Summer Camp

Have an unforgettable Summer Camp experience at the Bronx Zoo!

WCS Education Camp Principles of Excellence:

  • Create a welcoming and safe camp experience for all
  • Foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking
  • Instill an appreciation and connection to local nature
  • Spend at least half of camp time outside the classroom
  • Inspire all to take conservation action

All camps run Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and include:

  • Complimentary early drop off as early as 8:30 a.m.
  • Daily explorations of our exciting Bronx Zoo exhibits
  • Trips on the Wild Asia Monorail and Dinosaur Safari (full day camp only)
  • Daily encounters with some of our animal ambassadors
  • Science and learning investigations inside the classroom and out and about in nature
  • Fun games that foster a love of wildlife and science discoveries
  • Nature inspired art projects
  • Healthy snacks served daily
  • Special closing ceremony for caregivers on Fridays that will begin prior to 3:00 p.m.

Our camp curriculums are designed with age appropriate activities and structure. Please be mindful of the age requirements for each camp when signing up your camper. If you have questions about our camps, visit our FAQs page. We've likely got you covered.

Please click on the session of your choice to view availability and to register.

Can't wait for summer? We hold children and family programs year-round. Click here to find out more.


Extended Care (entering PreK4 - 8th grades)

Stay at the Zoo a little longer! Extended care is a great option for caregivers who can't pick up their camper at 3pm and allows grown-ups to pick up anytime between 5 and 5:30pm. Extended care includes opportunities for free play and an exhibit visit, weather permitting. Minimum number required to run the program.

Dates:
Available for all camp weeks except July 1st.
Time:
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost:
$115 members / $130 non-members

Register Here


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Little Zoo Vets (entering 3rd - 5th grades)

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-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

Dates:
Session 1: July 8 - 12, 2019
Session 2: July 15 - 19, 2019

Time:
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
$225 members / $250 non-members


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Zoo Vet Academy (entering 6th - 8th grades)

Has your 6th-8th grader ever thought about being a veterinarian? Is so, this class is perfect. Taught by WCS zoo veterinarian Dr. John Sykes, this class 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 we use medicine and surgery to help keep all the animals at the zoo healthy- from the fish to the elephants! Note: these classes are different from those taught in the Little Zoo Vet classes for 3-5th graders and involve more advanced procedures!

Dates:
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Time:
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
$225 members / $250 non-members


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Toddler Camp (ages 2-3 with caregiver)

Food For Thought

Have you ever wondered what animals like to eat? Learn all about it with Food for Thought at the Bronx Zoo! From bugs to fish, from fruits to mushrooms, Earth's animals eat all sorts of interesting things. Through songs, stories, games, and some very special animal guests, toddlers and caregivers will learn about what's on the menu for some of the planet's most fascinating animals!

Dates:
June 10 - 14, 2019
June 17 - 21, 2019

Time:
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Cost:
$150 members / $175 non-members

Register Here


All Around the World

Take a trip around the world with Toddler Camp! In one exciting week, toddlers and their caregivers will get to learn all about the continents of the world without ever leaving the Bronx! Each day, we will focus on a different continent, learning songs and listening to stories from South America, Africa, and beyond- and, of course, meeting some animal guests!

Dates:
August 5 - 9, 2019

Time:
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Cost:
$150 members / $175 non-members

Register Here


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KinderZoo (entering PreK4 - K)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Through games, dramatic play, sensory exploration, art play, exhibit visits, and up close animal guests, our pre-school (at least 4 years old) and rising Kindergarten campers will make discoveries about how animals use their special “Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes, and Tails” to find food, move around, and play in different habitats.

Dates:
June 24 - 28, 2019
August 26 - 30, 2019

Time:
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost:
$375 members / $400 non-members


Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Half-Day, Three Day Week)

Dates:
July 1 - 3, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost:
$130 members / $140 non-members

REGISTER HERE


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Week of Wildlife (entering K - 2nd grades)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Through games, dramatic play, sensory exploration, art play, exhibit visits, and up close animal guests, your Kindergarten through 2nd graders will make discoveries about how animals use their amazing adaptations to find food, move around, and survive in different habitats.

Dates:
July 8 - 12, 2019
July 29 - August 2, 2019

Cost:
$375 members / $400 non-members

REGISTER HERE


What's for Lunch?

During this mouthwatering week, campers will explore what it takes to be a carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, and scavenger. Each day, campers will meet an animal that likes to eat something special. Through exhibit visits, animal guests and hands on science investigations campers will understand what it takes for that animal to get dinner on the table.

