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Summer Camp

summercamp Drawing from more than 20 years of experience, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore provides a fun-filled and educational Zoo Camp to the public. Participants experience a unique, week-long day camp that allows them to explore the natural world of animals and their habitats, right here at the Zoo! Each camp is conducted by a Zoo Educator assisted by two adult camp counselors, resulting in a ratio of 3 adults to 20 children. Parents/guardians must sign campers in and out each day. Afternoon snacks and a camp t-shirt are also provided. Campers must bring their own lunch and water bottle. Our goal is to facilitate wonder-filled interactions between children and animals while maintaining a primary concern for the safety of campers, Zoo animals and staff.

Registration for non-members begins March 1, 2014.  Maryland Zoo summer camp programs are available for students entering grades 2 through 8 in the fall of 2014. Limited spaces are available. Be sure to book early as these camps do fill to capacity.

DOWNLOAD THE 2014 Summer Camp Registration Form


Zoo Detectives Camp

Grade 2 The Maryland Zoo will once again open its popular summer camp to arising 2nd graders in 2014.  Each morning, campers will be greeted by a message from one of our Zoo team members with a Zoo Mystery to solve.  Campers will then explore the Zoo, play games, and engage their senses to solve the mystery.  Along the way campers will have opportunities to meet Maryland Zoo Animal Ambassadors and learn about nature and conservation. This camp is a physically active camp. Campers will spend a lot of time walking around the Zoo, experiencing interactive exhibits such as spinning turtle shells, wobbly lily pads, fast slides, and riding camels.  Campers should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outside in various weather conditions.  Due to the young age of the campers, children in the Zoo Detectives Camp will not go behind the scenes with any animals Camp activities may include:

  • Exploring the Zoo’s three main areas – The Maryland Wilderness; The African Journey; Polar Bear Watch
  • Environmentally friendly craft projects using recycled materials
  • An opportunity to visit our Giraffe Feeding Station
  • An opportunity to ride a camel
  • An opportunity to experience the Zoo’s entertainment venues
  • Keeper encounters and interactions with Zoo staff
  • Indoor and outdoor games
  • End of camp family presentation

A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper

Grades 3-8 Interested in a career working with animals? Participants experience a unique day camp that allows them to explore the natural world of animals and their habitats at the Zoo. See how some of the animals are cared for, what they eat and how their exhibits are maintained. Study how exhibits reflect natural habitats and meet animals’ needs.Families are invited to attend a final presentation on the last day of camp. Camp is available for children in grades 3-8 as of Fall 2014. Camp activities may include:

  • Walking through the Zoo to observe animals on exhibit
  • Experiencing animal life through animal biofacts, guided tours through the Zoo, songs and stories, arts, crafts, science projects, games, videos and more!
  • Building an animal exhibit to take home
  • Learning about animal care and husbandry at the Zoo
  • Going behind the scenes at the Zoo
  • Completing a project and presentation to families
  • Visits by Animal Ambassadors
  • Keeper Encounters and interaction with zoo keepers and zoo staff

Camp Fees for Zoo Members

Registration Opens January 6, 2014

  • Early Bird (January 6 through February 28, 2014) – $310.50
  • Regular (Starting March 1, 2014) – $345
  • Sign up with a friend and save! (Starting March 1, 2014) - $310.50

Zoo Members may not register non-custodial children, except for those with the Grandparents Membership which has benefits for grandchildren.

Camp Fees for Non-members 

Registration Opens March 1, 2014

  • Regular – $410
  • Sign up with a friend and save! – $369 (per Non-member camper)

Program Dates & Themes

The following are weekly dates and themes for 2014 Zoo Summer Camp Programs:

Week One: July 7-11, 2014  A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper (for Grades 3-5)

Week Two: July 14-18, 2014  A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper (for Grades 3-5)

Week Three: July 21-25, 2014  A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper (for Grades 6-8)   FULL

Week Four: July 28-August 1, 2014  A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper (for Grades 3-5)  FULL

Week Five: August 4-8, 2014 A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper (for Grades 3-5)

Week Six: August 11-15 Zoo Detectives Camp (for 2nd graders) 

Camp Hours

Camp hours are 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Camp Grades

Camp is available for children entering grades 2-8 in the fall of 2014. Please register each child within their age group only. Proof of age is required with the registration form. Please include a copy of a current grade report (preferred), birth certificate, or passport. Please note:  A Camp registration will not be completed without the proof of age included. Due to space limitations, only children registered for the Camp may attend. See Camp Brochure form for cancellation policies.

Registration Information

Advance registration is required and programs fill quickly, so please register early! Camp registration begins Monday, March 1, 2014, for Non-Maryland Zoo Members. Maryland Zoo Members may register as early as January 6, 2014. Registrations may be mailed in or dropped off in person. Camp fees must be paid in full at time of registration. A copy of each camper’s birth certificate or proof of age will be required with the registration form. Proof of age is required with the registration form. Please include a copy of a current grade report (preferred), birth certificate, or passport. Please note: A camp registration will not be completed without the proof of age included. For information call 443-552-5300, Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. After your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation letter within 5 business days of registration. Further directions and forms will be provided in your Camp orientation packet sent 2 weeks before the Camp start date.

Registration Drop Off

Registrations may be dropped off at the Zoo’s Mansion House, located at 1876 Mansion House Drive, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday-Friday. (No early or late drop-offs please.) 

Camp Location

Camp takes place on Zoo grounds in the Discovery Den Classrooms. Building facilities are air-conditioned and near restrooms. Campers are required to dress for the outdoors. Campers must be signed in with their counselors near the drop-off point at the Penguin Gate between 9:00 and 9:10 AM and signed out between 3:50 and 4:00 PM at the same location.

Before/After Care

Before and after care is NOT available.

Cancellation/Change Policy

A $50 non-refundable processing fee applies for any changes made to any confirmed registration. Cancellations received at least two weeks (or 10 business days) prior to the camp date receive a full refund less the $50 processing fee. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations received less than 10 business days prior to the program date or non-attendance on the date of the program. In the event the Zoo cancels a program, a full refund will be issued.