Day Camps

Day Camps

Summer Zoo 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. 

Campers must fall within age ranges of each respective camp. Campers will need to bring their own sack lunch for full day camps.

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

Please contact our Education Department at Educate@OmahaZoo.com for more information.

Camp Hours:

• Kinder Safari and Kindergarten Camps run from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (morning session) and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m (afternoon session).

• Camps for children 6-18 years of age run from 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Pick-up & Drop-off:

• Campers ages 3-8 years: Pick-up & Drop-off will be located at the West entrance of the Education Center. A camp instructor will be outside waiting for campers to arrive.

• Campers ages 9-18 years: Pick-up & Drop-off will be located at the Main entrance (South entrance) of the Education Center. A camp instructor will be outside waiting for campers to arrive.

**If you are late, please check in atthe Education Center main entrance. If you are dropping of 30 min or later after camp has started, you will need to walk your camper to meet the group on zoo grounds.

 

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Early Childhood Half-Day Camps

Kinder Safari Camps (Week-long half day camp)
(fully potty trained 3- to 5-year-olds)

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$130 per child per camp ($155 non-members)

June 6 - Jiving in the Jungle
Explore the Jungle and all of the animals that call this habitat home!

June 13 - Commotion in the Ocean
Jump into the underwater world featuring your favorite aquatic animals! Campers are sure to have a splashing good time!

June 20 - Zoo Jobs
Join us as we explore all the people it takes to run the zoo. We will be looking at a variety of jobs, from Train Conductor to a Zookeeper! Join us for a week of fun!

June 27 - Animal Super Heroes
Our animals may not wear capes, but they do have superpowers! From stellar vision to super-strength, you’ll uncover how our animals win at the survival game!

July 11 - Big Friend Little Friend
Join us as we learn about big animals like hippos, and small animals like budgies. We will compare, contrast, and much more!

July 18 - Backyard Adventure
Have you ever stopped to think about the bugs and other creepy crawlies that call your backyard home? Join us as we explore a variety of exhibits and uncover native bugs on the Zoo lawns!

July 25 - Buggin Around
Discover the exciting world of bugs! Make your own bug catcher, head out in search of cool insects, and enjoy other exciting hands-on activities!

 

Kindergarten Camps (Week-long half day camp)
(for children ages 5-6 who have completed kindergarten)


$130 per child per camp ($155 non-members)

June 6 - Dancing in the Desert
Explore deserts around the world, as well as the animals that call these challenging habitats home!

June 13 - Aqua Adventures
Your child will join our school of fish as we uncover all of the amazing facts about fish and other animals that call the water home!

June 20 - Adventure Africa
Join us as we take an adventure to the African Highlands. We will explore animal life cycles, habitats, and more!

June 27 - Animal Super Senses
Explore the Zoo using our animal’s senses! Discover how those senses help them survive and how your senses stack up to theirs. It’ll be a sensationally fun week!

July 11 - Dr. Zoolittle
So you think you want to take care of a cranky crocodile or a sneezy sloth? We will discover some of the duties a vet deals with on the daily!

July 18 - Amazing Adaptations
Observe our animals side by side, then compare and contrast! Your camper will share the data they collect as we get up close and personal to some of our favorite animals and explore the adaptations they have!

July 25 - Happenin Habitats
Explore a different habitat each day and discover the animals that call them “Home Sweet Home.”  Campers will take a closer look at deserts, polar regions, tropical rainforests, and woodlands!

 

Camps for Ages 6-8 Years

CAMPS FOR AGES 6-8 YEARS
Campers must fall within their age groups by the first day of camp. Sack lunch and refillable water bottle are required. Please download the Zoo Camp Information Packet for guidelines and FAQ's. Camps run 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

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One-Day Camps 

$65 ($70 non-members)

May 30 - Animal Movement
Gallop, hop, and jump down to the Zoo for some movement fun! We will discover how and why animals move the way that they do.

May 31 - Animal Art-Aquarium
Join us for Art Camp at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Animal Art is designed for those who are interested in both art and wildlife. Campers will discover cool animal facts and create an art project. Campers will also learn about wildlife in wild colors and how they can be wildlife heroes. All art supplies are provided.

June 1 - Polar Pals
Join us as we slide into the exciting world of animals that love the snow!

June 1 - Primate Party>
Join us as we study monkeys, apes, lemurs and more!

June 2 - Animal Babies
Do all animal babies look like their parents? Which animals hatch from eggs, and which are live-born? Your camper will learn all there is to know about animal babies!

June 2 - Dr. Zoo-Little
How do you care for a toothy tiger or a slimy salamander? Animals big and small need a doctor. Discover how our Zoo veterinarians keep the animals healthy!

