Zoo Camp

Celebrate exotic birds at the FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT, 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!

Zoo Camp registration is now open!

1: Set up your CZS.org online account

Set up your CZS.org online account

It pays to be a member! Brookfield Zoo membership has many perks and significant savings on Zoo Camp registration is a huge one! In order to take advantage of this savings, your zoo membership must be valid at the time of Zoo Camp registration. Follow the steps below to ensure a smooth Zoo Camp registration experience:

> Renew your membership

If your membership is expired, click here to renew today!
Never been a Brookfield Zoo member before? Check out all of the benefits of membership by clicking here!

> Create your CZS.org online account. (This step is the most important!)

If you are a current Brookfield Zoo member, your online account needs to be connected to your zoo membership. This step is critical in ensuring that you receive the members-only discount on Zoo Camp. Connect your membership to your online account today and you won’t have to worry about connecting it during Camp registration!

Not sure if you have an online account already set up? We can help you find your account here!

Already know you have an account? Make sure you know your username and password and keep this information in a safe place. You can try logging in here.

> Learn more about Zoo Camp

Scroll down to Step 2 below to learn more about our levels of Camp, the summer schedule, weekly camp themes, and more!
Once camp registration is open, Step 3 below will be updated every business day to reflect how many Zoo Camp spots are still available. 

Have questions about renewing your membership or setting up your online profile?
Contact the Membership department at 708-688-8341
any day of the week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2: Learn more about Zoo Camp

Learn more about Zoo Camp

Zoo Camp is offered in five levels. Click on the level below to learn about scheduling, pricing, themes, and more. 

PreZoo For Campers ages 4 or 5 who have not completed Kindergarten

Discovery  For Campers who have completed K or 1st grade during the 2015-2016 school year

Explorer  For Campers who have completed 2nd or 3rd grade during the 2015-2016 school year

Adventure  For Campers who have completed 4th or 5th grade during the 2015-2016 school year

ZooLab  For Campers who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade during the 2015-2016 school year 

Special Programming! The Summer Olympics may be in Rio, but we will be celebrating right here at Brookfield Zoo! Olympic Day is Thursday, June 23 and as an official Olympic Day 2016 participant, we will be cheering on Team USA throughout the week with a variety of Olympic-sized activities including a Zoo Camp parade and meeting a Special Olympics athlete. All of our Campers will explore and learn about some of our most extreme animals here at Brookfield Zoo and see how they measure up in their own Olympic challenges.

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many popular questions about Zoo Camp!

3: Zoo Camp Session Availability

Zoo Camp Session Availability

It requires a lot of planning to make Zoo Camp great, so registration closes promptly two weeks prior to the start of each week of camp.

4: Register Online

Register Online

Zoo Camp registration opens at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1!

Scholarship Opportunity - Deadline Now Extended!


Application deadline now extended! We are accepting applications through April 27, 2016!

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.

Thanks to our partnership with the National Inclusion Project, we are excited to offer up to 8 one-week scholarships for the 2016 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 27, 2016.
Scholarship recipients will be notified via phone by the end of April.*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.

Early Check in Day - May 22!

Want to come to your first day of Zoo Camp ready to go? Then stop by our Early Check-In day on Sunday, May 22nd!

You will be able to

- Pick up your t-shirts and backpacks
- Drop off your medical waiver information
- Chat with some of the Zoo Camp Counselors and other Camp crew
- Interact with some biofacts (animal artifacts) such as antlers, skulls, and furs
- Have your questions answered!

What? Zoo Camp Early Check-In
When? Sunday, May 22nd – Stop by anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Where? Brookfield Zoo, Discovery Center Lobby (Click here for a map!)
Planning on attending Zoo Camp later in the summer?
We’ll be hosting a second Early Check-In day on Tuesday, July 5th. Check your inbox for more information!

Please RSVP! In order to plan for the best Early Check-In day possible, we kindly ask that you RSVP online with the number of guests you are bringing. Your RSVP is appreciated—but not required—to attend so we hope you join us!

If you have additional questions about the Early Check-In day, you may also e-mail adventuresinlearning@czs.org or call (708) 688-8342 to speak with our Customer Service Representative.

We can’t wait to see you at Zoo Camp!

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 partner with the National Inclusion Project to benefit Zoo Campers with special needs, including physical disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorders, and attention deficit disorders.