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. 

A few key items to remember for your 2021 spring break camps:

  • Campers 5 years and older must wear a mask while indoors. (Please stay updated on the latest guidelines for camps (including summer) by visiting the Coronavirus section located at the top of the Zoo website).
  • Drop off and pick up will be at your vehicle. Please remain in your vehicle and a member of our staff will come to you.

Attention Parents: Please download this informational packet to answer important questions about our day camps. (The Summer 2021 Informational Packet is being updated and will be available soon)

Exciting News: Zoo Camp is also virtual! Please check back soon for available Virtual Zoo Camps here.

Spring Camps (Ages 6-14 Years)

Marine Biology Academy (ages 9-14)

Our planet is a vast, watery world full of unexplored places and yet-to-be-discovered creatures. Join us for this series-based program which focuses on helping budding scientists and animal enthusiasts build their knowledge, explore careers in marine science and develop an appreciation for our oceans.

What Will Students Learn?  Marine Biology Academy students learn about how researchers study marine animals and tools they use, study ocean animal adaptations, learn about conservation, explore freshwater and marine ecosystem connections and more.

What is the Fee? Fees are as follows. Program is non-refundable once it begins, and all sales are final. Under extenuating circumstances, a partial refund minus a $30 administrative fee may be issued if we are able to fill your spot.

  • Marine Biology Explorers (ages 9-11): $100 members/$120 non-members (includes all four programs)SOLD OUT
  • Jr Marine Biologist (ages 12-14): $120 members/$130 non-members (includes both full day programs)

Ages 9-11          All classes are held 9:00 a.m. - Noon
                                February 20
                                March 20
                                April 10, 24

Ages 12-14       All classes are held 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
                                April 17
                                May 1

Register for ages 12-14

 

Summer Early Childhood Camps (ages 3-6)

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 7-11 SOLD OUT
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 14-18 SOLD OUT
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 21-25 SOLD OUT
A world of underwater animals awaits!  This week, campers will enjoy stories and crafts inspired by the sparkling sea.

From Head to Toe - June 28- July 1 SOLD OUT
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 12-16 SOLD OUT
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 19-23 SOLD OUT
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 26-30 SOLD OUT
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.

Kindergarten Camp (for children ages 5-6 who have completed kindergarten)

Kindergarten camps are an excellent way to nurture your child’s love for animals and nature. During camps teachers encourage children to investigate, play, and learn through hands-on activities. All Kindergarten 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). Kindergarten camp is for children who have attended Kindergarten.

Fast is Fun, but Slow is Number One! - June 7-11
Did you know Nile crocodiles can sprint up to 22 mph? The average human can only run about 10 mph! Sloths move slow in order to conserve energy, and just happen to be some of the slowest mammals on Earth! Come join us to learn all about some of the fast and slow animals!

Amazing Adaptations - June 14-18
What would it be like to have ears like a fennec fox or a tail like a tiger? We're going to use our imaginations to transform ourselves into some of our favorite animals of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Let your creativity run wild as we learn about a new animal each week!

Who’s Who at the Zoo - June 21-25
Every animal at the Zoo belongs to a family. Learn about our animal’s characteristics and how to do basic classification of the Zoo animals in a fun and easy way.

What's That Bird? - June 28-July 1
Soar into the world of birds. Find out what makes them unique and how you can begin a lifelong hobby of spotting and identifying birds.

Kinder Vets - July 12-16 SOLD OUT
How do you care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander? What does it take to medicate a meerkat or give a shot to a porcupine? All creatures, big and small, need a doctor once in a while. Find out how our zoo veterinarians help keep them all healthy!

Rise and Shine - July 19-23
Did you know some animals stay awake while we are sleeping at night? Ever wonder why some animals run around early in the day, but then sleep the rest of the time? Learn about some animals that are early risers, night owls, or are somewhere in between.

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Summer Zoo Camps (ages 6-8 years)

ONE-DAY CAMPS (ages 6-8 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $60 per child ($65 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp. 

Little Marine Biologist Camp (ages 6-8) – There are thousands of species and special things to discover in the Ocean! We will go exploring together and see what we can find living in sand and shells, the reef and the open ocean. 

Sea Jellies, Sea Stars and Sea Shells (no backbone needed) – May 31, June 1, July 8

Sharks & Rays – June 1, 2  July 6

Penguins – June 2, 3 July 7, 9 (New Session Added)

Sea Turtles – June 3, 4    July 7

Sea Lions – May 31, June 4, July 8, 9

Rainforest (ages 6-8) – 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!
            June 8, 11       July 13, 16

Oceans (ages 6-8) – Explore life in the largest biome!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live here and learn how oceans impact our lives every day!
            June 9, 11 (New Session Added)    July 14, 16 

Desert Life (ages 6-8) – Discover many of the amazing animals that live in this beautiful habitat and explore the many adaptations they have for survival.
            June 11          July 16  

Asia Highlands (ages 6-8) – Explore the highlands of Asia! Learn about animals like snow leopards and red pandas that call the mountains home.
            June 9, 10       July 14, 15     

Grasslands (ages 6-8) – A beautiful ocean of grass!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live in grasslands all around the world.
              June 7, 10       July 12, 15              

Little Zoo Vets (ages 6-8) How do we care for animals at the Zoo? Find out in this camp built for kids who love to take care of animals. NEW SESSIONS ADDED!

