Education

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2016 Summer Camps & Registration

Feed the Penguins
Cuddle the Sloths
Conduct the Train
Make it the Best Summer Ever!

The wildest summer camps in town are at Lincoln Children’s Zoo! Each day campers will explore animal habitats, talk with real zookeepers, study animal behaviors and take part in fun, educational activities. Zoo Camps are led by skilled instructors who will guide your child through interactive learning opportunities and behind-the-scenes tours.

Camps are separated into different age groups, dates, times and topics. Register for a Morning and Afternoon session during the same week to make it a Full Day camp.

Last year over 1,200 children participated in Zoo Summer Camps.
Camps may sell out. It is recommended to register early.


Fun at Zoo Camp!

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How to register:
1. Choose appropriate age group below
2. Find a date, time and topic
3. Register

Camp Policy
Camp Facts and Cancellation Policy

Camp Wait List
Camp wait list form

To contact the Zoo Camp department email or call 402.475.6741 ext. 133

Get ready for camp by purchasing extra shirts, water bottles and lunch packages. Click here!


3-4 Year Olds + Parents

$89 Members | $104 Non-Members

Morning: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m.
June 6 - 10 NEW! Barnyard Buddies SOLD OUT
June 13 - 17 Wake Up the Train SOLD OUT
June 20 - 24 Playful Penguins & Friends SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1 Wake Up the Train SOLD OUT

See Camp Descriptions


4-5 Year-Olds

$109 Members | $129 Non-Members
Register for a Morning and Afternoon session during the same week to make it a
Full Day camp. Lunch hour is supervised by Zoo staff.

*Partial week camps $89 Members | $109 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m.
May 31 - June 3* NEW! Train Explorer* SOLD OUT
June 6 - 10 Dino Dig SOLD OUT

Penguin Plunge SOLD OUT
June 13 - 17 Wake Up the Train SOLD OUT

NEW! Littlest Zookeepers SOLD OUT
June 20 - 24 Zoo Action Heroes SOLD OUT

NEW! Littlest Zookeepers SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1 NEW! Littlest Zookeepers SOLD OUT

Dino Dig SOLD OUT
July 5 - 8* NEW! Train Explorer* SOLD OUT

NEW! Littlest Zookeepers* SOLD OUT
July 11 - 15 Wake Up the Train SOLD OUT
July 18 - 22 Dino Dig SOLD OUT
July 25 - 29 Wake Up the Train SOLD OUT
August 1 - 5 NEW! Littlest Zookeepers SOLD OUT
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Check-in: 12:40 - 12:55 p.m.
May 31 - June 3* NEW! Wildlife Explorer* SOLD OUT
June 6 - 10 NEW! Jungle Adventurers SOLD OUT

NEW! Littlest Zookeepers SOLD OUT
June 13 - 17 NEW! Littlest Zookeepers SOLD OUT

Meet the Beasts SOLD OUT
June 20 - 24 NEW! Meet the Beasts SOLD OUT

Dino Dig SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1 NEW! Jungle Adventurers SOLD OUT

Penguin Plunge SOLD OUT
July 5 - 8* NEW! Zoo Ranger Explorer* SOLD OUT

NEW! Wildlife Explorer* Register
July 11 - 15 Penguins Have Happy Feet SOLD OUT
July 18 - 22 Zoo Rangers SOLD OUT
July 25 - 29 Zoo Action Heroes SOLD OUT
August 1 - 5 Penguin Plunge SOLD OUT

See Camp Descriptions


6-7 Year-Olds

$109 Members | $129 Non-Members
Register for a Morning and Afternoon session during the same week to make it a
Full Day camp. Lunch hour is supervised by Zoo staff.

