Zoo Camp

Our Summer Zoo Camp program is accredited by the American Camp Association and continues to grow and develop so we can give your Camper the best experiences we can provide. Campers age 4 to 14 will explore animals and the natural world in fun, engaging, age-appropriate settings through activities, encounters, games, art, and science inquiry. The best part? It all happens at the zoo!

Each Camp is one week long, and Zoo Camp rotates between three one-week curricula. Please be aware of themed weeks when registering. For your Camper to have the best possible experience at Brookfield Zoo, we respectfully ask that your Camper not repeat the same theme during the summer. Become a member and receive a special member discount!

We are not currently able to take Zoo Camp registration online. Please see below for instructions on how to register your Camper.

1: 2015 Zoo Camp Schedule

*Week A: June 1 - 5 
Week B: June 8 - 12
Week C: June 15 - 19
Week D: June 22 - 26

Week E: July 6 - 10
Week F: July 13 - 17
Week G: July 20 - 24
Week H: July 27 - 31
Week I: August 3 - 7
*Week J: August 10 - 14

*These weeks we will only be offering PreZoo Morning sessions. All other weeks we will offer all levels of Zoo Camp.

- All Camps run Monday through Friday.
- Half-day morning sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
- Half-day afternoon sessions run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Full-day sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2: Zoo Camp General Info

Click the links below for more information specific to each Zoo Camp (opens in new window). Here you find information on times, prices, and descriptions of weekly themes. Please choose your Camp based on the grade your child is completing in the 2014-2015 school year.

PreZoo (Ages 4 & 5)

Discovery (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)

Explorer (2nd and 3rd Grades)

Adventure (4th and 5th Grades)

ZooLab (6th, 7th, and 8th Grades)

3: Zoo Camp Session Availability
4: Registration Instructions

To begin your Zoo Camp registration, please CLICK HERE (adventuresinlearning@czs.org) to e-mail us your Zoo Camp request. We will do all that we can to accommodate your request which will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis within 5 business days. Please note that the registration process will not be fully complete until you hear back from us. We do understand your frustrations and appreciate your patience as we process the many requests we are receiving. Please include the following information for each Camper you wish to register:
- Your Name
- Your Phone Number
- Camper’s Name
- Camper’s Grade
- Camper’s Date of Birth
- Camp Level (PreZoo Mornings, Discovery Full Day, Explorer, etc.)
- 1st Choice of Desired Week(s)
- 2nd Choice of Week(s)

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: Please note that sending this e-mail does not guarantee your child’s enrollment in Zoo Camp. You will receive an automated response to let you know that we have received your e-mail. We will call you at the phone number you list when we have noted your request and are ready to take payment (this may take up to 5 business days).

We understand that Zoo Camp registration is important to you and have brought in additional staff to handle the increased volume of communications regarding registration issues. We are responding as quickly as possible; please note that leaving multiple messages will only increase our response time. Once again, we appreciate your patience and sympathize with any frustrations and inconveniences you are encountering.

NEW: Scholarship Opportunity

Brookfield Zoo Camp provides an inclusive environment for campers with and without disabilities. We believe that the inclusive environment at Zoo Camp provides an opportunity for campers to explore, learn, and connect with animals and nature in more meaningful ways. 

Thanks to our new partnership with the National Inclusion Project, we are excited to offer up to 10 one-week scholarships for the 2015 camp season to provide campers with disabilities an opportunity to experience Zoo Camp.

Already registered for Zoo Camp? If your camper is currently enrolled in a Zoo Camp week you are still eligible to apply! (If the scholarship is awarded, your current camp fees will be refunded.)

How do I apply?

1. Please click here to read the qualification parameters. It is important that you read this document thoroughly.
2. Print and complete the application (opens in new window).
3. Mail completed application to:

Brookfield Zoo
Attn: Zoo Camp – Scholarship Application
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL. 60513

Scholarship applications are accepted only by mail and must be received on or before May 15, 2015.
Scholarship recipients will be notified via phone by May 31, 2015.*Due to the anticipated number of applications we will only be able to contact those who are awarded the scholarship.

Unsure if your camper qualifies for this scholarship? Give us a call at 708-688-8342 and we would be happy to discuss if and how we are able to meet your camper’s needs.

Questions? Comments? Feedback?

We highly value you, our guests, and welcome written feedback as to how we can provide the best experience possible. You are encouraged to share suggestions and thoughts with us via e-mail to adventuresinlearning@czs.org

Cancellation and Refund Policy


We are proud to announce our new partnership with the National Inclusion Project to benefit Zoo Campers with special needs, including physical disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorders, and attention deficit disorders.