Day Camps

Day Camps

Day Camps

Have a WILD time with Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's day camps! Certified teachers will guide students through camps from one-half to five days in length with educational activities, tours, games and much more. Please contact our Education Department at (402) 738-2092 for more information. 

Attention Parents: Please download this informational packet to answer important questions about our day camps.

Kinder Safari Camp (ages 3-Kindergarten Graduate)

KINDER SAFARI CAMP (potty trained 3-year-olds to PreK)
Do you have a child who loves to say, “I wonder what would happen if…”?  Sign them up for Kinder Safari Camp’s Wild Adventures Summer Camp! In addition to meeting animals up close and exploring the exhibits and natural areas in the Zoo, campers will spend time each day conducting fun experiments, getting messy, and putting their problem-solving skills to the test. 

All Kinder Safari Camps run 9:00 a.m. to Noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost is $100.00 per child per camp ($125 non-members) unless otherwise noted. All children must be at least 3 years old and fully potty trained. 

Jungle Boogie- March 12th
Jungle boogie through the Zoo—with a hop, a skip, and a jump, your camper will explore critter moves and grooves! Fanciful footwork, whimsical whirling, and synchronized strutting will highlight some of the Animal Kingdom's greatest performers. It's sure to put a spring in their step! Cost: $25 per child ($30 non-members)

Oh Baby! – March 13th  
Joeys, foals, chicks, hatchlings – join us as we learn about animal babies!  Take a closer look at some of the Zoo’s cutest, new additions and discover how they are cared for. Cost: $25 per child ($30 non-members)

The Deep Blue Sea - March 15th   
A world of underwater animals awaits!  This week, campers will enjoy stories and crafts inspired by the sparkling sea. Cost: $25 per child ($30 non-members)

Aqua Adventures - June 3-7
Jump into an underwater world featuring your aqua favorites! Touch stingrays, admire sea lions, and spy koi fish. Explore the splash pad and feed the ducks by our lakeside playground. Campers are sure to have a splashing good time!  

Asia Adventures - June 10-14
Cities to mountains, forests galore. Asia has a lot to explore! Journey across the zoo in search of Asian animals – including those in our new Asian Highlands exhibit!  

African Adventures - June 17-21
Explore unique African cultures, landscapes, and animals from around the world, without ever leaving the Zoo! Trek to the grasslands of Africa to see giraffes, elephants and more. This is sure to be one trip campers will never forget!  

Desert Adventures - June 24-28
Campers will be leaping like wallabies and laughing like kookaburras this week! We will learn what makes the desert special and all about the animals who call this wonderful biome home! 

Backyard Adventures - July 8-12
Local animals will be the stars of this week’s class! We will learn all about the interesting animals that live around us in Nebraska and even North America, many of whom we may never even notice! 

Madagascar Adventures - July 15-19
Madagascar is a big island with very unique habitats. It is home to all types of lemurs, found nowhere else in the world! Join us as we learn all we can about this unique place. 

Rainforest Adventures - July 22-26
Explore the sights and sounds of the rainforest. Discover many of the amazing animals that live in the forest and how these large biomes impact our lives.  

Polar Adventures - July 29-August 2
Explore the unique animals and habitats of the Arctic and Antarctic.  

KINDERGARTEN CAMP (for kindergarten graduates)
This camp is designed for campers who have attended one year of kindergarten.  

All Kindergarten Camps run 9:00 a.m. to Noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost is $100.00 per child per camp ($125 non-members). All children must be recent kindergarten graduates (rising first graders).  

Grossology - June 3-7, July 22-26
The things that may gross us out are important to animals and their survival. Put your safety goggles on as we explore the science and reason behind nature’s not-so-proper side. Campers will get the scoop on poop as they play “guess that scat!”, dissect owl pellets and more! 

Inquiry Uncovered - June 10-14, July 29-August 2
If you have a camper who loves to say, “I wonder what would happen if…”, this is the camp for them! In addition to meeting animals up close and exploring the exhibits and natural areas in the zoo, campers will spend time each day conducting fun experiments, getting messy and putting their inquiry and problem-solving skills to the test. 

                               

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Zoo Camps (ages 6-8 years)

                                        
ONE-DAY CAMPS (ages 6-8 years)
Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Cost: $60 per child ($65 non-members), unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions.  

Dive & Discover (6-8) – March 14
There are thousands of species and special things to discover in the Ocean! We’ll go exploring together and see what we can find living in sand and shells, the reef and the open ocean. 

