Zoo Camp Policies

Check-In/Check-Out

Thank you for your patience as we are following new procedures to keep everyone safe. Temperature checks will be done upon arrival and adults dropping off campers must not leave until campers have passed this step.

Camp check-in and check-out will be done on the green space to the right of the main zoo entrance this year. If it is raining, we will move drop off and pick up into the new covered tent on the green space. Please park in the main zoo parking lot and walk with your camper to the check in line. Parents and campers will be asked to remain 6 feet away from other families while waiting to be checked in.

At check-in, we will ask for the name of the person picking up your camper that day. At check-out, a photo identification is required each day for the person picking up the camper. If the pick-up person changes during the day, please send an email to ajohns@lincolnzoo.org with the camper’s name and the new pick-up person for that day.

Check-In times are as follows:
All Age Groups
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Check-Out times are as follows:
All Age Groups
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Campers should be checked in and checked out within the allotted time.

Camp is for campers

Only Zoo staff and registered volunteers may enter the drop-off area. Guardians must remain outside the check-in area at all times.


What if my camper (or I) has separation anxiety?

Our staff are trained to help your camper feel comfortable and safe while at camp. Once the day starts, there are so many fun experiences that campers almost always forget about being sad. Here are some things you can do before camp to prepare them for what to expect:

  • Share ideas with your camper about what to do if he/she feels lonely, such as find a friend, get involved in something fun, or talk to their instructor
  • Let your child know that missing home is normal, and ask him/her what they might do to get through it
  • Work to support your child by discussing how cool it is that he/she is independent enough to go to camp.

Camp Reminders

  • Campers are required to wear a mask at all times when they are inside of a building. Campers are allowed to take their masks off outside. 
  • Please provide a lunch each day. Note: we do not have refrigerators or microwaves for your camper to use.
  • Campers will be inside and outside, please dress appropriately and/or in layers.
  • Campers must be toilet trained and able to use the restroom sufficiently by themselves.
  • If the camper is under 7 years old, we require you to pack them an extra pair of clothes in case of accidents.
  • Please apply appropriate bug spray and sunscreen before arriving at camp. Our camp instructors are happy to remind your camper to re-apply throughout the day if you send it with them, but due to allergy restrictions are not allowed to assist campers in reapplication.
  • It is recommended to bring a small backpack to carry coats, sweatshirts, etc.
  • Due to not having water fountains available, water bottles are a REQUIRED item.
  • Campers must wear closed-toed shoes.
  • The Zoo will provide a snack each day. If your child has special dietary requirements, please provide snacks for them to eat during snack times
  • For tax preparation, the Zoo's tax ID is #47-0482255

If you have any questions, please email ajohns@lincolnzoo.org or call (402) 475-6741 ext 130


Behavioral Issues

Campers are expected to follow directions, be respectful and responsible for their own behavior during camp. Guardians will be alerted by a verbal report if their camper’s behavior has become disruptive. It is the job of the guardian to address this behavior before the next day of camp. If disruptive behaviors continue, then a camper will be removed from camp and no refund will be issued.

If your camper requires assistance during camp, a camp aid may attend camp with the camper. Families are responsible for hiring and paying for a camp aid. Camp aids must have completed ninth grade, be at least four years older than the child he/she is assisting and may not be a family member. Assistants 19 and older will be subject to a background check.

Zoo Camp utilizes a 5-step behavior policy. The following steps will be used to address any camper behavioral issues:

  1. Verbal Reminder: Campers will be asked to stop the disruptive behavior.
  2. Environmental Change: Campers will be removed from the area and may be asked to sit out one activity.
  3. Behavior Report: A verbal account of the disruptive behavior will be given to the guardian at pick-up.
  4. Send Home: A camper will be sent home if the formally addressed behavior is repeated. They will be allowed to return the next day.
  5. Removal from Camp: If the behavior happens again after the previous four steps have occurred, the camper will not be permitted to return to camp for the 2021 season. No refund will be issued. Any other camps that the camper is registered for will be forfeited with no refund.

Disruptive behaviors are classified at the discretion of the Zoo Education Team. Ultimately a behavior will be deemed disruptive if it negatively affects the experience of other camp participants or puts themselves or others in danger.

Examples of Disruptive Behavior:

  • Talking while others are talking
  • Repeatedly running through the Zoo when asked to walk
  • Refusing to participate in activities
  • Throwing items
  • Entering off-limits areas
  • Bullying or aggravating fellow campers
  • Using hurtful language
  • Excluding other campers from activities
  • Inappropriate touching

The following will result in immediate dismissal from camp without refund:
Physical violence: hitting, kicking, punching, biting or inappropriate touching
Inappropriate language: cursing, name calling, derogatory remarks or hate speech

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    Visitors in 2019

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    CAMPERS IN 2019

    2,140

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    CREATURES CARED FOR

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