Summer Camp


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore offers a fun-filled and educational Zoo Camp for children entering grades 2–8 in the fall of 2015. Children experience a unique, week-long day camp that allows them to explore the world of animals and their habitats, right here at the Zoo!  

Camp activities include: 

  • Immersive tours of the Zoo
  • Interacting with the animal experts
  • Behind-the-scenes experiences (grades 3–8) and keeper chats
  • Special up-close visits with Animal Ambassadors
  • Enjoying  the train and carousel (grade 2)
  • Feeding a giraffe, brushing goats, riding camels
  • Creating wildlife-themed crafts using recycled materials
  • Learning ways we can all help protect wildlife and wild places!

DOWNLOAD THE 2015 Summer Camp Registration Form

Zoo Detectives Camp Grade 2

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 they will have opportunities to meet Maryland Zoo Animal Ambassadors and learn about ways they can help protect wild animals. Campers will spend a lot of time walking around the Zoo, experiencing interactive exhibits such as spinning turtle shells, wobbly lily pads, slides, and camel rides. 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.

Dates: August 10–14, 2015 

Action for Animals!  Grades 3-5 

What part can you play in helping to protect animals? Participants experience a unique day camp that allows them to explore the role the Zoo and other conservation organizations play in protecting animals species throughout the world, and how each of us can help. Camp is available for students in grades 3–5 as of Fall 2015.

Dates:   July 6–10, 2015 FULL

            July 13–17, 2015  FULL

            July 27–31, 2015 FULL


 Working for Wildlife Grades 6–8 

Wondering what part you can play in helping to protect Earth’s amazing species? Participants experience a unique day camp that allows them to explore both the role the Zoo and other conservation organizations play in protecting animals species throughout the world, and how each of us can help! This Camp week is for students who will be in grades 6–8 as of Fall 2015.

Dates:   July 20–24, 2015 FULL

              August 3–7, 2015 FULL

Program Dates & Themes

Week One: July 6–10, 2015           Action for Animals! (for Grades 3–5FULL

Week Two: July 13–17, 2015       Action for Animals! (for Grades 3–5)  FULL

Week Three: July 20–24, 2015    Working for Wildlife (for Grades 6–8) FULL

Week Four: July 27–31, 2015      Action for Animals! (for Grades 3–5) FULL

Week Five: August 3–7, 2015      Working for Wildlife (for Grades 6–8)  FULL

Week Six: August 10–14              Zoo Detectives Camp (for rising 2nd graders) 

Camp Fees

Maryland Zoo Members

Early Bird (January 5 through February 28, 2015) – $310.50

Regular (Starting March 1, 2015) – $345

Sign up with a friend and save! (Starting March 1, 2015) - $310.50

Zoo Members may not register non-custodial children, except for Grandparents with memberships which include their grandchildren. Maryland Zoo membership must be valid at time of registration and for the duration of Camp.

Non-Maryland Zoo Members

Regular (Starting March 1, 2015) – $410

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

Camp Hours and Location

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

Camp activities take place on Zoo grounds and in the Summer Camp Classroom. Building facilities are air-conditioned and near restrooms. Campers should dress for the outdoors.

Parents/Guardians must sign in their campers with the Camp staff near the drop-off point at the Penguin Gate between 8:55 and 9:00 am. They must sign their campers out between 3:50 and 4:00 pm at the same location.

Additional Registration Information

Advance registration is required. Programs fill quickly, so register early!

Campers should be registered for a Camp week based on the grades they will be entering in the fall of 2105. Camp fees must be paid in full at time of registration. Proof of age is also required with the registration form—options include a copy of a current grade report (preferred), birth certificate, or passport.

Registration materials may be returned in the following ways:

  • Scan and email to  (preferred!)
  • Drop off in person at the Zoo’s Mansion House between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday–Friday. (No early or late drop offs, please).
  • Fax to Nathan Johnson at 443-320-9034
  • Mail to the following address:

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Attn: Summer Camp
1876 Mansion House Drive
Baltimore, MD 21217

After your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email within 5 business days.

Closer to the start of Summer Camp, you will receive via email detailed Camp information and forms to complete.

Before and After Care

Before and after care is NOT available.

Cancellation/Change Policy

A $50 non-refundable processing fee applies for any changes made or cancellation of any confirmed registration. Cancellations received at least two weeks (10 business days) prior to the start of a Camp date will receive a full refund, minus the $50 processing fee.

Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received less than 10 business days prior to the Camp start date or for any missed days of Camp. In the event the Zoo cancels a program, a full refund will be issued.

For More Information

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the Zoo in any of the following ways:

  • Email at
  • Phone Education Administrator Nathan Johnson at 443-992-4618, Monday – Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone the Education Department main number at 443-552-5300, Monday – Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.