June 3 - Animal Groups and Troops
How do animals live in groups? What do their relationships look like? Discover the exciting world of animal groups! 

June 3 - Monkey Business
Go bananas in this camp all about monkeys.

June 8 - The Dark Side
Whether you are nocturnal, live underground, in a cave, or deep in the ocean, the dark is your world. How do you move? How do you see and eat? Discover all the cool ways animals survive in the dark!

June 15 - Wild Shapes and Patterns
Stripes on zebras, spots on jaguars, leaves in different shapes and sizes...nature is bursting with a variety of shapes and patterns. Join us as we explore the beauty of wildlife throughout the Zoo!

June 22 - Little Zoo Keeper
Think you have what it takes to be a zookeeper? From husbandry and wellness to training and enrichment, discover what goes into this challenging and rewarding profession!

June 29 - Little Train Conductor
All Aboard! Join us as we discover all of the ins and outs of being a train conductor!

July 13 - Animal Olympics
Can you jump as far as a kangaroo? Does your tongue stretch like a tapir? Can you lift a tree like an elephant? Bring your energy and your muscles to the Zoo and discover the strongest, fastest, gold-medal-winning-est athletes of the animal world!

July 13 - Sense-ational Safari
Senses are our specialty during this week-long adventure. Which animal can see a tiny mouse from over 200-feet up in the sky? Does the animal with the biggest ears have the best hearing? How can a snake smell with its tongue?! Find out all about these sense-sational creatures and more!

July 20 - Ready, Set, Zoo Vet
Who answers the call when animals are sick? We will learn the ins and outs of how our Zoo vets keep the animals happy and healthy!

July 27 - Grossology
Spend a week getting the scoop on poop (along with a host of other gross animal bodily functions)! Learn about the grosser side of the natural world!

August 3 - Art Specialty Camp
Join us for Art Camp at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Animal Art is designed for those who are interested in both art and wildlife. Campers will discover cool animal facts and create an art project. Campers will learn about wildlife in wild colors and how they can be wildlife heroes! All art supplies are provided.

 

Two-Day Camps 

$115 ($125 non-members)

June 6 - Mad about Mammals

Join us as we learn what exactly a mammal is, how to identify one, and meet some real live animals belonging to this group!

June 9 - Super Senses
Explore the Zoo using our animals' senses. Discover how those senses help them survive and how your senses stack up to theirs!

June 9 - The Fast and Furriest
Explore some of the furriest and fastest animals at the Zoo!

June 13 - Digging Dinosaurs
Take a trip back in time and explore the exciting world of Dinosaurs.  You’ll become a paleontologist and have the opportunity to dig for fossils!

June 16 - Paws, Jaws, and Claws

Can you identify animals by simply looking at paws or claws? Join us as we explore how jaws, claws, and paws help make animals unique!

June 16 - Animal Groups
Campers will learn about the main groups of animals and what makes them unique enough to be separated into different groups.

June 20 - Dr. Zoo Little
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”. 

June 23 - Its not easy being Green
Join us for a hoppin’ good time as we learn about frogs and other amphibians! 

June 23 - Monkey Business
From gorillas to monkeys, this camp will explore the lives of our primates. You’ll know the difference between monkeys and apes and be “swinging” with us to conserve these magnificent mammals.

June 27 - Camo Critters
Come and join us for a little hide and seek as we discover animals that are really hard to spot.

June 30 - Animal Adaptations
Flying in the air! Sneaking through the forest! No matter where they’re from, animals have amazing adaptations that help them survive. Through imaginative play, outdoor games, sensory exploration, and visits to the animal habitats around the zoo, campers will marvel at the diversity of animal adaptations.

June 30 - Backyard Safari
Think there is no wildlife around? Think again! Campers will discover what’s right in the zoo and your own backyard.

July 5 - Crazy about Cats
Spots, stripes, teeth, and claws, we’ll take a look at the Zoo’s many cat species and their adaptations for survival. Join us for this roaring good time!

July 5 - No Bones about it
No bones about it, this camp will introduce campers to the world of insects and exoskeletons as well as other earth helpers!

July 7 - Animal Families
Discover a the life cycles of amphibians, mammals, and insects, as well as what makes each so different.

July 7 - Fur, Feathers, and Scales
Are all animals covered in skin like ours? No way! Animals have different coverings that help them slither, hide, hover, and so much more!

July 11 - Penguin Palooza
No need to dress up for this parade; our penguins will have their tuxes on!  Waddle over so you don’t miss out on all the fun!

July 11 - Protecting Pollinators
Join us as we learn how to protect pollinators, and how we can help pollinators in our own back yard!

