Week-long summer day camps

June 19, 2017 - 08:30am to August 25, 2017 - 03:30pm

At Oregon Zoo summer camps, children 4 years old to youth entering eighth grade connect with the natural world through hands-on experiences and fun learning. 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 2017. Please note that camps with the same names do not change throughout the summer.  Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Week-long summer day camps

Camps, grade levels and descriptions listed below

Single day Discovery Day Camps

Camps, grade levels  and desciptions available here


Dive, Dig, Swing and Soar
(4 years through entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-28, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$155
Non members: $170

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A deep dive into the different ways animals move and why. Each day, investigate animal movement through interactive play, animal experiences and art. Discover how some snakes can climb trees (with no hands!) and what is up (or down) with penguins flying underwater. Sneak a peek as keepers give treats to some of your favorite animals.


Patterns, Colors, Shapes and Sizes
(4 years through entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Weekly sessions, July 3-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)  

Zoo members:$155
Non members: $170

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Discover the secrets behind animals' colors and patterns. Develop your observation skills by looking at animals from top to bottom. Investigate how animals' body shapes and colors help them survive, from long necks on giraffes to torpedo-shaped harbor seals. Find out why it's helpful for some animals to have bright colors and some to be hidden sight.


Treats and Toys
(entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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Discover how the zoo keeps animals healthy through play with a purpose. Learn about enrichment at the zoo and try your hand at making toys for animals. Explore why it's important for all animals (including humans) to play. Go on an adventure around the zoo to find the toys and treats the animals love, and watch the elephants stomp and search for their treats and toys.


Feathers, Fur and Scales 

(entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Portland Children's Museum and zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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Take a close look at feathers, fur and scales during a half day at the zoo and a half day at Portland Children's Museum. Touch and feel different critter coverings and discover how feathers, fur and scales help animals live. Meet a special animal guest each day and be inspired to create your own touch and feel book.


Animal Tales
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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Animals have been part of myths, stories and art throughout human history. Learn about animal legends and art from Asia, the Americas and Africa. Find inspiration from animals around the zoo to create stories and art of your own. Visit black bears as they receive their daily enrichment and learn how they've inspired legends in the Pacific Northwest.


My Big Backyard
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Portland Children's Museum and zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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Explore the nature all around you with a half day at the zoo and a half day at Portland Children's Museum. Venture into the zoo's African Rainforest and trek into the forest of Washington Park. Tell stories, make art and play games to learn about the exciting natural world just outside. With a science explorer's eye and a paintbrush in your hand, discover ways that you can help your local wildlife.


Wild Creature Features
(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-28, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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Discover the amazing ways animals survive and thrive. How do elephants communicate? How can chameleons change their colors? Why are caracal ears so big? Ponder astounding animal adaptations and observe first hand how primates forage and play. Invent a one-of-a-kind animal mask to transform into a one-of-a-kind creature.


Conservation Comics

(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 31-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it: become a superhero for wildlife! Explore how your actions can make a big impact in protecting animals from danger. Create your own superhero identity, design your super suit and star in your own conservation comic. Observe native and invasive species in Washington Park and take a behind the scenes tour of the zoo's western pond turtle lab. Nature is waiting... suit up!


Home Sweet Habitat
(entering 3rd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-28, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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From dripping rainforests to golden grasslands, the habitats of the world have unique characteristics that are important to the animals that live there. Explore habitats ranging from the African savanna to the deep blue ocean to discover how different animals survive in the place they call home. Go behind the scenes of the new western pond turtle lab and take a hike in Washington Park to spot animals in the wild.


Stayin' Alive
(entering 3rd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 31-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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What does it take to survive in the wild? Find out about different strategies that help animals thrive in their habitats. Discover the challenges of being a predator and the risks of being prey. Explore Washington Park to play nature games and observe wildlife. A special visit to the harbor seals and a behind the scenes look at Education Animals will inspire curiosity about small things that matter.


