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2020 Summer Camps at ZooTampa

ZooTampa Summer Camp Enrollment is Open Now!

ZooTampa Members Enrollment is Open Now!

Public Enrollment Opens Feb. 25th

The fun is non-stop!
Book now, space is limited!

Your kids will explore the Zoo like never before! Get nose-to-horn with a majestic Indian Rhino or hand-to-fin with playful stingrays. Learn from professionals what it takes to become a Zoo veterinarian or animal care expert! Kids will get VIP access to the Zoo, up-close with awesome animals, and plenty of splashes on our all-new water adventure, Roaring Springs!

Summer Camps at a Glance


Camps are for K - 8th Grade


Camps are 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri


Prices are per camp, per child, and vary by camp


Camps are 1 week each. They begin June 8th and end July 31st

Every ZooTampa Summer Camp creates a truly unforgettable summer through unique opportunities such as building and creating enrichment for the animals in our care, participating in animal behavior observations, and experiencing amazing up close animal encounters!

Summer Camp participants will...

  • Experience different species up-close!
  • Engage in keeper chats!
  • Create connections with animal ambassadors and wildlife!

Summer camps are ALL-INCLUSIVE! Each camper will receive:

  • Lunch & snack each day of camp
  • ZooTampa Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Water bottle carrier
  • Free before & aftercare available from 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm
  • A complimentary ticket to visit ZooTampa on another summer day
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday night
    Sleepover for 4th-8th grade only. More info will be emailed after registering.

K - 3rd Grade Camps

  • Tour our elephant night house
  • Observe a behavioral session
  • Build bird toys for our hornbills

4th - 8th Grade Camps

  • Gain knowledge on animal behavior training techniques from the animal care team
  • Apply the skills learned on our animal ambassadors (Certain camps only)
  • Observe our Animal Care Team applying the same techniques

Actual experiences vary for each camp. See camp descriptions below for more info.

For more information about ZooTampa Summer Camps:

Contact Cara Treadway Cara.Treadway@ZooTampa.org

Kindergarten - 1st Grade Camps

Children must have completed kindergarten or 1st grade as of May 2020

$240 for Members

$292 for Non-Members

CREATIVE KIDS

June 8 - 12 July 6 - 10 July 13 - 17 SOLD OUT

Go green while you let your imagination run WILD at this earth friendly art camp. Turn trash into treasure creating your very own masterpieces, and meet native Florida animals you are helping along the way!

  • Design unique art using recycled items, then showcase to families at art walk.
  • Learn about “upcycling”, and the impact it can have on the environment.
  • Find out what the zoo is doing to help the animals in your backyard.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

DR. ZOO LITTLES

June 8 - 12 SOLD OUT June 15 - 19 SOLD OUT July 13 - 17 SOLD OUT July 20 - 24 SOLD OUT

Taking care of animals is a big job… are you up for the challenge? From zoo keepers to veterinarians, and everyone in between, it takes a lot of people to keep the animals healthy and happy. Find out just what it takes for you to become a Dr. Zoo-little!

  • See what it’s like to rescue, rehabilitate and release animals back to the wild with a mock manatee rescue.
  • See what goes into preparing food for the 1300 animals at the zoo.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Zoo-Vivor

June 15 - 19 June 22 - 26 SOLD OUT July 20 - 24 SOLD OUT July 27 - 31

Are you ready to “Zoo-vive” the best week of camp ever? Learn how animals adapt to their habitats- How do polar bears battle the cold and snow? How do spiders catch food that is the same size as they are? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Then complete survival challenges to see how much of a Zoo-Vivor you have become!

  • Learn which skills animals need to survive in the wild, then test your skills against other campers during survival challenges.
  • Learn about the Zoo’s role in helping to save animals from extinction.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Beastly Builders

June 22 - 26 July 6 - 10 July 27 - 31

Ever wonder how we make a Zoo habitat, or how an animal builds their own home? Learn what is needed and how animals create a safe place to live in nature, then put your newfound skills to the test while designing your own animal abode!

  • Create animal habitats based on animals’ basic needs.
  • Learn about the most amazing beastly builders in nature.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

IMPORTANT

After adding camps to your shopping cart you’ll see links underneath each camp which say "Enter Roster Info". It’s required that you submit roster info for each camp. List all people that are permitted to pick up your child from camp. Each adult will be asked to show ID when signing out a child from camp. Unauthorized will be turned away.

Liability Waiver

Camp Waiver

Camp Handbook

My child attended camp at a number of places this Summer, but Zoo Camp was his favorite — hands down, every time. Please keep doing what you do!

2nd - 3rd Grade Camps

Children must have completed 2nd or 3rd grade as of May 2020

$240 for Members

$292 for Non-Members

Wildlife Workers

June 8 - 12 SOLD OUT July 6 - 10 SOLD OUT July 27 - 31 SOLD OUT

Is your dream to work with animals when you grow up? Then this camp is for you! Learn about the many people whose jobs are to provide the best care for our animals here at the zoo. From cleaning habitats to examining animals, you’ll get an insider look at a typical day for our Zoo staff.

  • Learn from the professionals what taking care of zoo animals is really like.
  • Create enrichment for primates to encourage, preserve and challenge their natural animal instincts.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Animal Artists

June 15 - 19 SOLD OUT July 13 - 17 SOLD OUT

Become an artist and learn how to “go green” at the same time! Take your creativity to new heights during this one-of-a-kind art camp, while you create the ultimate Earth friendly masterpiece.