             June 14, 16     July 19, 21

Little Keepers Camp (ages 6-8) - Explore how zookeepers take care of animals through interactive activities and learn how they help animals in the wild too!

                        Aquarium                    June 15, 16   July 20

                        African Grasslands      June 16, July 21

                        Desert Dome               June 17, July 22

                        Asian Highlands          June 18, July 23

Oh Baby! (ages 6-8) – 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. 

             June 21, 24        July 2, 26, 29, 30                      

Elephants and Rhinos (ages 6-8)  – 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!

             June 22, 23        July 27

Big Cats, Little Cats (ages 6-8)  – Cats come in all sizes. Compare and contrast these feisty felines from around the world.

             June 21         July 1, 26, 29

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

             June 25, 30        July 28                                                                               

Register for a 1-Day Camp

TWO-DAY CAMPS (ages 6-8 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $110 per child ($120 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp.

Zoolympics Camp (ages 6-8) – 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 have what it takes to walk away with gold.

June 21-22, 24-25           July 26-27                                           

Register for a 2-Day Camp

Summer Zoo Camps (ages 9-11 years)

ONE-DAY CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $60 per child ($65 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp. 

Primate Party (ages 9-11) – Join us as we study monkeys, apes, lemurs and more! Who will be the star of the party?

          June 23, 29

Super Cats (ages 9-11) – Join the lion’s pride and learn about tigers, lions, cheetahs, and other felines from around the world.           

           June 22, 25   

           July 27, 30

Giraffe & Elephants (ages 9-11) – Gain a new perspective on two of Africa’s largest herbivores.
            June 24 

            July 15, 16      

Register for a 1-Day Camp

 

TWO-DAY CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $110 per child ($120 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp.

Marine Biology Explorers (ages 9-11) – 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.

             May 31-June 1, June 3-4

             July 5-6, 8-9

Jungle Explorers (ages 9-11) – Explore the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the rainforest!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live here and learn how rainforests impacts our lives every day!
            June 7-8         

            July 12-13   

African Safari (ages 9-11) – 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.

            June 7-8

            July 12-13         

Jr. Zoo Vet (ages 9-11) – 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.

             June 14-15, 17-18      

             July 22-23

Junior Zookeeper (ages 9-11) –Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be a zookeeper.  Campers are introduced to zoo keeping, animal nutrition and behavior, and will learn about conservation and how zoos are helping threatened species. Students will not have direct contact with animals. This day camp is only offered for children ages 9-11. Cost: $120 per child ($130 non-members).

             June 14-15, 17-18        

             July 19-20, 22-23

Fantastic Beasts (ages 9-11) - 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).

             July 1-2 

Register for a 2-Day Camp

 

FIVE-DAY CAMPS (ages 9-11 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $240 per child ($250 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp.

Around the World (ages 9-11)  – Is it possible to visit all 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 7-11            

 July 12-16

Week of Wildlife (ages 9-11) – 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 21-25, June 28-July 2

  July 27-31 
                      

Register for a 5-Day Camp

Summer Zoo Camps (ages 12 -14 years)

ONE-DAY CAMPS (ages 12-14 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $60 per child ($65 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp. 

Microscopes + Conservation (ages 12-14) - Have you ever wondered what tiny creatures are in a drop of water? What a butterfly wing looks like magnified by 80x? Students will learn about different types of microscopes and explore how to connect their use to conservation.

           June 30 

Register for a 1-Day Camp

TWO-DAY ZOO CAMPS (ages 12-14 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $110 per child ($120 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp. 

Keeper Camp (ages 12-14) – 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 a zookeeper and learn about the science behind successfully caring for over 20,000 animals at one of the world’s best zoos! Students will not have direct contact with animals. This day camp is only offered for children ages 12-14. Cost: $120 per child ($130 non-members).

            June 14-15, 17-18              

July 19-20, 22-23

Fantastic Beasts (ages 12-14) - 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).

            June 28-29

Register for a 2-Day Camp

FIVE-DAY CAMPS (ages 12-14 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $240 per child ($250 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp.

Jr Marine Biologist (ages 12-14) - The ocean is huge and covers about two-thirds of our planet’s surface. Life within it may be more diverse than life on land! Students will learn about the many different marine ecosystems and the diversity of life that call them home.

            May 31-June 4

            July 5-9 

Endangered Animals Camp (ages 12-14) – 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.

                       June 21-25, July 26-30                            

Register for a 5-Day Camp

Summer Zoo Camps (ages 15-18 years)

FIVE-DAY CAMPS (ages 15-18 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $240 per child ($250 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. Please respect age restrictions. Campers must fall within the age range by the first day of camp.

Marine Biology (ages 15-18) – 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.

            May 31-June 4

            July 5-9

 

Register for a 5-Day Camp