Now you can drive your children wild this summer — sign them up for Summer Camp at the Zoo! Campers 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, with each session limited to 20 campers.

Students entering grades 3 through 8 can discover “A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper.” Participants experience a unique day camp exploring the natural world of animals and their habitats at the Zoo. They will learn how some of the animals are cared for, what they eat and how their exhibits are maintained, as well as studying how exhibits reflect natural habitats and meet animals’ needs.

At the Zoo, campers will spend a lot of time walking around the Zoo, possibly 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.

And back by popular demand — “Zoo Detectives Camp” for rising second graders! 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. Due to the young age of the campers, children in the Zoo Detectives Camp will not go behind the scenes with any animals.

A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper for grades 3, 4 and 5 runs Week One: July 7-11, Week Two: July 14-18, Week Four: July 28 – August 1 and Week Five: August 4–8. A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper for grades 6, 7 and 8, runs Week Three: July 22-26. The Zoo Detectives Camp for 2nd graders is offered during Week Six: August 11–15.

Camp runs from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm daily. The one week summer camps cost $410 per child; Zoo members receive a discounted rate of $345. Sign up with a friend and receive a 10% discount. To download the Zoo Camp brochure and application click the link below.

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