Summer Zoo Camps

The Minnesota Zoo’s summer camps are entertaining, educational, and unforgettable! Participants enjoy and engage in activities and learn about the diversity of life in their specific theme-based camp. Campers view live animals up close and explore the Minnesota Zoo’s award-winning exhibits!

Registration is limited!

This year we are offering both in-person and virtual camps. Many camps sell out quickly. Please be prepared with a couple of camps or date options. A waitlist may be available for camps 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to pandemic-related precautions, before and after care will not be offered along with camp programming this year.

Camp Registration Dates

Online Registration Opens:
February 8 at 10 AM for Members of the Minnesota Zoo
February 15 at 10 AM for the General Public

Camp Descriptions

For more camp information and descriptions, click on the camp below or take a look at our Zoo Camp catalog. Click on the registration buttons below to register once it's available.

Preschool/Kindergarten In-Person Week-long Camps

For children age four to entering Kindergarten the fall of 2022. All participants must be fully toilet-trained.

Barnyard Buddies

9:00 am–noon

Explore our farm with a different barnyard buddy each day! Puppets introduce campers to cows, chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, pigs, and horses as they discover how we take care of each of these animals.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
June 27-July 1
July 11-15
August 1-5
August 22-26

I Spy Surprise

9:00 am–noon

Join us as we spy animals from around the world. Discover what makes a fish a fish, a mammal a mammal, and much, much more—each day will be a surprise!

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
June 27-July 1
July 25-29
August 8-12

Naturally Nature

9:00 am–noon

Naturally, nature will provide our space and supplies in this all-outdoor summer adventure! Build a fort, create a “rock” band, and dig like prairie dogs while exploring the great outdoors.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 27-July 1
July 18-22
August 8-12
August 22-26

Rainforest Explorers

9:00 am–noon

Trek through the tropics as a rainforest explorer and encounter many unique animals. Find brightly colored fish, hear noisy monkeys, and sing with the birds on our rainforest safari.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 20-24
July 11-15
August 1-5
August 22-26

Where the Wild Things Live

9:00 am–noon

Meet a different animal friend each day and discover where the wild things live! Explore the tropical habitat of a snake, the underwater world of a shark, and where an opossum may roam to find a home sweet home!

June 20-24
July 18-22
August 1-5
August 15-19

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

Wild Water Creatures

9:00 am–noon

Discover the undersea world of sea turtles, fish, sharks, and other ocean creatures living at the Zoo. There’s nothing more important than fins, scales, and scutes.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
July 11-15
July 25-29
August 15-19

Grades 1 & 2 In-Person Week-long Camps

For children entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall of 2022.

Disguises & Surprises

9:00 am–noon

For animals, a good disguise or sudden surprise comes in handy every

day. What’s the secret behind animal “tricks” like playing dead, rolling

into a ball, and showing off? Discover how animals are designed to be

masters of deception.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 13-17

July 11-15

August 1-5

August 15-19

Down on the Farm

9:00 am–noon

Explore the wonder of our Wells Fargo Family Farm by viewing farm animals up-close, playing fun farm games, and as our sheep say—having a bla-a-a-ast!

$195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 20-24

July 18-22

July 25-29

August 8-12

August 15-19

Ocean Odyssey

9:00 am–noon

Dive into an underwater world teeming with sea turtles, sharks, and sea horses! Each day, explore a different ocean habitat including coral reefs, tide pools, and estuaries.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 20-24

July 11-15

July 25-29

August 8-12

When I Grow Up

9:00 am–noon

Would you like to work at the Zoo? Explore and role-play jobs at the Zoo and see the grown-ups in action. If you imagine yourself caring for bears, training sea otters, or studying tigers, then this camp is for you.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 27-July 1

July 18-22

August 8-12

August 22-26

Zoo Explorers

9:00 am–noon

Tromp through the tropics, journey through the grasslands, and “swim” through the oceans to observe animals like real zoologists.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 13-17

June 27-July 1

July 25-29

August 22-26

Zoo Monsters inspired by Pokémon

9:00 am–noon

To be the best, you need to do more than catch ‘em all—you need to understand your monsters! Explore the “monsters” at the Zoo that inspired the playing cards. Learn where they come from and what special powers help them survive.

Fee: $195 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 20-24

July 18-22

August 1-5

August 15-19

Grades 3 & 4 In-Person Week-long Camps

For children entering 3rd or 4th grade in the fall of 2022.

