Summer Zoo Camp

Summer Zoo Camp

Summer Zoo Camp

Summer Zoo Camp registration opens on April 27 at 9 a.m.

The Fort Worth Zoo’s popular summer camp includes 10 weeks of exciting themed adventures for children age 3 to fifth grade, featuring crafts and other wild activities, new technology, animal visitors, and of course, Zoo excursions. Participants can sign-up for any number of weeks they like – one, two or all 10 – and Summer Zoo Camp sessions are offered Monday through Friday all summer

Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.

Summer Zoo Camp is offered in morning sessions for children age 3 to 4 and all-day sessions for those entering kindergarten through fifth grade. Please note that all Summer Zoo Camp participants must be fully toilet trained and need no assistance when using the restroom. Students will spend a considerable time outside; make sure your child has walking shoes and is dressed every day for the elements.

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

The Fort Worth Zoo offers camps for kids of all ages. Click one of the links below to learn more about camps for middle school and high school students.

SUMMER ZOO CAMP - MIDDLE SCHOOL     ZOO CAREERS CAMP - HIGH SCHOOL

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Camp Times

 Age 3 to 4  9 a.m. to noon (half-day sessions)
 Kindergarten through 5th grade  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (full-day sessions)*

*Before-care is available for all campers. After-care is available for full-day campers only. Before-care campers may be dropped off after 8 a.m. and after-care campers must be picked up by 5 p.m.

Camp Fees

The fees listed below are charged per camper, per week. Registration fees include guided Zoo tours, keeper chats, snacks, 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.

  • Half day sessions: $180
  • Full day sessions: $235
  • Before care - $40
  • After care - $40 (available for full day campers only)
  • Before and after care - $70
  • Additional t-shirt (optional) - $10
  • Fort Worth Zoo water bottle (optional) - $3
  • Fort Worth Zoo drawstring backpack (optional) - $7

Camp Themes

All age groups will study the same theme each week.

 Date  Theme
June 4 - 8

 Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Get ready to shake your tail feathers, as we explore how animals move from one place to another. Preschool-aged campers will focus on mobility and locomotion as we learn about our Zoo animals.

*Age 3 to 4 only

June 11 - 15

 Stranger Things

Dive into the Upside Down and escape into the world of Mother Nature’s strangest creatures. Not all animals fit the pattern, so grab your Eggo waffles and check out some of our animal oddballs at the Zoo.

June 18 - 22

 Zoorassic Park

Ruuuuuuuun for a great week of adventure as we search for the myths and truths surrounding some of our most legendary animals. Campers will travel through time to visit prehistoric creatures, then meet their modern-day relatives at the Zoo.

June 25 - 29

 Buggin’ Out

If you have ants in your pants, this camp is for you!  Spend a week learning about the role of insects around the world, and how our planet depends on creepy crawlers to survive.

July 9 - 13

 A Brush With Nature

Picasso believed every child is an artist. During this week at Zoo Camp, campers will delve into different artistic mediums as we blend animals and art at the Zoo.

July 16 - 20

 The Big Blue

Fintastic! Make some waves with us, as campers spend a week discovering the secrets of the deep, and the mysterious animals found beyond the water’s edge.

July 23 - 27

 Mission imPAWsible

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is an action-packed thrill ride through the untamed world of Nature. As secret agents, campers will discover the survival strategies animals employ to exist in the Wild.

July 30 - Aug. 3 

 Nature’s Most Wanted

Paws up! Help us investigate some of the most wanted animal outlaws around the globe. Campers will examine cases surrounding the most notorious invasive species across our Wild Kingdom.

Aug. 6 -10

 Predator

I hate to eat and run, but some animals sure do.  Chow down, and check out the effective characteristics and behaviors carnivores use to grab their version of fast food.

*Kindergarten through 5th grade only

Aug. 13 - 17

 Monkey Business

Goodnight, Gorilla!  Preschool-aged campers will have more fun than a barrel of monkeys, as we learn all about the different animals you can discover in our World of Primates.

*Age 3 to 4 only


Camps include:
  • Guided Zoo tours
  • Animal Outreach live animal presentations
  •  Wild Encounters, Animal Show (at Outdoor Learning Theater) and Texas Nature Traders
  • Snacks
  • Summer Zoo Camp t-shirt (to be worn daily)

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
email: education@fortworthzoo.org