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2017 Summer Camps & Registration
More camps than ever before!


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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See more photos at our camp blog!


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

3 - 4 Year-Olds + Parents
4 - 5 Year-Olds
6 - 7 Year-Olds
8 - 10 Year-Olds
10 - 12 Year-Olds
Jr. Zoo Crew

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


3 - 4 Year Olds + Parents


$89 Members | $104 Non-Members

Morning: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Check-in: 9:10 - 9:25 a.m. Register
June 5 - 9 Wake Up the Train Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 12 - 16 Barnyard Buddies Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 19 - 23 Playful Penguins & Friends Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 26 - 30 NEW! Sense-ational Animals Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 10 - 14 Wake Up the Train Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

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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
**Partial week camps $69 Members | $89 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Noon Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m. Register
May 30 - June 2 Littlest Zookeeper Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Train Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 5 - 9 Wake Up the Train Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 12 - 16 Littlest Zookeepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 19 - 23 Jungle Adventurers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 26 - 30 Wake Up the Train Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 5 - 7 NEW! Dino Mini Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Train Mini Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 10 - 14 Dino Dig Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 17 - 21 Wake Up the Train Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Littlest Zookeepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 24 - 28 Wake Up the Train Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Jungle Adventurers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 31 - August 4 Littlest Zookeepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Storybook Safari Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 12:40 - 12:55 p.m. Register
May 30 - June 2 Jungle Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Playful Penguin Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 5 - 9 NEW! Storybook Safari Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Zoo Action Heroes Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 12 - 16 Penguin Plunge Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Meet the Beasts Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 19 - 23 Penguin Plunge Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Littlest Zookeepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 26 - 30 Meet the Beasts Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Splashin' Safari Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 5 - 7 NEW! Playful Penguin Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Splashin' Mini Safari** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 10 - 14 Jungle Adventurers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Zoo Action Heroes Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 17 - 21 NEW! Storybook Safari Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Zoo Rangers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 24 - 28 Littlest Zookeepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Splashin' Safari Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 31 - August 4 Zoo Action Heroes Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Meet the Beasts Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

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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
**Partial week camps $69 Members | $89 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Noon Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m. Register
May 30 - June 2 Zookeeper Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Wilderness Explorer Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 5 - 9 Critter Keepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Animal Architects Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 12 - 16 Wild West Wrangler Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Undercover Animals Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 19 - 23 Critter Keepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Wildlife Detectives Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 26 - 30 Wild West Wranlger Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Critter Keepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 5 - 7 Vet Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Zookeeper Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 10 - 14 Wild West Wranlger Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Critter Keepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 17 - 21 Go Wild! Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Critter Keepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 24 - 28 Wild West Wrangler Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Wildlife Detectives Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 31 - August 4 Critter Keepers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Undercover Animals Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 12:40 - 12:55 p.m. Register
May 30 - June 2 Vet Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Wildlife Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 5 - 9 Magical & Mythical Creatures Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Paws, Claws & Jaws Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 12 - 16 Animal Outlaws Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Catch Me If You Can Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 19 - 23 Go Wild! Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Animal Architects Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 26 - 30 Magical & Mythical Creatures Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Animal Outlaws Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 5 - 7 Outback Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Wilderness Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 10 - 14 Magical & Mythical Creatures Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Paws, Claws & Jaws Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 17 - 21 Animal Outlaws Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Magical & Mythical Creatures Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 24 - 28 Catch Me If You Can Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Animal Architects Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 31 - August 4 Catch Me If You Can Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Animal Planet Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

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8 - 10 Year-Olds


$218 Members | $258 Non-Members
*Partial week camps $175 Members | $205 Non-Members
**Partial week camps $129 Members | $159 Non-Members

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m. Register
May 30 - June 2 Jr. Wrangler* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Jr. Vet Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 5 - 9 Jr. Zookeeper Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 12 - 16 Wildlife Rescuers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 19 - 23 Animal Training 101 Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 26 - 30 Jr. Vet Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 5 - 7 Jr. Wrangler** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Jr. Vet Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 10 - 14 Animal Training 101 Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Jr. Zookeeper Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 17 - 21 Wildlife Rescuers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Jr. Zoo Vet Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 24 - 28 Jr. Zookeeper Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Animal Training 101 Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 31 - August 4 Jr. Zoo Vet Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Wildlife Rescuers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

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10 - 12 Year-Olds


$218 Members | $258 Non-Members
*Partial week camps $175 Members | $205 Non-Members
**Partial week camps $129 Members | $159 Non-Members

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m. Register
May 30 - June 2 Vet Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 5 - 9 NEW! Animal Engineers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 12 - 16 Jr. Zookeeper Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 19 - 23 Jr. Zoologist Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 26 - 30 Zoo Vets Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 5 - 7 Zoologist Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 10 - 14 NEW! Animal Engineers Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 17 - 21 Jr. Zookeeper Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 24 - 28 Jr. Zoologist Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 31 - August 4 Jr. Zoo Vet Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

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Jr. Zoo Crew

10 - 12 Year-Olds

$218 Members | $258 Non-Members
*Partial week camps $175 Members | $205 Non-Members
**Partial week camps $129 Members | $159 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.

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 8:10 - 8:25 a.m. Register
May 30 - June 2 Jr. Zoo Crew Explorer* Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 5 - 9 Jr. Zoo Crew Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 12 - 16 Jr. Zoo Crew Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 19 - 23 Jr. Zoo Crew Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
June 26 - 30 Jr. Zoo Crew Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 5 - 7 Jr. Zoo Crew Mini Explorer** Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 10 - 14 Jr. Zoo Crew Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 17 - 21 Jr. Zoo Crew Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 24 - 28 Jr. Zoo Crew Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
July 31 - August 4 Jr. Zoo Crew Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

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14-20 Year-Olds

Adventure Camps

July 9 - 18 Expedition: South Africa Register
TBA Expedition: Florida Coming soon!