Farmyard Connection

9:30 am–3:30 pm

Make glue from milk and transform wool into clothing. Explore the amazing connections people have with farm animals through close up encounters!
Explore other areas of the zoo while on the lookout for our farm animals' wild counterparts.

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
June 27-July 1
July 18-22
August 1-5
August 15-19

Navigating Nature

9:30 am–3:30 pm

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: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

July 25-29
August 15-19

Photo Safari

9:30 am–3:30 pm

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 closeup—are you?

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 20-24
July 11-15
August 8-12

S.E.A. Camp

9:30 am–3:30 pm

Splashing! Experiments! Adventure! Explore water and its wildlife in both marine and freshwater environments at the zoo! Visit our aquarium, slosh and 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 wet/muddy.

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
July 18-22
August 1-5

Tree House Adventure

9:30 am–3:30 pm

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: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 27-July 1
August 22-26

Grades 5 & 6 In-Person Week-long Camps

For children entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2022.

Ocean Commotion

9:30 am–3:30 pm

Welcome to a world of constant change! Meet the creatures of this wonderful watery world and explore their awesome abilities to survive and thrive—despite all the commotion. Through observations, discussions, and scientific data, determine what changes have already occurred to our oceans, what might be in store for the future, and how you could make a difference!

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
July 11-15
August 1-5
August 22-26

Pizza Pig Out

9:30 am–3:30 pm

Get ready for some delicious fun on the farm. See farm animals up close, discover the role farming plays in producing pizza ingredients, and celebrate the week with a pizza party!

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 20-24
July 11-15
July 25-29
August 8-12
August 22-26

Survival Training

9:30 am–3:30 pm

How do your survival skills match up to the “fittest” in the animal kingdom? Study the perplexities of animal survival and animal care, especially those who call Minnesota home.

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 20-24
July 18-22
August 8-12

Wildlife Agents

9:30 am–3:30 pm

A crime has been committed! The victim... the wildlife! Can you identify the perpetrator? Learn about the problems facing wildlife while learning the skills and tools scientists use to track down criminals. Put on your detective hat and join us.

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 27-July 1
July 25-29
August 15-19

Grades 7 to 9 In-Person Week-long Camps

For youth entering 7th to 9th grade in the fall of 2022.

Junior Naturalists

9:30 am–3:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to study plants and animals in the wild? Spend a week in the Zoo’s backwoods using tools of the trade and testing your outdoor skills while investigating a research question of your choice. Minnesota’s diverse ecosystems will help you dive deeper into this exciting career.

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 27-July 1
July 25-29

Wildlife Heroes

9:30 am–3:30 pm

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.

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

July 11-15
August 15-19

Zoo Crew

9:30 am–3:30 pm

Learn more about the life of our animal care staff, zoo vet, marine mammal trainer, and aquarist to see if the Zoo is the place for you. Make animal enrichment items, and get up close to animals as you help with their care. Come join the crew!

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-July 1
July 18-22
August 1-5
August 8-12

Grades 10 to 12 In-Person Week-long Camps

For youth entering 10th to 12th grade in the fall of 2022.

Marine Biology

9:30 am–3:30 pm

What lies beneath the ocean surface? In this in-depth and hands-on camp, discover the diversity of life found in ocean communities. Practice your
science skills with dissections and other hands-on activities.

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 27-July 1
July 25-29
August 15-19

Photography for Wildlife

9:30 am–3:30 pm

Tell the story of the Zoo’s wildlife in pictures! Improve your photography skills while exploring all areas of the Zoo! Meet Zoo staff and create a photo-based conservation project. Bring your own smartphone/camera or borrow one of ours.

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
July 11-15
August 1-5

Zoology

9:30 am–3:30 pm

Get a glimpse into the most popular major for zoo professionals. The animal kingdom is a big and fascinating world to discover, and the Zoo is the perfect place to investigate. Explore the diversity of the animal kingdom through special talks, and animal behavior studies. (No dissections will be performed in this camp.)

Fee: $340 ($275 for Zoo members)

June 20-24
July 18-22
August 8-12

Autism Society of MN (AuSM) In-Person Week-long Camps

For youth with autism ages 8-19.

The Minnesota Zoo is excited to partner with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) to offer summer camp opportunities for youth with autism.

