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 going virtual! Please check back soon for updates on how to sign-up.

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.

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)
Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Cost: $60 per child ($65 non-members), 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) –  June 22, 25, 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) – June 23, 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 15, 17, 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                     June 16, July 21
                        African Grasslands       June 17, July 22
                        Desert Dome                June 18, July 23
                        Jungle                           June 19, July 24

Big Cats, Little Cats (6-8) – June 22, 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) – June 9, 12, 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) – June 10, 12, July 15, 17
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) – 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) – June 10, 11, July 16
Explore the highlands of Asia! Learn about the animals that call the mountains home.                           
            
Grasslands (6-8) – June 8, 11, 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 – June 1, July 6
                        Sharks & Rays – June 2, July 7
                        Penguins – June 3, July 8
                        Sea Turtles – June 4, July 9
                        Sea Stars & Sea Shells – June 5, July 10                                  

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 (6-8) – June 22-23, 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.                                             
 

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. 

Primate Party (9-11) – June 24
Join us as we study monkeys, apes, lemurs and more! Who will be the star of the party?
               
Super Cats (9-11) – June 23, 26, July 28, 31
Join the lion’s pride and learn about tigers, leopards and other felines from around the world.            
 
Tigers, Takin & Bears (9-11) – June 10, 11  July 15, 16
Join us for an immersive journey through Asia and learn about the unique wildlife that calls this continent home.              

Wildlife Ranger Day Camp (9-11) - 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 25             Backyard Wildlife
        

 

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.

Jungle Explorer (9-11) – June 8-9, July 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!                       
             
Jr. Zoo Vet (9-11) – June 15-16, 18-19, 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) – June 1-2, 4-5, 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.
                                  
Photography at the Zoo (9-11) – June 1-2
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.  
Ages 9-11        June 1-2   
                    
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) – June 8-9, 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 (Specialty Camp - Ages 9-11) – June 15-16, 18-19, 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, 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: $120 per child ($130 non-members). Please note that the price of $90 per member in the Zooprints newsletter is a misprint. We apologize for this error and look forward to seeing all Zoo campers this summer!
                   

 

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 $205 per child ($225 non-members). *Specialty camps cost $235 per child ($250 non-members). Please respect age restrictions. 

Around the World – June 8-12, 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 – June 22-26, 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!
             

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 (12-14)  
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 11           Wildlife Conservation

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 (12-14) – June 8-9
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.    
                          
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 (Specialty Camp, Ages 12-14) – June 15-16, 18-19, 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).
            

 

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.

Jr Marine Biologist – June 1-5, 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 – June 22-26, 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. 
                

Zoo Camps (ages 15-18 years)

ONE-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 15-18 years)
Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Please respect age restrictions.

Wildlife Ranger Day Camp (15-18)  
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.                    

                    July 16             Junior Safari Park Keeper *($85 for members / $90 for non-members)                     

Sea Turtle Science – June 26, July 31
Sea turtles are one of the oldest living creatures in the world, but their populations are declining faster than they can reproduce. Join us to learn more about this amazing reptile, how researchers study sea turtles, and what we must do to help them.         

FIVE-DAY CAMPS (ages 15-18 years)
Camps for ages 15-18 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.

Marine Biology – June 1-5, 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.
                        
Zoo Careers Camp – June 15-19,  July 20-24
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.