ZooCamp Registration is now open!
Each program includes a tour of the zoo, a chance to meet zoo staff and animal keepers, education animal encounters, a t-shirt, a keepsake photo (except Early Childhood), a daily snack, and a take-home craft.
The 2017 ZooCamp Brochure is now available! Click here!
*If a date is grayed out it means the camp session is sold out. Updated 8/1/17.
The following camps are now sold out:
- Full Day ZooCamps
- Animal Enrichment (ages 6-9)
- Working at the Zoo (both age groups)
- Design an Exhibit (ages 6-9)
- Biomimicry 101 (both age groups)
- Animal Tales (ages 6-9)
- Early Childhood ZooCamps
- Z is for Zookeeper - June 12 (ages 2-3)
- Z is for Zookeeper - June 16 (ages 4-5)
- I Spy - June 19 (ages 2-3)
- Curious Creatures - June 26 (ages 2-3)
- Curious Creatures - June 30 (ages 4-5)
- Z is for Zookeeper - July 21 (ages 2-3)
- I Spy – July 28 (ages 2-3)
- At the Zoo with You – August 11 (ages 2-3)
- Junior Zoo Keeper - all sessions
- Zoo Vet - June 19-23
- In Living Color - July 5-7
- Zoo Vet - July 24-28
ZooCamp confirmations are generated manually. They will be emailed one to two weeks after registrations are processed. If you do not provide an email address, the confirmation packet will be mailed, so please allow an extra week to two weeks for delivery.
If you are an Akron Zoo member, please make sure to put your Member ID on your registration. If you do not list your number, it will delay your registration being processed.
For questions about registration, please contact Ashley Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about ZooCamp topics/content, please contact Leah Owens at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Download information (PDF) about Zoo Camp, including Frequently Asked Questions.
What do you do at Zoo Camp?
The activities vary depending on the topic you choose. Basic activities include touring the zoo, meeting education animals up-close, talking with zoo staff, and making crafts.
How do I register my child?
Registrations can only be done in person at the ticket counter at the Akron Zoo or mailed to the zoo. Payments through the mail can be taken as check or credit card (Visa, Discover, or MasterCard only). The Akron Zoo’s mailing address is:
500 Edgewood Ave
Akron, Oh 44307
Attn: ZooCamp Registration
Can I register my child online, over the phone, or through email or fax?
No. At this time, we only take registrations through the mail or at the ticket counter. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please note, if you email or fax your registration, it will not be accepted.
Will my children get to play with and hold the animals?
Campers will meet some of our education animal ambassadors. They may get to touch a mammal or a reptile, but will not hold or play with the animals.
Will my children get to go behind-the-scenes for Zoo Camp?
At this time, only certain programs include behind-the-scenes portions, but that is subject to change. If you are interested in a certain camp, please contact us and we will do our best to find the right camp for your kid.
My child is very advanced; can I enroll him/her in a higher age class?
No. The age categories are very strict.
My child will be attending the full day camp. Should I send a lunch, or can I purchase a lunch for him/her?
Parents are welcome to pack a lunch for their child, or they can purchase a meal deal before camp begins. If you pack a lunch, it needs to be non-perishable or contain cooling packs as we don’t have refrigeration space for lunches. Please make sure your child’s name is on their lunch bag.
What should I dress my child in for Zoo Camp?
All programs go outside daily and the programs are held rain or shine so dress your child according to the weather. They must wear comfortable play clothes and shoes; NO FLIP FLOPS! Inappropriate footwear will limit your child’s ability to participate. Refunds will not be given if your child is not able to participate due to inappropriate attire.
If it is a hot day can I send a water bottle with my child?
YES! We recommend that each child should have their own water bottle.
Are there any forms I need to fill out for my child?
Yes. Every camper will have a form (Early Childhood ZooCamps) or forms (ZooCamps for ages 5-15) that must be completed and turned in on their first day of camp. Please do not mail these forms to the zoo ahead of time unless your child has special needs or considerations, then we ask that you do mail the forms in ahead of time.
Can I send a camera with my child?
Yes. If you are interested in having pictures the camper must use their own camera (preferably a disposable one). Please be aware that there may be areas that your child will not be allowed to take pictures as part of the zoo’s policy.
Can my child bring their phone/iPad/Nintendo DS/etc.?
Yes, but if the zoo staff deems it a distraction to the child or other campers, they will be asked to put it away until the end of the day. If the item becomes an issue for multiple days, camp staff may ask the parent to keep the item at home. The zoo is also not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken items and campers will not be able to charge these items while at camp.
Is it safe to leave my child at Zoo Camp?
Yes. We have a sign-in and sign-out procedure so we know who children are coming and leaving with. If someone other than yourself must pick up the child we must have this in writing when you drop off your child.
Who will be teaching the camps?
Our camp classes are taught by retired classroom teachers and zoo staff.
Can I stay at Zoo Camp with my child?
No, only parents that have informed us of their child’s special requirements will be permitted to stay.
What is your refund and cancelation policy?
If we receive written notification more than 2 weeks prior to the session you will receive a 50% refund of the fee. There will be no refunds for cancelations made less than 2 weeks prior to the first date of a session. No refunds will be given for days not attended within a multiple-day session.
Can I drop my child off earlier than the 10 minutes as stated on my confirmation letter?
No, we ask that parents adhere to the 10 minute guideline so that the Zoo Camp staff has time to properly set up for the day. We will offer before and after care for the full day sessions ONLY. Before Care will run 8:00am-9:30am and After Care- 4:30pm-5:30pm.
A late fee of $1/per child/per minute will be charge starting at 5:40PM.
Can I sign my child up for an add-on (Before Care, After Care, Meal Deal) the week of their Full Day camp?
While we prefer pre-registration for ZooCamp add-ons, we understand that plans change. ZooCampers can be signed up for add-on on their first day of camp, but there will be an additional $5 fee when purchased the week of the camp.
The camp I wanted to register my child for is sold out. Can they be wait listed?
No, due to the rarity of cancelations ahead of the start of a camp session, we do not offer wait listing.