Day Camps

Day Camps

Winter Zoo Camps

Explore animals and their  habitats, study animal behaviors, conduct fun experiments and become the envy of your friends at Winter Zoo Camp.

Campers must fall within age ranges of each respective camp. All camps run 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 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 day camps.

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

One Day Camps

ONE-DAY CAMPS (available for ages 6-8 and 9-11 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $70 per child ($75 non-members) per camp, unless otherwise noted. 

January 16Biomes
 

February 20Ocean Animals
 

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Five Day Camps

5 DAY CAMPS (available for ages 6-8 and 9-11 years)
Camps run from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost is $250 per child ($260 non-members)

December 19-23 - Gifts for Animals
It is the season to gift animals in our own backyard, as well as animals at the Zoo. Join us as we create enrichment for a variety of animals. We will learn the importance of enrichment and how it benefits animal behavior.

December 26-30 - Winter Zoolympics
Every day in the animal kingdom is a competition for survival! Come learn how some amazing animals who love the cold, could win the gold!

March 13-17 - Animals around the world
Come join us as we explore the different animals that are found all over the world--or should I say all around the Zoo!

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Scout Camps

What better way to work toward a badge than to go on an adventure with the Zoo? Join us on a quest to answer questions like: How does the ocean affect weather and climate? How do animals adapt to habitat loss? And what can we do the help the environment? Scout classes are two hours long and can be booked any day of the week or weekend with a minimum of five scouts.

One adult is required to attend with a 1/10 ratio minimum requirement. Classes are geared toward meeting badge requirements while engaging students in hands-on learning, but everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

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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. 

Credit and No-Show Policy:

• Credits and Refunds will NOT be issued for no-shows, days missed or cancellations. A reminder for your reservation will be sent out at least one-week prior to the camp, but it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to retain the copy of the confirmation email for your records. 

Camp Hours:

• Early Childhood Camps - 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (Morning session) and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m (Afternoon session)
• 6-18 Year-old Camps -  9:00 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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$140 per child per camp ($165 non-members)

June 5 – Big Friend Little Friend  

June 12- Aqua Adventures

June 19 – Africa Adventures

June 26 – Desert Adventures

July 10 – Asia Adventures

July 17 – Jiving in the Jungle

July 24 - Backyard Adventures

July 31 – Madagascar Adventure

 

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


$140 per child per camp ($165 non-members)

June 5 - Ocean Friends

June 12 – Inquiry Uncovered

June 19 – Animals on the Move

June 26 – Amazing Adaptations

July 10 - Amazing Animal Discoveries

July 17 – Grooving with the Ground Dwellers

July 24 – Fur, Feathers, Shells and Scales

July 31 – Where the Wild Things Live

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 

$75 ($80 non-members)

May 30 Keeping Animals Healthy
Learn more about what it takes for our team to make sure all of our animals are happy and healthy!
 
May 31 All aboard
All Aboard! Come join us as we figure out what locomotion is and we compare different animals to our train.
 
June 1 – Zookeeper Fun
Find out what zookeepers do to take care of our animals, big and small!
 
June 2 – Zoo Careers
Join us to find out about all the jobs necessary to keep OHDZA running!
 
June 7 – Cartoon Creatures
Find out how real life animals compare to their cartoon counterparts and discover some creatures that look like they’ve been pulled right off the screen!
 
June 7 – Monkey Business
It’s time to monkey around with a primate filled day at the zoo! Learn about the various species of monkeys housed at OHDZA and their wild counterparts.
 
June 14 - Wild Shapes and Patterns
Squares, circles, polka dots and rosettes come explore the different shapes and patterns that are found all over the zoo. 
 
June 14 – Super Animal Senses
We’re all familiar with Sight, Taste, Hearing, Smell, and Touch when it comes to humans. But how do these vary in the animal kingdom? 
 
June 21 Animals of the Night
Join us for a trip into the world of nocturnal animals. Learn why and how certain species thrive in the night.
 
June 21 – Radical Reptiles
Come explore the different reptiles at the zoo and find out what makes them so radical 
 
June 27 – Leader of the Pack
Elephants, Lions, and Gorillas, we will explore the different ways animals are leaders and followers. 
 
June 28 Home Sweet Habitat
Wipe your paws at the door as you join us on a journey through the different habitats our animals live in and what it takes to thrive there.
 
June 28 – Elephant Escapade
Join our herd with this camp all about elephants. From their diets to family structure, we will explore these gentle giants from an up-close perspective.
 
June 29 – All Aboard
All Aboard! Come join us as we figure out what locomotion is, and we compare different animals to our train.
 
