2022 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 Kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org*

Wallaby Joey Sessions (Open to Campers Ages 3 to 5)

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

– Colorful Critters (Half Week/Half Day Session)

Tuesday, July 5th – Thursday, July 7th / 9:00am to 12:00pm

Some animals have colors to show off, other animals have colors to blend in!  Learn all about the different colors animals have and how they use their colors to survive in their habitat!

– Storybook Safari (Full Week/Half Day Session)

Monday, July 18th – Friday, July 22nd / 8:30am to 11:30am

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)

Half Day and Full Day Sessions Available!

– Animal Art

Monday, July 11th – Friday, July 15th 9:00 am to 3:00pm

With our zoo animals and their habitats as inspiration, we’ll explore the world of art and how it connects to our natural world!

– Neat Feet 

 Monday, July 25th – Friday, July 29th 8:30am to 11:30am

Walking, climbing, digging, jumping; Animals use their feet in many different ways! Learn all about how animals use their feet to survive in their habitat!

– Prehistoric Party

Session 1: Monday, July 18th – Friday, July 22nd 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Session 2: Monday, July 25th – Friday, July 29th 1:00am to 4:00pm

Although dinosaurs are often depicted as large reptiles, did you know that some of their closest relatives are birds? Join us as we explore the connection between prehistoric creatures and animals living today!

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

– Habitat Hopping

Monday, August 1st – Friday, August 5th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Every animal needs to have a habitat! Learn about the many habitats around the world and what makes them great homes for different types of animals.

– Pass the Energy

Monday, August 22nd – Friday, August 26th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Ready for some food web fun? Learn how energy moves through an ecosystem through animal interactions!

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

– ZSI: Zoo Scene Investigator

Monday, August 15th – Friday, August 19th 9:00am to 3:00pm

There’s a mystery to solve at the Utica Zoo! Follow the clues, solve the puzzles, and play games to find the solution, all while learning all about our animals at the zoo!

– Creature Comforts

Monday, August 29th – Friday, September 2nd 9:00am to 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered how we care for our animals here at the zoo? Join us as we explore the zoo world and learn about the many responsibilities of our zookeepers!

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:

Beaversprite Camps

ADDRESS: 399 Beldon Corners Rd, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

– Junior Naturalist Camp (Single Day Session)

Saturday, May 14th / 9:30am to 3:30am

A naturalist is someone who studies and makes observations about everything in nature! It could be watching a spider spin a web, observing life in a beaver pond or sitting on a rock in a forest watching a squirrel gather pine cones. Do you have a budding naturalist in your family? The Beaversprite Junior Naturalist Camp may be for them. This program is for kids 8 to 14 years old and as a Beaversprite Junior Naturalist they may be able to help out the roving naturalist, man tables at programs and events, or volunteer to help with camp programs.

– Wet and Wild Art and Science Camp (Full Week and Single Day Sessions Available!)

Monday, July 11th – Friday, July 15th / 9:00am to 3:00pm

Join us this summer at Beaversprite, the Utica Zoo’s Conservation Education Center for fun summer adventures. Your camper will explore the fields and forests of the 1300-acre sanctuary, go on stream safaris, visit the beaver ponds and wetlands, practice outdoor survival skills. An artist will be in residence that week to facilitate a daily art project and lead the campers in creating an art installation on the Beaversprite Grounds. The Camp will be offered for campers ages 8 to 11.

– Beaversprite Adirondack Adventure Camp (Full Week and Single Day Sessions Available!)

Monday, August 8th – Friday, August 12th / 9:00am to 3:00pm

Your camper will spend their day immersed in nature while learning about the flora and fauna of the Adirondacks Mountains. We will hike to beaver ponds to catch frogs, wade in streams, and build forts in the forest. Please note that most of the day will be spent outside in all weather and conditions. Your campers will get wet and dirty. Please plan and dress accordingly. The Camp will be offered for campers ages 8 to 11.

COVID Information

In these unprecedented times, we recognize that summer camp will be more important than ever. At this time, we are planning to hold on-site camp and zoo crew training programs, but with some modifications to better ensure the safety of our campers, staff, and animals during this time. We are following all recommendations from the CDC, American Camp Association, and our local health department.

Rates

  • 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 kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org 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

At the moment, we are fully booked for all Summer Zoo Camp 2021 slots! For future camp options (Winter 2021 and otherwise), check back here at a later date. 

FAQ

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. PLEASE BE SURE TO PACK A MASK!

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.

COVID FAQ

Included with your zoo camp session this year will be a backpack with some frequently used craft supplies, including a glue stick, crayons, scissors, and a paintbrush! All other supplies will be distributed safely by staff to ensure limited contact. All activities and games will be modified to keep campers safe.

All Zoo staff will wear face masks when indoors and complete daily health screenings. Face masks will be required for campers to participate in animal interactions.

Cleanliness and sanitation are always top priorities at Zoo Camp. In light of COVID-19, we have increased the number of cleanings each space receives.

The health of our campers, staff, and animals is of utmost importance to us. As such, if anyone in your household has been exposed to COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms of the virus 14 days or less before the start of your registered zoo camp session, your child will not be able to attend. If this should happen, please contact us so that we can arrange for your child to attend another zoo camp session.