Summer Zoo Camp Dates & Topics

Looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer? Bring them to the Utica Zoo for day camp! Join us for five zooerific filled days of programs.  Zoo camp is a great place for kids to have fun and learn too! We introduce campers to an inquiry-based learning environment, with STEAM activities that encourage group collaboration and learning. Camps are interactive and also include an animal meet and greets, enrichment projects, touring the zoo, and crafts.

*Please note that all camp sessions are designated by age group, as each camp program is designed with activities based on that age group. Please be mindful of age limitations per session. If you register your child for a program outside of their age range, your registration will be cancelled and you will be fully refunded. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Kathleen McGill*

Zoo Crew (For Ages 12 to 17)

Is your child between the ages of 12 and 17 and still wants to come to the zoo this summer? Consider enrolling them in one of our Zoo Crew programs! To learn more about these programs, click the button below:


  • Single Day Sessions $45 for members/$55 for not-yet-members
  • Half Day/Half Week Sessions $75.00 per camper for members/$90.00 per camper for not-yet-members
  • Half Day/Full Week Sessions $125.00 per camper for members/$150.00 per camper for not-yet-members
  • Full Day/Full Week Sessions $175.00 per camper for members/$200.00 per camper for not-yet-members

Your camper’s age must be within the age range for the camp session by the first day of camp. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, with limited space available per session. All zoo camp registrations must go through our online booking system. Using the calendars below each session, choose the dates of the camp you would like to register for and follow the on-screen prompts to complete your registration!

  • Full payment will be due upon registration. Our camp sessions do fill up quickly so if the session you’d like to sign up for is full, please contact us to be put on the waitlist.

Questions may be sent to or 315-738-0472 ext. 36

Cancellation Protocol

If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we must be contacted at least 14 days prior to the camp start date in order to be eligible for a refund. There is a $25  non-refundable convenience fee charged for each transaction. If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the first day of your camp session, your registration fee is non-refundable, unless the class is canceled by zoo staff. Please notify zoo camp staff if your child will be unable to attend, is arriving late, or leaving early on any particular day of zoo camp.

Zoo Camp Dates & Topics

Wallaby Joey Sessions (Open to Campers ages 3 to 5):

*Campers must be able to independently use the restroom in order to attend*

– Animal ABCs – Half Week/Half Day Session (FULLY BOOKED)

Wednesday, July 5th – Friday, July 7th 9:00am to 12:00pm

Can you think of an animal that starts with the same letter as your first name? During this three day preschool program, we’ll get a jump start on learning the alphabet and letter recognition with the help of some of our animal friends!

– Storybook Safari – Full Week/Half Day Session

Monday, August 28th – Friday, September 1st 9:00am to 12:00pm

Did you know that porcupines can’t shoot their quills, even though we sometimes see them doing just that in our storybooks? We’ll dive into some of our favorite stories to discover the myths behind these tales and meet a couple of these famous critters up close in our classroom!

Owlet Sessions (Open to Campers ages 5 to 7)

– In Your Backyard – Full Week/Half Day Session

Monday, July 10th -Friday, July 14th 8:30am to 11:30am

When you step outside, what kinds of animals do you see? From turtles in the wetlands to chickens on the farm, we’ll discover how our native species adapt and coexist!

– Care for Our World – Full Week/Half Day Session

Monday, July 10th -Friday, July 14th 1:00pm to 4:00pm

No matter how big or small a creature is, they each play an important role in the environment. Join us as we learn about the challenges that wild animals face today and how we can do our part to help them to survive!

– Animal Art – Full Week/Full Day Session (FULLY BOOKED)

Monday, August 7th – Friday, August 11th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Grab your paintbrushes join us for a weeklong camp full of crafts and art! With our zoo animals and their habitats as inspiration, we’ll explore the world of art and how it connects to our natural world!

Wolf Pack Sessions (Open to Campers ages 7 to 9)

– Above and Below – Full Week/Full Day Session (FULLY BOOKED)

Monday, July 17th -Friday, July 21st 9:00am to 3:00pm

From underground tunnels to the canopy above, a single habitat can have multiple layers that are home to a variety of animals. Together we’ll breakdown what makes a habitat a habitat and learn about how species coexist!

– Food Web Frenzy! – Full Week/Full Day Session

Monday, August 14th – Friday, August 18th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Every animal needs to eat; Some eat plants, others hunt for their meals, and some unique and important creatures break down what’s left behind! Not only will we learn all about the intricate food webs that make up an ecosystem, we’ll also discover how our zookeepers ensure that all of the animals living at the zoo have a healthy, balanced diet!

Lion Pride Sessions (Open to Campers ages 9 to 11)

– Grossology – Full Week/Full Day Session (FULLY BOOKED)

Monday, July 24th -Friday, July 28th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Sticky spiderwebs, slimy frogs, slithering snakes and spraying skunks; Some animals just make you want to shout ‘yuck’! During this camp, we’ll be exploring the strangest, grossest members of the animal kingdom!

– Lions and Turtles and Birds, Oh My! – Full Week/Full Day Session (FULLY BOOKED)

Monday, August 21st – Friday, August 25th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered what makes a lizard different from a salamander? Although they look similar on the outside, they are very different animals! Join us as we learn how to classify different species and discover the unique features of each animal class.


Something you don’t mind getting dirty! We are out and about all day exploring the zoo and doing crafts. Your best bet is to dress your child for the weather in their ‘play clothes.’ Packing a change of clothes is a good idea too! Please have your camper wear comfortable and sturdy shoes. Hats, sunscreen, and insect repellant are some other items that come in handy. 

If your child is registered for a ‘full day’ or ‘single day’ camp, they should bring a lunch WITH an ice pack to keep it cool. We will provide a snack, but not a lunch. Packing plenty of water to drink and a refillable drinking bottle is highly recommended! We ask that campers do not rely on the food vendor at the zoo because of varying schedules.

Pick up and drop off of zoo campers will be done at our front gate. Health questionnaires and temperature checks will be completed each day prior to children exiting their vehicles. Please be respectful of pick up and drop off times. If your child is not picked up by 10 minutes after your scheduled pick up time, you will be charged a late pick up fee of $20.

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!