Extreme Animals
(entering 4th grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-28, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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Animals take life to the extreme, from subzero habitats to thousand-mile migrations. Explore animals' extreme survival strategies , learn about remarkable animal bodies and uncover the reasons behind their wacky behaviors. Go behind the scenes and learn how we care for animals from extreme environments. Watch the primates perform outrageous acrobatics as they forage for food.


Plants vs Animals 

(entering 4th grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 31-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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Become a science explorer as you inspect unusual plants and discover their unexpected parallels to the animal kingdom. Use microscopes to get an extra-close look at the tiny structures that make these organisms unique. Tour behind the scenes in the zoo's greenhouse and meet an expert from the Forest Service. Find out which plants are used for animal enrichment and watch the elephants play with their toys.


Eco Exploration
(entering 5th grade)

Monday- Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 19-30 and July 10-28, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$315
Non members: $350
(Includes Thursday dinner)

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Investigate ecosystem roles and how animals compete for resources. Discover ecosystems inside and outside the zoo. Get a backstage pass to meet the animal stars of Wildlife Live and look on as the keepers give the black bears special treats. Stay after hours on Thursday to visit the nocturnal animals of the zoo when you play a night hunt game.


Journey to the Edge and Back
(entering 5th grade)

Monday- Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 31- August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$315
Non members: $350
(Includes Thursday dinner)

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Many animal species have made it back from the brink of extinction and this camp is all about their stories. Tour the behind the scenes labs where endangered butterflies are raised for release back into the wild and where turtles are protected from invasive species. Take conservation into your own hands with a habitat restoration project and play a zoo-wide challenge game after closing on Thursday.


Wildlife Careers
(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 19-30 and July 10- 28, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$360
Non members: $400
(Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and Friday lunch)

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Investigate animal-related careers at the zoo with guest speakers from Banfield Pet Hospital, the Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife. Take a field trip to Oxbow Park, go behind the scenes at the zoo's Veterinary Medical Center and tour the zoo's horticulture department to learn how they grow food for the animals. Sleep over on Thursday night in Steller cove next to the harbor seal exhibit.


Conservation Science 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, July 31-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$360
Non members: $400
(Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and Friday lunch)

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Step into the role of a wildlife detective to solve a conservation mystery. Use technology and skills gained throughout the week to piece together the clues. Collect evidence on a field trip to Smith and Bybee Natural Area and interview experts during a special presentation about California condor conservation. Visit multiple behind the scenes areas and spend Thursday night next to the polar bears.


Complex Creatures
(entering 7th or 8th 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 19-30 and July 10-28, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$360
Non members: $400
(Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and Friday lunch)

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Animals--including humans--perceive the world in vastly different ways because of their complex senses. Delve into the science behind animal senses and practice using scientific equipment to observe and investigate. Learn about the unique anatomy of insects at the butterfly lab and discover the complexities of echolocation. Enjoy a mid-week field trip to Sauvie Island and get ready to sleep at the lion exhibit on Thursday night.


Animal-Inspired Innovations

(entering 7th or 8th grade)

Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Overnight: Thursday 8:30 a.m.-Friday 3:30 p.m. 

Weekly sessions, July 31-August 25, 2017 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members: $360
Non members: $400
(Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and Friday lunch)

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Plants and animals have inspired many human innovations. Hone your observation and investigation skills using technology while learning about biomimicry, and choose a real world problem to tackle using your new knowledge. Take a behind the scenes tour of the zoo's greenhouse and a trip to Portland State University to learn about the ways are solving human issues. Spend Thursday night at the zoo to explore the zoo's new Education Center and observe crocodiles and condors.


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 the half day pre-K camps.

K-5th grade lunch fees: $30 a week
6-7th grade lunch fees: $24 a week

Discovery Day Camps: $6 per day

All meals come with a vegetarian option, fruit, carrot sticks and dessert, as well as a choice of water or juice. Sample entree items: hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, pizza and chicken nuggets. Meals change from day to day. We are unable to accommodate 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:
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 8:15 a.m.
$25 per week

Discovery Days Early Care: $5 per day

Late Care (not available for half day pre-K camps):
Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
K-4th grade late care fees: $60 per week
5-8th grade late care fees: $48 per week

Discovery Day Camps Late Care: $12 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