Jungle Explorer (6-8) – March 15
Explore the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the rainforest!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live here and discover how the rainforest impacts our lives every day!  

Summer Santa – June 5, July 24
The Zoo animals enjoy surprises all year round! Help make them a special gift and then watch them open (or chew on) their new present.   

Snow Pals –    June 7, 19,  July 16  
Campers will slide into the exciting world of animals who love snow.   

Sharks and Stingrays -  July 5, 23  
Get up close and personal with some of the top predators in the sea!  Explore amazing adaptations and get a sneak peak of Stingray Beach and Shark Reef.   

OH Baby! –   June 13, 28,   July 11, 31
Joeys, foals, chicks, hatchlings – join us as we learn about animal babies!  Take a closer look at some of the Zoo’s cutest, new additions and discover how they are cared for.   

Elephants and Rhinos – June 14, July 10 
Discover more about these magnificent creatures with the help of our African Grasslands!  Plus, learn about conservation threats and how you can help make a difference!           

Little Zoo Vets –  June 10, 12,  July 2, 12, 22, 29 
How do we care for animals at the Zoo? Find out in this mini-camp built for kids who love to take care of animals.               

Little Keepers Camp - Ever wondered what it takes to care for over 20,000 animals? Get a peak at some of the daily chores and tasks and meet a zookeeper who will talk with campers about the most challenging and exciting parts of their job.                  
Aquarium                    June 17, July 26 
African Grasslands      June 18, July 29 
Desert Dome                June 19, July 30 
Jungle                          June 21, July 31 

Big Cats, Little Cats –  June 11, 20, July 1, 3
Join the lion’s pride and learn about tigers, leopards, cheetahs and other felines at the Zoo.  Pounce on this opportunity before it fills up!                   

Register for a 1-Day Camp

 

TWO-DAY CAMPS (ages 6-8 years)
Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Cost: $110 per child ($120 non-members), unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. 

Zoolympics Camp – June 3-4,   July 1-2  
How do your abilities match up against our amazing animal athletes? Meet world-class animal gymnasts, long jumpers, speed racers, distance runners, and problem solvers. Campers will test their skills and see if they’ve got what it takes to walk away with gold.       ;   

Primate Party –  June 5-6 
Join us as we study monkeys, apes, lemurs and more! Who will be the star of the party?      

Jungle Explorer –  June 13-14  
Explore the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the rainforest!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live here and discover how the rainforest impacts our lives every day!                                

Tour Da Zoo – June 24-25 
Can you fit all the Zoo has to offer into just two days? We’ll find out as campers ride the train, tram, explore Stingray Beach, and more!          

Dive & Discover – June 10-11, July 24-25 
There are thousands of species and special things to discover in the Ocean! We’ll go exploring together and see what we can find living in sand and shells, the reef and the open ocean.                
 

Register for a 2-Day Camp

Zoo Camps (ages 9-11 years)

ONE-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day.  Cost: $60 per child ($65 non-members), unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. 

Explore Your Backyard Wilderness – March 15 & 20
Help make a difference for wildlife in your own backyard and learn how you can engage with nature through investigation and observation. Our newest Lozier Giant Screen Theater® movie, Backyard Wilderness, will inspire us to think about how the environment is influenced by human activities, how species depend on one another for survival, the seasonal ecosystem changes in nature and what we can do to protect our own Backyard Wilderness. 

Jr. Zoologist – June 6, 12, 26, 28,  July 19
What is a zoologist? Begin your adventure by learning what a zoologist does, then explore some of the animals a zoologist may study.                

Underwater Hunters - June 7, 18 
Get up close and personal with some of the top predators in the water!   Explore their amazing adaptations and learn just what it takes to survive.   

Super Cats – July 1, 5, 12
Join the lion’s pride and learn about tigers, leopards and other felines from around the world.                   

Wildlife Ranger Day Camp - Become a wildlife ranger and join us on a North American expedition. Start the excursion traveling from the Zoo to Wildlife Safari Park. Learn about animal conservation and gain field work experience. End the day by winding through bison plains and then head back to the Zoo. Campers will meet at the Zoo and be transferred to Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, NE via bus. Camp starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $75 per camp (unless otherwise noted) for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $80 for nonmembers.  
        June 13           Animal Enrichment 
        June 21           Wildlife Conservation  
        July 12            My Backyard 

Register for a 1-Day Camp

 

TWO-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Cost: $110 per child ($120 non-members), unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions.