July 3 – Art Specialty Camp
 Come create some animal inspired art at the zoo
 
July 5 – If I could talk to the Animals
If you could communicate with animals, what would you say? What do you wish you could learn? Join us to explore these questions and more!
 
July 5 – Fantastic Beasts
Let's explore some mythological and magical creatures. 
 
July 5 – Animal Outlaws
Let's work together and find some Animal Outlawas. See if we can find the animals that are misunderstood, despised, or even overlooked. 
 
July 11 – Cartoon Creatures
Find out how real life animals compare to their cartoon counterparts and discover some creatures that look like they’ve been pulled right off the screen!
 
July 12 – Dr. Zooologist  
What are all the different jobs to save and protect s animals. 
 
July 12 – Backyard Discovery  
What can we find in our own backyard? Lets look what’s in the zoos backyard. 
 
July 13 – Monkey Business
It’s time to monkey around with a primate filled day at the zoo! Learn about the various species of monkeys housed at OHDZA and their wild counterparts.
 
July 18 – Animals of the Night
Join us for a trip into the world of nocturnal animals. Learn why and how certain species thrive in the night.
 
July 19 – Gifts for Animals
Spend a day making enrichment for our animals to keep them engaged and thriving in their homes.
 
July 19 – Choose your Zoo Adventure
Where do we want to go and what do we want to see? It’s your choice!!!
 
July 20 – Super Animal Senses
We’re all familiar with Sight, Taste, Hearing, Smell, and Touch when it comes to humans. But how do these vary in the animal kingdom? 
 
July 25 – Keeping Animals Healthy
Learn more about what it takes for our team to make sure all of our animals are happy and healthy!
 
July 26 – Leader of the Pack
Elephants, Lions, and Gorillas, We will explore the different ways animals are leaders and followers.
 
July 26 – Guardians of the Garden
Come find out the different insects and animals that you will find protecting your gardens. 
 
July 27 – Elephant Escapade
Lets explore the behavior and the life of the worlds largest land mammals. 
 
August 2 – Animal Outlaws
Let's work together and find some Animal Outlawas. See if we can find the animals that are misunderstood, despised, or even overlooked. 
 
August 2 – Jaws, Paws, Claws
Lets explore different animals at the zoo and how they use their Jaws claws and paws. 

Two-Day Camps 

$125 ($135 non-members)

June 5 – Primate Party
Explore the fun world of primates with our staff and what makes these mammals so unique.
 
June 5 – Oh Baby
What happens to the baby animals born at the zoo? Join us to learn how we care for them before and after their birth to maximize their quality of life.
 
June 8 – Penguin Palooza
What’s black and white and fun all over? Spend two days learning about the best dressed birds in the place!
 
June 8 – Fantastic Flyers
Up… Up.. and Away! Come join us as we talk about the different animals that are flying all over the zoo. 
 
June 12 – The Dark Side
Come explore the different animals that start to play when the lights go out. 
 
June 12 – Digging Dinosaurs
Join us for a tricera-rific camp all about dinosaurs and their modern day descendants.
 
June 15 – Animals Groups and Troops 
A school of fish, a kaleidoscope of butterflies, a herd of elephants – learn all about the unique way animals live with each other.
 
June 15 – Grossology
Everybody does it, and sometimes it has amazing benefits for the planet! Learn what makes different animal poop so special, from fertilizing plants to spreading seeds and lots in between.
 
June 19 – Fish Frenzy
Dive into this two day camp all about our aquatic friends! From the smallest plankton to the largest sharks, explore the different species that lurk beneath the surface.
 
June 19 – Elephants and Rhinos
Come learn about some of the worlds largest pachyderms. 
 
June 22 – Animals Wild Wardrobes
Fur feathers and scales… Come explore the different wardrobes of our animals. 
 
June 22 – Animals Around the World
Go around the world in 2 days as we learn about the different species on each of our seven continents.
 
June 26 – Animal Athletes
Who’s going to win the big game? Explore animals that are star athletes. 
 
June 26 – Zooper Villians
Who's the good and the bad. Help us explore the animals that are good and those that are invasive. 
 
June 29 - Diving into the Deep
Take a peek below the surface with us at the deep sea animals of our mysterious oceans. Discover what makes them so unique from the ones that live higher up.
 
June 29 – Warm Weather Critters
Let's explore the different animals that need the sun to keep them warm. 
 
July 6 – Polar Pals
What does it take to survive in the Arctic or Antarctic? 
 
July 6 – Gentle Giants 
The largest animals can be the kindest. Join us on a two-day adventure all about animals whose temperament doesn’t quite match their appearances.
 
July 6 – Primate Party
Explore the fun world of primates with our staff and what makes these mammals so unique.
 
