2020 Summer Zoo Camp Descriptions

Camp descriptions are listed in alphabetical order by name within each age group.

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

3 - 4 Year-Olds + Parents

Barnyard Buddies Head over to the Zoo's barn and explore which animals call it home. Meet the goats, horses, rabbits and more! Learn what each animal eats and how they are cared for.
NEW! Bird is the Word Feathers, wings, and beaks. Join us as we learn about birds large and small that call the zoo home.
Funky Monkeys & Groovin’ Giraffes Put on your listening ears and dancing shoes it’s time for music in nature! Campers will learn about the sounds of the tiger and the movements of a monkey in this sound-based camp. After exploring a variety of animals, campers will have the chance to show off a few moves themselves!
NEW! Spots or Stripes Tiger stripes or cheetah spots? Check out all the different patterns animals use to blend in with their surroundings.
Wake Up the Train Choo choo, it’s time to start chugging! Discover where the train sleeps at night, how it works and what it takes to keep the train, train-tastic! Along the way, campers will get the chance to see a variety of animals both big and small before we take our final train ride at the end of the day.

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4 - 5 Year-Olds

Dino-mite Diggers Explore the world of the dinosaurs right here in your local Lincoln Children’s Zoo! Discover what these prehistoric animals looked like, where they lived and what they ate. Campers will even get the chance to see some prehistoric animals that are still alive today.
Dr. Zoolittle Grab your stethoscopes and put on your lab coats, it’s time to take care of the Zoos animals! Unfortunately, we cannot talk to animals; however, campers are taught basic veterinarian techniques from making healthy diets to performing wellness checks.
The Fast and the Furriest Put on your running shoes because this camp is all about speed! Tigers can run up to 40 MPH, can you? Campers will learn all about speed in this camp and how it effects the lives of animals in the wild.
Happy Hooves & Long Necks Stick your neck out with our new giraffe pals. Meet all the animals who wear hooves on their feet. Horses, llamas, camels and goats will join us on our journey too! We'll stomp our feet and swing our necks as we learn about all these furry friends.
Littlest Zookeepers Grab your khaki, it’s time to be a zookeeper! Explore the Zoo with real-life keepers and get behind-the-scene looks at what it takes to care for exotic animals. Campers will even get the chance to adopt a Zoo animal to take care of for the week.
Monkey Around Who doesn't want to act like a monkey? Swing alongside our new spider monkeys on their funky monkey gym. We'll meet all the perfect primates from lovely lemurs to mini marmosets.
Playful Penguin Explorer Can you waddle like a penguin? Learn about the movement of penguins and other animals in this peng-tastic camp! Campers will get an inside look in how animals move through fun activities and animal interactions.
Playful Ponies and Lil' Wranglers Wanted: cowboys and cowgirls to saddle up and show the Zoo’s horses a rootin’ tootin’ good time. Wild West Wranglers will learn to brush, feed, saddle, walk and even ride the Zoo’s horses.
Sense-ational Animals Dive in and learn about the extraordinary hearing of a fennec fox, incredible sight of an owl or unbelievable smell of a tiger! This sense-based camp will offer campers a unique perspective on the sense’s animals use to survive in the wild.
Splashin’ Safari During this water-fari campers will get up close to the animals who love to splish-splash in water! Tigers, penguins, otters, flamingos and more are just a few of the water loving friends they will meet. This safari wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Zoo’s splash stream.
Tiger Tails From romping in leaves to pouncing on siblings, animals play to learn…and so do kids! Through outdoor games, imaginative play, sensory exploration, and visits to the animal habitats at the zoo, campers will explore how animals play.
Tiny Trainers Paws up for a fun time! Learn how zookeepers train animals in order to perform health checks, encourage natural behaviors and more! Campers will meet real zookeepers and have the chance to pick a Critter Outpost animal to train for the week.
NEW! Totally Claw-some Some of the Zoo’s most exciting animals have claws, paws and jaws! Discover what they use them for and how they help them live in the wild.
Wake Up the Train Toot toot, it’s time to start chugging! Discover where the train sleeps at night, how it works and what it takes to keep the train, train-tastic! Along the way, campers will get the chance to see a variety of animals both big and small before we take our final train ride at the end of the day.

