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!

Registration for Zoo Camp 2016 is now closed. Watch this page for updates and information about Winter Camp 2016!

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!

Already Registered? Get Ready!


Download your Medical Waiver here. This document is required in order for your child to come to Camp. Please bring a copy of this with you on the first day of camp. You will need to give it directly to your camper's counselor.

Download the Photo Release here. Every year we strive to incorporate special experiences for our Campers and we know our Camp Parents love to keep up with all of the Zoo Camp happenings. Because of this, we have created both a Facebook group and a Twitter account to more easily connect our Camp parents with our Campers’ many adventures. These social media accounts are not open to the general public and are reserved for Campers and their families to enjoy. Instructions on how to join these private groups are included in your Welcome Packet that you will receive via e-mail one week prior to your camp session. Additionally, all of our campers can take home a group photo to remember the friends they have made and the adventures they have taken with us over the summer. This souvenir is something they can appreciate for years to come. Please bring a copy of this with you on the first day of camp. You will need to give it directly to your camper's counselor.

Download the ADA Accommodation Request Form (Optional) We are proud to partner with the National Inclusion Project and welcome all campers at Zoo Camp, regardless of ability. If your camper needs a little extra help during camp, please let us know how we can best accommodate and ensure a fun and safe camp experience. You are welcome to e-mail us at AdventuresInLearning@czs.org or speak to our Inclusion Specialist at 708-688-8540 to learn more about what extra support we are able to provide your child at Zoo Camp.

Looking for your welcome packet? 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.

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Have questions?
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page or 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.