Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) staff has been closely monitoring COVID-19 developments, the significant increase in reported cases, and recommendations from local, state, and federal government agencies. To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, effective Thursday, March 19, Brookfield Zoo will close all of its facilities, both grounds and buildings, to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to monitor and evaluate developments on a daily basis in order to establish an appropriate date for reopening the zoo’s facilities to the public.

During Brookfield Zoo’s closure, essential animal care specialists and veterinary staff will continue providing the animals with the same high-level of care. In addition, a small crew of the zoo’s plant and facilities staff will be on-site to service buildings and equipment. All other staff is being asked to work remotely at this time.


Celebrate animals at Brookfield Zoo when you hop like a wallaby at the HAMILL FAMILY WILD ENCOUNTERS and take a spin on THE CAROUSEL! Each week of Camp is an exciting adventure into the wild world of animals! Your Camp counselors will be your expert safari guides as you and your friends explore animals from all over the world. You will take a tour on the MOTOR SAFARI, get crafty at the HAMILL FAMILY PLAY ZOO, see how high a dolphin can jump at DOLPHINS IN ACTION, and so much more!  

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Learn More about Zoo Camp

Spring Camp Spring Camp 

Hop on over to Brookfield Zoo during Spring Break and explore the zoo with us. Sign up your camper for a day or two, or sign up for the whole week. Every day is a new adventure of connecting with animals, nature, and new friends!


Sprouts Sprouts

Sprouts is a new half-day program for 3 and 4-year-old children—and their parents can join in on the fun, too! The program is offered every Wednesday for three consecutive weeks and includes activities throughout the zoo. This program is intended to bridge the gap between our popular Seedlings Family Play Program and Zoo Camp. Hope to see you there!


Summer Camp Summer Camp  Winter Camp Winter Camp 

Winter Camp at Brookfield Zoo offers campers the chance to have the same kind of fun they experience during the summer months, but with an Arctic twist. Campers will explore and have adventures in the zoo, make discoveries about animals, play games, and do many activities—while drinking hot chocolate instead of juice and wearing boots instead of sandals. One thing that remains the same is that campers have fun!

Zoo Camp for All! Inclusion at Zoo Camp

NIP-Logo.pngInclusion means all participate and all belong. We work every day to make the inclusion of children with disabilities a reality. The National Inclusion Project (NIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the inclusion of children with disabilities in activities with their nondisabled peers. NIP opens doors for all young people to be included together and experience all that life has to offer. They conduct programs with community partners to teach others how to be inclusive so that children with and without disabilities can experience lifelong benefits. By driving the movement for social inclusion in out-of-school and community programs, children of all abilities learn, play, and laugh together. To date, NIP has partnered with over 100 programs in 35 states, impacting 25,000 children annually.

Zoo Camp is proudly accredited by the NIP to continue the Let’s ALL Play (LAP) program model, which brings an inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities. ALL children come together to participate in recreational activities such as arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness, and more. To find out more about NIP, please visit their website at

At Zoo Camp, we remove barriers so all children can participate. This means that children with and without disabilities and special needs are participating together in camp activities. Zoo Camp provides reasonable accommodations so activities can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. We are pleased to have an Inclusion Specialist on our staff whose role is to support our Counselor staff in providing inclusive experiences and making sure the Zoo is for all campers! Click here to get to know our Camp Leadership team, including our Inclusion Specialist. 

We are committed to ensuring that your child has the best possible experience while at Zoo Camp and you can help us accomplish this. Upon completing registration, you will be sent a link to our Disability/Special Needs Questionnaire. Please fill out as much or as little of this form as you’d like. This form is meant to help us individualize the supports or accommodations your child may need at Zoo Camp. If you choose to complete this form, please submit it at least one week prior to your child’s first day of Zoo Camp so we may plan our staff training and resources accordingly.


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Zoo Camp is the perfect opportunity for your child to connect with animals and nature in a variety of fun and exciting ways. Children ages 4 to 14 are welcome to come explore all 216 acres of the zoo with our camp counselors as their expert safari guides. There's so much to see and do, and each season offers unique experiences. We hope you will join us on a new adventure today!

Winter Camp Spring Camp Sprouts Summer Camp


We are proudly accredited by the American Camp Association, the only accreditation organization for camps in North America. The Association is recognized for its standards for camp health, safety, and programming. The organization partners with the American Red Cross and the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure that camp practices are current and high quality. We believe in inclusion and welcome campers of all abilities. Only 7% of ACA-accredited camps provide an inclusive setting that allows participants with and without disabilities to enjoy the experience together. We are proud to be one of them.