Week-long summer day camps

June 18, 2018 - 08:30am to August 24, 2018 - 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 2018. 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


I Like To Move It, Move It
(4 years through entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Weekly sessions, June 18-29 and July 9-27, 2018 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$155
Non members: $170

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Dive deeply into the different ways animals move and how they do it. Through daily zoo tours, art activities and interactive play, campers will move it, move it; investigating animal movement and body shapes. Hands-on animal experiences and visits to animal areas will help uncover movement mysteries, such as how some snakes can climb trees (with no hands!) and what is up (or down) with penguins flying underwater. As a special experience, see lions play with their food and toys.


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

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Weekly sessions, July 30-August 24, 2018 (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. 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 show why it's helpful for some animals to have bright colors and for some to be hidden from sight. As a special treat, watch how black bears forage and find their food.


Animal Playdate
(entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 18-29 and July 9-August 24, 2018 (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 and 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 animals prefer which. Make a treat or toy to take home and as a special experience watch up close as elephants search for treats.


Feathers, Fur and Scales 

(entering kindergarten)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 18-29 and July 9-August 24, 2018 (program does not change week to week)

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

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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 develop an understanding of how an animal's body coverings help them survive. Campers meet a special animal visitor each day and have fun building their own touch-and-feel book to take home.


Animal Tales
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 18-29and July 9-August 24, 2018 (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. 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 fro animals around the zoo to create new stories and art. Includes a special visit with harbor seals to learn about the legends they've inspired.


My Big Backyard
(entering 1st grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 18-29 and July 9-August 24, 2018 (program does not change week to week)

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

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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.


Wild Creature Features
(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 18-29 and July 9-27, 2018 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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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, watch lions use their wild creature features playing with their toys.


Conservation Comics

(entering 2nd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 30-August 24, 2018 (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 around the zoo and learn firsthand how the zoo cares for endangered butterflies by visiting the secret butterfly 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 18-29and July 9-27, 2018 (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. 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, see black bears forage through their habitat for food.


Creature Care
(entering 3rd grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 30-August 24, 2018 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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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 with the Banfield Pet Hospital and a behind the scenes tour of the zoo's Animal Nutrition Center round out the week.


Extreme Animals
(entering 4th grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, June 18-29 and July 9-27, 2018 (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. 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 we care for some animals from extreme environments.


Plants vs Animals 

(entering 4th grade)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weekly sessions, July 30-August 24, 2018 (program does not change week to week)

Zoo members:$295
Non members: $325

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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, meeting an expert from the US Forest Service and watching 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 18-29 and July 9-27, 2018 (program does not change week to week)

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

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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 Wild Life Live, and look on as the keepers give the black bears special treats. Camps stays late on Thursday to visit the nocturnal animals of the zoo and play a special 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 29- August 24, 2018 (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 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 headstart against invasive species. The week includes a habitat restoration project, a field trip to the zoo's off-site condor breeding facility and a zoo-wide challenge game, "The Amazing Migration," after hours 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 18-29 and July 9- 27, 2018 (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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A future in wildlife could take many forms and this camp will help kids investigate animal-related careers at the zoo and beyond. Campers will go on 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 the different ways the zoo cares for the animals. Guest speakers from Banfield Pet Hospital, the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service will also present a range of career options. Thursday night features a sleepover in Steller Cove right next to the harbor seals.


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 30-August 24, 2018 (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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US Fish and Wildlife Service detectives 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, and investigate and solve an illegal wildlife traffic crime. A field trip to Smith & Bybee Natural Area and interviews with special California condor experts highlight local conservation. The week includes multiple behind-the-scenes areas, and an overnight Thursday night.


Animal-Inspired Inventions
(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 18-29 and July 9-27, 2018 (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. Using technology, campers will hone observation and investigation skills while learning about biomimicry, 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. An overnight at the zoo on Thursday night features a guest artist who will connect art and engineering through observations of the condors and elephants.


Wild Design

(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 30-August 24, 2018 (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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Changes are on the horizon for the Oregon Zoo! With construction of the new polar bear habitat underway as well as two upcoming major projects, 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 through behind the scenes tours, talks with keepers and a special field trip. Thursday night includes a sleepover at the lion exhibit.


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
Visits from the zoo's education animals
Songs
Art projects
Learning games
Stories
Snacks


Questions?

Contact the Education Office at:

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