Jr. Zoo Vet – June 3-4, 5-6, 13-14, 24-25  
So you think you want to be a veterinarian?  Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be in this rewarding and challenging field.  Learn how to identify symptoms of sick animals, conduct exams, learn how to suture and give injections using fruit, look at x-rays, and more!  Students will not have direct contact with animals.                                          

Photography at the Zoo – June 3-4  
>Enjoy taking pictures of animals?  What better place than Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium! You provide the digital camera and we will provide you with the help of a professional nature photographer. Please bring a digital camera and extra batteries each day.                            

Animal Training & Enrichment –  June 10-11
Sea lions and gorillas are just a few of the animals at Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium that participate in special training.  Discover why these “classes” are so important for our residents and keepers.  You’ll even learn a few tips on how to train and create enrichment for the animals!                             

Jr. Marine Biologist – June 20-21, 26-27, July 2-3, 30-31
Life under the sea is amazing! Discover what we can find living in sand and shells, the reef and the open ocean.               

African Safari – July 29-30
Grab your passport and get ready to explore!  We’ll travel to Africa without even leaving the Zoo!  Learn about elephants, ostriches, lions, giraffes and more.  Discover different cultures and traditions through art, stories and songs.           

Register for a 2-Day Camp

 

FIVE-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camps for children ages 9-11 and 12-14 run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and cost $200 per child ($220 non-members). *Specialty camps cost $235 per child ($250 non-members). Please respect age restrictions. 

Junior Zookeeper (Specialty Camp) –Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be a zoo keeper.  Campers are introduced to zoo keeping and animal nutrition, learn about animals, create enrichment and help tidy up some animal areas. Campers will have an amazing summer experience! Students will not have direct contact with animals, but will meet many of our Animal Ambassadors.  This day camp is only offered for children ages 9-11. Cost: $235 per child ($250 non-members). 
            June 3-7 
            June 17-21 
            July 8-12   

Around the World – Is it possible to visit all of the world’s continents in just one week? Find out how creatures from all walks of life have adapted to some of the world’s most beautiful and unlikely places to call home. 
            June 10-14 
            June 24-28 
            July 8-12   

Week of Wildlife – Spend the week exploring the Zoo and discovering the diversity of the 20,000+ animals that call it home. Campers will go on adventures leading them through the rainforest, desert, ocean, grassland and more! 
            June 17-21 
            July 15-19 

Register for a 5-Day Camp

Zoo Camps (ages 12 -14 years)

ONE-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 12-14 years)
Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Please respect age restrictions.

Wildlife Ranger Day Camp - Become a wildlife ranger and join us on a North American expedition. Start the excursion traveling from the Zoo to Wildlife Safari Park. Learn about animal conservation and gain field work experience. End the day by winding through bison plains and then head back to the Zoo. Campers will meet at the Zoo and be transferred to Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, NE via bus. Camp starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. 
      July 18             Junior Safari Park Keeper*($85 for members/$90 for non-members) 

Register for a 1-Day Camp

TWO-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 12-14 years)
Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day.  Cost: $110 per child ($120 non-members), unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions.

Photography at the Zoo –  Enjoy taking pictures of animals?  What better place than Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium! You provide the digital camera and we will provide you with the help of a professional nature photographer. Please bring a digital camera and extra batteries each day. 
     June 10-11 

          

Register for a 2-Day Camp

 

FIVE-DAY CAMPS (ages 12-14 years)
Camps for children ages 12-14 run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and cost $200 per child ($220 non-members). *Specialty camps cost $235 per child ($250 non-members). Please respect age restrictions.

Keeper Camp (Specialty Camp) – Do you want to care for animals at the Zoo? Roll up your sleeves and learn about animal husbandry, feeding, training, and enrichment. Campers will meet with zoo keepers from various areas around the Zoo, explore the daily routines, take behind-the-scenes tours, and learn about the science behind successfully caring for over 20,000 animals at one of the world’s best zoos! This day camp is only offered for children ages 12-14. Cost: $235 per child ($250 non-members). 
            June 10-14, 24-28 
            July 15-19     

Marine Biology – This camp is designed to introduce students to the ocean and marine life. Campers will utilize aquarium facilities and take part in hands-on labs and workshops. This camp is an excellent way to introduce students to the marine environment, engage them in marine sciences, and spark interest of those with little previous exposure to the ocean. 
            June 3-7 
            July 8-12, 22-26    

Zoo Careers Camp – A passport to your future. Find out about careers working with animals, plants, zoo design, research, and more. Campers will travel across the Zoo and meet the staff that make the Omaha Zoo & Aquarium one of the world’s best zoos.   
            June 17-21 
            July 22-26 

Register for a 5-Day Camp