All camp sessions will be co-taught by a Minnesota Zoo Naturalist and an AuSM Educator. Participants must be group-ready; demonstrate self-care skills without assistance; follow adult direction; show readiness for large group participation, including the ability to remain with the group at all times; and follow safety rules independently.

Ocean Odyssey (ages 8 to 11)

1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Dive into an underwater world teeming with sea turtles, sharks, and sea horses! Each day, explore a different ocean habitat including coral reefs, tide pools, and estuaries.

Fee: $325 $225 (Camp prices reduced this year due to Minnesota Zoo's scholarship fund.)

June 20-24

Wildlife Agents (ages 12 to 15)

1:00 pm–4:00 pm

A crime has been committed! The victim... the wildlife! Can you identify the perpetrator? Learn about the problems facing wildlife while learning the skills and tools scientists use to track down criminals. Put on your detective hat and join us.

Fee: $325 $225 (Camp prices reduced this year due to Minnesota Zoo's scholarship fund.)

July 11-15

Wildlife Heroes (ages 16 to 19)

1:00 pm–4:00 pm

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.

Fee: $325 $225 (Camp prices reduced this year due to Minnesota Zoo's scholarship fund.)

July 18-22

VIRTUAL Grades K to 2 Week-long Camps

Connect with the Minnesota Zoo from anywhere! Our Virtual Summer Camp, designed for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, provides campers with a window into the natural world—connecting them to animals, nature, and the Zoo in a meaningful way. Whether you’re in your in Minnesota, or joining from another place, let the Minnesota Zoo engage your camper with a mix of live, interactive, and at-home activities—featuring some of the Zoo’s most beloved animals and exhibits.

Animal Secrets (Virtual Camp)

Live Zoom Session Times:
9:00 am–9:30 am and 11:00 am–11:30 am

What’s the secret behind animal “tricks” like playing dead, rolling into a ball, and showing off? Discover how animals are designed to be masters of deception.

Fee: $120 ($100 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-July 1

Under the Sea (Virtual Camp)

Live Zoom Session Times:
9:00 am–9:30 am and 11:00 am–11:30 am

Discover the undersea world of sharks, rays, fish, and other ocean creatures living at the Zoo. There’s nothing more important than fins, scales, and scutes.

Fee: $120 ($100 for Zoo members)

July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29

Zoo Detectives (Virtual Camp)

Live Zoom Session Times:
9:00 am–9:30 am and 11:00 am–11:30 am

Solve the mystery of what makes the zoo’s animals so cool! Tromp through the tropics, journey through the grasslands, and “swim” through the oceans to observe animals and unlock their mysteries.

Fee: $120 ($100 for Zoo members)

August 1-5
August 8-12
August 15-19
August 22-26

VIRTUAL Grades 3 to 6 Week-long Camps

Connect with the Minnesota Zoo from anywhere! Our Virtual Summer Camp, designed for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, provides campers with a window into the natural world—connecting them to animals, nature, and the Zoo in a meaningful way. Whether you’re in your in Minnesota, or joining from another place, let the Minnesota Zoo engage your camper with a mix of live, interactive, and at-home activities—featuring some of the Zoo’s most beloved animals and exhibits.

Zoo Careers (Virtual Camp)

Live Zoom Session Times:
10:00 am–10:45 am and 11:00 am–11:30 am

Become a naturalist! Meet Zoo professionals, participate in activities that naturalists, zookeepers, and zoologists do, and find out how to get on the path toward a rewarding zoo career.

Fee: $120 ($100 for Zoo members)

June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-July 1

Ocean Adventures (Virtual Camp)

Live Zoom Session Times:
10:00 am–10:45 am and 11:00 am–11:30 am

See the ocean in a whole new way! Featuring the stars of Discovery Bay, which includes different sea turtles, sharks, sea stars, and more!

Fee: $120 ($100 for Zoo members)

July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29

Ecosystem Explorers (Virtual Camp)

Live Zoom Session Times:
10:00 am–10:45 am and 11:00 am–11:30 am

Animals use the sun, the moon, and Earth’s magnetic field to find their way. How about you? Explore the incredible ways animals use their own internal navigation system. Journey through a variety of ecosystems and meet intriguing inhabitants along the way!

Fee: $120 ($100 for Zoo members)

August 1-5
August 8-12
August 15-19
August 22-26

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