Summer Zoo Camp 2019

June 17, 2019 - 08:30am to August 23, 2019 - 03:30pm

Oregon Zoo Camps offer unique and engaging experiences to connect kids with nature. Campers explore little known areas of the zoo, meet animals face to face and leave inspired to care for the natural world.

There are two week-long camp options for each age group plus five single day Discovery Day camps. Select both week-long options plus a few Discovery Days to give your camper an even more exciting summer! Please note that camps with the same name do not change throughout the summer.

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I Like to Move It, Move It

(4 years- entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Weekly sessions  June 17-28 and July 8-26

Dive deeply into the different ways animals move and how they do it. Through daily zoo tours, art activities and interactive play, campers will investigate animal movement and body shapes. Hands-on animal experiences and visits to animal areas will help uncover movement mysteries — like how some snakes can climb trees (with no hands!) and what is up (or down) for penguins when they’re underwater. Campers will also see a special enrichment as the monkeys play with their food and toys.

Non-member cost: $170/ week
Zoo member cost: $155/ week

Stripes, Spots, Shapes and Sizes
(4 years- entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Weekly sessions  July 29- Aug 23

Discover the secrets behind animals’ colors and patterns. Campers develop observation skills by looking at animals from top to bottom. Through daily zoo tours, art activities and interactive play, campers will investigate how animals’ body shapes and colors help them survive, from long-necked giraffes to torpedo-shaped harbor seals. Daily animal visitors will demonstrate why it’s helpful for some animals to have bright colors and for some to be hidden from sight. As a special treat, campers will see tigers play with their enrichment toys.

Non-member cost: $170/ week
Zoo member cost: $155/ week

Register for 4 yrs- kindergarten camps now


Animal Playdate
(entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17-28 and July 8-Aug 23

Discover how the zoo keeps animals healthy through play with a purpose and find out why it’s important for all animals (including humans) to play. Campers will go on an adventure around the zoo to find the treats and toys that animals love and discover which animal prefers which treat or toy. Campers will also make a treat or toy to take home, go behind the scenes at the Animal Nutrition Center, feed goats in the Family Farm and watch a special primate enrichment!  

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member cost: $295/ week

Feathers, Fur and Scales
(entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17-28 and July 8-Aug 23

Take a closer look at animals with feathers, fur and scales during a half day at the zoo and a half day at Portland Children’s Museum. Games, art explorations and interactive play throughout the day will help campers develop an understanding of how an animal’s body coverings help them survive. Campers will meet a special animal visitor each day, feed chickens or ducks at the Family Farm and have fun building their own touch-and-feel book to take home.   

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member/ Portland Children's Museum cost: $295/ week

Register for kindergarten camps now


Animal Tales
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17-28 and July 8-Aug 23

Animals have been part of myths, stories and art throughout human history. Campers will learn about animal legends and art from around the world through daily animal visitors, games, activities and interactive play. Each day will explore the geography and habitats of different continents and seek inspiration from animals around the zoo to create new stories and art. Campers will make a special visit to the harbor seals to learn about the legends they’ve inspired.

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member cost: $295/ week

My Big Backyard
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17-28 and July 8-Aug 23

Experience a half day at the zoo and a half day at Portland Children’s Museum to learn about habitats of the world and what animals need to survive. Through interactive play, art exploration and daily animal visitors, campers will explore nature and build observation skills. With a science explorer’s eye and a paintbrush in hand, campers will get outdoors and practice actions to help local wildlife.

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member/ Portland Children's Museum cost: $295/ week

Register for 1st grade camps now


Wild Creature Features
(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17-28 and July 8-26

Animals have many adaptations that help them survive and thrive. Through animal observations, zoo tours and interactive play, campers will learn about adaptations from how elephants communicate to why chameleons change color. Then they’ll use what they’ve learned to create a unique animal mask with their own artistic adaptations. For a special experience, campers will watch black bears use their wild creature features as they play with their enrichment toys.

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member cost: $295/ week

Conservation Comics
(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions July 29- Aug 23

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: become a superhero for wildlife! Explore how actions can have a big impact in protecting animals from danger. Campers will create their own superhero identity, design their super suit and star in their own conservation comic book. This camp includes observing native and invasive species around the zoo and learning firsthand how the zoo cares for endangered butterflies by visiting the secret butterfly lab. Nature is waiting...suit up!

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member: $295/ week

Register for 2nd grade camps now


Home Sweet Habitat
(entering 3rd grade)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17-28 and July 8-26

From dripping rainforests to golden grasslands, the habitats of the world have unique characteristics that are important to the animals that live there. Campers will explore habitats to discover how different animals survive in the place they call home. Daily zoo tours, a Washington Park hike, interactive play and art projects will help develop observation skills and an understanding of the natural world. As a special experience, campers will see tigers play with enrichment toys in their habitat.

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member cost: $295/ week

Creature Care
(entering 3rd grade)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions July 29- Aug 23

Everyone has a role in animal care. Campers explore how the zoo cares for animals and discover how they can care for animals, too! Daily animal visitors, games and tours will teach campers about animal training, diets, medical care and good pet choices. A special visit from a veterinarian from Banfield Pet Hospital and a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo’s Animal Nutrition Center round out the week.

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member: $295/ week

Register for 3rd grade camps now


Extreme Animals
(entering 4th grade)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17-28 and July 8-26

Animals take life to the extreme, from subzero habitats to thousand-mile migrations. Campers explore animals’ extreme survival strategies, learn about remarkable animal bodies and uncover the reasons behind animal behaviors. Using inquiry-based observation techniques, campers will develop naturalist skills and go behind the scenes at the Family Farm House to learn how the zoo cares for some animals from extreme environments.

