Programs and Camps

On-Site Programs and Camps

Programs and Camps

Explore our programs and camps options below.

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.

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Get WILD with us as we help children gain a deeper connection with the Zoo wildlife through fun, engaging, and inspiring experiences and programs. 

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Scout Programs

What better way to work toward a badge than to go on an adventure at 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 on Saturday or Sunday at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. with a minimum of five people. Classes are geared toward meeting badge requirements while engaging students in hands-on learning.

The cost is $20 per person for adults and Scouts. Cost is $18 per scout if booked with an overnight experience. Zoo admission is included. All classes must be booked a minimum of three weeks in advance.

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Photography Workshops

Adult Photography Classes (18 years and Older)


Photo by Mike Benkis

Penguin Photography Class (open to 18 yrs and up)

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
Cost: $40 per person
No need to travel to the Southern Hemisphere to capture the beauty of King, Gentoo, and Rockhopper penguins. In celebration of Penguin Awareness Day* come to the Omaha Zoo to spend the morning photographing penguins interacting in their exhibit located in the Scott Aquarium. While you are working, you will learn about penguin behaviors and lifestyle as well as conservation issues different species face in the wild. You will even get the inside scoop from one of our own Penguin Keepers about their life here at the Zoo! This experience will be before general admission hours to ensure a private viewing of the penguin exhibit.
This class is run by the Zoo’s Photographer, Mike Benkis, who will teach you photography skills needed to get the perfect shot through exhibit obstacles such as glass, quick moving targets, and underwater shots. 


*Penguin Awareness Day helps raise awareness about the flightless birds whose numbers are dwindling by the day. The day also aims to bring international focus on the conservation of penguin habitats.


Photographer - Mike Benkis 
Mike is a Nebraska native that started in Wildlife photography back in 2014 and has had his work published by the Omaha World Herald, Nebraskaland Magazine, Omaha Audubon Society, Nebraska Games and Parks, and various other publications.  He has always been passionate about wildlife, especially birds.  A clean, bold, dramatic, artistic photographic style has become the hallmark of his work.

Zoo Troop Programs

Nuture your child's love for animals and nature with Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's Zoo Troop programs. With the Zoo as their classroom, teachers encourage children to investigate, play and learn through hands-on activities and exploration.

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