Summer Programs

FOR YOUTH ENTERING GRADES 7-9 IN FALL OF 2018

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Grades 7-9 Registration

Camp Schedule

BioDiscovery Camp
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Spend a week in the Zoo’s back woods learning all about wildlife field research, Minnesota ecosystems, and outdoor survival skills. In this unique camp, you’ll help build your own shelter, conduct your own research project, and practice hands-on skills. Camp will take place outdoors. Shelter will be available as needed.
Fee: $270 ($235 for Zoo members)

June 18–22
July 16–20
Aug 20–24


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Partnership with Urban Boatbuilders
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Discover the awesomeness of boat-building and field research in this two-week camp. Spend half of each day in the boat shop and the other half exploring the Zoo and its back woods on foot and by canoe. Camp will culminate with student presentations of their research and the launch of our new canoe!
Fee: $600 (no member discounts apply)

June 18–22 and 25–29 (two-week camp)
July 9–13 and 16–20 (two-week camp)


NEW! Engineering For Wildlife
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00-4:00 p.m.
This camp is all about problem-solving! Engineers, designers, and scientists work every day to design solutions for wildlife. Test your skills with design challenges while learning about real-world conservation issues—around the world and right in your own backyard. Present your team’s work in a final design expo for Zoo Staff!
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 11–15 (am)
June 25–29 (am)
July 9–13 (pm)
July 23–27 (pm)


Farm Crew
8:00 a.m.–noon
This hands-on week of scooping, raking, and other farm chores shines the light on animal care at the farm. What’s more fun than learning animal training techniques and the opportunity to “train” a goat? No experience necessary—just a willingness to get a little dirty.
Fee: $195 ($170 for Zoo members)

July 9–13
July 30–Aug 3
Aug 6–10


Zoo Crew
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Explore a day in the life of a zookeeper, a zoo vet, a marine mammal trainer, and an aquarist to see if the Zoo is the place for you. See for yourself what we have in store as you make animal enrichment items, talk with Zoo professionals, visit behind the scenes, and get up close to animals. Come join the crew!
Fee: $270 ($235 for Zoo members)

June 11–15
June 18–22
June 25–29
July 9–13
July 16–20
July 23–27
July 30–Aug 3
Aug 13–17
Aug 20–24


Zoo Design
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how zoo exhibits are designed? Learn about animal needs and how to identify the components that make an excellent exhibit. Plan and create your own zoo exhibit with the help of our design experts and your model making team.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 11–15
June 25–29
July 30–Aug 3