  • Design unique art using recycled items, then showcase masterpieces to families at art walk.
  • Learn how to “upcycle” and help the environment.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Creature Competitors

June 22 - 26 SOLD OUT July 20 - 24 SOLD OUT

Get ready to become a fierce competitor! Learn about animals’ extreme survival strategies, how they compete for resources, and the challenges they face. Then use that same knowledge to complete your own challenge. Let the games begin!

  • Learn how animals survive in nature, with a spotlight on komodo dragons.
  • Learn about the Species Survival Plan (SSP) animals at the Zoo and how it is saving animals from extinction.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

IMPORTANT

After adding camps to your shopping cart you’ll see links underneath each camp which say "Enter Roster Info". It’s required that you submit roster info for each camp. List all people that are permitted to pick up your child from camp. Each adult will be asked to show ID when signing out a child from camp. Unauthorized will be turned away.

Liability Waiver

Camp Waiver

Camp Handbook

Excellent program! I loved that lunch and before and after care were included. Made everything so easy! My children still tell me interesting animal facts weeks later!

4th - 5th Grade Camps

Children must have completed 4th or 5th grade as of May 2020

Enrollment Price

$336

Junior Zoo Crew

June 8 - 12 SOLD OUT July 6 - 10 SOLD OUT July 20 - 24

Discover the world of animal care by exploring how animal researchers, veterinarians, and animal care staff work together to care for over 1300 animals at the zoo.

  • Shadow our Animal Care Specialists and see what it’s like to provide the best care for our animals, then go behind the scenes and help with some daily tasks of the zoo.
  • Design, create and observe animal enrichment.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.

Trainers-in-Training

June 15 - 19 SOLD OUT July 13 - 17 SOLD OUT

Did you know that our elephants show us their feet in order to get pedicures? Or that our rhinos lend us an ear so that we can take a blood sample? Learn the basics of how these and other behaviors are trained, by the professionals!

  • Learn the fundamentals of animal behavior and training first-hand as they work alongside the Zoo’s animal care team.
  • Demonstrate training skills on animals in our care such as curious chickens or clever rats.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.

Show Stoppers

June 22 - 26 SOLD OUT

It’s show time! Get ready for an up-close encounter with some of our Animal Ambassadors. Learn the facts and practice perfecting your animal handling techniques. Get ready to shine as you star in a LIVE animal show for Zoo guests and parents!

  • Interacting with the small amphibians and reptiles from our famous animal ambassador team.
  • Refine your script writing and presentation skills and end the week with a grand finale – a LIVE animal show starring YOU!
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.

IMPORTANT

After adding camps to your shopping cart you’ll see links underneath each camp which say "Enter Roster Info". It’s required that you submit roster info for each camp. List all people that are permitted to pick up your child from camp. Each adult will be asked to show ID when signing out a child from camp. Unauthorized will be turned away.

Liability Waiver

Camp Waiver

Camp Handbook

My child very much enjoyed this camp. She was excited every morning to attend camp. She was able to experience things she had never gotten to do before even though she had been to the zoo numerous times.

6th - 8th Grade Camps

Children must have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade as of May 2020

Enrollment Price

$336

Zoo Crew

June 8 - 12 SOLD OUT July 6 - 10

Dive deeper into the profession of animal care and learn how animal researchers, veterinarians, and animal care staff spend their days caring for over 1300 animals at ZooTampa.

  • Go behind the scenes and shadow our Animal Care Specialists and see what it’s like to provide the best care for our animals.
  • Design, create and observe animal enrichment to encourage, preserve and challenge their natural animal instincts.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.

Animal Ambassadors

June 15 - 19 SOLD OUT July 13 - 17

It’s show time! Get ready for an up-close encounter with some of our Animal Ambassadors. Learn the facts and practice perfecting your animal handling techniques. Get ready to shine as you star in a LIVE animal show in our very own Saunders Conservation Theatre for Zoo guests and parents!

  • Interacting with the small mammals and reptiles from our famous animal ambassador team.
  • Refine your script writing and presentation skills and end the week with a grand finale – a LIVE animal show starring YOU!
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.

Animal Behaviorists

June 22 - 26 SOLD OUT July 20 - 24

Did you know that our elephants show us their feet in order to get pedicures? Or that our rhinos lend us an ear so that we can take a blood sample? Our dedicated animal care team work with animals to voluntarily participate in blood samples, ultrasounds, check-ups and more!

  • Learn the fundamentals of animal behavior and training first-hand as they work alongside the Zoo’s animal care team
  • Demonstrate training skills on animals in our care such as curious chickens or clever rats.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.

IMPORTANT

After adding camps to your shopping cart you’ll see links underneath each camp which say "Enter Roster Info". It’s required that you submit roster info for each camp. List all people that are permitted to pick up your child from camp. Each adult will be asked to show ID when signing out a child from camp. Unauthorized will be turned away.

Liability Waiver

Camp Waiver

Camp Handbook

Summer Camp Teen Volunteer Program

If you love working with children, and are passionate about animals and the environment, then the Summer Camp Teen Volunteer Program might be for you! Must be 14 years of age or older.

Learn More & Register for Summer Camp Teen Volunteer Program