Summer Programs

FOR CHILDREN ENTERING 3RD OR 4TH GRADE IN FALL OF 2019

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Grades 3-4 Registration

Be sure to check out our horse camps or llama camps for grades 1-9!

Camp Schedule

NEW! All the Zoo’s A Stage!
Partnership with Children’s Theatre Company
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Join Children’s Theatre Company and the Minnesota Zoo to discover your creativity! With animals and nature as your inspiration, delve into a different theatre technique each day to develop acting skills including character development, storytelling, and improvisation.
Fee: $250 (no member discounts apply)

July 15–19
Aug 5–9


Farmyard Connection
8:00 a.m.–noon
Make glue from milk and transform wool into clothing. Explore the amazing connections people have with farm animals through chores, close-up animal encounters, and more!
Fee: 
$195 ($170 for Zoo members)

July 8–12
July 15–19
July 29–Aug 2
Aug 5–9


Fossil Hunters
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Learn techniques used by paleontologists to try to unlock the mysteries of the past. A recreated dig site will be our classroom for a truly hands-on experience. Only those willing to get dirty need apply for this outdoor-based camp! Shelter will be available as needed.
Fee: 
$180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 24–28 (am)
July 8–12 (pm)
July 15–19 (am)
July 22–26 (am)
July 29–Aug 2 (pm)
Aug 12–16 (am)
Aug 19–23 (pm)


Marine Mysteries
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
What secrets do the oceans and their creatures hold? Explore a different mystery each day featuring sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, sharks, penguins, and a few of their other underwater friends.
Fee: 
$180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 17–21 (both)
June 24–28 (pm)
Aug 5–9 (pm)
Aug 12–16 (both)
Aug 19–23 (am)


Navigating Nature
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Animals use the sun, the moon, and Earth’s magnetic field to find their way. How about you? Create a map, use a compass, and solve a Zoo treasure hunt with GPS. Explore the incredible ways animals use their own internal navigation system.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 10–14 (am)
June 24–28 (am)
July 15–19 (am)
July 22–26 (pm)
July 29–Aug 2 (pm)
Aug 5–9 (pm)
Aug 12–16 (both)


Photo Safari
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Let’s explore! Pack your field bag with your journal and camera (all provided) as we explore the countries that make up each Zoo trail. A homemade photo journal will be our week-long project. Our animals are ready for their close-up—are you?
Fee: $195 ($170 for Zoo members)

June 10–14
June 17–21
June 24–28
July 8–12
July 15–19
July 22–26
July 29–Aug 2
Aug 5–9
Aug 12–16
Aug 19–23


Splash Camp
(previously S.E.A. Camp)
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Explore water and its wildlife! Search for creatures in the marsh, investigate water invaders, perform experiments, and play water games. Please bring a bag each day with extra clothes and shoes that can get muddy.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 10–14
June 24–28
July 8–12
July 22–26
Aug 19–23
Aug 26–30


Tree House Adventure
9:00 a.m.–noon
Embark on mysterious missions with Jack and Annie as your guides (based on the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne). From the tropical rainforest to the depths of the ocean, you never know what you’ll discover!
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 10–14
June 17–21
June 24–28
July 8–12
July 22–26
July 29–Aug 2
Aug 5–9
Aug 12–16
Aug 19–23
Aug 26–30