Summer Camp

Have an unforgettable Summer Camp experience at the Central Park Zoo! During our camp sessions, we offer age-appropriate experiences that build on our campers' innate love of our wild planet.

If you have questions about our camps, visit our FAQs page. We've likely got you covered.


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Kinder Zoo

Age: Entering Pre-K-K in the Fall
Days & Time: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $525 non-members, $500 members

In this camp, we'll explore animal coloration, animal families and what animals eat! Crafts, hands-on activities, and animal guests are all part of the fun!

Dates:
June 13 - 17 (Session A)
June 13 - 17 (Session B)
June 19 - 23
July 5 - 7 (3 DAY CAMP - $315 Non-members; $290 Members)
July 10 - 14
August 14 - 18
August 21 - 25


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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Week of Wildlife

Age: Entering grades 1st - 2nd in the Fall
Days & Time: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $525 non-members, $500 members

Campers spend the week exploring the zoo and discovering the diversity of the animal kingdom! Adventures and mystery will lead your camper through the rainforest, temperate forests, wetlands, and polar regions. Campers will make treats for some lucky zoo inhabitants, conduct experiments, and learn what it takes to survive in these unique habitats.

Dates:
June 19 - 23
June 26- 30
July 5 - 7 (3 DAY CAMP - $315 Non-members; $290 Members)
July 10-14
July 24-28
August 7-11
August 28- SEPTEMBER 1


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Zoo Explorers

Age: Entering grades 3rd - 5th in the Fall
Days & Time: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $525 non-members, $500 members

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime, here at the Central Park Zoo! We will visit some exciting animal habitats from around the globe and learn about what it takes to be a true survivor! Campers will go on a quest each day trying to figure out which animals are true masters of survival. By the end of the week campers will know what it takes to thrive in the harshest of habitats and make some new animal friends along the way.

DATES:
JUNE 26-30
JULY 17-21
JULY 31- AUGUST 4
AUGUST 21-25


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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Junior Keepers

Age: Entering grades 6th - 8th in the Fall
Days & Time: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $525 non-members, $500 members

Enrich your summer by getting to know the ins and outs of zoo keeping! In this week-long camp, campers will work closely with our team of Conservation Educators and zoo keepers to help care for some the animals in the zoo. Campers will learn what it takes to be a keeper and create and test out different types of enrichment for the animals . On the last day of camp, parents, friends, and zoo staff will join us for presentations of our constructed enrichment items.

DATES:
JULY 17 - 21
AUGUST 14 - 18
AUGUST 28 - SEPTEMBER 1


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Careers in Conservation

Age: Entering grades 9th - 12th in the Fall
Days & Time: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $2000 non-members, $1900 members

In this summer program, teens will have the opportunity to spend three weeks with our skilled education team learning about a wide range of careers in conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society. From learning what it takes to care for the exhibit animals, to understanding the complex system of flora around the zoo grounds, teens will come away from this experience with a great introduction to many aspects of working in a zoo and the field of conservation. They will also have the opportunity to conduct an animal behavior study, engage in an urban ecology research project, select an elective, and participate in an exhibit design project. Guest speakers to the camp may include animal managers, zoo veterinarians, exhibit designers, research scientists, field staff and more.

DATES:
JULY 24 – AUGUST 11 (3 WEEK PROGRAM)


Camp forms

We require all campers to complete and bring the following forms with them on the first day of summer camp:
Health Form HX for Children in Summer Camps (mandatory for all camps except Toddler)
Health Form EC
Photo consent form (all camps but optional)
You must also complete the online Camper Pick-Up form prior to the first day of camp.

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