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2018 Summer Zoo Camps

More camps than ever before!

Each day campers go behind-the-scenes, talk with real zookeepers and meet some of their favorite animals. Zoo Camps are led by skilled instructors who will guide your child through interactive learning opportunities and educational activities.

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 1,900 children participated in Summer Zoo Camps.
Camps may sell out. Early registration is recommended.


The only camp where you can...

See more photos at our camp blog!


How to register:
1. Choose appropriate age group below
2. Find a date, time and topic
- PRO TIP! Use our Zoo Camp Planner to plan out your summer!
3. Register

3 - 4 Year-Olds + Parents
4 - 5 Year-Olds
6 - 7 Year-Olds
8 - 10 Year-Olds
10 - 12 Year-Olds

Camp Policy
Camp Facts and Policies

Camp Wait List
Camp wait list form

To contact the Zoo Camp department
email or call 402.475.6741 ext. 0


3 - 4 Year-Olds + Parents


Members | $99
Non-Members | $129

Morning: 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Check-in: 8:35 - 8:45 a.m. Register
June 4 - 8 Wake Up the Train Register
June 11 - 15 Sense-ational Animals Register
June 18 - 22 Storybook Safari Register
June 25 - 29 Wake Up the Train Register
July 9 - 13 Barnyard Buddies Register
NEW! Afternoon: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Check-in: 1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Register
June 4 - 8 Playful Penguins & Friends Register

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4 - 5 Year-Olds


Members | $119
Non-Members | $139
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 $96 Members | $119 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Noon Check-in: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Register
May 29 - June 1 Littlest Zookeeper Explorer* Register
May 29 - June 1 Train Explorer* Register
June 4 - 8 Wake Up the Train Register
June 4 - 8 Littlest Zookeepers Register
June 11 - 15 NEW! Zoo Builders Register
June 11 - 15 Penguin Plunge Register
June 18 - 22 Wake Up the Train Register
June 18 - 22 Zoo Action Heroes Register
June 25 - 29 Littlest Zookeepers Register
June 25 - 29 NEW! Sense-ational Animals Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Dino Explorer* Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Train Explorer* Register
July 9 - 13 NEW! Tiny Trainers Register
July 9 - 13 NEW! Zoo Builders Register
July 16 - 20 Dino Dig Register
July 16 - 20 NEW! Sense-ational Animals Register
July 23 - 27 Wake Up the Train Register
July 23 - 27 Littlest Zookeepers Register
July 30 - August 3 Wake Up the Train Register
July 30 - August 3 Penguin Plunge Register
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 12:50 - 1:00 p.m. Register
May 29 - June 1 Splashin' Safari Explorer* Register
May 29 - June 1 Playful Penguin Explorer* Register
June 4 - 8 Zoo Action Heroes Register
June 4 - 8 NEW! Tiny Trainers Register
June 11 - 15 Littlest Zookeepers  Register
June 11 - 15 Dino Dig Register
June 18 - 22 NEW! Tiny Trainers Register
June 18 - 22 Splashin' Safari  Register
June 25 - 29 NEW! Fantastically Fluffy & Furry Register
June 25 - 29 Splashin' Safari  Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 NEW! Zoo Builder Explorer* Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Splashin' Safari Explorer* Register
July 9 - 13 Zoo Action Heroes Register
July 9 - 13 Littlest Zookeepers Register
July 16 - 20 NEW! Fantastically Fluffy & Furry Register
July 16 - 20 Littlest Zookeepers Register
July 23 - 27 Splashin' Safari  Register
July 23 - 27 NEW! Fantastically Fluffy & Furry Register
July 30 - August 3 Zoo Action Heroes Register
July 30 - August 3 NEW! Tiny Trainers Register

