Summer Zoo Camp – Middle School
Amphibian exhibit at the Fort Worth Zoo

Middle School Zoo Camp

Middle School Zoo Camp

Fort Worth Zoo Summer Zoo Camp zookeepers with campers

Hello Camp Family,

We hope that you and your family are staying healthy and safe during this current COVID-19 outbreak. We are closely monitoring the situation and are following the guidance from local, state and federal officials. As of right now we look forward to another wild summer of Zoo Camp and can’t wait to meet your campers. Any changes to our summer schedule are anticipated to be made in mid-May, we will adjust our cancellation policy accordingly.

We will communicate via email any updates to our camp schedule and/or policy. At this time no changes have been made, please continue to submit any cancellation or change of weeks requests through the online forms found on this page. 



Middle School Zoo Camp is designed specifically for students entering sixth through eighth grades who have an interest in animal- or zoo-related fields. Each two-day camp will focus on a certain aspect of Zoo life and will include behind-the-scenes encounters with our highly knowledgeable Zoo staff and amazing animals.

Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.

General registration begins on March 2 at 8 a.m.

Camp Fees

The fees listed below are charged per camper, per session. Registration fees include guided Zoo tours, behind-the-scenes experiences, interactions with zookeepers and animal staff, craft activities and a Summer Zoo Camp T-shirt (required to be worn daily). Full-day campers will need to bring their own lunch daily. Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.

  • Middle School Zoo Camp: $285 per camp
  • Before care - $40
  • After care - $40
  • Before and after care - $70
  • Additional T-shirt (optional) - $10

Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages: Entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades

Dates and Themes
June 9 - 10 


Expand your bird brain and learn about the diverse world of the Zoo’s feathered friends. Work with bird staff to study birds large and small, herbivorous and carnivorous, and a variety of habitats spanning from the craggy, windswept shorelines of Antarctica to dense, humid forests near the Equator.


June 16 - 17

 Texas Wild!

Discover the diversity of native wildlife that you can find in your own backyard! This camp will not only introduce important wildlife management techniques to campers, but give them behind the scenes experiences with some of Texas’ most beloved mammals, birds and reptiles!


June 18 - 19

 African Savanna

Come behind the scenes at the African Savanna! See for yourself the amazing heights of our giraffe barn or what a bed for a 3,000-pound hippo looks like! Campers will learn from our African Savanna keepers what it takes to look after some of the Zoo’s largest residents.


June 23 - 24


Our world-class hospital and amazing Zoo vets are the center of this camp. Get a close-up look at our facilities and learn what it takes to medically care for exotic animals.


June 25 - 26

 Animal Outreach

Is animal training and behavior more your style? Gain incredible experiences with animal outreach specialists at the Outdoor Learning Theater and at specific exhibits across the Zoo.


July 7 - 8 

 Zoo Nutrition

Everyone has to eat! Take a trip to one of the most amazing kitchens in the world, meet highly trained animal nutritionists and assist in the preparation of diets for a variety of Zoo animals.


July 14 - 15


Don’t let scaly exteriors fool you – cold-blooded creatures are truly amazing! Get an up-close-and-personal look at the thousands of exceptional ectotherms that call the Zoo home.


July 21 - 22


Our world-class hospital and amazing Zoo vets are the center of this camp. Get a close-up look at our facilities and learn what it takes to medically care for exotic animals.



Questions? Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions / Parent Handbook



Please read the FAQs before requesting to group campers together (Buddy Request), to change camp weeks or to cancel.


Summer Zoo Camp Overnights

Summer Zoo Camp goes NOCTURNAL! Come see what Zoo camp is like after hours. Campers will explore the Zoo under the cover of darkness to discover what really goes bump in the night in this exciting overnight experience. Overnight camp includes dinner, night hike, games and activities, continental breakfast, guided tour through the Zoo and lunch.

Date: July 18, 2020
Price: $125 per session; Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.
Times: 6 p.m. to 1 p.m. the following day (July 19)
Ages: Children entering 3rd - 6th grade in the 2020 - 2021 school year.


For more information, contact the education department:
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7200
fax: 817-759-7201