For questions about ZooCamp (registration, tax information, topics/content, etc.), please contact our ZooCamp Info Line at
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 online or through the mail. 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 over the phone, or through email or fax, or at the ticket counter?
No. At this time, we only take registrations through the mail or online. 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 ZooCamp?
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 child. Additionally, camps with a behind-the-scenes portion are noted in the brochure with a "tiger" icon.
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 is included with the Meal Deal?
The week's lunches are:
Tuesday: Hot Dog
Wednesday: Deli Meat Sandwich with Cheese
Thursday: Chicken Nuggets
Friday: Grilled Cheese Sandwich
All ZooCamp Meal Deal boxes will come with a applesauce cup, chips, a drink, and a small cookie. Each box will also have the following condiment options: ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise and ranch dressing.
In case of allergies, we offer a sunbutter and jelly sandwich option that will be served on white Texas toast or gluten free bread.
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.
Are there any forms I need to fill out for my child?
Yes. Every camper in ZooCamps for ages 5-15 will have forms that must be completed and turned in. If you'd like to turn them in before their camp starts, you can either email these forms into ZooCamp@akronzoo.org or mail them to the address above. You can also bring them in the first day of camp. If you email or mail the forms in before ZooCamp starts, you only need to turn one set of forms in regardless of the number of camps your child is attending.
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 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.
Can I bring my other children with me to Early Childhood camps?
No, for everyone's safety and enjoyment, unregistered adults and children may not attend (this includes siblings). Children outside of the age range of the camp cannot be accommodated.
What is your refund and cancellation policy?
If the cancellation occurs two or more weeks before the first day of the camp, a 50% refund will be issued onto an Akron Zoo gift card. There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the first date of a session. No refunds or discounts will be given for days not attended within a multiple-day session. There is a $10 service charge for any changes made to the original registration. Membership must be active at time of registration to receive member rates. The zoo reserves the right to cancel any camp with insufficient registrations. In the event this happens, a full refund will be issued.
Can I drop my child off earlier than the 5 minutes as stated on my confirmation letter?
No, we ask that parents adhere to the 5-minute guideline so that the ZooCamp staff has time to properly set up for the day. We will offer Camp Care for the full day sessions ONLY. Before Care will run 8-9:30 a.m. and After Care from 4:30-5:30 p.m. A late fee of $1/per child/per minute will be charged starting at 5:40 p.m.
Can I sign my child up for an add-on (Camp 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 cancellations ahead of the start of a camp session, we do not offer wait listing.