*Partial week camps $89 Members | $109 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m.
May 31 - June 3* NEW! Zookeeper Explorer* SOLD OUT
June 6 - 10 Critter Keepers SOLD OUT
June 13 - 17 Wild West Wrangler SOLD OUT
June 20 - 24 Critter Keepers SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1 Paws, Claws & Jaws SOLD OUT
July 5 - 8* NEW! Outback Explorer* SOLD OUT

NEW! Zookeeper Explorer* SOLD OUT
July 11 - 15 Wild West Wrangler SOLD OUT

Go Wild! SOLD OUT
July 18 - 22 Wild West Wrangler SOLD OUT
July 25 - 29 Animal Planet SOLD OUT

Wild West Wrangler SOLD OUT
August 1 - 5 Critter Keepers SOLD OUT

Wild West Wrangler SOLD OUT
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Check-in: 12:40 - 12:55 p.m.
May 31 - June 3* NEW! Wilderness Explorer* SOLD OUT

NEW! Vet Explorer* SOLD OUT
June 6 - 10 Go Wild! SOLD OUT

Undercover Animals SOLD OUT
June 13 - 17 NEW! Photo Safari SOLD OUT

NEW! Animal Outlaws SOLD OUT
June 20 - 24 Animal Planet SOLD OUT

Penguin Plunge SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1 Go Wild! SOLD OUT

Critter Keepers SOLD OUT
July 5 - 8* NEW! Wilderness Explorer* SOLD OUT

NEW! Vet Explorer* SOLD OUT
July 11 - 15 Paws, Claws & Jaws SOLD OUT

Penguin Plunge SOLD OUT
July 18 - 22 NEW! Photo Safari SOLD OUT
July 25 - 29 Undercover Animals SOLD OUT

NEW! Photo Safari Register
August 1 - 5 Catch Me If You Can Register

Go Wild! Register

See Camp Descriptions


8-10 Year-Olds

$218 Members | $258 Non-Members

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m.
May 31 - June 3* NEW! Jr. Vet Explorer* SOLD OUT

NEW! Jr. Wrangler* SOLD OUT
June 6 - 10 Jr. Zoo Vet SOLD OUT
June 13 - 17 Animal Training 101 SOLD OUT
June 20 - 24 Jr. Zookeeper SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1 Wildlife Rescuers SOLD OUT
July 5 - 8* NEW! Jr. Wrangler* SOLD OUT
July 11 - 15 Jr. Zookeeper SOLD OUT

Wildlife Rescuers Register
July 18 - 22 Jr. Zookeeper Register

Animal Training 101 Register
July 25 - 29 Jr. Zookeeper Register

Jr. Zoo Vet SOLD OUT
August 1 - 5 Wildlife Rescuers SOLD OUT

Jr. Zoo Vet Register

See Camp Descriptions


10-12 Year-Olds

$218 Members | $258 Non-Members

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m.
May 31 - June 3* NEW! Vet Explorer* SOLD OUT
June 6 - 10 Jr. Zookeeper SOLD OUT
June 13 - 17 Zoo Vets SOLD OUT
June 20 - 24 Jr. Zoologist SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1 NEW! Wild About Art SOLD OUT
July 5 - 8* NEW! Zoologist Explorer* Register
July 11 - 15 Zoo Vets SOLD OUT
July 18 - 22 NEW! Wild About Art Register
July 25 - 29 Jr. Zoologist Register
August 1 - 5 NEW! Wild About Art Register

See Camp Descriptions


10 to 12 Year-Olds Jr. Zoo Crew

10 - 12 Year-Olds
$109 Members | $129 Non-Members
*Partial week camps $89 Members | $109 Non-Members 

Jr. Zoo Crew is designed for children to sample Zoo Crew in a camp setting. Jr. Zoo Crew members will complete many of the same tasks as Zoo Crew, including assisting in husbandry of animals.

Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Check-in: 12:40 - 12:55 p.m.
March 31 - June 3* Jr. Zoo Crew Explorer* SOLD OUT
June 6 - 10 Jr. Zoo Crew SOLD OUT
June 20 - 24 Jr. Zoo Crew SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1 Jr. Zoo Crew SOLD OUT
July 5 - 8* Jr. Zoo Crew Explorer* SOLD OUT
July 11 - 15 Jr. Zoo Crew SOLD OUT
July 18 - 22 Jr. Zoo Crew SOLD OUT
July 25 - 29 Jr. Zoo Crew SOLD OUT
August 1 - 5 Jr. Zoo Crew SOLD OUT

14-20 Year-Olds

Adventure Camps

June 14 - June 25 Expedition: Ecuador SOLD OUT
July 31 - August 5 Expedition: Florida SOLD OUT