Summer Zoo Camp
Amphibian exhibit at the Fort Worth Zoo

Summer Zoo Camp

Hello Summer 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 Summer 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. 

 

Summer Zoo Camp 2020  is the camp of champions! In preparation for the 2020 summer games, campers will train all summer to be the best of the best. The Fort Worth Zoo has some of the world's top animal athletes who are ready to show our campers what it means to be the fastest, strongest, tallest and wildest competitors in the world. This summer, campers will be tasked with a strict training regimen consisting of Zoo hikes, animal encounters, and even team-building games and activities. Send your camper to train with us this summer! 

Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.

General registration is now open.

 

The Fort Worth Zoo’s popular summer camp includes 10 weeks of exciting themed adventures for children ages 3 to fifth grade, featuring wild activities, animal visitors and Zoo excursions. Participants can sign up for any number of weeks they like – one, two or all 10. Summer Zoo Camp sessions are offered Monday through Friday all summer.  Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is online only; we cannot register you over the phone.

Summer Zoo Camp is offered in morning sessions for children ages 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 appropriately every day for the elements.

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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ZOO CAMP     HIGH SCHOOL ZOO CAMP

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, craft activities and a Summer Zoo Camp T-shirt (required to be worn daily). All campers will bring their own snacks and full-day campers will need to bring their own lunch daily. Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount.

  • Half-day sessions: $200
  • Full-day sessions: $260
  • Before care (8 to 9 a.m.) - $40
  • After care (4 to 5 p.m.) - $40 (available for full day campers only)
  • Before and after care - $70
  • Buddy request - $15
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Camp Themes

All age groups will study the same theme each week.

 Date  Theme
   June 1 to 5   

 Training Camp

The Olympics await! We are moving, playing, and getting ready for the world's biggest games by learning what young animals must do to prepare for life in the wild!

*Ages 3 to 4 only

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June 8 to 12

 Opening Ceremonies

We're kicking summer off by exploring the globe in our very own animal parade of nations. Campers will discover the rich history of the Olympics as we carry the torch around the globe visiting our animal athletes, studying the countries they come from, and learning about the Olympics along the way to Tokyo.

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June 15 to 19

 Put Me in, Coach

Underdogs, it's your time to shine! This week is not just for the fastest or flashiest -- we're digging into the unexplored adaptations these unique animal athletes bring to the team. Get off the bench and show the world what you've got.

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June 22 to 26

 Wild America

Root for the home team and find out all there is to know about North American creatures and habitats! Campers will learn about the animal athletes that train in our own backyards and represent the U. S. of A!

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June 29 to July 1

  NEW: Sensory Camp

This camp is designed for campers who have sensory sensitivities. We want all campers to have the opportunity to come and experience Zoo Camp this summer! We have modified our schedule and activities to allow campers with sensory sensitivities to come and enjoy their camp experience. Changes include smaller class sizes, early exhibit openings, quiet rooms, sensory kits, and shorter camp days.

8:30 am - 12 p.m.

$85 single day (limit to one day only)

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July 6 to 10

 We are the Champions!

Citius! Altius! Fortius! Faster, higher, stronger! Come along as we discover animals that embody the spirit of the Olympics by going faster, flying higher and standing stronger than the rest!

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July 13 to 17

All in this Together

Together, together everyone! Explore the Olympic value of teamwork by learning more about the zookeepers, veterinarians and operations staff who catapult our Zoo to the top of the podium!

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July 20 to 24 

 Going for Gold

The time is now! We are getting ready for the Opening Ceremonies in Tokyo, Japan by learning all about the natural talents and years of practice that are key to animal survival in the wild!

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July 27 to 31

 Beyond the Sea

Grab your fins and tour the world beyond the waves! Campers will join the Zoo’s very own swim team of speedy sailors, high divers, and maybe even a few synchronized swimmers!

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Aug. 3 to 7

 Born to Run 

On your mark, get set, come meet the Zoo’s track and field team! It’s a race against time as campers try to keep up with the world’s best flyers, longest jumpers, and fastest sprinters. Come meet our team made up of animal athletes that survive and thrive by being fast on their feet (or paws).

*Kindergarten through 5th grade only

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Aug. 10 to 14

 Twist and Shout

Watch out, Simone Biles! Your little ones will learn the kinds of skills it takes to be world-champion gymnasts from the wildest animal gymnasts out there!

*Ages 3 to 4 only

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

 

 

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

SUBMIT A BUDDY REQUEST   REQUEST A CHANGE OF WEEKS
     
REQUEST A CANCELLATION   IMMUNIZATION FORM

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.

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Summer Volunteen ProgramFort Worth Zoo guests

Summer Volunteens (students entering grades nine through 12 for the 2020 – 2021 school year) spend one week during the summer assisting staff in our Summer Zoo Camps. Camps run Monday through Friday, from June to August. Teens in grades nine and 10 will assist in half-day camps from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and teens in grades 11 to 12 will assist in full-day camps from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about Summer Volunteen opportunities.

NEW VOLUNTEEN REGISTRATION         RETURNING VOLUNTEEN REGISTRATION

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a PDF of FAQs

What are the requirements to attend Zoo camp?

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:
  • toilet trained  
  • 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

Can my camper attend Summer Zoo Camp?

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. 

My camper has friends who are to attending Summer Zoo Camp. Is it possible to group them together?

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. 

Do I register my camper for the half day camp or the full day camp?

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. 

I am having trouble registering online.

If you experience registration issues while using the browser Safari or are attempting to register on your phone or tablet, please try another browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome) on a desktop or laptop computer. 

The camp I am interested in is full. How do waitlists work?

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. 

How do I update my registration information?

If you need to update any registration information (approved pick-up lists, extended care, etc.) just log into your account or email details to education@fortworthzoo.org.

What should my camper bring to camp?

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.
 

Are there any other items that my camper does NOT need to bring?

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. 

Am I able to stay with my camper for the duration of the camp day/week?

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. 

What qualifications are required for Fort Worth Zoo teachers and staff?

All Fort Worth Zoo teachers must possess a current state teaching certificate. All employees undergo a rigorous application process, including a criminal background check. 

What precautions will you take for extreme heat?

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.  

Will my camper get to feed giraffes, ride the train, etc.?

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.

Will my camper visit Safari Splash?

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. 

What snacks are served?

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.


Summer Zoo Camp Photo Gallery

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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