July 14 - Creature Feature
Tongues that grasp, noses with amazing suction power, and insects with horns will all be explored in this fun camp dedicated to a closer look at animal adaptations.  

July 14 - Say What
Can you hoot, screech, or clack like an owl? Join us as we squawk, hiss, and growl our way through the Zoo!

July 18 - Animal Defenses
From body armor to jaws and claws, let’s find out who fights or flies under pressure. Observe some of the unique ways animals protect themselves!

July 18 - Terrific Turtles
From sea turtles to painted turtles; these fun animals are totally awesome!

July 21 - All in the Family
Mobs of meerkats, ambushes of tigers, and waddles of penguins…oh my! Discover all there is to know about animal families!

July 25 - Big Cats: Hear Me Roar
Spots, stripes, teeth, and claws! We’ll take a look at the Zoo’s many cat species and their adaptations for survival. Join us for this roaring good time!

July 28 - Bird of a Feather Stick Together

Join us as we investigate feathers, eggs, nests and even search for live birds at the Zoo!

August 1 - Penguin Pal
Come make a splash with us as we discover all of the amazing things that penguins do!

Aug 4 - Super Sealions 

Known for their lively spirit and clever ways, sea lions are ready to play! Learn about the needs and behaviors of these unique animals.

 

Five-Day Camps

$245 ($255 non-members)

June 6 - Beastly Builders
Nests, combs, mounds, and bowers. No matter what you call them, animals can build some amazing homes! We’ll learn about these animal architects.

June 13 - Elephants and Rhinos
Join us as we discover some of the largest mammals here at the zoo!

June 20 - Wild Wardrobe

Animals don’t wear clothes, but they do have clever coverings to protect them from predators. Learn all the ways animals adapt to their environment using their specific coverings!

June 27 - Animals Around the World
Explore a different habitat each day and discover animals that call them “Home Sweet Home.”  Campers will take a closer look at deserts, polar regions, tropical rainforests, and woodlands.

July 11 - Fantastic Flyers
Join us as we learn about a variety of fantastic flying creatures, from birds to bats and everything in between!

July 18 - Life in the Water
Splish! Splash! Plop! What a wonderful watery world we will discover! From stingrays to sharks, sea lions to penguins, your child will learn what animals need to live in their aquatic habitat.

July 18 - Eco Explorers
Hop, skip, and jump around the world as you learn about the different continents and their unique ecosystems and inhabitants. You won't need a passport for this adventure!

July 18 - The Big and the Small
Do you know what the smallest animal is at the zoo? How about the biggest? Discover the weird and wonderful creatures of all shapes and sizes that call our zoo home, including some of the most poisonous and fastest animals in the world!

July 25 - Backyard and Beyond
Discover all the amazing living things that call your back yard their home!

Camps for Ages 9-11 Years

CAMPS FOR AGES 9-11 YEARS
Campers must fall within their age groups by the first day of camp. Sack lunch and refillable water bottle are required. Please download the Zoo Camp Information Packet for guidelines and FAQ's. Camps run 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

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One-Day Camps

$65 ($70 non-members)

May 30 - Where the Wild Things Live
Have you ever wondered why animals live where they do? We will uncover how adaptations have helped animals adjust to various climates!

June 1 - Elephant and Rhinos
Explore some of the largest animals at our Zoo!

June 2 - Animals Around the World
Seven continents, five major biomes, and countless habitats. It may not be possible to see them all, but we will try our best! Join us as we explore animals from around the world!

June 3 - Fantastic Beasts
Join us for a magical day of learning about different mythological beasts found in the marvelous world of Harry Potter and the real-life animals that inspired them!

June 8 - Exploration Ocean
Is a jellyfish really a fish? Why are some fish so bright and beautiful? Campers will discover the secrets behind the fascinating lives of aquatic animals.  

June 15 - Pika Zoo
Did you know real-life Pokémon are running wild at the zoo? We need your help to uncover and protect them including Mudkip, Charmander, and Drowzee! PikaZoo, gotta save them all!

June 22 - Modern Day Dinosaurs
Take a journey into the past. Discover the amazing connections between dinosaurs and living animals today. Learn fun and interesting facts about dinosaurs and the information scientists have gained from their fossils, theories on their mass extinction, and practical ways you can help protect animals today from going extinct!

June 29 - Nebraska Eco Systems
What makes Nebraska so special to countless species? Come join us at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari and find out!

July 20 - Animal Kingdom
From the king of the jungle to the queen of the hive, discover the unique order that animals have in their specific groups!