July 10 – Daytime Friends and Nighttime Neighbors
Lets look at the animals that are awake during the day and their neighbors that are awake during the night. 
 
July 10 – Zoo Careers Camp
Join us to find out about all the jobs necessary to keep OHDZA running!
 
July 13 – Amazing Amphibians
What are amphibians and where do we find them? 
 
July 13 – Born to be Wild
Babies’ babies everywhere! Let’s explore the different babies around the zoo.
 
July 17 – Jungle Boogie
Lets get down and boogie with the different animals that we find in the jungle 
 
July 17 – Animal Math
Numbers are all around us, lets see how they all add up! 
 
July 20 – Winging it
From the tiniest of bats to the biggest of birds, lets look at the different sizes of birds. 
 
July 20 – Endangered Animals Camp
How can we save animals from extinction. 
 
July 24 – Super Sealions
What makes these pinnipeds so cool? 
 
July 24 – Fantastic Flyers 
Up… Up.. and Away! Come join us as we talk about the different animals that are flying all over the zoo.
 
July 27 – Zoorasic Park
Come explore the animals that have Dinosaur roots. 
 
July 27 – Furry Tales
The Three Little Bears and the Princess and the Frog, what are the animals that are the center of our famous fairytales.
 
July 31 – Conservation Hero
This two-day camp is all about how you can be a hero for the animals and our planet! Take charge with conservation right here in Nebraska, a small step that has a big impact!
 
July 31 – Polar Opposites
From the North Pole to the South Pole, lets explore different animals that are opposite each other. 
 
August 3 – Grossology
Everybody does it, and sometimes it has amazing benefits for the planet! Learn what makes different animal poop so special, from fertilizing plants to spreading seeds and lots in between.
 
August 3 – Diving into the Deep
Take a peek below the surface with us at the deep sea animals of our mysterious oceans. Discover what makes them so unique from the ones that live higher up.

Five-Day Camps

$255 ($265 non-members)

June 5 – Cats
This week long camp is all about cats, big and small, from all continents! 
 
June 12 – Welcome to the Jungle
 
June 19 – Exploration Deserts
Spend a week learning about the different kinds of deserts on our planet, the animals that live there, and the amazing adaptations necessary to survive in these conditions.
 
June 26 – Wild about Adaptations
From the coldest tundra to the hottest desert, animals have always adapted to their environment. Spend the day with us learning about these different adaptations and how animals continue to put them to use.
 
July 10 – Around the World
From Africa to Asia, what are the animals in between. 
 
July 17 – The Big and the Small
From the smallest of insects to the tallest of mammals, we will look at all the animals in between. 
 
July 24 – My Wild Home
From the hottest desert to the deepest of seas, where are the different places our animals live. 
 
July 31 – Backyard and Beyond
Lets explore the different animals that are not only in our backyard, but those that are also in the backyard of the zoo. 

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

$75 ($80 non-members)

June 7 – Eco Avengers
Learn how to do your part for our planet; protecting habitats, eliminating waste, and saving animals is all in a day’s work for our eco avengers!
 
June 7 – Animal Superpowers
Mighty fighter and faster than lightning. Help us figure out what makes the animals at the zoo so powerful. 
 
June 14 - Pika Zoo
Pikachu! Let’s research the different animals that have inspired the popular playing cards 
 
June 14 – Invasive Species
Step into an environmentalist’s shoes with this camp all about invasive species. From Lion Fish to the Emerald Ash Borer, learn what makes these species so dangerous to various ecosystems and how we can protect the native species.
 
June 21 – Feeding Frenzy
What makes animals big and strong. Come explore the different foods animals eat. 
 
June 21 – Animal Adaptations 
From the coldest tundra to the hottest desert, animals have always adapted to their environment. Spend the day with us learning about these different adaptations and how animals continue to put them to use.
 
June 28 – Marine Biology – Birds
Penguins, Puffins, and Seagulls – oh my! Spend a day with our team learning all about the birds that sustain themselves on the sea.
 
July 5 – Wildlife Warriors
Come be a defender of our wildlife. 
 
July 5 – Animal Kingdom
From the tiny harvest mice to our African elephants, what makes up the animal kingdom.
 
July 5 – Animals of the Night
Join us for a trip into the world of nocturnal animals. Learn why and how certain species thrive in the night.
 
July 12 – Keeper Camp – Hoof stock
What does it take to take care of the tallest animal in world?
 
July 19 – Bird Boonaza
Birds Birds everywhere! Lets explore the different types of birds and where we can find them.
 
July 26 – Sharks and Rays
We'll spend the day exploring what makes Sharks and Rays so amazing. 
 
August 2 – Reptiles
What makes reptiles so fascinating? 
 
August 2 – Creature Feature
Lights camera action! Lets explore different animals around the zoo. 