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6 - 7 Year-Olds

Ad-Vet-ure Vets Every day is an adventure when you are a zoo veterinarian. Find out what it's like to take care of the animals at the Zoo and the amazing work they do to help save animals from extinction.
NEW! Animal Olympians From the coldest tundra to the hottest deserts, animals are able to live successfully in different habitats around the world. Campers will learn how and why animals survive and thrive in every condition imaginable.
Aquatic Avengers Explore the world of water loving animals! Campers will have the chance to get up and close to the animals who love to splish-splash in water! Tigers, penguins, otters, flamingos and more are just a few of the friends they will meet. This adventure wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Zoo’s new splash stream.
Big Cat Trainers The Big Cat Trainers camp visits a different feline resident every day. Zookeepers share with the campers how they train the cats. Campers also work with one animal from our Critter Outpost area to shape a training plan. At the end of the week, they share the behaviors (or tricks) their animal has learned throughout the week.
NEW! Caretakers of the Rainforest The animal kingdom is all about survival. Learn what helps animals survive in the wild and learn some human survival skills too. Build shelters, paint your face with camouflage and forage for snacks in this survival-themed camp.
NEW! Crawley Things and Butterfly Wings Things that crawl and things that fly. Come learn about butterflies and their friends at this camps all about insects.
Critter Keepers Learn about what it takes to care for an animal! Campers will have chance to care for their own Zoo animal for the week. Find out how to care and feed for the Zoo’s many animals.
Defenders of the Zooniverse Calling all superheroes! Get ready to meet some super animals that have incredible sight, amazing hearing and spectacular speed. Work together with these superhero animals to save the Zooniverse.
NEW! Diggin' It Ever wonder what's living in your backyard? Chances are - quite a lot! Join us as we investigate the birds, insects, mammals, and even reptiles that can be found in your neighborhood!
Animal Chef Put your chef hat on and grab a whisk, it’s time to get cooking! Campers will make snacks and meals for their favorite animals as well as some tasty treats for themselves to enjoy.
Jungle Constructors Campers get your hard hats ready and blueprints out! Discover the homes of animals and what makes each habitat special here the Zoo. Jungles for monkeys, streams for tigers, walkways for red pandas and room to fly for bats - this camp is all about everything it takes to build a Zoo.
Mysterious Monkeys of the Secret Jungle Mysterious and mythical creatures are not just found in books and movies but often they have real life counterparts that are just as amazing! Venture to the Secret Jungle to uncover the mystery of animals and learn all about life in the jungle as well!
Paws, Claws & Jaws Some of the Zoo’s most exciting animals have claws, paws and jaws! Discover what they use them for and how they help them live in the wild.
Pirate Penguins: All Claws on Deck Can you waddle like a penguin? Learn about the movement of penguins and other animals in this peng-tastic camp! Campers will get an inside look in how animals move through fun activities and animal interactions.
Reptile Rodeo If you love scales and slithers Reptile Rodeo is the way to go! Campers "adopt" a reptile in the Hive for a week. You'll learn what it takes to give your reptile a happy home. Zookeepers will introduce you to giant snakes, kooky crocodiles and happy Gila Monsters.
NEW! Stripes vs. Spots Tiger stripes or cheetah spots? Check out all the different patterns animals use to blend in with their surroundings.
Vet Explorer Grab your stethoscopes and white coats the Animal Care Center needs you! Vet Explorers are taught basic veterinarian techniques from making healthy diets to performing health checks.
Wild West Wrangler Wanted: cowboys and cowgirls to saddle up and show the Zoo’s horses a rootin’ tootin’ good time. Wild West Wranglers will learn to brush, feed, saddle, walk and even ride the Zoo’s horses.
Wildlife Detectives Put on your detective cap and explore the Zoo to uncover facts and clues about the animals that live here. Did you see that camouflaged snake? These campers will use their senses and logic to solve the next great animal mystery.

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8 - 10 Year-Olds

Animal Athletes Discover what it takes to run like a tiger, swing like a monkey and leap like a wallaby. Campers will learn about a variety of animals at the Zoo and how they have adapted to living in their natural habitats through this health-centered camp.
Animal Training 101 How do the ring-tailed lemurs and penguins know when it’s time to eat? Learn how zookeepers teach behaviors to animals to aid with husbandry. Campers will also have the chance to adopt an animal to train for the week, applying learned knowledge to real-life situations.
Hoofin' It Attention all cowboys and cowgirls, are you read to learn about some of the Zoos hoof stock? Learn about what hoof stock call the Zoo home- everyone from Phoebe the Giraffe to Courtney the Camel. Up-close animal interactions as well as a variety of other fun activities will give these buckaroos hands on knowledge of the world around them.
Jr. Zoo Vet Grab your stethoscopes and white coats the Animal Care Center needs you! Jr. Vets learn what it takes to keep animals healthy by performing health assessments and other hands-on vet procedures.
Jr. Zookeeper Animals come from a variety of places all around the world. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the red panda, Matschie’s tree kangaroo, and the Southern three-banded armadillo as well as a variety of other animals here at the Zoo. Campers will learn about the uniqueness of caring for a variety of individual animals.
NEW! Master Zoo Chef Put your chef hat on and grab a whisk, it’s time to get cooking! Campers will make snacks and meals for their favorite animals as well as some tasty treats for themselves to enjoy.
Wildlife Rescuers Join our team of Wildlife Rescuers here at the Zoo! Each day campers will learn how animals are saved in the wild and get to meet some of the Zoo’s rescued animals, including Apollo the bobcat, Liv the wallaby and Steve the alligator.

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10 - 12 Year-Olds

NEW! Animal Behavior 101 What is that bird chirping about? This camp will explore animals and how they “talk” to each other. Join us for a fun-filled week, where campers will discover what animals are communicating, through smell, facial expressions and sound.
Jr. Vet Explorer Grab your stethoscopes and white coats the Animal Care Center needs you! Jr. Vets learn what it takes to keep animals healthy by performing health assessments and other hands-on vet procedures.
Jr. Zoo Crew 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 in The Hive, Critter Outpost and more, work with zookeepers to prepare animal diets, create enrichment, and go behind-the-scenes.
Jr. Zoo Vet Grab your stethoscopes and white coats the Animal Care Center needs you! Jr. Vets learn what it takes to keep animals healthy by performing health assessments and other hands-on vet procedures.
Jr. Zoologist Zoologists are scientists who are animal experts! Campers will design habitats, create animal enrichment and track behavior of some of the Zoo’s most exciting animals.
Jr. Zookeeper Animals come from a variety of places all around the world. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the red panda, Matschie’s tree kangaroo, and the Southern three-banded armadillo as well as a variety of other animals here at the Zoo. Campers will learn about the uniqueness of caring for a variety of individual animals.

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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