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.


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

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)

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.