Enroll in 2022 Summer Camps

Summer Camps at a Glance

Explore the Zoo like never before! Get up close and personal with a majestic Indian rhino or nose-to-beak with a playful lorikeet. Learn from professionals what it takes to become a zookeeper, veterinarian or animal trainer. Get ready to experience VIP access, up-close animal encounters and soaking splashes on our water adventure, Roaring Springs. The fun is non-stop!

Summer Camps for 2022 Have Ended

Check back soon for more info on 2023 registration

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

  • Lunch & snack each day of camp
  • ZooTampa Camp T-shirt
  • Refillable water bottle & pouch
  • Commemorative photo
  • Free Extended Care available from 8am - 9am and 4pm - 5pm
  • A complimentary ticket to visit ZooTampa on another day
  • Behind-the-scenes tours and keeper chats
  • Access to all ZooTampa has to offer!

Safety Info

ZooTampa remains committed to providing a safe environment for our guests, employees and animals. We will continue to operate under the recommended guidelines from the CDC.

If you have specific questions about certain safety protocol within the park, you may call and speak to a live customer service representative during normal park hours at (813) 935-8552.

Camp Ages

Children that have completed Grades K – 8th

As of Spring 2022

Camp Hours

9am – 4pm, Monday-Friday

Extended Care from 8am – 9am and 4pm – 5pm is included

Camp Prices

Starting at $299 for Standard Camps

Starting at $359 for Premium Workshops

Prices are per week, per child

Camp Dates

June 6th – August 5th

No camp the week of July 4th

2022 K - 8th Grade Summer Camps at ZooTampa

Enrollment Is Open!

All camps are open for registration! If you do not see a camp available to select, it has been sold out.

For more camp information:

Contact Jamie Elkington

813-933-8093 Jamie.Elkington@Zootampa.org

Summer Camp Waiting List

Please include the following information in an email to Jamie:

  1. Your name, your child's name
  2. Date of the camp you want to sign up for
  3. The grade level your child will be completing
  4. Your best email address for follow-up

Kindergarten - 1st Grade Camps

Children must have completed Kindergarten or 1st Grade as of Spring 2022

CRITTER CLUB

June 6th - 10th June 20th - 24th July 11th - 15th July 25th - 29th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

Birds, mammals, reptiles… oh my! Can you identify the many kinds of animals at the zoo? Find out what they have in common and how each group is different from the next. Then, put your newfound knowledge to the test to help sort out an animal mystery!

  • Learn all about amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and more.
  • Go behind-the-scenes to meet one of the most unique birds-Penguins!
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

DR. ZOO LITTLES

June 6th - 10th June 20th - 24th July 11th - 15th July 25th - 29th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

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 how they do it as you 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 1100 animals at the zoo.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Zoo-vivors

June 13th - 17th June 27th - July 1st July 18th - 22nd August 1st - 5th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

Are you ready to “Zoo-vive” the best week of camp ever? Learn about how animals survive in the wild, and how their amazing adaptations help them succeed. Then complete survival challenges of your own to see how much of a Zoo-vivor you have become!

  • Find out how animals survive in the most extreme areas of the world.
  • Test your own survival skills with other campers in exciting challenges.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Beastly Builders

June 13th - 17th June 27th - July 1st July 18th - 22nd August 1st - 5th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

Ever wonder how an animal builds its home in the wild or how we make a home for them here at the zoo? Explore the many habitats at ZooTampa and learn how they meet our animals’ basic needs. Throughout the week, you’ll design all the elements to create your very own animal abode!

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

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 Spring 2022

Habitat Heroes

June 6th - 10th June 20th - 24th July 11th - 15th July 25th - 29th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

Grab your passport and get ready for adventure! Travel through ZooTampa one habitat at a time and discover how animals adapt to some of the most unique homes on the planet. Then, find out how you can become a Habitat Hero in your own backyard!

  • Learn about different habitats and the animals that live in them.
  • Discover how to help habitats around the world and at home.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Wildlife Workers

June 13th - 17th June 27th - July 1st July 18th - 22nd August 1st - 5th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

Is your dream to work with animals when you grow up? Then this camp is for you! Learn about the many people who 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.
  • Design and create enrichment for animals in our care.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Creature Competitors

June 6th - 10th June 20th - 24th July 11th - 15th July 25th - 29th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

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 challenges. Let the games begin!

