For children who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th 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.

Summer Schedule & 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.


Wild by Design
Campers will discover how Brookfield Zoo experts recreate an animal’s native habitat that promotes the health and activity of our animal residents while ensuring safety for our animals, staff, and guests. (Weeks D and G)

CSI: Conservation Science Investigation
Find your inner scientist by investigating various questions and experiments. Campers will aid conservation experts in solving an animal mystery by using scientific research to decipher the clues. (Weeks B, E, and H) 

Gross things happen when you work with animals. Campers will get the scoop on poop, the word on turds, and the rhyme on slime that comes with being a scientist. (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.