Columbus Day Zoo Camp

Columbus Day Zoo Camp

Monday, October 13

Spend Columbus Day at the Zoo!

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 preK–4th 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.

This camp’s theme is “Animal Underdogs”. From the overlooked to the underappreciated, we’ll take a closer look at the not-so-cute and fuzzy critters at the zoo. Animals like the goblin-eyed pied tamarins and coldblooded naked mole rats are fascinating. Discover how these “monsters” are really marvels of the natural world.

Looking for camp for fifth–eighth graders? Please email Camp Coordinator Kristine Casman at Camp@lpzoo.org and let us know. We are considering offering programs for this age group and would like to contact you in the future!

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Registration Information

Register for Columbus Day Zoo Camp!

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

Lincoln Park Zoo adheres to a strict cancellation and refund policy:

  • If you need to cancel your registration up to two weeks prior to the program, a full refund will be given, less a 12.5 percent processing fee.
  • If you need to cancel your registration less than two weeks prior to the program, no refund will be given. However, you may find another participant to fill your place as long as they meet all the pertinent program requirements (e.g. age restrictions). The zoo’s Education Department must be notified of the participant change at least 24 hours in advance.
  • If Lincoln Park Zoo must cancel a program, a full refund will be issued to the registrant.

Pricing

Full-Day Programs (PreK–fourth graders)
(PreK campers must be at least 4 years old at the time of Columbus Day Zoo Camp.)
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
$67/day ($57/day for Lincoln Park Zoo members)

For Columbus Day Zoo Camp, all age groups attend for the whole day (no half-day camp offered). All campers must be at least 4 years old by the day of camp they attend.

A healthy snack is provided each day for every camper. All campers must bring their own lunch.


After Care

After care is available from 3–5 p.m. Campers stay after camp to play games, watch movies and visit zoo animals. Cost is $20 per camper for each day of after care.


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 29

  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.

Camp Coordinator Kristine Casman is in her third year directing summer camp programming.  

Kristine Casman
Camp Coordinator Kristine Casman is in her third year directing  camp programming. Kristine is the point-person for parents with questions before and during the camp week. She can be reached at 312-742-2044.