Two-Day Camps

$125 ($135 non-members)
 

June 5 – Great Barrier Reef

Coral reefs house some of the most biodiverse life on our planet. This two day camp will explore the largest coral reef system in the world, why they are so important, and how we can do our part to protect these vital ecosystems.
 
June 5 – Zoological adventure 
Get ready to explore the OHDZA from top to bottom on this two day adventure!
 
June 8 – Animal Habitats
Explore the different homes that animals live in around the world and the different benefits each one offers to it’s habitants. 
 
June 8 – Animal Training
Learn more about how and why we train our animals on different behaviors, see this training in action, and enjoy a Q&A with keepers who have close relationships with these animals.
 
June 12 – Beastly Builders
What do gorillas and birds have in common? Spend two days with us learning how animals build their own shelters and homes within their habitats.
 
June 12 – Expedition Extreme  
From the hottest desert to the coldest tundra, animals live in all kinds of extreme environments. Learn what it takes to survive in these conditions and how animals adapt to our changing climate.
 
June 15 – ZSI
Dust off your investigative thinking with our two-day Zoo Scene Investigation camp. Help our team solve a zoo mystery while diving deeper into the world of animals.
 
June 15 – Animal Classification
Why do they fit together? We will figure out how animals are classified. 
 
June 19 – The Fast and Furriest 
Come explore the different the fast animals and the furriest. 
 
June 19 – Investigating Animal Behaviors
Why do animals do the things they do? Come explore animal behavior. 
 
June 22 – Protecting Pollinators
Butterflies, bats, and bees – oh my! Join us for a dive into the world of pollinators: why they’re important, what’s threatening them, and how we can protect these vital parts of our ecosystem!
 
June 22 – Animal Olympics
Runners Jumpers and Swimmers… Find out which animals would be #1 in the Olympics 
 
June 26 – Animal Myths and Legends
From the Yeti to Minotaur’s, we will explore different mythological and legendary animals. 
 
June 29 – Marine Biology: Mammals
The largest mammals in the world don’t live on land, but under the water. Settle in for a two day camp all about the mammals of our seas, from whales to seals and all those in-between.
 
July 6 – Primate Party
Explore the fun world of primates with our staff and what makes these mammals so unique.
 
July 6 – Underwater Hunters
We're going to explore the different animals that swim in the deep blue. 
 
July 10 – Animal Training and Enrichment 
This two day camp is all about how the OHDZA keeps our animals’ lives fulfilling through enrichment and trainings to explore their natural behaviors.
 
July 13 - Troops, Groups, Herds
Animals that play together stay together. We'll explore how and why animals stay together. 
 
July 17 – All in the Family
What are the different roles we play in the family? 
 
July 24 – Animal Behavior – the good and bad
What makes animals tick? Why do they do what they do? Lets explore the different animal behaviors. 
 
July 27 – Invasive Species
Step into an environmentalist’s shoes with this camp all about invasive species. From Lion Fish to the Emerald Ash Borer, learn what makes these species so dangerous to various ecosystems and how we can protect the native species.
 
July 31 – Jr. Vet
Come find out what the zoo does to keep the animals healthy. 
 
July 31 – Wildlife Explorer 
We'll discover different animals from all over the world. 
 
August 3 – Zoomazing Race
The tortoise or the hare, who’s going to win the race. 
 
August 3 – Life in the water
Don’t hold your breath – learn all about the different animals that live underwater. From phytoplankton to crocodiles and so much more, join us for a two day adventure beneath the surface.

Five-Day Camps

$255 ($265 non-members)

June 5 – Comic Creatures
Pow! Ping! Help us find the creatures and the insects that you will find in the comics. 
 
June 12 – Potter Palooza
Magical creatures. Come explore the different ways that our animals are magical creatures 
 
June 19 – Exploration Ocean
Spend a week diving below the surface to learn all about the different species and ecosystems that live throughout the different layers of our ocean. Learn what we’re doing to protect them from right here in Nebraska and how you can get involved, too.
 
June 26 - Biome Bliss
Take a journey through the various biomes in our world, the plants and animals that live there, and what makes them so unique from the others.
 
July 10 – African Safari
Lets travel through the African Grasslands and see what we can find and why this is the perfect climate for these animals. 
 
July 17 – Conservation Hero
This week long camp is all about how you can be a hero for the animals and our planet! Take charge with conservation right here in Nebraska, a small step that has a big impact!
 
July 24 – Wildlife Protectors
Lets see what we can do to protect our wildlife. 
 
July 31 – Endangered Animals
Spend a week learning about endangered animals, how scientists are working to save them, and what we can all do to do our part in protecting them.
 

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. 

 

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