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 Educate@OmahaZoo.com for more information. 

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

Exciting News: Zoo Camp is available as virtual too! Please check out available Virtual Zoo Camps here.

NEW Camp Little Lions (ages 3-6) - Year round camp

Camp Little Lions

Camp does not always have to end in July, join us for a brand new camp experience for children ages 3-6. This program runs Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from now until December. Campers will need to bring their own lunch, water bottle and face covering. We ask that all participants be fully potty trained. A variety of topics will be explored each week as campers will venture out onto zoo grounds daily. Cost is $350 for members ($400 for non-members) per week-long session. Limited space is available, sign up today!

Please call (402) 738-2092 for more information or to register.

     August 3-7: Around the World

     August 10-14: Amazing Adaptations

     August 17-21: Penguin Pals

     August 24-28: Oh Baby!

     ...More topics to come!

NEW Little Lions at Home 

Can't make it to the Zoo for preschool?  Let us bring the Zoo preschool to you!  Our three day a week program gives you activities to do with your child that have been created and implemented by our early childhood teaching staff.  This at home program includes, one weekly Zoom meeting with teaching staff, videos of book readings, drawing segments, singing, snack ideas and an animal experience.  Weekly lesson plans will center around a featured animal with a conservation message.  Extra materials such as worksheets, games and extension activities may also be included. 

This is a month-to-month contracted program and written cancellation must be given 30 days prior to ending the commitment.  Program fee is $185 per month and must be paid for by the 15th.  Pounce into learning with us on August 17th, your little lion will love being part of our learning pride! 

Please call (402) 738-2092 for more information or to register.

Kinder Safari Camp (ages 3 thru 5)

KINDER SAFARI CAMP (potty trained 3 thru 5-year-olds)

Grab your passports and join our summer day camps for children ages 3-5. Imagine the discoveries that will be made! We will visit different animal exhibits, hear a story, make a take home craft and complete an experiment. 

Toilet Training: All camp participants must be fully toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).  Toilet trained means that the child is not wearing pull-ups and is able to manage his/her own clothing by him/herself. Children not falling within this guideline will be removed from camp and no refund or credit will be issued. 

All Kinder Safari Camps are half day and run 9:00 a.m. to Noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost is $125.00 per child per camp ($150 non-members). All children must be at least 3 years old and fully potty trained. Kinder Safari Camp is designed and run by early childhood professionals who work with students daily.

Register for a Camp

Buzzing Bugs - June 8-12 
Have you ever stopped to think about the bugs and other creepy crawlies that call your yard home? Do you think they're good or gross? In this class, we will examine invertebrates like bugs, butterflies and spiders and find out that animals don't need a backbone to be amazing!

Baby Animals - June 15-19 
Do all animal babies look like their parents? Which animals hatch from eggs, and which are live-born? This class compares animal babies and development while introducing the basic concepts of life cycles (including metamorphosis) in both invertebrates and vertebrates.

The Deep Blue Sea - June 22-26
A world of underwater animals awaits!  This week, campers will enjoy stories and crafts inspired by the sparkling sea.

From Head to Toe - July 6-10
This camp explores various forms of animal locomotion as examples of adaptation. Hopping, swimming, climbing, flying and slithering animals are just a few of the movements featured. Examine the animals' body parts to discover how and why they move the way they do.

Big Friend, Little Friend - July 13-17
Great things really do come in small packages! Learn why teeny animals are also tremendous fun with small mammals, pint-sized frogs, and other little critters at the Zoo. Join this camp for fun that is larger than life!

Amazing Adaptations - July 20-24
Observe animals side-by-side. Discover how they are the same or different. Your students will share their findings and then examine animals up close for new clues about how they live. This class is an introduction to the scientific method, a tool for discovering the amazing world of animal adaptations.

Rocking Rainforests - July 27-31
It's a jungle out there! Join us this week to discover how each layer of the rainforest provides specific resources for its many animal inhabitants.

 

Zoo Camps (ages 6-8 years)

                                        
ONE-DAY CAMPS (ages 6-8 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $35 per child ($40 non-members) per day, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions.  