Dates:
June 24 - 28, 2019
July 22 - 26, 2019
August 19 - 23, 2019

Cost:
$375 members / $400 non-members

REGISTER HERE


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Wild Adventurer

Nature Trekkers (entering K - 2)

Make a mud pie! Dig in the sand! Construct a fort! Build a fairy house! Splash in a puddle! Get ready to go outside, get messy and use your imagination in Wild Adventurer Camp: Nature Trekkers! Your K-2nd grader will spend the day playing outdoors in our new Nature Trek exhibit and beyond. Nature art, creative play, nature walks, music, story time, animal guests and free exploration will all be part of the fun.

Dates:
July 15 - 19, 2019
August 5 - 9, 2019
August 26 - 30, 2019

Cost:
$375 members / $400 non-members

REGISTER HERE


Young Naturalists (entering 3 - 5 grades)

Is your 3rd to 5th grader a budding naturalist who loves being outdoors in nature? Then Wild Adventurer: Young Naturalists is their opportunity to learn about the Bronx Zoo's local and exotic wildlife through hands on investigations, inquiry, games, animal guests, exhibit visits and field research. Campers should plan on coming dressed and ready for a full day of outdoor exploration and adventure that will leave them with a new appreciation for the natural world within the zoo!

Dates:
June 24 - 28, 2019
July 15 - 19, 2019
July 29 - August 2, 2019
August 12 - August 16, 2019

Cost:
$375 members / $400 non-members

REGISTER HERE


Young Naturalists (entering 6 - 8 grades)

Is your 6th to 8th grader a budding naturalist who loves being outdoors in nature? Then Wild Adventurer: Young Naturalists is their opportunity to learn about the Bronx Zoo's local and exotic wildlife through hands on investigations, inquiry, games, animal guests, exhibit visits and field research. Campers should plan on coming dressed and ready for a full day of outdoor exploration and adventure that will leave them with a new appreciation for the natural world within the zoo!

Dates:
July 29 - August 2, 2019
August 26 - 30, 2019

Cost:
$375 members / $400 non-members

REGISTER HERE


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Zoo Explorers: Saving Wildlife! (entering 3rd - 5th grades)

Through inquiry based exhibit visits, animal guests and fun activities, your camper will learn how the Wildlife Conservation Society is saving wildlife both here and around the globe! Campers will be introduced to how WCS Discovers animal needs, Inspires people and Protects wild places; then get a chance to join in and lend a hand of their own to help with our conservation efforts!

Dates:
July 8 - 12, 2019
July 22 - 26, 2019
August 5 - 9, 2019
August 19 - 23, 2019

Cost:
$375 members / $400 non-members



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Summer Camp Family Overnight (5+)

Looking for a summer camp experience for the whole family? For the first time, join us for an exclusive overnight for campers and their families! Bring your sleeping bag and tent as we camp out on the Mouse House Lawn. Run by some of your favorite camp staff, you’ll enjoy a pizza dinner and some fun experiences at night, like meeting animals up close, and then enjoy a light breakfast and early access to Nature Trek before the zoo opens. The event is for families with children 5 and older, and the price is per person and can be purchased as a camp add-on experience.

Dates:
August 2 - 3, 2019
Time:
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cost:
$125 members / $150 non-members

REGISTER HERE


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Junior Scientist: Conservation Scientists! (entering 6th - 8th grades)

Our planet's biodiversity is in jeopardy but fear not... scientists are working hard to protect it! Through fun and exciting visits from animal guests, exhibit visits, inquiry based activities and more your camper will learn about what different WCS scientists are doing to conserve wildlife. Campers will then use what they've learned to help, including educating Bronx Zoo visitors at a special Conservation Station!

Dates:
August 5 - 9, 2018 9
Cost:
$375 members / $400 non-members


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Working for Wildlife (entering 9th - 12th grades)

Do you have a teen who is interested in working for wildlife? This summer your teen can explore a wide variety of professions including zookeeper, veterinarian, field scientist and more in this immersive two week program that includes assisting with keeper work at our Camel Barn and Children’s Zoo! With hands-on keeper work, rewarding enrichment opportunities, unique career explorations and visits from animal guests, your teen will become more familiar with the diversity of career options that exist for someone who is passionate about wildlife!

Dates:
July 8 - 19, 2019
August 12 - 23, 2018

Cost:
$1000 members / $1200 non-members

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