July 27 - Animals of the Night
Join the night shift! Become an expert on the unique adaptations that allow some animals to be successful at night!

 

Two-Day Camps

$115 ($125 non-members)
 

June 6 - Hide and Seek
Some animals are hard to see in the wild, while others stand out. From camouflage to mimicry to bright colors, come find out why blending in or standing out is so important to many animals!

June 6 - Choose your Zoo Adventure
Put animals to the test and discover how they survive incredible challenges in the wild. We’ll travel to Borneo, Africa, Australia, and the Amazon without even leaving the Zoo, learning about adaptations and survival of the fittest.  Cast your vote and decide who will be crowned the ultimate survivor. 

June 9 - Zoo Careers
So you think you want to be a zookeeper? Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be in this field. Students will learn about animal nutrition, veterinary care, enrichment, and cleaning in specific areas.

June 13 - Digging Dinosaurs
Take a trip back in time and explore the exciting world of dinosaurs. You’ll become a paleontologist and have the opportunity to dig for fossils!

June 13 - Animals Wild Wardrobe
Animals don’t wear clothes, but they do still have clever coverings to protect them from the weather. Learn the connections between what works for them and what works for you! Animal ambassador visits and exploring zoo grounds will be the inspiration for creating an animal wardrobe of your own!

June 16 - Eco Explorers
Hop, skip, and jump around the world as you learn about the different continents and their unique ecosystems. You won't need a passport for this adventure!

June 20 - Animal Super Powers
Animals have amazing super powers to help them survive in their environments! Learn about different animal powers and adaptations through activities, crafts, and live animal encounters.

June 20 - Zoology Adventures

What does it take for animals to outwit and outlast? Surviving is harder than you think when animals compete with one another. Join us as we discover adventures animals partake in on a daily basis!

June 20 - Animal Training
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!

June 23 - Keeper Camp--Hoofstock
So you think you want to be a Hoofstock keeper? Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be in this specific field.  Students will learn about animal nutrition, veterinary care, enrichment, and cleaning in specific areas.

June 27 - Expedition Extreme
We can find animals in the most extreme climates. Join us as we discover how animals survive in such harsh conditions!

July 5 - Animal Adaptations
How do animals survive in different climates and habitats? What physical and behavioral changes do they adopt? This program answers these questions, and explains concepts such as niche switching, migration, and hibernation.

July 7 - Comic Creatures

What makes a hero heroic? What’s so villainous about villains? You’ll meet some of the coolest creature-based characters of comics, film, and mythology. You’ll discover what makes them tick and create your very own creature superhero or villain!

July 11 - ZSI/Zoo Scene Investigations
Whose tracks are those? Investigating campers will ask questions and collect evidence to solve mysteries about the animals around us and what makes them unique!

July 14 - Troops, Groups, Herds
You’ve probably heard of a school of fish and a pride of lions – but what about a crash of rhinoceros or a pandemonium of parrots? We will learn about animals who find safety in numbers.

July 14 - Great Barrier Reef
Sea turtles, eels, and giant clams are just some of the amazing animals that hang out in coral reefs. Hang with us as we explore this colorful world below the sea!

July 18 - Investigating Invertebrates
No bones about it, some of our favorite species are spineless! Join us as we get up-close and personal with all kinds of animals without backbones – in the air, on land, and underwater!

July 21 - Beastly Builders
Nests, combs, mounds, and bowers...no matter what you call it, animals can build some amazing homes! We’ll learn about these animal architects and create some model homes of our own!

July 25 - Mammal Mania
Come improve your classification skills as we determine what is takes to be considered a mammal!

July 28 - Zoo Mazing Race
Animals move in a variety of ways! Come check out how some of the fastest leave other animals in the dust!

July 28 - Investigating Animal Behaviors

Join us as we investigate animal behaviors and discover why animals interact in specific ways!

Five-Day Camps

$245 ($255 non-members)

June 6 - My Wild Home
Explore the diverse places that animals and people call home. Travel to plains, mountains, rainforests, deserts, and oceans all without leaving the Zoo. Discover where children from other cultures live, learn, and play, and how we are connected to the animals who share these far-away places!

June 20 - Wildlife Myth Busters
Can chameleons change colors? Can Porcupines shoot quills? Discover what is true and what are some common myths of the animal kingdom!

June 27 - Biome Bliss
Explore a different biome each day and discover animals that call them home sweet home!

June 27 - Endangered Animals
Discover more about these magnificent creatures. Learn about conservation threats and how you can help make a difference!

July 5 - Animal Habitats (4 Day Camp due to the Holiday)
Learn the basics of what comprises a habitat and how it differs from a biome or ecosystem. Concepts also include animal adaptations, niches, species extirpation, and more!

