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From toddlers to teens, we have unique summer camp experiences for all ages at the zoo! All camps are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Toddler Camp. Registration begins on January 2nd, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Zoo Camp experience includes:

  • Age appropriate, hands-on science activities
  • Up-close animal encounters
  • Wildlife Theater performances (Kinderzoo and older)
  • Exhibit visits
  • Arts and crafts
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Tons of animal fun!



Toddler Camp

Join us during the summer for a week of Toddler Camp! We'll have a weekly theme and all campers receive a camp t-shirt!

Come explore animal SUPER senses!  During the week, campers will have the opportunity to investigate different animal senses using their own five senses through dramatic play, sensory exploration, crafts and games.  Campers will also meet and interact with animal guests who pass the "super" sense of the day!

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Ages: 2 – 3 year olds, with caregiver
Dates: June 16 – 20
June 23 – 27
Time A: 10:15 a.m.– 11:15 a.m.
Time B: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Fee: $125 members $150 non members



KinderZoo

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Campers will spend the week exploring the "Animal Tales of Eric Carle".  Through games, dramatic play, sensory exploration, crafts, exhibit visits, and up-close animal encounters, stories such as "The Tiny Seed", "The Foolish Tortoise", and "The Very Busy Spider" will come alive and help campers discover that every creature has an important job in nature.

Ages: 4 – 5 year olds
Dates: June 16 – 20
June 23 – 27
July 7 – 11
July 28 – August 1
August 4 – 8
August 25 – 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 members $425 non members



Week of Wildlife

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

You can book up to two weeks of Week of Wildlife for your camper!  Each letter designates the curriculum used for the week of camp.

Session A: Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, Heart.  Go Planet!  Bronx Zoo campers...they are heroes.  They're going to take pollution down to zero!  Come to ZOOper hero camp to learn about the five elements and why they are important to animals, plants and you!

Session B: Campers will become "Zoo Detectives" to collect evidence and solve a new scientific question.  Camp includes exhibit visits, live animal encounters, group activities, crafts and hands-on scientific demonstrations and experiments.

Ages: 6 – 7 year olds
Dates:

June 16-20 (A)
June 23-27 (B)
July 14-18 (A)
July 21-25 (B)
August 11-15 (A)
August 18-22 (B)

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 members $425 non members

You can book up to two weeks of Week of Wildlife for your camper! Each letter designates the curriculum used for the week of camp.




Zoo Explorers

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Campers will learn how the Wildlife Conservation Society works to Save Wildlife throughout the world using research, getting people involved and protecting wild places.  Campers will visit the amazing exhibits like the Congo Gorilla Forest, Butterfly Garden and Jungle World, as well as ride the Wild Asia Monorail!  Games, activities, visits from wild animal guests and a special Wildlife Theater performance all await your camper in this one of a kind exciting week-long adventure that culminates with campers educating the public at a special Conservation Station!

Ages: 8 – 10 year olds
Dates: July 7 – 11
July 14 - 18
July 28 - August 1
August 11 – 15
August 18 - 22
August 25 – 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 members $425 non members



Junior Scientists

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Awake the scientist inside of you this summer!  The word "scientist" can mean so many different things, especially at the Bronx Zoo. Campers will explore the world of the scientists at the Bronx Zoo, as well as our Global scientists around the world!  This week of cam includes exhibit visits, animal encounters, hands-on science experiments and an insider's look at the life of some scientists who are changing the future for wildlife and wild places.  Discover if you have what it takes to be the next conservation leader!

Ages: 11 – 12 year olds
Dates: July 21-25
August 4 – 8
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 members $425 non members



Teen Internship

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

The Summer Teen Internship program has undergone some very extensive and positive changes that will interest and challenge teens of all ages.

The three week program will help teens answer the following questions:

1. How did the idea of the modern zoo come to fruition?

2. What role do zoos play in today's society?

3. Where will zoo institutions go from here?

This year, teens will:

  • Engage in various forms of technology made available by a recent working partnership between Encyclopedia of Life and the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Take trips to the New York Botanical Garden to help teens identify the dynamics between flora and fauna within the web of life
  • Learn about the "evolution of evolution"
  • Construct electronic field guides with the help of EOL's iNaturalist and Ecosystem Explorer software
  • Develop futuristic models for zoo exhibits using Google Sketch-up!
  • And last but not least, participants will get to experience what it's like to be a zoo keeper by helping to complete various animal care-related tasks at select exhibit sites around the Bronx Zoo campus.
This summer's program has a little bit for everyone, and much more!

