Summer day camps

June 20, 2016 - 08:30am to August 26, 2016 - 03:30pm

At Oregon Zoo summer camps, children 4 years old to youth entering eighth grade explore the habits and daily lives of some of the zoo's residents. Each week-long camp includes a lot of learning and fun, with crafts, songs, stories, snacks, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo. Regular summer zoo events and shows are incorporated into camp each week. Students are grouped by the grade they are entering school for fall 2016. Please note that with the exception of Tiger Camp, camps do not change from week to week.  Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Week-long summer day camps are available for children:

4 years through entering kindergarten (Penguin Camp- mornings only)
Entering kindergarten (Lion Camp)
Entering 1st grade (Tiger Camp)
Entering 2nd grade (Giraffe Camp)
Entering 3rd grade (Rhino Camp)
Entering 4th grade (Otter Camp)
Entering 5th grade (Cougar Camp)
Entering 6th grade (Animal Investigators)
Entering 7th or 8th grade (Wild Design)

Single day Discovery Day Camps available for children:

4 years through entering kindergarten (half day program)
Entering kindergarten - entering 1st grade
Entering 2nd -3rd grade
Entering 4-5th grade
Entering 6-8th grade

 


Penguin Camp
(4 years through entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26, 2016 (program does not change week to week).  

Zoo members:$135
Non members: $155 

Register for Penguin Camp

 Animal Play! Elephants play, monkeys play, otters play; all animals play in many different ways. Play like the animals at the zoo and discover the different ways that animals play. You'll play like a polar bear. You'll play like a cheetah. Come play with us at the zoo!

 


Lion Camp
(entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26, 2016 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Register for Lion Camp

Animal Treats and Toys! What do giraffes eat as a treat? What do elephants play with? Animals play with toys and eat treats just like you and me. See all the treats and toys we give the animals from the monkeys to lions to bears and penguins. Discover the special ways we keep animals active at at the zoo.

 


Tiger Zoom Camp
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26 (program does not change week to week).

Children's Museum and Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Register for Tiger Zoom Camp

ZOOM! The Oregon Zoo and Portland Children’s Museum are “zooming” in to look at animals through the lenses of both art and science. Explore the artistic side of nature and spend half the day at the Zoo learning about all the animals that call different habitats home. Spend the rest of the day at the Children’s Museum using paint, drawing, and other art media to explore what makes a habitat.

Please note: Campers will remain with the same staff throughout the week. Both Children’s Museum and Zoo members will receive member discount.


Tiger Camp
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Register for Tiger Camp

Amazing Animal Superheroes! Superheroes get a lot of their powers from animals. Web spinning, climbing walls like a sipder, flying like a bat-- you can learn a lot from watching animals. Explore the ways that animals are like superheroes and superheroes are like animals. Learn to be an amazing animal superhero!


Giraffe Camp
(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Register for Giraffe Camp

Adaptation Adventures! Discover how every animal has adaptations to help it survive. Compare the adaptations of the forest dwelling cougar to the cheetahs that live on the grassy plains. Learn why some animals can live in the cold oceans and others are suited for warm rainforests.


 

Rhino Camp
(entering 3rd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26, 2016 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Register for Rhino Camp

Habitat Craft- Design and build your own habitat model and create a creature to call your habitat home. Learn from the zoo's animals and their homes to discover what animals need to survive in habitats from the seas to the skies. See the new Elephant Lands exhibit and explore how we build homes for the smallest to the largest creatures.

 


Otter Camp
(entering 4th grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26, 2016 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$260
Non members: $297

Register for Otter Camp

Amazing Morphing Animals! Explore how animals from insects to elephants adapt to survive and thrive. Take a special behind the scenes look at the Family Farm barn and learn how we are helping animals survive in the zoo and how you can help animals at home. Discover all the different ways animals solve the difficult and amazing task of survival.

 


Cougar Camp
(entering 5th grade)

Monday- Wedesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- Agust 26, 2016 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$275
Non members: $315
(Includes Thursday dinner)

Register for Cougar Camp

Eco Expeditions! Investigate the strategies animals use to avoid competing with each other for food and resources. Go behind the scenes in the butterfly lab and learn how we are helping animals in the wild. Stay late on Thursday to tour the zoo in the twilight. Visit our bats and other nocturnal animals and learn about some of the creatures who are just waking up when you're getting ready for bed.


 

Animal Investigators 
(entering 6th grade)

Monday- Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Overnight: Thursday 8:30 a.m.- Friday 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26, 2016 (program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$320
Non members: $366
(Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and Friday lunch)

Register for Animal Investigators

Animal Welfare! Explore what it takes to care for zoo animals as small as an urchin and as big as an elephant. Meet a veterinarian from Banfield Pet Hospital and learn how zoo animal medicine is similar to taking care of pets at home. Take a field trip to a natural area and discover how animals interact in their natural habitat. Stay overnight at the zoo for a behind the scenes look at the veterinary hospital and animal nutrition center before bedding down (in the tunnel "underwater!) at the harbor seal exhibit!


Wild Design
(entering 7th or 8th grade)

Monday- Wednesday, Overnight: Thursday 8:30 a.m.- Friday 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 20- July 1 and July 11- August 26, 2016(program does not change week to week).

Zoo members:$340
Non members: $390
(Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and Friday lunch)

Register for Wild Design Camp

Architecture for the Animals! Discover the many skills and talents that go into making naturalistic exhibits for animals big and small. Explore how animals, keepers and guests influence how a zoo exhibit looks and what it takes to keep animals healthy. Learn how the zoo builds exhibits and build one of your own. You'll also take a field trip to a natural area and discover how designers get people excited to explore nature. At the end of the week, see the Elephant Lands' new Forest Hall before settling in for the night at the lion exhibit (visitor side!)


Sack Lunches

Sack lunches are sold for a full week only. We do not offer lunch on a day to day basis except for Discovery Day Camps. Lunch is not available for Penguin Camp.

Lion through Cougar Camp lunch fees: $26.25/ week
Animal Investigators and Wild Design lunch fees: $21/ week

Discovery Day Camps: $5.25/day

All meals come with a vegetarian option and choice of water or juice. Sample entree items could include hot dogs, mac & cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets and will change from day to day. All meals include fruit, carrot sticks and dessert. We are unable to accomodate special diets. If your child has dietary restrictions please pack a lunch daily.


Extended Care

Children are supervised in a classroom with a variety of animal themed free choice learning activities. Pre-registration is required. Extended Care is sold for the full week only. We do not offer extended care on a day to day basis except for Discovery Day Camps

Early Care is not available.

Camp Late Care:
Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$50 per week

Discovery Day Camps Late Care:
$10 per day


All camps include:

Tours of the entire zoo over the course of the week
Hands-on learning activities
Animal visits in the classroom
Songs
Art projects
Learning games
Stories
Snacks
ZooCamp t-shirt<


Questions?

Contact the Education Office at:

tracy.modde@oregonzoo.org
503-220-2781