Adult Camps & Lectures


Lectures provide up to 200 guests with unique opportunities to hear stories from the field by renowned conservation experts. Lectures take place in the fall and spring and every lecture is followed by a complimentary wine and hors d'ouvres reception. Brookfield Zoo is always bustling with activity, but come hear what amazing things are happening near and far from Brookfield! All of our lectures are held in our Discovery Center and begin promptly at 7:30 pm. 

Adult Camps are presented by CZS Staff to give our adult guests an intimate and unique perspective on conservation and animal care. These programs are designed for mature audiences and may have a minimum age requirement. Our program locations may vary and some camps may include tours, activities, and hikes. Seating is limited so sign up today!

Lecture: Painted Dog Research Trust

CZS proudly welcomes back Dr. Greg Rasmussen, founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust in Zimbabwe. Since 1989, Dr. Rasmussen has been engaged in the longest-running study of painted dogs. The US-based Painted Dog Protection Initiative works closely with Dr. Rasmussen and his team to track the dogs and implement anti-snare collars on these highly endangered carnivores. Join us as Dr. Rasmussen shares his fascinating stories and updates from the field and how the innovative anti-snare collars have played a crucial role in painted dog conservation.

Date and Time : February 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Price: $16 for Non-members, $13 for Members
Sustaining, Bison Circle, and Living Legacy members are complimentary. Please RSVP to adventuresinlearning@czs.org.
Where: Discovery Center
Parking: Discovery Center Lot

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Lecture: Opportunities to Thrive: Animal Welfare Research

Curious about the research that goes on at the Brookfield Zoo to help ensure every individual animal has the opportunity to thrive? Did you know we are putting data loggers similar to a Fitbit on giraffe and collecting saliva from polar bears? Dr. Lance Miller, Senior Director of Animal Welfare Research will be presenting a brief overview of the Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare and discussing in detail some of the many projects going on within the Animal Welfare Research department.

Date and Time : March 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Price: $16 for Non-members, $13 for Members
Sustaining, Bison Circle, and Living Legacy members are complimentary. Please RSVP to adventuresinlearning@czs.org.
Where: Discovery Center
Parking: Discovery Center Lot

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Adult Camp: Penguins to Polar Bears: Animals from Extreme Habitats

Humboldt penguins survive in the cold ocean current along the coast of Chili and Peru and nest in the world’s driest desert: the Atacama! Polar bears thrive on the Arctic ice and suffer when temperatures rise. Camel and Bison are adapted to find food in heavy snow and below zero temperatures. Other habitats are a challenge for survival due to human hunting, farming and fencing along with the competition and diseases from domestic animals. Analyze class information and connect facts to your teaching of environmental science and biology topics.

Please join us for this “conference style” class. A series of speakers and a tour each day will focus on the challenges and successes met by some of Brookfield Zoo’s favorite animals.

Teachers, please note: This program is also offered as a Teacher Class which meets for an additional 4 hours on Saturday morning and carries 1 optional hour of graduate credit. To attend this session, please contact Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or julie.wozniak@czs.org for further instructions.

Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days (this is a 2-day class)
Price: $100 per person
Parking: South Lot

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Adult Camp: Sexy Beasts

Attend our Adults Only camp at Brookfield Zoo on June 3 from 9am-10:30 am. This adult program is rated M for Mature and will highlight some of the surprising animal sex stories from Brookfield Zoo, such as dolphin’s promiscuous mating system, the predilections of primates and the elaborate courtship rituals of our feathered friends.

Date and Time: Friday, June 10, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Price: $25 per person
Maximum Participant Count: 30
Class Location: Conservation Leadership Center
Parking: South Lot

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Adult Camp: Psychedelic Nature

The Trippy Side of Wildlife: Reptiles, insects, amphibians, mammals, and even the human mammal have been known to indulge in some of nature’s most potent potables. In this class we will examine some of nature’s natural psychotropic plants and animals, how they are used, and where, if any, live in Brookfield Zoo.

Date and Time: Friday, June 17, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Price: $25 per person
Maximum Participant Count: 30
Class Location: Conservation Leadership Center
Parking: South Lot

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Adult Camp: Epic Fail!

Nature's Weirdest Parenting Techniques: Birds, bugs. frogs and more, provide a whole new meaning to the term “Bringing Up Baby.” Join us to explore some of the strangest parenting methods nature has to offer.

Date and Time: Friday, July 15, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Price: $25 per person
Maximum Participant Count: 30
Class Location: Conservation Leadership Center
Parking: South Lot

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Have questions? Contact the Education Department at adventuresinlearning@czs.org!

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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.