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member cost: $295/ week

Plants vs Animals
(entering 4th grade)

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions July 29- Aug 23

The world is full of unusual plants that have unexpected parallels to the animal kingdom. Using microscopes and other scientific tools, campers will get an extra-close look at the tiny structures that make these organisms unique. Activities include touring behind the scenes in the zoo’s greenhouse, learning which plants are used for animal enrichment, and watching as the zoo’s predators of the Serengeti play with their enrichment toys.

Non-member cost: $325/ week
Zoo member: $295/ week

Register for 4th grade camps now


Eco Exploration
(entering 5th grade)

Monday through Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17–28 and July 8–26

Animals compete for resources, and every part of an ecosystem plays a role. Campers will explore ecosystems inside and outside the zoo, go backstage to meet the animal stars of Wildlife Live and meet a prehensile-tailed porcupine. Camp stays late on Thursday to discover the nocturnal animals of the zoo and play a special night hunt game.

Non-member cost: $355/ week
Zoo member cost: $320/ week

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

Monday through Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions July 29- Aug 23

Many animal species have made it back from the brink of extinction and they have some amazing stories! Campers will visit the labs where endangered butterflies are raised for release back into the wild and where native turtles get a head start against invasive species. The week includes a macaw encounter, a field trip to the zoo’s off-site condor breeding facility and a zoo-wide challenge game after hours on Thursday.

Non-member cost: $355/ week
Zoo member: $320/ week

Register for 5th grade camps now


Wildlife Careers
(entering 6th grade)

Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Thursday to Friday overnight, Thursday 8:30 a.m.– Friday 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17–28 and July 8–26

A future career in wildlife could take many forms — this camp will help kids investigate animal-related careers at the zoo and beyond. Campers will 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. Guest speakers from Banfield Pet Hospital and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also present a range of career options. The week includes visits to multiple behind-the-scenes areas including the Elephant catwalk at Forest Hall and an overnight at the zoo on Thursday.

Non-member cost: $410/ week
Zoo member cost: $370/ week

Conservation Science Investigators
(entering 6th grade)

Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Thursday to Friday overnight, Thursday 8:30 a.m.– Friday 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions July 29- Aug 23

Detectives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service solve conservation mysteries and wildlife crimes. Campers will use technology and skills gained throughout the week to piece together the clues, step into the role of a Wildlife CSI agent, and investigate and solve an illegal wildlife traffic crime. A field trip to Smith and Bybee Lakes, an encounter with a sloth and interviews with special California condor experts highlight conservation challenges. Thursday night features a sleepover in Steller Cove right next to the harbor seals.   

Non-member cost: $410/ week
Zoo member: $370/ week

Register for 6th grade camps now


Animal-Inspired Inventions
(entering 7-8th grade)

Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Thursday to Friday overnight, Thursday 8:30 a.m.– Friday 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions June 17–28 and July 8–26

Plants and animals have inspired many human innovations. Using technology, campers will hone observation and investigation skills while learning about bio-mimicry and choose a real-world problem to tackle using their newfound knowledge. The week includes a trip to Portland State University to investigate how biologists use observations of animals and nature to solve human dilemmas. The week includes a special keeper talk with African painted dog puppies and an overnight at the zoo on Thursday night. 

Non-member cost: $410/ week
Zoo member cost: $370/ week

Wild Design
(entering 7-8th grade)

Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Thursday to Friday overnight, Thursday 8:30 a.m.– Friday 3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions July 29- Aug 23

Changes are on the horizon for the Oregon Zoo! With construction of the new polar bear habitat underway, this camp will focus on how the zoo works to design exhibits that promote animal choice, social behavior and superior health care. Campers will use technology and creativity to design their own zoo exhibit while immersing themselves in the world of zoo design. Lessons will be reinforced through an exclusive giraffe feeding experience, behind-the-scenes tours and talks with keepers, plus a special off-site field trip to exhibit design firm Formations, Inc. Thursday night includes a sleepover at the lion exhibit.

Non-member cost: $410/ week
Zoo member: $370/ week

Register for 7-8th grade camps now


Lunch and snacks

Snacks are included in all camps. Lunch menus change daily. Vegetarian options are included but we are unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions. Possible entrée items include: hot dogs, corndogs, pizza and chicken nuggets. All meals include fruit, carrot sticks and a dessert. The Oregon Zoo cannot guarantee allergen-free food. If your child has any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please pack your own snacks and lunches.

Lunch is not available for half-day camps (children four years through entering kindergarten) and must be registered for in advance. Lunch is not available to add on at camp and is available only for the full week.

Dinner is included for camps that stay late or overnight on Thursday. For the camps that stay overnight on Thursday, breakfast and lunch for the Friday are also included. The Oregon Zoo cannot guarantee allergen-free food. If your child has any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please pack your own meals. Refrigeration and microwave use will be available to campers with special dietary needs.

Weekly lunch fees
Kindergarten through fifth grade: $40 per week
Sixth through eighth grade: $32 per week (lunch is included on Friday following the overnight)


Early and Late Care

Children are supervised in a classroom with a variety of animal-themed, free-choice learning activities. Pre-registration is required. Capacity for Early and Late Care is limited so please note that it may not be possible to add extended care after your initial registration.

Late care is not available for half-day camps. Early and Late Care are only available for the full week for week long camps.

Early Care: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–8:10 a.m.
$25 per full week

Late Care: Monday–Friday, 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
$60 per full week


Cancellation policy

Refunds, minus a 10% administrative fee, will be made only if your cancellation is received before June 3, 2019. After June 3, 75% refunds will be given if cancellation is made at least ten business days before the start of the camp session. No partial refunds will be given for missed camp days.

Waiting lists are compiled for all full camps. Please contact the zoo's Education Office to be placed on a waitlist.


Questions? Contact the Education Office.