Columbus Day Zoo Camp

Columbus Day Zoo Camp

Monday, October 12

Discover the Zoo on Columbus Day!

Join us at Lincoln Park Zoo during your day off from school! Columbus Day Zoo Camp offers exciting learning opportunities for animal and nature lovers in pre-K–fourth grade. Each camp group will explore the zoo and participate in a variety of activities. Activities will focus on animal diversity, environmental conservation and the ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.

The theme for this camp is “The Great Migration”! Join us on a trip across the world, traveling from Tanzania to Kenya, as we migrate with millions of African animals on their annual passage. Explore the ups and downs that species like wildebeests face on this challenging expedition, all with their young in tow. Learn how and why these and other animals cross the continent, overcoming heat and exhaustion and facing the ever-present threat of predation on their long journey home.

Active Lincoln Park Zoo members at any level receive a 15 percent discount on registration. Become a member today!

Program Details
9 a.m.­–3 p.m.
$67 for non-members ($57 for Lincoln Park Zoo members)

Registration includes:
• A healthy snack
• Camp T-shirt

After Care
After care is available from 3­–5 p.m. Campers stay after camp to play games and visit zoo animals. Cost is $20 per camper.

Register for Columbus Day Zoo Camp

Please note: We have sold out pre-K–K groups for Columbus Day Zoo Camp. Please register for the program in order to be added to the waitlist. You will be notified via email if your child clears the waitlist. Spots are still available for third–fourth graders.

Camp Scholarships

Lincoln Park Zoo offers a limited number of scholarships, ranging from partial scholarships to full scholarships which cover the cost of one day of participation. Please complete and submit an application to be considered for a scholarship.

Please note: Scholarships are limited. Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee a spot in a program.

Application deadline:
 September 15

  Download the Scholarship Application

Frequently Asked Questions

  Download the Zoo Camp FAQs

About the Camp Staff

Each camp group is lead by a camp instructor. These professionals have extensive experience working with children and a demonstrated commitment to connecting children to the natural world. Camp instructors facilitate all educational components of the camp day, but groups also have the chance to meet zoo staff throughout the week, from veterinarians to zookeepers to scientists. Zoo volunteers will also support each camp group as they travel around the zoo and participate in activities.

For more information please email or call 312-742-2056.