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 2016. Children experience a unique, week-long day camp that allows them to explore the world of animals, 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 and brushing goats
  • Creating wildlife-themed crafts using recycled materials
  • Learning ways we can all help protect wildlife and wild places!

Registration is closed.

Not a member? Save $65.00 on camp with a Zoo membership


All program dates are now full. 

To be added to the Summer Camp waitlist, please send the following information to Camp@marylandzoo.org:

  • Camper Name
  • Parent/Guardian Name
  • Parent Guardian email address
  • Preferred Camp week

 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. This Camp week is for students who will be in grade 2 as of Fall 2016. 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 8–12, 2016 FULL


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 2016.

Dates:   June 27–July 1, 2016 FULL

       July 11–15, 2016 FULL

       July 25–29, 2016 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 2016.

Dates:   July 18–22, 2016 FULL

              August 1–5, 2016 FULL


Program Dates

Week 1: June 27–July 1, 2016     Action for Animals (for Grades 3–5) FULL

Week 2: July 11–15, 2016           Action for Animals (for Grades 3–5) FULL

Week 3: July 18–22, 2016           Working for Wildlife (for Grades 6–8) FULL

Week 4: July 25–29, 2015           Action for Animals (for Grades 3–5) FULL

Week 5: August 1–5, 2016           Working for Wildlife (for Grades 6–8)  FULL

Week 6: August 8–12, 2016         Zoo Detectives (for Grade 2)  FULL

Camp Fees

Maryland Zoo Members

Early Bird (January 4 through February 29, 2016) – $310.50

Regular (Starting March 1, 2016) – $345

Sign up with a friend and save! (Starting March 1, 2016) - $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, 2016) – $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 2016. 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 Camp@marylandzoo.org  (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 Zoo Summer Camp 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.

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 Camp@marylandzoo.org
  • Phone the Camp Administrator 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.