July 11 - Conservation Heroes
Become a champion for all living things by joining us at the Zoo to learn about issues facing animals in our world today. Learn how YOU can help make a positive difference for these animals and the wildlife in your own neighborhood. Become a Conservation Hero today!

July 18 - Wildlife Protectors
Does your young influencer-in-training want to save wildlife and encourage others to help? Explore how scientists, artists, and exhibit designers inspire a movement of wildlife champions. Through animal encounters, exhibit visits, media, art, and design, your camper will learn how to be a champion for conservation and inspire others to join them!

July 25 - Eco Avengers
Campers will be inducted into the eco-avenger league and investigate confounding conundrums concerning wildlife and wild places around the world. We will explore the Zoo, meet amazing animals, and learn how scientists, investigate animal behaviors!

Camps for 12-18 Years

CAMPS FOR AGES 12-18 YEARS
Campers must fall within their age groups by the first day of camp. Sack lunch and refillable water bottle are required. Please download the Zoo Camp Information Packet for guidelines and FAQ's. Camps run 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

Register for a Camp

One-Day Camps

$65 ($70 non-members)

June 8 - Conversations about Conservation
Everyone has their own niche. Come learn about animal niches and find your niche as a conservationist!

June 15 - Animal Engineers
Explore the homes and habitats of nature's natural builders. Dive into the animal world and become an animal architect yourself. Can you dig it? Join the crew!

June 22 - Fantastic Beasts
Join us for a magical day of learning about different mythological beasts found in the marvelous world of Harry Potter and the real-life animals that inspired the beasts!

June 29 - Nebraska Eco Systems
What makes Nebraska so special to countless species? Come join us at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari and find out!

July 13 - Animal Behaviors
Don’t judge! Some animal behaviors can seem offensive, but they are actually connected to survival. Take a closer look at why animals do what they do!

July 20 - Conservation Heroes
Become a champion for all living things by joining us at the Zoo to learn about issues facing animals in our world today. Learn how YOU can help make a positive difference for these animals and the wildlife in your own neighborhood. Become a Conservation Hero today!

July 27 - Species Relationships
Learn how different animals share unique relationships. Plants and animals find a way to survive through interspecies relationships such as competition, predation, parasitism, mutualism and commensalism.

 

Two-Day Camps

$115 ($125 non-members)

June 6 - Exhibit Design
Discover what goes into building a new habitat at the Zoo. Then try your hand at building your own Zoo exhibit!

June 9 - All about the Shark
Get up close and personal with the top predator in the sea! Explore amazing adaptations and separate shark facts from fiction!

June 13 - Marine Scientist
Aquatic adventures await you as you unravel the mysteries of marine life and discover your connections to the ocean! Sink your teeth into the truth about sharks, meet a 'living fossil', and look down into the tanks from behind the scenes. You’ll learn about the most magnificent creatures found in water—from plankton to whales and everything in between! You’ll also discover why oceans and rivers are important to your everyday life.

June 16 - Dirty Jobs

Grimy, gritty, gooey and just plain gross! Join us as we discover various Zoo jobs and how these professionals roll up their sleeves and get the work done!

June 23 - Keeper Camp--Desert Dome

So you think you want to be a Desert Dome keeper? Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be in this specific field.  Campers will learn about animal nutrition, veterinary care, enrichment, and cleaning in specific areas!

June 27 - Diving into the Deep
Dive in and explore the depths of the ocean! Encounter mysterious creatures, extreme waves, underwater volcanoes, and discover what you can do to protect the deep blue sea!

June 30 - Animal Classification
Campers learn about how different species are classified and how adaptations make them perfectly suited to live in their environment!

July 5 - ZSI
Sometimes protecting animals takes a badge. Learn how forensics can help stop animal trafficking and cruelty. Do you have what it takes to be a ZOO Scene Investigator?

July 7 - Invasive Species
Invasive species can wreak havoc on local ecosystems. Learn how we can stop the spread of these invasive species and help protect our planet!

July 7 - The Zoo Dating Game (15-18 year olds)
Match maker, match maker, make me a match! Learn how modern zoos keep their animal populations healthy through Species Survival Plans which ensure genetic diversity!                                        

July 11 - Conservation Heroes
Become a champion for all living things by joining us at the Zoo to learn about issues facing animals in our world today. Learn how YOU can help make a positive difference for these animals and the wildlife in your own neighborhood. Become a Conservation Hero today!

July 25 - Shark and Rays
Plunge into the underwater world of sharks and stingrays! Discover what these relatives have in common and what makes them unique. Plus, you'll get to check out Stingray Beach!