Summer Camp


Fun in the sun at Brookfield Zoo!


Dates: Weekly*, June 3 - August 16, except for the week of July 1-5.ZooCamp2.png
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Half-day PreZoo and Discovery will run 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Price: Full-day: $310 per week ($410 for non-members); Half-day: $205 per week ($255 for non-members)
Early Drop Off: $10 per day, Tuesday through Friday
Extended Day: $15 per day, Monday through Thursday
Age Groups:

PreZoo - Ages 4 & 5 who have not completed Kindergarten by June 2019
Discovery - For campers who have completed Kindergarten or 1st grade by June 2019
Explorer - For campers who have completed 2nd or 3rd grade by June 2019
Adventure - For campers who have completed 4th or 5th grade by June 2019
Conservation Science Camp - For campers who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade by June 2019

 

Other Important Information:

*Some camps may have limited offerings throughout the summer. Be sure to check the full schedule below.
Please have your summer schedule ready when you register. We recommend reading the Rescheduling, Cancellation and Refund policies before you register. Please note that though there may be opportunities for contact with animals, such experiences are not guaranteed.


** All Camps have limited capacity. Registration will close promptly 14 days prior to each week of camp or once capacity is met. Camps fill quickly and we are not able to exceed set capacities. **
 

Things To Know


Summer Camp Camp Levels, Options, and Full Summer Schedule

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PreZoo This level of camp is for campers age 4 or 5 who have not completed Kindergarten by June 2019.
Session Options: Half-Day Only (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Price: $255 ($205 for Zoo Members)
Available Add-Ons: Early Arrival (Tues-Fri) for $10/camper/day

Discovery This level of camp is for campers who have completed Kindergarten or 1st grade by June 2019.
Session Options: Half-Day (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) or Full-Day (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Price:
Half-Day: $255 ($205 for Zoo Members)
Full-day: $410 ($310 for Zoo Members)
Available Add-Ons:
Early Arrival (Tues-Fri) for $10/camper/day (available for half- and full-day)
Extended Day (Mon-Thurs) for $15/camper/day (available for full-day only)
Lunch (Mon-Thurs) for $30/camper/week (Available for full-day only; all full-day campers will get cheese pizza on Fridays!)

 
Explorer This level of camp is for campers who have completed 2nd or 3rd grade by June 2019.
Session Options: Full-Day only (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Price: $410 ($310 for Zoo Members)
Available Add-Ons:
Early Arrival (Tues-Fri) for $10/camper/day
Extended Day (Mon-Thurs) for $15/camper/day
Lunch (Mon-Thurs) for $30/camper/week (All full-day campers will get cheese pizza on Fridays!)

 
Adventure This level of camp is for campers who have completed 4th or 5th grade by June 2019.
Session Options: Full-Day only (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Price: $410 ($310 for Zoo Members)
Available Add-Ons:
Early Arrival (Tues-Fri) for $10/camper/day
Extended Day (Mon-Thurs) for $15/camper/day
Lunch (Mon-Thurs) for $30/camper/week (All full-day campers will get cheese pizza on Fridays!)

 
Conservation Science Camp This level of camp is for campers who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade by June 2019.
Session Options: Full-Day only (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Price: $410 ($310 for Zoo Members)
Available Add-Ons:
Early Arrival (Tues-Fri) for $10/camper/day
Extended Day (Mon-Thurs) for $15/camper/day
Lunch (Mon-Thurs) for $30/camper/week (All full-day campers will get cheese pizza on Fridays!)
Summer Camp Weekly Themes

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Summer Camp Get Ready for Summer Camp!
✔ Medical Waiver (Required) This information is required in order for your child to come to Camp. This online form must be completed during registration. Please have your child's medical information handy, including information about:
✔ Allergies
✔ Medications
✔ Immunizations
✔ Special needs

✔ Disability/Special Needs Questionnaire (Optional) If your child has a disability or special need, we encourage you to complete the Disability/Special Needs Questionnaire. 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 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. 

✔ Parent Packet Your resource for all things Zoo Camp! This comprehensive packet includes everything you need to know to prepare for Zoo Camp: what to bring, how to dress, where to go, and more! You will receive this packet via e-mail about one week before the start of your camp session. Make sure to add AdventuresInLearning@CZS.org to your trusted e-mail contacts so that important communications are not blocked by spam filters.

✔ Staying Cool at Camp Summer Camp will run, rain or shine! Safety is always our biggest priority, and we have many ways of staying cool on hot days and dry on rainy ones:
✔ Groups rotate through indoor, climate-controlled areas.
✔ Frequent hydration breaks. Don't forget to pack your water bottle! There are also misting sprinklers throughout the zoo for refreshing breaks.
✔ There are lots of opportunities for seeing animals, playing games, and learning indoors during inclement or extremely hot weather.
✔ Always dress for being outside and doing lots of walking! Please, no flip flops.

 
Summer Camp A Zoo for All: 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. We are excited to offer up to 8 one-week scholarships for the 2019 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 applications 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 April 30, 2019.
Scholarship recipients will be notified via phone. *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.
Summer Camp Rescheduling, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

Rescheduling: Campers may be rescheduled to a different camp session, presuming available space, with a $25 processing fee per child, per session. Please keep in mind that camps fill quickly and we may not always be able to accommodate rescheduling your camper to another session. In that case, please refer to the cancellation policy. After April 30, 2019, refunds and rescheduling are no longer possible.

Cancellations and Refunds: We require that ALL cancellations must be in writing; please send an email to adventuresinlearning@CZS.org. Zoo Camp registration fees (not including the nonrefundable deposit (25% of registration fee) or the processing fee) can be refunded if cancellations are requested no later than April 30, 2019. Refunds and rescheduling are no longer possible as of May 1, 2019. If a late cancellation is due to a medical emergency, a written, physician-authorized note is required before a refund can be issued. This policy is in effect for any and all sessions of Zoo Camp. Zoo Camp participants that do not show up for their registered session will not be granted a refund or be rescheduled. If participants leave early on one or more Zoo Camp days, they will not receive a refund. To reschedule your camp session, please send an email with your request to adventuresinlearning@CZS.org.

Registration


Registration will open promptly at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Click the button below to register for Summer Camp. 

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Have questions? 

Contact the Camp Team at adventuresinlearning@czs.org.

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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!

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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.