Special experience for middle schoolers and high schoolers!

Keeper-in-Training gives the ultimate insider perspective as teens learn firsthand what it takes to meet the needs of the Zoo’s animals.


Note that Keeper-in-Training is a three-day experience. Participants must be registered for the correct session based on the grade they will be entering in the fall.


Keeper-in-Training runs from 9:00 am–4:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday.

Keeper-in-Training 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.

  • Member: $345*
  • Non-member: $410
See ‘Weeks Offered’ below to purchase

Zoo members, to receive your ticket discount you must first register on the Zoo’s online store. Click below to register. Once you do, you’ll automatically receive your discounts at checkout.


Did you know that Zoo members save on Camp? To learn more about becoming a member of The Maryland Zoo, click here!

*Zoo membership must be current at both the time of registration and during Camp.

Weeks Offered (click date to register):

AUGUST 7–9 (Grades 10–12)

Note: Keeper-in-Training is a three-day experience.

AUGUST 14–16 (Grades 7–9)

*To be added to the waitlist, please email camp@marylandzoo.org*

Note: Keeper-in-Training is a three-day experience.

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 Education Department at Camp@marylandzoo.org.