Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp 2014

March 24–28, April 7–11 (canceled), April 14–18 and April 21–25 (canceled)

This spring break, 4-year-olds to fourth graders can spend the week at Lincoln Park Zoo, where our educators will lead them on a spring break trip across Africa!

Spend Spring Break at Lincoln Park Zoo

Join us on a spring break safari to Africa! We’ll discover the ins and outs of habitats across Africa and get to know more about the critters that call these environs home.

Spring Break 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.

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Camp Dates

There will be two weeks of Spring Break Camp with sessions starting March 24 and April 14. The programs offered each week will be identical, so each camper can only attend one week.

Spring Break Camp Registration

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If you're a Lincoln Park Zoo member, have your current Lincoln Park Zoo member ID number handy to receive your 15 percent discount.


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.
$310/week ($265/week for Lincoln Park Zoo members)

Half-Day Programs (preK–K)
(PreK campers must be at least four years old at the time of Spring Break Camp.)
Morning Session: 9–11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30–3 p.m.
$155/week ($130/week for Lincoln Park Zoo members)


Use-Your-Senses Safari
Experience the wild side of Africa by crawling through a life-size termite mound, smelling an aardvark and meeting a cockroach! Kids will have a blast learning about some of their favorite African animals at the zoo!

First–Second Graders
African Adventure
Grab your safari gear—we’re going to Africa! Join us for this all-day exploration of African habitats, from savanna to jungle to desert. We’ll discover how each habitat provides a perfect home for unique African animals, such as giraffes and hippos.

Third–Fourth Graders
Scientists on Safari
Lincoln Park Zoo scientists travel to Africa every year to study animals in the wild. Learn about field research projects that focus on everything from rhino poop to chimpanzee termite fishing. Then step into a field scientist’s shoes by conducting your own animal-behavior study!

Frequently Asked Questions

  Download the Zoo Camp 2014 FAQs

About Spring Break Camp

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 summer 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.

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.

Healthy Snacks
We provide healthy snacks to campers each day. Possible snacks include fresh fruit, veggies and crackers.


Scientists on Safari participants conduct a mock dog vaccination.

Looking Back on Spring Break Safari
Sniffing around for aardvarks…observing Allen’s swamp monkeys…Manager of Public Programs Jaclyn Peterson shares how 4-year-olds to fourth graders spent their Spring Break Safari at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Kids see and smell meerkats on a Use-Your-Senses Safari

Spring Break Safari Slideshow
From spotting klipspringers to leading mock vaccination campaigns in the Serengeti, 4-year-olds to fourth graders made the most of their spring break at Lincoln Park Zoo.