Conservation Camp

Conservation Camp 2014 at Lincoln Park Zoo

Summer Conservation Camp 2015

Conservation Camp offers exciting exploration opportunities 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.

Looking for summer opportunities for youth entering fifth–eighth grade? Check out Zoo Crew!

Registration | Locations | Pricing |  Dates | Teen Volunteers | Open House and Gear Pick-Up | Themes

| FAQs | About the Staff


Conservation Camp is now sold out for the season.

Camper Drop-Off, Pick-Up and Check-In Locations

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Conservation Camp Pricing

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

Full-Day Programs (First–fourth graders)
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
$335/week ($285/week for Lincoln Park Zoo members)*

Half-Day Programs (Pre-K–K)**
Morning Session: 9–11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30–3 p.m.
$168/week ($143/week for Lincoln Park Zoo members)*

**Half-day campers must be at least 4 years old by Monday, June 8, 2015.

Registration includes:

  • Daily healthy snack
  • Conservation Camp T-shirt
  • Conservation Camp backpack

After Care

After Care is available from 3–5 p.m. for full-day and half-day campers attending the afternoon session. Campers stay after camp to play games, watch movies and visit zoo animals. Cost is $100 per camper for each week of After Care.

Camp Dates

You can choose one, two or three different weeklong sessions of camp. The sessions are independent and non-cumulative, so you can choose to enroll in any or all sessions. You can choose consecutive or non-consecutive sessions. Perhaps you’d like to take a few weeks off between sessions (great for summer vacation plans)? The choice is yours.

Session A Dates
June 8–12
June 29–July 3
July 20–24
August 10–14


Session B Dates
June 15–19
July 6–10
July 27–31
August 17–21


Session C Dates
June 22–26
July 13–17
August 3–7

Age Groups and Themes


Session A: Whose Skin is This?

Session B: Storybook Safari

Session C: Artistic Animals

First–Second Graders

Session A: Homes, Holes and Hideaways

Session B: Animals Around the Clock

Session C: Leaders of the Pack

Third–Fourth Graders

Session A: Wild Within

Session B: Grossology

Session C: Animal Architects

Camp Teen Volunteers

A limited number of teens (13–18 years old), recruited in spring 2015, will have the chance to work with children as well as gain professional experience.

The application deadline for the summer 2015 teen programs has passed.

Questions? Learn more at Contact us at 312-742-2056 or

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Open House and Gear Pick-Up Days

The Camp Team will host an Open House for parents and campers who are new to Lincoln Park Zoo camp programs. At the Open House, you can meet camp staff, see classrooms and pick up camp gear including t-shirts, backpacks, etc.

Parents of campers who have previously attended Lincoln Park Zoo camp programs are welcome to drop by on one of the Gear Pick-Up Days to retrieve camp gear including t-shirts, backpacks, etc.

Dates for these events will be released in your registration confirmation email upon completing online registration for camp.

Conservation Camp 2014 Themes


Session A: Whose Skin is This?

From the smooth scales of snakes to the warm fur of black bears, animals protect themselves from the elements in many ways. Come explore the different coverings of some of your favorite zoo animals and how these coats help them to survive!

Session B: Storybook Safari

Discover the zoo through the pages of some of your favorite books! Amazing animals have inspired many wonderful stories over the years. Come meet some of the magnificent animals that make the stories come to life! From the fuzzy bat in “Stellaluna” to the big bear in “Bear Wants More,” share in their stories while you learn about animals!

Session C: Artistic Animals

Did you know that some animals, such as a humpback whale, sing beautiful, complex songs to impress a mate? Bees will do a waggle dance to help other bees find food, brightly colored feathers of peacocks and Himalayan monals attract females, and spiders weave intricate webs to catch their prey. Come learn about these animals and other artists of the natural world.

First­–Second Graders

Session A: Homes, Holes and Hideaways

Where would you look to find your favorite animal? From the frozen tundra to toasty deserts, birds, bears, bugs and other animals live in every corner of the earth. Join us as we investigate the variety of animal habitats—and the critters themselves—from around the world!

Session B: Animals Around the Clock

What’s your bedtime? And when do you feel the most wide awake? While some animals snooze all day, some sleep hardly at all! Discover the unique behaviors and sleep habits of some of the most interesting animals, from hibernating bears to nocturnal bats!

Session C: Leaders of the Pack

In the animal world, males are often dominant. But in a group of Japanese macaques, it’s the females who make the rules. In a colony of ants, one female lays all of the eggs and is protected by an army of male soldiers. Still, other groups are ruled equally by a male and female pair, living as a family and working together to raise their young. Explore the different groups that animals form and find out who are the real leaders of the pack.

Third–Fourth Graders

Session A: Wild Within

Giraffes stand almost 20 feet tall, but did you know they have the same number of neck vertebrae as you do? Learn about other awesome similarities—from the inside out—between you and the wild inhabitants at Lincoln Park Zoo!

Session B: Grossology

Are you fascinated by the weird but true, wild and wacky, gross and yucky? Animals can be delightfully disgusting! Come explore how the waste of some animals helps others survive, how scat can help you identify animals, how animal blood colors vary and how slime helps some creepy creatures to move, digest food or defend themselves!

Session C: Animal Architects

In the heart of Chicago it’s impossible not to notice the massive skyscrapers towering above your head. These man-made structures are certainly impressive, but they were preceded by the giant mounds built by termites in Africa and the complex nests social weaver birds construct out of twigs and straw. Join us to learn all about the amazing homes animals create and how these models have inspired some of our modern building practices.

Frequently Asked Questions

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About the Conservation Camp Staff

Each camp group is led by two camp instructors who have extensive professional 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. Camp Teen Volunteers provide additional support to the camp staff and their groups.

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