Winter Camp

Flurries of Fun at Brookfield Zoo!

Dates: December 26, 27, 28 (2018) and January 2, 3, 4 (2019)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Price: $65 per day ($75 per non-member)
Early Drop Off: $10 per day
Extended Day: $15 per day
Age Groups: Penguin Camp for ages 6 - 8, Polar Bear Camp for ages 9 - 12

Other Important Information:

- Please remember to bring a sack lunch. A light snack will be provided.
- 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 Sunday, December 16, 2018 or once capacity is met. **

Things To Know

Winter Camp Schedule and Themes
Wednesday, December 26 - Why do birds have very bright feathers? How do animals benefit from colorful flowers and fruit? Campers will learn how animals must use their sense of sight in light, dark, and far away conditions to find the things they need to survive.

Thursday, December 27 - Stop! Hey what’s that sound? Tiny vibrations in the air (or water) are a means for barks, growls, screeches, and roars to be heard. Campers will explore how animals utilize their sense of hearing to collect information about their world.

Friday, December 28 - How does a spider know they have caught a fly in their web? How do crocodiles tell if a potential meal on the other side of the swamp is worth pursuing? Campers will discover how the sense of touch is more than just fuzzy, rough, and smooth.

Wednesday, January 2 - One man’s trash is… a dung beetle’s feast. We are adapted to enjoy smells that are useful to us, but not everything that is useful to animals is pleasant to the human nose. Get ready for a pungent day of scents at Winter Camp!

Thursday, January 3 - Whether it is sweet, sour, salty, bitter, or umami flavored, humans have many different preferences when it comes to taste. While our taste buds are limited to our mouth, some animals have them on their feet, or even covering their entire body! Come find out which animal has the most discerning tastes.

Friday, January 4 - There are some senses that range beyond the basic 5. Come on a wild adventure to see how some animals act like a living compass, see in colors we can’t see, and feel electrical currents.


Winter Camp Get Ready for Winter Camp!
✔ Medical Waiver (Required) This document 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 to your trusted e-mail contacts so that important communications are not blocked by spam filters.

✔ Staying Warm at Camp Winter Camp will run, snow or shine! We have many ways of staying warm on cold days:
✔ Groups rotate through indoor, climate-controlled areas.
✔ Hot cocoa is provided with snack.
✔ There are lots of opportunities for seeing animals, playing games, and learning indoors.
✔ Always dress for the weather!
Winter Camp Rescheduling, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

Rescheduling: Campers may be rescheduled to a different camp session, presuming available space, with a $10 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 December 11, 2018, refunds and rescheduling are no longer possible.

Cancellations and Refunds: We require that ALL cancellations must be in writing; please send an email to Zoo Camp registration fees (not including the 25% nonrefundable deposit or processing fee) can be refunded if cancellations are requested at least 14 days prior to the start of Winter Camp. Refunds and rescheduling are no longer possible within 14 days of the start of Winter Camp. 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


Registration for Winter Camp 2018 is now closed. Be sure to check back next year for Winter Camp 2019!



Have questions? 

Contact the Camp Team at

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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.