SAT tests, Pre-U and University levels. Dedicated help with IB math and science. Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

STEM Minds   

Online; Aurora

  • Science: STEAM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

STEM Minds is a mission-driven social enterprise that teaches technology to new and skilled users with in-class and virtual education programs in coding, video game design, and more for children ages 4-14. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $100/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1004-1428Virtual Program, , Aurora, OntarioScience: STEAMSTEM MindsSTEM Minds is a mission-driven social enterprise that teaches technology to new and skilled users with in-class and virtual education programs in coding, video game design, and more for children ages 4-14. Virtual Program, , Aurora, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Toronto Kidz   

Baby Point, Toronto; High Park, Toronto; Online

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Each week focuses on a theme such as Dinosaurs, Animals, etc. for our younger campers and Science, Fitness, Arts, etc. for our 8-12 year olds. Field trips to Toronto's main attractions are the highlight of the week. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $206/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2065-1229Baby Point, Toronto, Ontario, High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Toronto KidzEach week focuses on a theme such as Dinosaurs, Animals, etc. for our younger campers and Science, Fitness, Arts, etc. for our 8-12 year olds. Field trips to Toronto's main attractions are the highlight of the week. Baby Point, Toronto, Ontario, High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

The Hill Academy   

Caledon

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

The Hill Academy offers summer sports programs and camps for athletes of all levels from recreational to competitive. Build knowledge, strength and agility within a state of the art campus. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed2506-1830Caledon, OntarioSport (multi)The Hill AcademyThe Hill Academy offers summer sports programs and camps for athletes of all levels from recreational to competitive. Build knowledge, strength and agility within a state of the art campus. Caledon, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Block 8 Academy   

Port Moody

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Active, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $45/day
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed455-1231Port Moody, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) Block 8 AcademyActive, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Port Moody, British Columbia Day camp, Program Coed

Mooredale Day Camp   

Rosedale, Toronto; Online

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp

In the heart of Rosedale, Mooredale Day Camp offers traditional March Break and Summer Day Camp programs for campers aged 2.5 to 12 years with specialty options in tennis, soccer, robotics, karate, camping and more! Read more...

  • Ages 2.5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $480/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed4802.5-1232Rosedale, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Mooredale Day CampIn the heart of Rosedale, Mooredale Day Camp offers traditional March Break and Summer Day Camp programs for campers aged 2.5 to 12 years with specialty options in tennis, soccer, robotics, karate, camping and more! Rosedale, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Saddlewood Riding Camp   

Peterborough Area

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Overnight camp

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 instruction. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $1,250/session
Overnight camp openCamp Girls12507-1633Peterborough Area, OntarioSport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianSaddlewood Riding CampA 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 instruction. Peterborough Area, Ontario Overnight camp Girls

Ryerson Summer Day Camps   

Bay Street Corridor, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Ryerson University offers safe and fun experiences for kids and teens. Programs include basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, science, engineering, journalism, robotics, architecture, film, graphic design, and more! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $375/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3756-1734Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Ontario, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Traditional (multi activity) Ryerson Summer Day CampsRyerson University offers safe and fun experiences for kids and teens. Programs include basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, science, engineering, journalism, robotics, architecture, film, graphic design, and more! Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Ontario, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Day camp Coed

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



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