Zoo Camp

Here at Lincoln Children's Zoo, our first priority is the safety and well-being of those we serve. The health of your children is paramount and is at the core of our decision making at all times. In accordance with the current directive health measures, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the first three weeks of summer camp, May 26 through June 12, and provide full refunds to each family. We sincerely thank you for your patience as we navigate this uncharted territory surrounding the COVID-19 health concerns. This is not a decision that we make lightly as we understand the impact this has on families, schedules, and the expectations of your children. These are uncertain times, but what we know for sure is that our commitment to our community has not wavered. We thank you for your continued support as we look to the future with a sense of hope and optimism.

Are all summer camps cancelled?
At this time we are not cancelling all summer camps. Lincoln Children's Zoo is working in partnership with the health department as well as local government officials in the hopes of still offering a camp experience this summer. We will continue to update you on the status of future scheduled camps and will work diligently to provide as much notice as possible, while monitoring this quickly evolving situation.

What if I am not comfortable sending my child at all this summer?
We understand that during this time, not everyone may feel comfortable with the idea of returning to camp. Rest assured that the decisions you make for your family are respected here. Lincoln Children's Zoo will extend a full refund to any family registered for camps after June 15th. Below you will find a form with pathways to cancel your reservation or make a generous donation to the Zoo during this challenging time.

Instead of receiving a refund may I donate my camp funds back to the Zoo?
Yes, the Zoo thanks you for your generous donation. Please click the link below and fill out the form.

A cartoon enjoying the jungle with his lemur friend.  Give kids a summer adventure by joining a summer camp today!

Summer Zoo Camps

Registration is currently closed. We will announce any changes via email and social media.

More camps than ever before!

Feed giraffes, roar with tigers, and climb with spider monkeys!
Each day campers go behind-the-scenes, learn from 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.

Camps may sell out. Early registration is recommended.


The only camp where you can...

See more photos at our Zoo Camp Facebook Group!

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
- Members: to receive your member discount, when prompted to log in please select the blue "log in with card number" link and log in with your member number located on the back of your membership card near the barcode.

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


3 - 4 Year-Olds + Parents


$99 Members | $129 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Check-in: 8:20 - 8:30 a.m.
June 8 - 12 Wake Up the Train CANCELLED
June 15 - 19 Funky Monkeys and Groovin' Giraffes CANCELLED
June 22 - 26 NEW! Spots or Stripes CANCELLED
July 13 - 17 Wake Up the Train CANCELLED
Afternoon: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Check-in: 1:20 - 1:30 p.m.
June 8 - 12 Barnyard Buddies CANCELLED
June 15 - 19 NEW! Bird is the Word CANCELLED
June 22 - 26 Barnyard Buddies CANCELLED
July 13 - 17 NEW! Spots or Stripes CANCELLED

The safety and well-being of your children is of the utmost importance here at Lincoln Children's Zoo and is at the heart of every decision we make. In accordance with the current directive health measures, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of our 3-4 year old child and parent camps for the summer. In order to be in compliance with limitations on group gatherings, we are unable to host these camps with our youngest Zoo friends and their parents. We sincerely thank you for your patience as we navigate this uncharted territory surrounding the COVID-19 health concerns. This is not a decision that was made lightly as we understand the impact this has on you and your family.

As always, we are here for your family, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. We thank you for your continued support of Lincoln Children's Zoo.

Please click the link below to begin the refund process.


4 - 5 Year-Olds


$119 Members | $139 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
*4-day $96 Members | $119 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Noon Check-in: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
May 26 - 29* Littlest Zookeeper Explorer* CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Littlest Zookeeper CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Wake Up the Train CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Wake Up the Train CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Monkey Around CANCELLED
June 15 - 19 Sense-ational Animals
June 15 - 19 NEW! Dino-mite Diggers
June 22 - 26 Wake Up the Train
June 22 - 26 Littlest Zookeeper SOLD OUT
June 29 - July 3 NEW! Totally Claw-some
June 29 - July 3 NEW! Tiger Tales
July 6 - 10 Playful Ponies & Lil' Wranglers SOLD OUT
July 6 - 10 Monkey Around
July 13 - 17 Wake Up the Train
July 13 - 17 NEW! Dino-mite Diggers
July 20 - 24 Littlest Zookeeper SOLD OUT
July 20 - 24 NEW! Totally Claw-some
July 27 - 31 Wake Up the Train
July 27 - 31 NEW! Dino-mite Diggers
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 12:50 - 1:00 p.m.
May 26 - 29* Playful Penguin Explorer* CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 NEW! Totally Claw-some CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Splashin' Safari CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Dr. Zoolittle CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Happy Hooves and Long Necks CANCELLED
June 15 - 19 NEW! The Fast and the Furriest
June 15 - 19 Splashin' Safari
June 22 - 26 NEW! The Fast and the Furriest
June 22 - 26 Happy Hooves and Long Necks
June 29 - July 3 Tiny Trainers
June 29 - July 3 Splashin' Safari
July 6 - 10 NEW! The Fast and the Furriest
July 6 - 10 Dr. Zoolittle
July 13 - 17 Splashin' Safari
July 13 - 17 Dr. Zoolittle
July 20 - 24 NEW! The Fast and the Furriest
July 20 - 24 Dr. Zoolittle
July 27 - 31 Happy Hooves and Long Necks
July 27 - 31 Splashin' Safari

