Thanksgiving Break Zoo Camp Dates & Topics

Looking for something fun for your kids to do this Thanksgiving Break? Bring them to the Utica Zoo for day camp! 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.

– Food! Where Does It Come From? (For Ages 5 to 17 in concurrent groups of 5-11 and 12+)

Wednesday, November 22 / 9:00am to 3:00pm


Friday, November 24 / 9:00am to 3:00pm

* Both dates are the same Zoo Camp, so you only need to sign up for ONE of the 2 dates available. 

Our Thanksgiving Food! camps are designed to raise awareness of what we eat and where our food comes from. They will also educate students about the role pollinators play in our food production and draw attention to the issues created by industrial agriculture in our country.

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.

The Utica Zoo is closed for Thanksgiving (11/23)! Happy Thanksgiving from all of our staff and animals!

The Zoo will re-open on 11/24 at 10 am.