Youth Programs

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Youth Programs

Thursdays, January 15–March 12
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Saturdays, January 17–March 14
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Thursdays, March 19–May 14
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Saturdays, March 21–May 16
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.

4–5-Year-Olds

Wednesday, February 11
Conservation Camp Early Registration for Curators’ Circle and Above
Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders.
Wednesday, February 11
Zoo Crew Early Registration for Curators’ Circle and Above
Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders.
Monday, February 16
Presidents Day Zoo Camp
PreK–fourth grade students can spend their day off from school at the zoo! The theme for this activity-filled holiday camp is “All About Primates”—highlighting species from cotton-top tamarins to chimpanzees.
Wednesday, February 18
Conservation Camp Early Registration for Safari-level Members
Zoo members at the Safari level and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders.
Wednesday, February 18
Zoo Crew Early Registration for Safari-level Members
Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Safari level can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders.
Saturday, February 21
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Wednesday, March 4
Conservation Camp Open Registration
Open registration begins at 10 a.m. for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders. Zoo members at the Household and Individual levels also register on this date but receive a 15 percent discount.
Wednesday, March 4
Zoo Crew Open Registration
Open registration begins at 10 a.m. for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders. Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Household and Individual levels register on this date as well but receive a 15 percent discount.
Saturday, March 28
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Monday–Friday, March 30–April 3
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Monday–Friday, April 6–10
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 21 (Select Dates)
Conservation Camp
Conservation Camp offers half-day and full-day program options 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.

First–Second Graders

Wednesday, February 11
Conservation Camp Early Registration for Curators’ Circle and Above
Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders.
Wednesday, February 11
Zoo Crew Early Registration for Curators’ Circle and Above
Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders.
Monday, February 16
Presidents Day Zoo Camp
PreK–fourth grade students can spend their day off from school at the zoo! The theme for this activity-filled holiday camp is “All About Primates”—highlighting species from cotton-top tamarins to chimpanzees.
Wednesday, February 18
Conservation Camp Early Registration for Safari-level Members
Zoo members at the Safari level and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders.
Wednesday, February 18
Zoo Crew Early Registration for Safari-level Members
Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Safari level can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders.
Saturday, February 21
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Wednesday, March 4
Conservation Camp Open Registration
Open registration begins at 10 a.m. for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders. Zoo members at the Household and Individual levels also register on this date but receive a 15 percent discount.
Wednesday, March 4
Zoo Crew Open Registration
Open registration begins at 10 a.m. for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders. Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Household and Individual levels register on this date as well but receive a 15 percent discount.
Saturday, March 28
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Monday–Friday, March 30–April 3
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Monday–Friday, April 6–10
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 21 (Select Dates)
Conservation Camp
Conservation Camp offers half-day and full-day program options 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.

Third–Fourth Graders

Wednesday, February 11
Conservation Camp Early Registration for Curators’ Circle and Above
Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders.
Wednesday, February 11
Zoo Crew Early Registration for Curators’ Circle and Above
Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders.
Monday, February 16
Presidents Day Zoo Camp
PreK–fourth grade students can spend their day off from school at the zoo! The theme for this activity-filled holiday camp is “All About Primates”—highlighting species from cotton-top tamarins to chimpanzees.
Wednesday, February 18
Conservation Camp Early Registration for Safari-level Members
Zoo members at the Safari level and above can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders.
Wednesday, February 18
Zoo Crew Early Registration for Safari-level Members
Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Safari level can register early, beginning at 10 a.m., for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders.
Saturday, February 21
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Wednesday, March 4
Conservation Camp Open Registration
Open registration begins at 10 a.m. for Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for preK–fourth graders. Zoo members at the Household and Individual levels also register on this date but receive a 15 percent discount.
Wednesday, March 4
Zoo Crew Open Registration
Open registration begins at 10 a.m. for Zoo Crew, Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer camp program for fifth–eighth graders. Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Household and Individual levels register on this date as well but receive a 15 percent discount.
Saturday, March 28
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Monday–Friday, March 30–April 3
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Monday–Friday, April 6–10
Spring Break Camp
PreK–fourth graders can experience a wild zoo adventure during their spring break at this camp featuring half-day and full-day program options. Kids will learn about animals native to North and South America and how the zoo supports their conservation and care.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 21 (Select Dates)
Conservation Camp
Conservation Camp offers half-day and full-day program options 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.

Fifth–Eighth Graders

Saturday, February 21
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Saturday, March 28
Sleepover with the Animals
Want to spend the night in an ape house sleeping next to gorillas and chimpanzees? This unique program for families with kids ages 5–12 gives you the opportunity to have this amazing experience!
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 14 (Select Dates)
Zoo Crew
Zoo Crew is a summer learning and outreach opportunity for kids entering fifth–eighth grade in the fall. Participants in the summer 2014 program work with peers and zoo staff to develop and implement environmentally minded projects to make positive changes in their own communities.

Questions? Call 312-742-2056 or email educationprograms@lpzoo.org.