  • Discover the unique adaptations that help animals survive and thrive.
  • Compete in challenges daily alongside other campers.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Animal Innovators

June 13th - 17th June 27th - July 1st July 18th - 22nd August 1st - 5th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

Did you know that a bird’s beak inspired the design of a train? Or that ships stay clean thanks to shark scales? We learn from animals to make our lives better, and here at the Zoo, our inventions can make our animals’ lives better too! Get ready to explore, invent, and innovate alongside the animals during this weeklong adventure!

  • Enjoy exclusive encounters with the animals that have inspired inventions.
  • Work with animal care professionals to invent a new enrichment device.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

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 Spring 2022

Junior Zoo Crew

June 6th - 10th June 27th - July 1st July 11th - 15th August 1st - 5th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

Did you know that the work we do at ZooTampa helps animals all around the world? Join our animal care professionals to see how they learn about animal behavior and then use that knowledge to help wildlife and wild places. Design your own conservation campaign to inspire others to take action as you become a part of our Junior Zoo Crew!

  • Create a research project to study one of the Zoo’s animal residents.
  • Participate in exclusive animal encounters to learn about animal behavior.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Trainers-in-Training, Premium Workshop

June 13th - 17th July 18th - 22nd

Premium Workshop

$359 for Members

$379 for Non-Members

Have you dreamed of becoming an animal trainer? Work alongside one of our animal care professionals to learn the skills you need to succeed! Each day, you’ll practice new training techniques as you guide an animal through a new adventure.

  • Learn the fundamentals of animal behavior and training first-hand with the Zoo’s animal care team.
  • Go behind the scenes to see unique training sessions with Zoo residents.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Animal Care Apprentices, Premium Workshop

June 20th - 24th July 25th - 29th

Premium Workshop

$359 for Members

$379 for Non-Members

Discover what it’s like to be a zookeeper as you go behind-the-scenes with our animal care professionals! Find out how they care for over 1100 animals at ZooTampa, and join in to help them complete some of their daily tasks. See if you have what it takes to become the next Animal Care Apprentice!

  • Shadow our animal care professionals and learn about animal care and husbandry.
  • Design, create, and observe animal enrichment.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

My child came home every day with fun stories and had a blast! In fact, he wears his camp shirt all the time and wants to spend all next summer at the Zoo. Your team is providing life changing experiences for our future generation!

6th - 8th Grade Camps

Children must have completed 6th, 7th or 8th Grade as of Spring 2022

Zoo Crew

June 6th - 10th June 27th - July 1st July 11th - 15th August 1st - 5th

$299 for Members

$319 for Non-Members

Learning about animals and their behavior is a key component to protecting them at the Zoo and in the wild. Work with our animal care team to study some of our rescued residents, and then create a rehabilitation plan for one of them. Find out if they are a good candidate for release and discover ways we can all help our Florida native wildlife!

  • Work with our animal care and education teams to create your own research project.
  • Evaluate an animal case study and make recommendations for treatment.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Animal Care Experts, Premium Workshop

June 13th - 17th July 18th - 22nd

Premium Workshop

$359 for Members

$379 for Non-Members

Dive deeper into the field of zookeeping and see first-hand what it’s like to care for the animals at ZooTampa. From cleaning habitats and providing enrichment to monitoring animal health and delivering keeper chats, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be a true Animal Care Expert!

  • Go behind-the-scenes at our Manatee Critical Care center to learn about our rescue program.
  • Chat with one of our veterinarians and see the inner workings of our animal hospital.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

Animal Behaviorists, Premium Workshop

June 20th - 24th July 25th - 29th

Premium Workshop

$359 for Members

$379 for Non-Members

Did you know that our rhinos lend us an ear so that we can take a blood sample? Or that our elephants show us their feet in order to get pedicures? All of the training we do at ZooTampa helps us better care for our animals. Join the team as you learn the tools and techniques our trainers use, and test your own training skills throughout the week!

  • Learn the fundamentals of animal training, and demonstrate your new training skills with animals at the Zoo.
  • Find out how our animal care professionals became trainers and learn how to become one yourself.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.

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 about the Summer Camp Teen Volunteer Program