Ages: 13 – 17 year olds
Dates:

June 30-July 18 (3-week internship, Monday - Friday)
NO PROGRAM ON JULY 4TH
July 21-August (3-week internship, Monday - Friday)
August 11-29 (3-week internship, Monday - Friday)

Time: 1st week - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2nd and 3rd weeks 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $1800 members $2000 non members


 

Zoo Camp Tips and Policies


What's different about Zoo Camp this year?

We've made a couple changes to camp this summer to enhance the experience for everyone. This year, camp will separate campers into age appropriate groups to provide stronger curriculum, have a smaller camper to counselor ratio, include a special camp t-shirt, provide a special Wildlife Theater performance (Kinderzoo and older).

What will my child do all day at Zoo Camp?

Zoo Camp is full of fun! Your child will be introduced to the world of animals and science. Zoo Camp has age- themed programs including games, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, along with crafts and songs. Since your camper doesn't tell you everything, we'll also distribute a parent letter on the first day that will go over the focus of each day, what exhibits we visit, what animals we met and some questions to test your camper's knowledge.

Who is this camp for?

Zoo Camp is perfect for youth who have an interest, love or passion for animals and science. We offer a variety of activities that connect campers to nature, but it's great when our participants come to us with an initial interest in animals since we are Zoo Camp!

How much interaction do campers have with animals?

Each day the campers will experience a close encounter with an animal from our education animal collection. Other special activities might include seeing an exhibit animal up-close for feeding, enrichment or training sessions. They will not be allowed to hold any animals but will have the chance to touch some of our creatures. The Teen Internship programs include a variety of behind the scenes components and opportunities to connect with animal keepers.

What is the counselor to camper ratio?

The counselor to camper ratio varies with age and registration. Our average group size is around seven campers to one counselor. For Kinderzoo, we have a ratio of 6 campers to 1 counselor, while Week of Wildlife and Zoo Explorer has a ratio of 7 campers to 1 counselor. Each group also has volunteers who help supervise campers.

Is there a nap time?

We offer yoga and nap time for the Kinderzoo campers only. For all camps, we try to incorporate quieter activities where campers have some down time. Do you provide snack? We provide snack daily. We try our best to supply treats with few allergic interactions. Please make sure that all allergies are listed on the medical form and if your child does have food allergies, please pack a snack just in case. Since we don't provide snack until mid-morning, please make sure that your camper eats a healthy breakfast before coming to camp.

Should I pack a lunch for my camper?

Yes, please. Please send your camper to Zoo Camp each day with a NUT-FREE lunch. Please do not send any snacks or foods containing peanuts or tree nuts. Many children have allergies to different types of nuts. We hope to ease parents' concerns about allergic reactions. Sharing of lunch items is not permitted except amongst siblings.

What should my child wear to camp?

Dress appropriately for the weather. We will go outside rain or shine, so rain gear is needed sometimes. For younger campers, please make sure their clothing is easy for them to remove while using the restroom (zoo staff cannot assist campers in the restroom). On the first day of camp, your child will be given a special Zoo Camp t-shirt. We require your child to wear this shirt every day of camp. It increases visibility while touring the zoo. Extra shirts can be purchased for $15 while you register or on the first and second days of camp. Closed-toed shoes are required for your child's safety.

Will you be outside all day?

Many of our activities include outside time. Please make sure your camper is wearing sunscreen. Counselors are not allowed to apply sunscreen, so please make sure you put it on your camper each morning. It is also a good idea to send your camper with a full, reusable water bottle. We make routine stops at the water fountains, but it does get hot during the summer and your child will be running around outside for most of the day.

Can I stay with my child during the day? May I eat lunch with my child?

For the safety of campers, we do not allow adults who are not camp staff to spend time with the camp group. This includes parents.

What if my child has special needs?

