Programs

Learn in a Living Classroom with Zoo Programs

Pre-registration is required for all zoo programs. Registration closes three days prior to each program. Space is limited, so sign up today!

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All Zoo Programs

Ongoing
Zoo Explorers
Serving students from kindergarten–fifth grade, this facilitated field trip program introduces students to data-collection methods used by zoo scientists!
Thursdays, January 15–March 12
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Saturdays, January 17–March 14
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Wednesday, February 11
Conservation Camp Early Registration for Curators’ Circle and Above
Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders.
Wednesday, February 11
Zoo Crew Early Registration for Curators’ Circle and Above
Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders.
Saturday, February 14
Animal Enrichment Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Monday, February 16
Presidents Day Zoo Camp
PreK–fourth grade students can spend their day off from school at the zoo! The theme for this activity-filled holiday camp is “All About Primates”—highlighting species from cotton-top tamarins to chimpanzees.
Wednesday, February 18
Conservation Camp Early Registration for Safari-level Members
Zoo members at the Safari level and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders.
Wednesday, February 18
Zoo Crew Early Registration for Safari-level Members
Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Safari level can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders.
Saturday, February 21
Sleepover with the Animals
Families and groups with children ages 5–12 can enjoy after-hours activities at the zoo, then curl up in sleeping bags next to gorillas and chimpanzees at Regenstein Center for African Apes!
Saturday, February 21
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Wednesday, March 4
Conservation Camp Open Registration
Open registration begins at 10 a.m. for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders. Zoo members at the Household and Individual levels also register on this date but receive a 15 percent discount.
Wednesday, March 4
Zoo Crew Open Registration
Open registration begins at 10 a.m. for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders. Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Household and Individual levels register on this date as well but receive a 15 percent discount.
Saturday, March 14
Animal Enrichment Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Thursdays, March 19–May 14
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Saturdays, March 21–May 16
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Saturday, March 28
Sleepover with the Animals
Families and groups with children ages 5–12 can enjoy after-hours activities at the zoo, then curl up in sleeping bags next to gorillas and chimpanzees at Regenstein Center for African Apes!
Saturday, March 28
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Monday–Friday, March 30–April 3
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Monday–Friday, April 6–10
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Saturday, April 11
Animal Enrichment Workshop
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, April 25
“Saving Species: Primates” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour focused on the zoo’s primate conservation efforts. For adults only.
Sunday, April 26
“Step Into Africa”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour through the wetlands, into the forest and onto the savannahs of Africa at Regenstein African Journey. This tour is family-friendly.
Saturday, May 2
Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Sunday, May 3
Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Saturday, May 23
“Choose Your Own Safari” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, family-friendly, exclusive tour modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure”—with an African wildlife twist!
Sunday, May 24
“Step Into Africa”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour through the wetlands, into the forest and onto the savannahs of Africa at Regenstein African Journey. This tour is for adults only.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 21 (Select Dates)
Conservation Camp
Conservation Camp offers half-day and full-day program options for animal and nature lovers from Pre-K to those entering fourth grade in fall 2015. Each Conservation Camp group explores the zoo and participates in activities to discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 14 (Select Dates)
Zoo Crew
Zoo Crew is a summer learning and outreach opportunity for kids entering fifth–eighth grade in the fall. Participants in the summer 2014 program work with peers and zoo staff to develop and implement environmentally minded projects to make positive changes in their own communities.
Saturday, June 27
“History and Architecture”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour highlighting the history of Chicago’s landmark zoo, from historic architecture to modern exhibit design. For adults only.
Sunday, June 28
“Zoo Detectives”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour with mystery theme! Collect clues as you visit different animal habitats to solve a puzzle in this family-friendly tour.
Saturday, July 18
“Choose Your Own Safari” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, family-friendly, exclusive tour modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure”—with an African wildlife twist!
Sunday, July 19
“Saving Species: Primates” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour focused on the zoo’s primate conservation efforts. For adults only.
Saturday, August 22
“History and Architecture”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour highlighting the history of Chicago’s landmark zoo, from historic architecture to modern exhibit design. For adults only.
Sunday, August 23
“Zoo Detectives”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour with mystery theme! Collect clues as you visit different animal habitats to solve a puzzle in this family-friendly tour.

Questions? Call 312-742-2056 or email educationprograms@lpzoo.org.