2018 Information

Online registration opens on:
February 1 at 10 am: Members of the Minnesota Zoo
February 8 at 10 am: General Public

Current members must use their existing web login email to receive the membership discount.

Registration only takes place online and full payment is due immediately. In order to receive the member rate, your Zoo membership must be current (not lapsed) at the time of registration. If you log in to your account and don’t see your member pricing, please call our membership department at 952.431.9200 to make sure we have your updated email address linked with your log in so you can see your member pricing.

Registration requires signing legal waivers for each camper. Members may only register and sign for campers covered by their membership.

For those registering on February 1, an online waiting room will be available starting at 9:45 am. If you sign on before 10 am, once registration opens at 10 am, your spot in line will be randomly generated. If you sign on after 10 am, registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Due to the high volume of users you may experience a long wait in our waiting room.

While registering online, if you encounter an urgent problem, please email [email protected] or call 952.431.9390 and we can try to talk you through the process, but we are unable to take registrations over the phone. Calls are returned in the order received so please do leave a message.

Many camps sell out quickly. Please be prepared with a couple of camp or date options. A waitlist may be available for classes that are full. If a spot becomes available, the scheduler will contact the first person on the list and continue until the spot is filled.


You will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours of registration. If you do not receive a confirmation, check your spam folder periodically to see if it was accidentally sent there, or email [email protected] or call 952.431.9390 for assistance.

Options & Fees

Lunch Supervision
Lunch supervision is only provided for week-long campers registered for both a morning and an afternoon camp of the same week, and for all-day camps. A $10 per week fee will automatically be charged to those who register for two half-day camps in the same week. This fee is already included in all-day camp prices. Campers must provide their own nut-free bag lunch.

Before and After Care Supervision
Available for week-long camps at the Main Entrance
Before Care Supervision for Week-long Camps – 8:00 a.m. to camp start time is $35 per week
After Care Supervision for Week-long Camps – camp end time to 6:00 p.m. is $45 per week

NOTE: Traffic and construction are part of Minnesota summers; please plan accordingly. For campers not picked up within 15 minutes of camp ending, the weekly applicable supervision fee will be assessed. Late pick-ups from After Care will result in additional fees of $5 for every 5 minutes past 6 pm.

Zoo Camp T-shirts
All week-long Zoo Camp participants receive one t-shirt free with their registration. T-shirt sizes must be specified during registration. Extra t-shirts may be pre-ordered at a cost of $12 per shirt. No exchanges are available.

NOTE: For the safety of all campers, Zoo Camp t-shirts MUST be worn each day of camp. T-shirts serve as camper name tags and enable instructors to keep campers together while walking throughout the Zoo. Shirts will be distributed on the first day of camp. On subsequent days, campers who arrive without their shirt will be given one to wear for the day, and may be charged the extra t-shirt fee.

Food Allergies
For camps that include snacks, we provide nut-free food items and snacks that are safe for kids with other known food allergies. However, we cannot guarantee a nut-free environment. Zoo guests often bring their own food items containing nuts, and nuts are a regular part of our animal diets. Nuts may also be used during animal demonstrations in the classrooms as positive reinforcement. If you prefer to bring your own snack, you are welcome to do so. Please disclose all participant food allergies during registration. To discuss concerns or potential accommodations, please contact [email protected] or call 952.431.9390.

Medications Needed During Summer Zoo Camp

The Medication Permission Form MUST be completed if your child needs assistance taking any medications during their time at Zoo Camp.


Please check out our most common frequently asked questions (FAQ). If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact [email protected] or call 952.431.9390.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations made more than two weeks prior to the program will receive a refund of 75% of the program fee. No refunds will be made less than two weeks prior to the program. A transfer to a similar program may be possible if requested at least one week prior to the program. No transfers are allowed within one week of the program start date. Refunds will not be issued for no-shows for any camp program regardless of cause. To cancel or request a transfer, please contact
[email protected] or call 952.431.9390.


As funds allow, 50% and 75% need-based scholarships are available. Complete an online application at mnzoo.org/scholarships.

Drop-Off & Pick-up Locations

Your confirmation contains important and time-saving information about what to bring and where to drop off and pick up your child from camp. Please read this information carefully as there are multiple drop off locations for the Zoo Camp program. This information will also be included as a link in the email confirmation you receive.