Digital Detectives

Looking for a fun activity for your child to do while school is on a break? Whether you are virtual, hybrid, or homeschooling, we would love you to spend the day with us!

Digital Detectives is a new way to learn with the Minnesota Zoo! This program is designed to bring this popular camp into your family’s home…or backyard, or lake, or wherever you may choose to connect with us!

Registration is limited!

These virtual programs are limited to ensure high-quality programs! Please register early!

Spring Break Camps (March 22-26, March 29-April 2, April 5-9)

is offered virtually for grades Kindergarten through second grade and third through 6th grade. Camps are five days long during spring break and are repeated.

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

Digital Detectives: Animals at Play – March 22-26, March 29-April 2 or April 5-9
To run and jump and play, what a great way to spend a day! At Zoo Camp we will play like animals and also discover why the many different kinds of play are so important for animals to survive and how zookeepers encourage animals to play!

Ages: Grades K-2
Fee: $80 Members/ $100 Non-members per week-long camp
Time: LIVE Zoom Sessions: 9 am and 11 am each day

3rd through 6th Grade

Digital Detectives: Wildlife Conservation Camp – March 22-26, March 29-April 2 or April 5-9
In the world of wildlife, we spend a lot of time talking about conservation. But what exactly does conservation mean, and what does it really look like? In this fun camp, we’ll jump right into some big ideas. Be a citizen scientist, participate in hands-on activities, play games, and go outside to enjoy nature and help wildlife. Explore topics including biodiversity, endangered animals, wildlife rescue and more!

Ages: Grades 3-6
Fee: $80 Members/ $100 Non-members per week-long camp
Time: LIVE Zoom Sessions: 10 am and 11 am each day

How Does Digital Detectives work for School’s Out Camp?

Single day learning experiences are available during short holidays (example: Presidents Day) and week-long experiences during Spring Break.

Zoo staff and participants meet twice a day for 30 to 45-minutes each session.

A daily email provides follow-up activities for participants to complete at home to build upon what they learned! These activities take an estimated 1-2 hours to complete at home, depending on the learner.

Connecting at home is easy. Learners only need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with audio and internet connection or cellular service.

Programs are delivered through a secure platform where Zoo staff will deliver a live program and answer questions from our virtual participants!

Participants get unique views of our animals, participate in engaging activities, and more!

Zoom links will be sent by 3pm the day before camp begins. Please check your spam or junk folders for this email.

This email will include details about activities for campers to do at home the day of camp. This is for planning purposes for the next day. For the best camp experience, these activities are to be done the day of the School’s Out camp and should take an estimated 1-2 hours to complete, depending upon the learner.

Two levels of camp are offered, one for Kindergarten through second grade or third through sixth grade. Younger children will need an adult helper. Siblings are encouraged to attend together.

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