Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp 2015

Monday–Friday, March 30–April 3 and April 6–10

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 trip across the Americas! We will explore the ins and outs of habitats from North to South America 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 Spring Break 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.

Dates | Registration | Pricing | Themes | FAQs | About | Multimedia


Camp Dates

Spring Break Camp will be held March 30–April 3 and April 6–10. The curriculum and activities for both weeks will be identical, so campers should only register for one week.


Spring Break Camp Registration

Registration for Winter Break Camp and Spring Break Camp will open on the same day.

Donor Club members at the Curators’ Circle level and above will be eligible to register early on Thursday, October 23, beginning at 10 a.m. A registration link will be provided by email on Wednesday, October 22.

Active Safari-level members will be eligible to register early on Tuesday, October 28, beginning at 10 a.m. A registration link will be emailed on Monday, October 27. (Interested in registering earlier? Upgrade to a Donor Club membership and register on Thursday, October 23. Call the Annual Fund Hotline at 312-742-2321 today!)

Household and Individual-level members will register with the general public on Thursday, October 30, but receive a 15 percent discount. Please call the membership hotline at 312-742-2322 to check your membership level and status. (Interested in registering earlier? Upgrade to a Donor Club membership and register on Thursday, October 23, or become a Safari-level member and register on Tuesday, October 28. Call the Membership Department at 312-742-2322 today!)

Open registration will begin Thursday, October 30, at 10 a.m. A link to the online registration form will be available on this web page at that time.

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

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 (preK–K)
(PreK campers must be at least 4 years old at the time of Spring Break Camp.)
Morning Session: 9–11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30–3 p.m.
$168/week ($143/week for Lincoln Park Zoo members)

Registration includes:

  • Daily healthy snack
  • Camp T-shirt

Age Groups and Themes

The Great American Trek 2013
Join us on a spring break trip across the Americas! We will explore the ins and outs of habitats from North to South America and get to know more about the critters that call these environs home.

4–5 Year Olds
Use-Your-Senses Trek
North to south, polar bears to flamingos. Use your senses to discover the environs and creatures of the Americas. Watch a slow-moving sloth, smell Holstein dairy cows and touch the hard plates of a La Plata three-banded armadillo!

First–Second Graders
Adventure in the Americas
Rainforest, Arctic tundra, and the Great Plains! Explore the Americas biome to biome, from Alaska to Argentina. Examine the homes, holes and hideaways of some of the most unique creatures this side of the globe.

Third–Fourth Graders
Scientists in the Field
Step into the shoes of a field researcher by tracking and analyzing the signs and signals animals leave behind. Investigate the behavior of black bears that roam Yosemite National Park and tamarins that inhabit the treetops of the Amazon rainforest.


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 led 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.


Multimedia

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.