ZooCamps

Get ready for a summer camp experience your child will never forget.

ZooCamp has an adventure waiting for everyone!

  • Camps run June 1 to August 7, for kids age 4-11.
  • Half-day, Full-day and Multi-day themed camps. 
  • Enjoy animal encounters, play games, sing songs, make crafts and tour the Zoo.
  • Ride the Savannah Express Train or Sanford Carrousel
  • Receive a free ZooCamp t-shirt

Register online now or call the Zoo directly at 605-367-8313, ext. 233 and we will register you over the phone. Camps fill up quickly, so make your reservations soon!

Click here to download the 2015 ZooCamp schedule. Click here to download and review the ZooCamp policies.


Camps for 4-6 year olds

Animal Senses (5 half days) – $93.50 for Zoo members / $110 for non-members
What big eyes, and ears, and noses animals have! Come see, smell, and hear the animals at the Zoo!

  • June 1-5, mornings (9 a.m. - noon)
  • July 13-17, afternoons (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Animal Doctors (3 half days) – $63.75 for Zoo members / $75 for non-members
Creatures big and small need a doctor now and then. Find out how our zoo vet helps keep them all well!

  • June 8-10, mornings (9 a.m. - noon) - FULL
  • July 6-8, mornings (9 a.m. - noon) - FULL
  • Aug. 3-5 , afternoons (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) - FULL

Curious About Carnivores (full day) – $46.75 for Zoo members / $55 for non-members
Discover tigers and cheetahs, eagles and alligators as we venture out to meet the meat-eaters.

  • June 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • July 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Marvelous Mammals (full day) – $46.75 for Zoo members / $55 for non-members
Monkeys, tigers, and bears, oh my! Come meet the furriest residents of the Zoo!

  • June 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • July 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Radical Reptiles (half day) – $25.50 for Zoo members / $30 for non-members
Explore the wonderful world of reptiles with this scaly fun adventure!

  • June 26, morning (9 a.m. – noon)
  • July 31, afternoon (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Creepy Crawlies (half day) – $25.50 for Zoo members / $30 for non-members
Six legs or eight, the little critters rule the world.  Join us as we meet them face-to-face!

  • July 10, morning (9 a.m. – noon)
  • July 30, afternoon (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Farmyard Friends (half day) – $25.50 for Zoo members / $30 for non-members
Hay ewe!  Don’t be chicken!  Get a moo on, join our herd, and kid around with the barnyard beasts! 

  • June 11, afternoon (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • July 24, morning (9 a.m. – noon)

Camps for 7-8 year olds

Keeper Camp (5 half days) – $93.50 for Zoo members / $110 for non-members
Training?  Enrichment? Find out all about what it takes to give our animals world-class care!

  • June 1-5, afternoons (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • July 13-17, mornings (9 a.m. - noon)

World Travelers (5 half days) – $93.50 for Zoo members / $110 for non-members
Explore the world and discover the amazing animals that call each continent home.

  • June 15-19, afternoons (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Aug. 3-7, mornings (9 a.m. - noon)

What’s Up, Zoo Doc? (3 half days) – $63.75 for Zoo members / $75 for non-members
How does a zoo vet medicate a meerkat or x-ray a turtle?  Join us and find out!

  • June 22-24, mornings (9 a.m. - noon) - FULL

Conservation Heroes (3 half days) – $63.75 for Zoo members / $75 for non-members
Become a hero as we discover what it takes to bring endangered species back from the brink!

  • July 27-29, afternoons (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Animal Tales (full day) – $46.75 for Zoo members / $55 for non-members
Investigate the true stories of the animal characters that inhabit the world of imagination.

  • June 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • July 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camps for 9-11 year olds

Keeper 101 (5 half days) – $93.50 for Zoo members / $110 for non-members
Go beyond cleaning and feeding to discover all the ins and outs of caring for our animal collection.

  • June 15-19, mornings (9 a.m. - noon)
  • July 6-10, afternoons (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Beasts with Backbones (5 half days) – $93.50 for Zoo members / $110 for non-members
Take an in-depth look at the major groups of vertebrates: mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, and reptiles!

  • June 22-26, afternoons (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • July 27-31, mornings (9 a.m. - noon)

Saving Species (3 half days) – $63.75 for Zoo members / $75 for non-members
Explore the many amazing ways conservationists are using science to save species in the wild.

  • June 8-10, afternoons (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Crafting for Critters (full day) – $46.75 for Zoo members / $55 for non-members
Join us as we learn about animal enrichment and how we make the animals’ lives more fun!

  • July 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • July 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.