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6 - 7 Year-Olds


Members | $119
Non-Members | $139
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 $96 Members | $119 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Noon Check-in: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Register
May 29 - June 1 NEW! Animal Chef Explorer* SOLD OUT
May 29 - June 1 Wilderness Explorer* Register
June 4 - 8 Critter Keepers SOLD OUT
June 4 - 8 Animal Architects  Register
June 11 - 15 Wild West Wrangler SOLD OUT
June 11 - 15 Undercover Animals SOLD OUT
June 18 - 22 Critter Keepers Register
June 18 - 22 Wildlife Detectives  Register
June 25 - 29 Wild West Wrangler Register
June 25 - 29 Critter Keepers Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Vet Explorer* Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Zookeeper Explorer* Register
July 9 - 13 Wild West Wrangler Register
July 9 - 13 Critter Keepers Register
July 16 - 20 NEW! Defenders of the Zooniverse Register
July 16 - 20 Critter Keepers Register
July 23 - 27 Wild West Wrangler Register
July 23 - 27 Wildlife Detectives Register
July 30 - August 3 Critter Keepers Register
July 30 - August 3 NEW! Defenders of the Zooniverse Register
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 12:50 - 1:00 p.m. Register
May 29 - June 1 Vet Explorer* SOLD OUT
May 29 - June 1 Zookeeper Explorer* Register
June 4 - 8 Magical & Mythical Creatures Register
June 4 - 8 NEW! Ad-Vet-ures Vets SOLD OUT
June 11 - 15 NEW! Animal Chef SOLD OUT
June 11 - 15 Paws, Claws & Jaws Register
June 18 - 22 NEW! Defenders of the Zooniverse Register
June 18 - 22 Animal Architects Register
June 25 - 29 Magical & Mythical Creatures Register
June 25 - 29 Paws, Claws & Jaws Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 NEW! Animal Chef Explorer* Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Wilderness Explorer* Register
July 9 - 13 Magical & Mythical Creatures Register
July 9 - 13 Paws, Claws & Jaws Register
July 16 - 20 Wildlife Detectives Register
July 16 - 20 NEW! Animal Chef Register
July 23 - 27 NEW! Ad-Vet-ures Vets Register
July 23 - 27 Animal Architects Register
July 30 - August 3 Catch Me if You Can Register
July 30 - August 3 NEW! Ad-Vet-ures Vets Register

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8 - 10 Year-Olds


Members | $238
Non-Members | $278
*Partial week camps $192 Members | $220 Non-Members

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Register
May 29 - June 1 Jr. Vet Explorer* Register
May 29 - June 1 Jr. Wrangler* Register
June 4 - 8 Jr. Zookeeper Register
June 11 - 15 Wildlife Rescuers Register
June 18 - 22 Animal Training 101 Register
June 25 - 29 Jr. Zoo Vet Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Jr. Wrangler* Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Jr. Vet Explorer* Register
July 9 - 13 Animal Training 101 Register
July 16 - 20 Wildlife Rescuers Register
July 23 - 27 Jr. Zookeeper Register
July 23 - 27 Animal Training 101 Register
July 30 - August 3 Jr. Zoo Vet Register
July 30 - August 3 Wildlife Rescuers Register

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10 - 12 Year-Olds


Members | $238
Non-Members | $278
*Partial week camps $192 Members | $220 Non-Members

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Register
May 29 - June 1 Vet Explorer* Register
June 4 - 8 Jr. Zoo Crew Register
June 11 - 15 Jr. Zookeeper Register
June 18 - 22 Jr. Zoologist Register
June 25 - 29 Jr. Zoo Crew Register
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 Vet Explorer* Register
July 9 - 13 Jr. Zoo Crew Register
July 16 - 20 Jr. Zookeeper Register
July 23 - 27 Jr. Zoo Crew Register
July 30 - August 3 Jr. Zoo Vet Register

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Zoo Crew

Go behind-the-scenes at Lincoln Children's Zoo by participating in Zoo Crew! Each year, 400 students entering grades 7 through 12 gain important life and job skills through hands-on animal work, engagement with Zoo guests and education from animal professionals.

Level 1

Session One March 10 - June 30 More Information
Session Two July 1 - October 22 More Information

14-20 Year-Olds

Adventure Camps

July 9 - 20 Expedition: Australia SOLD OUT
July 30 - August 4 Expedition: Florida Register
  • Visitors in 2017
    Visitors in 2017

    240,000

  • CAMPERS IN 2017
    CAMPERS IN 2017

    3000

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400