Explorer Camp

For children who have completed 2nd or 3rd grade by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Important Dates, Times, and Prices

Explorer Camp is only offered in full day sessions:

Full Day, Monday through Friday: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
$305 for Members, $405 for Non-Members per week

Early Drop Off
Drop off your camper as early as 8:00 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays for $10/camper/day.
Due to first-day check in, there is no early drop off on Mondays.

Extended Day
Pick up your camper as late as 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for $15/camper/day. 
There is no late pick up on Fridays. Pick up after 5:00 p.m. or after 3:30 p.m. on Fridays will result in additional fees. 

Lunch & Snacks

Lunch is available for purchase at the time of registration for $30 per week. Please choose your choice of sandwich when you register your camper. All lunches include a sandwich, fruit or cookie, chips, and a juice box. The sandwich is the same every day.

You may also choose to send your child to Camp with lunch. If you choose to send lunch, please note that your child will need to carry their lunch with them (all Zoo Campers receive a complimentary Zoo Camp backpack) as we do not have refrigeration. 

Pizza Fridays! As always, all full-day Campers (regardless if they purchased lunch from the Zoo or not) will have cheese pizza and pop on Fridays.

Snacks: A light snack will be provided every day for no charge. Your Camper is welcome to bring their own snack if they prefer.

Note about allergies: If your child has any food allergies, you may contact us at adventuresinlearning@czs.org for a list of snacks and their ingredients. You may also read more about our allergy and medication policy and protocol under the FAQ “What if my child has allergies?” You are always welcome to send your own snacks or lunches as well.

Schedule and Weekly Themes

All Camps have a strict limited capacity and cannot be exceeded. It requires a lot of planning to make Zoo Camp great, so registration will close promptly 14 calendar days prior to the start of week of each camp or once capacity is met.


Animal Ecosystems
Campers will learn about the complexities of the predator prey relationship and the fine balance needed to maintain the Web of Life. (Weeks D and G)

Animal Agents
Campers will help solve a zoo mystery as they discover why zoos matter and how zoos help animals in the wild. (Weeks B, E, and H) 

Not-so-Creepy Crawlies
Two legs, four legs, six legs, a dozen! Campers will explore the world of bugs, discover how bugs help keep the planet clean, and how animals and bugs live peacefully together. (Weeks C, F, and I) 

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Have questions?
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Education Department at 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.