Zoo Camp

There are only openings in the Explore Waco Camp. Click HERE to be put on the waitlist.

Registration for Zoo Camp has changed! We are using Camp Doc and the registration process has changed.

Children ages 3-14 can enjoy a wild adventure at Cameron Park Zoo during our Summer Camp programs.

Camp activities educate and excite children about animals and the natural world.
Each group of campers will enjoy wild learning experiences with activities specifically designed for their age group.

All campers will explore the zoo grounds, meet zookeepers, play games, participate in
hands-on activities and go behind the scenes of Cameron Park Zoo.

Snacks will be provided daily. We offer two different curriculums, June dates are all the same curriculum and July dates are all the same.

Accommodations & Accessibility

We believe there should be no boundaries to the Zoo Camp experience. Campers of all abilities are welcome to join. Trained staff and Zoo Crew supervise campers at all times.

The Zoo Camp experience includes:

All Zoo programs are designed for children who can remain in a group setting without adult involvement. In addition to age requirements, campers must be toilet trained and able to use public restrooms without assistance.

Our goal is to set up all campers and staff for success. To help us provide the best possible experience, please inform us of all special considerations prior to participation. This may include information on allergies, accessibility concerns, behavioral, psychological or emotional conditions as well as any other special needs. Please contact us prior to registration at conniek@wacotx.gov or 254-750-8467 to make an accommodation request. We are happy to work with households to make Zoo Camp accessible to campers with varying needs. We are, however, unable to provide one-on-one support or supplementary services.

Age Groups:
Age requirements are not negotiable and are strictly enforced. Campers must fall within the specified age category on the first day of the camp session they are attending. Each topic is developed with age-appropriate techniques and measures.

Adventure Camp Fees:

Full Day:     9:00-4:00   –    $210/Members   ~   $230/Non-members
Half Day:    9:00-12:00   –   $130/Members   ~   $150/Non-members

Explore Waco:    9:00-4:00   –   $375/Members   ~   $400/Non-members

Zoo Tales:    9:00-12:00   –   $130/Members   ~   $150/Non-members

*Please note that the half day camp is not a separate camp, it is the morning portion of our full day camp.

Children will only be placed together if they are in the same age group as listed and based on availability.

Zoo Camp Dates and Topics

Mythbusters – June – Campers will explore the different myths about animals and learn whether they are true or not.

June 3-7 June 10-14 June 17-21 June 24-28
5-6 year olds 5-6 year olds5-6 year olds 5-6 year olds
7-8 year olds7-8 year olds7-8 year olds 7-8 year olds
9-11 year olds9-11 year olds9-11 year olds9-11 year olds

Survival Strategies – July – Campers ages 12-14 years can join the Zoo on an adventure exploring exciting destinations in Waco.

July 8-12 July 15-19July 22-26
5-6 year olds 5-6 year olds 5-6 year olds
7-8 year olds7-8 year olds7-8 year olds
9-11 year olds9-11 year olds 9-11 year olds

Zoo Tales – Campers, ages 3-4 years, will learn about animals through books, games, art activities and animal encounters.

June 3-7June 17-21 June 24-28 July 15-19July 22-26

Explore Waco – Campers ages 12-14 years can join the Zoo on an adventure exploring exciting destinations in Waco. This camp includes overnight on Thursday and you pick up your child Friday morning at 9:00am.

June 10-14 July 8-12

Zoo Camp Cancellations, Session Date Changes and Refunds

In the event that you would like to make a change, please do so in writing and include your
child’s name, grade, and session date(s). You may email these requests to conniek@wacotx.gov
or education@cameronparkzoo.com.

If you register your child for the wrong age group, they will only be moved if there is an opening in their age group. If the camp session is full, you will be refunded and your child will not be registered.

To insure program quality for all participants, we will not make exceptions regarding class sizes. Please note that campers may not make up missed days in another week of camp. Please also take into consideration the following policies when changing your session date(s) or canceling your registration:

Session Date Changes:
Due to the number of session date changes requested, we will allow one change at no cost and each additional change will be charged $20.00. We will change the session date for your child’s
zoo camp only if there is an available spot for the week you are requesting.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Due to the high demand for camp spaces, all sales are considered final. Patrons who provide a written notice of cancellation to conniek@wacotx.gov on or before May 1 will receive a 50% refund of their camp registration fees. No refunds will be issued after this date, including participants who miss all or partial programs due to illness. Cameron Park Zoo reserves the right to cancel any program due to minimum enrollment, inclement weather, or unforeseen circumstances, in which case a full refund will be issued. Cancellations are official upon receipt of confirmation from Cameron Park Zoo.

Behavior Policy

We expect campers to always act respectfully when they are on Zoo property or participating in our programs. Campers are to behave in a kind, responsible way and respect the rights and dignity of others.Campers should talk to a camp counselor if they are uncomfortable with any experience or need assistance while at camp.

Examples of unacceptable behavior (but not limited to):

Behavior Procedures

Conflicts between campers are a normal part of growing up. At Zoo Camp we believe conflict resolution between campers should be the first step to resolving issues. If the conflict continues, camp counselors will take the following actions.

Camp fees are non-refundable if a camper is sent home for disciplinary reasons. Physical violence or harmful language toward another camper or staff member will result in immediate dismissal from the camp program.

Zoo Camp Frequently Asked Questions

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