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6 - 7 Year-Olds


$119 Members | $139 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
*4-day $96 Members | $119 Non-Members

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - Noon Check-in: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
May 26 - 29* Zookeeper Explorer* CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Reptile Rodeo CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 NEW! Animal Olympians CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Defenders of the Zooniverse CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Mysterious Monkeys of the Secret Jungle CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Critter Keepers CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Reptile Rodeo CANCELLED
June 15 - 19 Paws, Claws and Jaws
June 15 - 19 Wild West Wrangler SOLD OUT
June 15 - 19 Magical and Mythical Creatures
June 22 - 26 NEW! Caretakers of the Rainforest
June 22 - 26 Reptile Rodeo
June 22 - 26 Critter Keepers
June 29 - July 3 NEW! Caretakers of the Rainforest
June 29 - July 3 NEW! Animal Olympians
June 29 - July 3 Wild West Wrangler SOLD OUT
July 6 - 10 Mysterious Monkeys of the Secret Jungle
July 6 - 10 NEW! Crawly Things and Butterfly Wings
July 6 - 10 NEW! Diggin' It
July 13 - 17 Critter Keepers
July 13 - 17 Reptile Rodeo
July 13 - 17 NEW! Caretakers of the Rainforest
July 20 - 24 Critter Keepers
July 20 - 24 Mysterious Monkeys of the Secret Jungle
July 20 - 24 Pirate Penguins: All Claws on Deck
July 27 - 31 Reptile Rodeo
July 27 - 31 Paws, Claws and Jaws
July 27 - 31 Jungle Constructors
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 12:50 - 1:00 p.m.
May 26 - 29* Vet Explorer* CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Ad-Vet-ure Vets CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Big Cat Trainers CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 NEW! Stripes vs. Spots CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Ad-Vet-ure Vets CANCELLED
June 15 - 19 Big Cat Trainers
June 15 - 19 Jungle Constructors
June 22- 26 NEW! Stripes vs. Spots
June 22 - 26 Aquatic Avengers
June 29 - July 3 Animal Chef
June 29 - July 3 Ad-Vet-ure Vets
July 6 - 10 Ad-Vet-ure Vets
July 6 - 10 Aquatic Avengers
July 13 - 17 NEW! Stripes vs. Spots
July 13 - 17 Penguin Pirates: All Claws on Deck
July 20 - 24 Fast and the Furriest
July 20 - 24 Jungle Constructors
July 27 - 31 Ad-Vet-ure Vets
July 27 - 31 Aquatic Avengers

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8 - 10 Year-Olds


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

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
May 26 - 29* NEW! Master Zoo Chef* CANCELLED
May 26 - 29 Jr. Vet Explorer*CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Animal AthletesCANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Jr. Zookeeper CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Animal Training 101 CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Wildlife Rescuers CANCELLED
June 15 - 19 Jr. Zookeeper
June 15 - 19 NEW! Hoofin' It
June 22 - 26 Animal Training 101
June 22 - 26 Jr. Zoo Vet
June 29 - July 3 Jr. Zookeeper
June 29 - July 3 Animal Athletes
July 6 - 10 NEW! Hoofin' It
July 6 - 10 Animal Training 101
July 13 - 17 Jr. Zoo Vet
July 13 - 17 Wildlife Rescuers
July 20 - 24 Animal Training 101 SOLD OUT
July 20 - 24 Jr. Zookeeper
July 27 - 31 NEW! Hoofin' It
July 27 - 31 Jr. Zoo Vet

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10 - 12 Year-Olds


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

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check-in: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
May 26 - 29* Jr. Vet Explorer* CANCELLED
June 1 - 5 Jr. Zoologist CANCELLED
June 8 - 12 Jr. Zoo Crew CANCELLED
June 15 - 19 NEW! Animal Behavior 101
June 22 - 26 Jr. Zoo Crew
June 29 - July 3 Jr. Zoo Vet
Jult 6 - 10 Jr. Zookeeper
July 13 - 17 Jr. Zoo Crew
July 20 - 26 Jr. Zoo Vet
July 27 - 31 Jr. Zookeeper

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  • Visitors in 2019
    Visitors in 2019

    345,915

  • CAMPERS IN 2019
    CAMPERS IN 2019

    2,140

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400