Snow Pals (6-8) – July 1, 29 
Campers will slide into the exciting world of animals who love snow.  

OH Baby! (6-8) –  July 3, 27, 30, 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 (6-8) – July 28
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 (6-8) – June 29, July 20, 22
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 (6-8) - 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                     July 21
                        African Grasslands       July 22
                        Desert Dome                July 23
                        Jungle                           July 24

Big Cats, Little Cats (6-8) –  July 2, 27, 30
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!                  
                        
Rainforests (6-8) – July 14, 17
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!              

Oceans (6-8) – July 15
Explore life in the oceans!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live here and learn how the oceans impact our lives every day! 
                                      
Desert Life (6-8) – June 30, July 17
Discover many of the amazing animals that live in this beautiful habitat and explore the many adaptations they have for survival. 
                                                
Asia Highlands (6-8) – July 16
Explore the highlands of Asia! Learn about the animals that call the mountains home.                           
            
Grasslands (6-8) – July 13, 16
A beautiful ocean of grass!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live in grasslands all around the world.
                                      
Little Marine Biologist (6-8) – 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.                   
                        Animal Adaptations – July 6
                        Sharks & Rays – July 7
                        Penguins – July 8
                        Sea Turtles – July 9
                        Sea Stars & Sea Shells – July 10   

                              

Register for a 1-Day Camp

TWO-DAY CAMPS (ages 6-8 years)

Camps run from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $70 per child ($75 non-members), unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. 

Zoolympics Camp (6-8) – July 27-28
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.                                             
 

Register for a 2-Day Camp

Zoo Camps (ages 9-11 years)

ONE-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $35 per child ($40 non-members) per day, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. 

Primate Party (9-11) – July 1
Join us as we study monkeys, apes, lemurs and more! Who will be the star of the party?
               
Super Cats (9-11) – July 28, 31
Join the lion’s pride and learn about tigers, leopards and other felines from around the world.            
         

Register for a 1-Day Camp

TWO-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $70 per child ($75 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions.                     
             
Jr. Zoo Vet (9-11) – July 23-24
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. 
                   
Marine Biology Explorers (9-11) – July 6-7, 9-10
Build your knowledge of the marine world! Learn about ocean life, the importance of caring for our oceans and more in this unique 2-day camp.
                                                     
Fantastic Beasts (9-11) – July 29-30
Join us for two magical days of learning about different mythological beasts found in the marvelous world of Harry Potter, and the real-life animals that inspired them. Learn about transfigurations (metamorphosis) and potions (medicine in the animal world). 
        Ages 9-11    

African Safari (9-11) – July 13-14
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. 
                     
Junior Zookeeper  – July 20-21, 23-24
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 and create enrichment. Students will not have direct contact with animals, but will meet keepers who will discuss how they care for their animals. Due to current Dept of Health guidelines, campers will not go behind the scenes but may have virtual behind the scenes experiences. 
                   

Register for a 2-Day Camp

FIVE-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $150 per child ($160 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. 

Around the World – July 13-17
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.
             
Week of Wildlife – July 27-31
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!
             

Register for a 5-Day Camp

Zoo Camps (ages 12 -14 years)

TWO-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 12-14 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $70 per child ($75 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions.  
                          
Fantastic Beasts (12-14) – June 29-30
Join us for two magical days of learning about different mythological beasts found in the marvelous world of Harry Potter, and the real-life animals that inspired them. Learn about transfigurations (metamorphosis) and potions (medicine in the animal world).  

Keeper Camp – July 20-21, 23-24
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: $120 per child ($130 non-members).
            

Register for a 2-Day Camp

FIVE-DAY CAMPS (ages 12-14 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $150 per child ($160 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions.

Jr Marine Biologist – July 6-10 
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.                         

Endangered Animals Camp – July 27-31
Meet animals from around the globe who need our help to overcome conservation threats. Learn about projects and people in Omaha that are having a lasting impact and helping these species survive. 
                

Register for a 5-Day Camp

Zoo Camps (ages 15-18 years)