If you child has special needs (dietary, allergy, behavioral, physical, etc.) please notify us in advance by calling 718-220-5132. We want your child to have the best camp experience possible and can only do this if we know the unique needs of your child!

Payment and Registration

When will registration open?

Registration for Zoo Camp 2014 will open on January 2, 2014. Click here to register.

What is your cancellation policy?

There will be no refunds for withdrawals from programs made less than four weeks prior to the camp start date. All cancellation requests must be made in writing either by email (bzeducation@wcs.org) or fax (718-365-3300). A 50% refund will be provided upon receipt of a written cancellation if received 4 weeks in advance. There will be a $15 per person service charge for each change made to the original registration. Requests for changes to your registration cannot be made less than four weeks prior to the scheduled date of the program. If there is a wait list for the session that you are registered for and you'd like to cancel your spot, you are not guaranteed a 50% refund unless the spot can be filled.

How do I know if my spot is confirmed?

Upon completion of registration, you will receive an email from ticketorders@wcs.org. This will include your tickets as well as welcome letter and important documents that need to be completed prior to camp.

Will I receive a written confirmation?

Yes. You will receive an electronic confirmation once your registration and payment have been collected. You will receive important information about camp logistics and policies in our Zoo Camp Parent Letter.

Can I sign my child up for multiple weeks?

Except for the Teen Internship, which is a 3 week session, you can only sign your camper up for one week of camp since activities will be repeated.

What type of forms do I need to complete if my camper's spot is confirmed?

We require all campers to have the following forms completed by April 15 unless you register after that date:

Why can't my 4 year old and my 6 year old attend the same camp?

For the benefit of your child and other campers, children will only be allowed in groups appropriate for their age. We focus on age specific content throughout the week. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Do you have a payment plan?

A payment plan is only available for Teen Internship. For all other programs, tuition must be paid in full during registration.

Do you have a multiple child discount?

We do not offer a multiple child discount. We do offer a discount for Wildlife Conservation Society members though.

What does "wait list" mean?

Wait list means that we are currently full for that session. You are welcome to sign up for the wait list, but a spot will only open up if someone else cancels their camp registration.

Do I get a refund if my child is sick?

No. We do not give refunds for campers that are unable to attend camp because they are sick.

Do I get a refund if my child is asked to leave camp because of behavioral issues?

No. If your child is asked to leave camp because they are unable to cooperate with camp rules, you will not receive a refund.

What happens if my child can't attend a day or if they'll be late?

Please notify our Registrar if your camper will be absent or late on any given day. Please call 718-220-5132 to do so.

First Day of Camp and Sign-In/Sign-out Procedures

Where should I go the first day of camp?

We will provide you with plenty of information in your Zoo Camp Parent Letter, which will describe the location of the camp and what to expect for the first morning. Please note that parents or guardians are REQUIRED to attend a 15 minute orientation from 10:00-10:15am. We will give you an overview of the program, discuss safety rules, camp policies and answer questions.

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the Southern Blvd Lot. Please make sure to display your parking pass when you drop your camper off.

What time can I enter the zoo?

On the first day of camp, the Southern Blvd Lot entrance will open at 9:30am so parents and campers can get in to finalize paperwork and get their t-shirt and name badge. On Tuesday through Friday, the entrance will open at 9:45am. We start camp promptly at 10am each day, so make sure to get here on time. If you're running late, please let us know by calling 718-220-5132. YOU MUST WALK YOUR CAMPER TO THEIR CAMP LOCATION EACH DAY. Except for Teen Interns, campers are not allowed to be in the zoo by themselves.

What happens if I need to pick up my camper early?

If you would like to pick up your camper at a time other than the designated pick-up time, please notify your camper's counselor. Upon your arrival at the zoo, notify the front gate and they will radio to your camper's group so you can meet up with them.

What happens if I'm late picking up my camper?

Campers who are picked up more than 15 minutes past the pick-up time will be charged $45. We appreciate your attention to this matter.

Who can sign out my camper?

People signing out campers must be listed on the Camper Release Form and have to be 18 and over. When completing the Camper Release Form, parents/guardians need to list themselves as well. All adults signing out a camper should bring a photo ID with them to verify their identity. Teen Interns are allowed to sign themselves out with adult permission.