WCS Education has your summer covered with fun, educational camp experiences! We provide unforgettable experiences for your camper including age-appropriate, hands-on activities, up-close animal experiences, time to explore the park and tons of educational fun that builds on campers' innate love for our wild planet.
Select a camp experience below for more information!
Bronx Zoo is WILD about summer camp! Our summer camp allows campers to explore our 265-acre zoo and learn about our 10,000 animals like never before! We bring all the fun of Zoo Camp with health and safety as a top priority. This summer campers in our full day camps will get up close and personal with life-sized dinosaurs and pterosaurs in the Bronx Zoo’s Dinosaur Safari!
Scroll down for our schedule and camp descriptions! These in-person camps run from 9:00a - 3:00p Monday - Friday each week unless otherwise noted.
2 - 3 year olds
Toddler Camp: Animal Colors
Orange you looking to be tickled pink this summer? Join us for a colorful week of "caregiver and me" Toddler Camp at the Bronx Zoo! With the help of animal visitors, campers will explore all the beautiful colors in nature through art, dramatic play, sensory activities, and more.
Toddler Summer Camp sessions are 1 hour long, and are offered at 10:00am and 11:30am. One ticket covers one adult and one child. One additional adult ticket may added on at time of purchase.
From Anteaters to Zebras, we'll use the alphabet to explore "Animals A to Z". Campers will discover the diversity of animals found on our planet through games, dramatic play, art, and sensory exploration. Daily exhibit visits and up close animal encounters will bring concepts to life!
This drop off summer camp is designed for Pre-school and rising Kindergarteners. Campers must be 4 years old on or before their first day of camp.
Campers will become Zoo Detectives as they examine evidence and decipher clues around the zoo. Each day campers will use the power of observation and inference to solve mysteries taking place right under their noses. With the help of Detective I. Spy summer campers will hone their own detective and scientist skills to solve any mystery that comes their way!
Have you ever wondered how an animal spends its day? In this summer camp, you can learn how to be an ethologist—a scientist who studies animal behavior—by observing animals in our classroom and zoo exhibits, and engaging in interactive activities to record and decipher the behaviors you see. Join us in the fun!
Travel back to the time of dinosaurs to discover the evolutionary relationships between animals that walked the Earth millions of years ago and ones that share the Earth with us today. Campers will learn about these animals through hands-on activities, exploring exhibits throughout the zoo, and meeting animals up close in the classroom.
Have you ever dreamed of designing your own zoo exhibit? Learn how our exhibit design experts mimic natural habitats for the animals at the Bronx Zoo. This week-long summer camp will feature engaging science-based activities, the chance to meet our animal ambassadors up close in the classroom, and daily expeditions out into the zoo. Campers will use what they learn throughout the week to design their very own exhibit model!
Want to share your passion for wildlife with the world? This summer, you can become a conservation advocate and use social media to amplify your voice! You will engage in exciting animal encounters, unique career explorations, and conversations with real-life advocates and wildlife conservation professionals. Finally, you will put your content creation skills to the test and design your very own advocacy campaign!
Teen summer camp participants will receive two camp shirts with their registration.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a zoo veterinarian? What do you do when a tiger has a tooth ache or an elephant has a sore foot? How do you anesthetize a fish or an aardvark? Does a walrus say "ah"? In this after-care summer camp class, students will learn about the different aspects of zoo veterinary medicine taught by WCS veterinarian Dr. John Sykes. Classes will involve real veterinary medicine equipment and supplies. Students will gain an appreciation of what zoo veterinarians do every day and how animals at the zoo are cared for.
Session 1: focus on the eye; Upper GIT/Teeth; Darting
Session 2: focus on the ear; Lower GIT; Anesthesia; Bones
This program runs after camp from 3:00 - 4:30pm.
Has your middle schooler ever thought about being a veterinarian? If so, this class is perfect. Taught by WCS zoo veterinarian Dr. John Sykes, we will explore veterinary medicine from a "wild" perspective! Using a combination of live animals, real veterinary equipment, and custom-designed models, we will learn about how the vets use medicine and surgery to help keep all the animals at the zoo healthy—from the fish to the elephants!
This program runs after summer camp from 3:00-4:30pm.
Toddler Camp: Animal Colors Kinderzoo: Animals A to Z Wild Adventurers: Animals Past and Present
June 27 — July 1 5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Zoo Detectives Wild Adventurers: Adventures in Animal Behavior Junior Scientists: Exhibit Designers
July 5 — July 8
4 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Zoo Detectives Wild Adventurers: Animals Past and Present Junior Scientists: Exhibit Designers
July 11 — July 15 5 day camp
Kinderzoo: Animals A to Z Wild Adventurers: Adventures in Animal Behavior
July 11 — July 22 2 week program
Working with Wildlife (Teen program)
July 18 — July 22 5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Zoo Detectives Wild Adventurers: Animals Past and Present Little Zoo Vets, Session 1
July 25 — July 29 5 day camp
Wild Adventurers: Adventures in Animal Behavior Little Zoo Vets, Session 2
August 1 — August 5 5 day camp
Kinderzoo: Animals A to Z
August 1 — August 12 2 week program
Working with Wildlife (Teen program)
August 8 — August 12 5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Zoo Detectives Wild Adventurers: Adventures in Animal Behavior
August 15 — August 19 5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Zoo Detectives Wild Adventurers: Animals Past and Present Junior Scientists: Exhibit Designers Zoo Vet Academy
August 22 — August 26 5 day camp
Kinderzoo: Animals A to Z Wild Adventurers: Adventures in Animal Behavior Week of Wildlife
August 29 — September 2 5 day camp
Wild Adventurers: Animals Past and Present Week of Wildlife: Zoo Detectives Junior Scientists
$1080 members / $1200 regular (2 week program)
$540 members / $600 regular (5 day camp)
$432 members / $480 regular (4 day camp)*
$171 members / $190 regular (Toddler Camp)
*Prorated price the week of July 5 - July 8
Extended Care is a great add-on option for caregivers who can't pick their summer camper up at 3:00pm, allowing caregivers to pick up anytime before 5:00pm. Extended Care includes free play, exhibit visits, and nature play exploration (weather permitting). Minimum number required to run the program. Add on items like Extended Care and additional camp t-shirts when adding your selected camp purchase to your cart.
Participants in these summer camp program will spend most of the day outdoors during a range of weather conditions, including heat, humidity, and precipitation, as well as travel over uneven, natural surfaces. Accommodations may be available. Please contact us for more information.