Summer Camp

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore offers a fun-filled and educational Zoo Camp for children entering grades 3–9 in the fall of 2018. Children experience a unique, week-long day camp that allows them to explore the world of animals, right here at the Zoo!  


Regular Registration is now open!

Registration will be online only.

Not a member? Save on Camp with a Zoo membership

New! The Zoo now offers a summer camp JUST for adults.

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Camp Hours: Camp is from 9:00 am–4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Camp Fees:   Maryland Zoo Members:  $345

Non-Maryland Zoo Members:  $410


*Zoo membership must be current at both the time of registration and during Summer Camp.
To receive the member discount you must first register on the Zoo’s online store.  Click below to create an account.  Once you do, you’ll automatically receive your discount at checkout.

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General Camp activities include: 

  • Immersive tours of the Zoo
  • Interacting with the animal experts
  • Behind-the-scenes experiences and keeper chats
  • Special up-close visits with Animal Ambassadors
  • Brushing goats
  • Creating wildlife-themed crafts using recycled materials
  • Learning ways we can all help protect wildlife and wild places!

Camp Themes:

(Click the desired date to register)

Grades 3–4 Time Travelers

Throughout the ages, animals have had to survive in changing environments. Campers will explore how ancient animals like saber-toothed tigers, dinosaurs, and trilobites compare to modern survivors and counterparts.

Weeks Offered (click date to register):

July 9–13  CLOSED (waitlist available)

July 16–20


Grades 5–6 If I Built the Zoo...

Designing a modern zoo exhibit requires different skills, including engineering and artistry, and consideration of the needs of both animals and people. Campers will take the role of the designer as they model their own zoo exhibits

Weeks Offered (click date to register):

July 23–27

July 30–August 3


Grades 7–9

Keeper In Training

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is pleased to offer a new Camp experience for middle school campers! This Camp gives the ultimate insider perspective as campers learn firsthand what it takes to meet the needs of the Zoo’s animals.

Note that this Camp is a three-day experience.

Keeper in Training Camp activities may* include

  • Shadowing keepers at Zoo exhibits in daily activities such as cleaning and setting out enrichment
  • Preparing diets and food enrichment at the Commissary
  • Interacting with animal experts
  • Touring Zoo grounds
  • Carrying out animal behavior observations
  • Learning how the Zoo uses training as a tool to care for the animals

*Due to animal and keeper needs, activities are subject to change without notice.


Weeks Offered (click date to register):

August 8–10 Note: This Camp is a three-day experience.CLOSED (waitlist available)

August 15–17 Note: This Camp is a three-day experience. CLOSED (waitlist available)


Cancellation/Change Policy:

 A $50 non-refundable processing fee applies for any requested changes made to, 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 fewer 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.

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

  • Email (preferred)
  • 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.