Summer Zoo Crew 2015
Zoo Crew is a summer learning and outreach opportunity for kids entering fifth–eighth grade in the fall. Participants in the summer 2015 program work with peers and zoo staff to develop and implement environmentally minded projects to make positive changes in their own communities.
Looking for summer opportunities for kids from Pre-K to those entering fourth grade? Check out Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer Conservation Camp!
Members and donors eligible for early registration will receive an email with the registration link prior to their early registration date. Members can only register their own children and/or legal dependents.
- Zoo supporters at the Curators’ Circle and above will be eligible to register early on Wednesday, February 11, beginning at 10 a.m.
- Active Safari-level members will be eligible to register early on Wednesday, February 18, beginning at 10 a.m.
Please note: Household and Individual members will register with the general public but receive a 15 percent discount. All members should make sure their membership is valid at the time of camp registration. Contact the Membership Department at 312-742-2322 or email email@example.com if you need to renew!
- Open registration will begin Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. A link to the online registration form will be available on this web page at that time.
Sold-Out Camp Sessions
Fifth–Sixth Grade, August 3–14
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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 the zoo must cancel a program, full refunds will be issued. If for any reason you need to cancel your registration before May 11, a refund will be issued, less a 12.5 percent processing fee. After May 11, Lincoln Park Zoo will not be able to offer any refunds for cancelled registrations.
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
$790/session ($672/session for Lincoln Park Zoo members)*
- Daily healthy snack
- Two offsite field trips
- One overnight (including dinner and breakfast)
- Two Zoo Crew T-shirts
- Zoo Crew backpack
After Care is available from 3–5 p.m. for Zoo Crew campers. Campers stay after camp to play games, watch movies and visit zoo animals. Cost is $100 per camper for each week of After Care.
Lincoln Park Zoo offers a limited number of Zoo Crew scholarships, ranging from partial scholarships to full scholarships which cover the cost 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 summer program.
Optional: To guarantee your child a spot in camp, you may choose to register your child once registration opens. If your child is later granted a scholarship, we will refund the total registration fee.
Application deadline: April 24.
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Participants must commit to attending two consecutive weeks of Zoo Crew. Although program themes for the different age groups are the same year to year, activities and projects do vary so campers can return for a unique experience each year.
Fifth–Sixth Graders: June 8–19, July 6–17, August 3–14
The 21st Century Zoo
It’s fun to see exotic animals like sloths and tigers, but zoos offer more than entertainment. This session will explore various zoo careers and share how different roles collaborate to provide excellent care for zoo animals. Discover how zoos contribute to a greater understanding of animal biology and wildlife conservation efforts around the world. By meeting zookeepers, nutritionists and veterinarians and partaking in hands-on projects, participants will discover the importance of the 21st century zoo.
Seventh–Eighth Graders: June 22–July 3, July 20–31
Lincoln Park Zoo in the Field
Lincoln Park Zoo plays a major role in conservation around the globe, from Chicago to Brazil to Tanzania. Zoo scientists don’t just study wildlife in the field, though; they also conduct research projects at the zoo to better understand animal needs and behaviors. Participants will meet zoo endocrinologists, animal-behavior experts and population biologists and share some of their work firsthand. Afterward, they’ll better appreciate Lincoln Park Zoo’s far-reaching conservation work at the zoo and in the wild.
In spring 2015, we will begin recruiting a limited number of teens (13–18 years old) who are interested in helping out with Conservation Camp. Participating teens will have the chance to work with children as well as gain professional experience. All interested teens will be required to apply and interview for this selective position.
The Camp Team will host Gear Pick-Up Days for Zoo Crew campers 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.
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Each camp group is led by two camp instructors. They have extensive experience working with youth 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.
For more information please email Camp@lpzoo.org or call 312-742-2056.