All Zoo programs are designed for children who can remain in a group setting without parental assistance. In addition to age requirements, children must be:
able to use public restrooms without assistance
able to spend up to 5 hours of the day outside, walking around the Zoo
and able to spend up to 5 hours of the day in a classroom setting
The Fort Worth Zoo is an equal opportunity organization that welcomes children of all ages, genders, ethnicities, national origins, disabilities, religions, sexual orientations and/or relationships with veterans into its Zoo Camps. If you have any questions, concerns or your child needs an accommodation for a disability, please contact the Zoo's offices to discuss. If your child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) at his/her school during the school year, you must provide the Zoo with a copy of his/her IEP so that the Zoo can understand your child's individual needs and assist your child where possible.
On both the main page and in your confirmation email you will find the link to our buddy request form. If you would like to group campers together, please make sure this form is filled out by each parent/guardian.
- This form must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start date of your camp. Late requests will not be honored.
- Half-day campers cannot be buddied with full-day campers.
- Only one buddy request per camper will be honored if reciprocated by the buddy.
A $15 convenience fee will be charged per buddy request.
Only 3 and 4-year-old campers can attend the half-day camp from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Only campers in Kindergarten through fifth grade can attend the full day camp from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. All campers attend camp Monday through Friday.
*Campers who will enter the sixth grade in the upcoming school year are eligible for our Middle School camps. Please visit the Middle School Camp page for more information.
All camp curriculums are planned with a certain age and grade levels in mind.
Please note: Waitlists are also age- and grade-specific. Please ensure that your camper is registered for the waitlist that corresponds to the appropriate age or grade level.
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If your preferred week is full, you may register for a waitlist. There is a $5, non-refundable waitlist fee. Campers are placed on a first come, first served waitlists for your selected camp and age group. Please ensure that your camper is registered for the appropriate age or grade level waitlist.
If you need to update any registration information (approved pick-up lists, extended care, etc.) just log into your account or email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not provide any food for campers. Half-day campers should bring one snack. Full-day campers should bring a non-refrigerated lunch and two lite snacks. Lunches will be stored in our classrooms, but morning and afternoon snacks are collected and carried into the zoo with the class. It is helpful if snacks are labeled with your camper's name. Camp has a strict no food sharing policy.
It is extremely important for each camper to bring a reusable water bottle every day! For the safety of your camper, if a water bottle is not brought to camp, we will provide them with a Fort Worth Zoo water bottle and the price of $3 per bottle will be charged to the credit card on your account.
Cell phones and other electronic devices are NOT PERMITTED during the duration of camp. At The Fort Worth Zoo Education Department, we believe in creating an environment that encourages community building, bonding and the forging of friendships. We are confident that “unplugging” will result in more time learning together, enhanced interaction between campers and more overall fun. When campers bring electronic devices to camp, not only does it remove them from the camp experience, but those devices always seem to have a way of getting lost, broken, or sometimes even stolen. The Education Department cannot take responsibility for their loss or damage, nor does our insurance policy cover their replacement.
In the event of an emergency, you may call the Education Department front desk 817-759-7200
Please note: Your camper will be responsible for all items brought to Summer Zoo Camp. Please ensure that all items are marked with your camper’s first and last name.
Campers should not bring any personal items such as toys, blankets, or unnecessary items that would cause distraction or possibly get lost. Campers do not need to bring money, as all camp activities are included in the total price. Visits to any food service areas or to any gift shops are prohibited during the camp day, though we invite you to visit these locations at other times. NO electronic devices (phones, iPads, gaming devices etc.) The Zoo is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items. If any of these items are sent with your camper they will be taken up by Zoo staff.
For the safety and security of all campers, our facility remains secure at all times. For this reason, we cannot allow parents or guardians to stay with campers during the camp day.
All Fort Worth Zoo teachers must possess a current state teaching certificate. All employees undergo a rigorous application process, including a criminal background check.
Each week of summer in Texas is generally very hot; consequently, we are used to working with children in this extreme weather. All camp staff is trained to make sure campers are drinking
water throughout the day. Please make sure your child brings a filled reusable water bottle every day of the week.
Additionally, campers spend time both indoors and outdoors. Zoo grounds are well-shaded and misters are located throughout the property.
Camp activities include, but are not limited to, feeding giraffes, riding the Yellow Rose Express train, feeding the birds at Parrot Paradise, taking in a live Animal Outreach show, visiting Texas Nature Traders and visiting the Play Barn and Petting Corral. Please keep in mind that each class follows a different schedule, and all animal encounters are dependent on animal behavior.
Our Kindergarten-3rd grade campers will visit the Safari Splash zero-depth water park on scheduled days (you will be provided with that information on Monday at Check-In). this activity
is contingent upon the opening of the splash park based on weather and maintenance. The full-time staff, as well as teachers and teacher assistants, will be in attendance during this activity. Campers will be monitored at all times. The public will not be in the splash park during this time, only Zoo employees and campers. You are responsible for sending your camper with the appropriate attire including a towel & a change of clothes.
The Zoo occasionally provides frozen icy pops (if you have any objections to this, notify your teacher at drop off). Otherwise, we do not provide any food for campers. Half-day campers should bring one snack. Full-day campers should bring a nonrefrigerated lunch and two snacks.