Zoo Crew

Zoo Crew 2014 at Lincoln Park Zoo

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!

Registration | Locations | Pricing | Dates and Themes | Teen Volunteers | Gear Pick-Up | FAQs | About the Staff


Zoo Crew is now sold out for the season.

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

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Zoo Crew 2015 Pricing

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.

Two-Week Program
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
$790/session ($672/session for Lincoln Park Zoo members)*

Registration includes:

  • Daily healthy snack
  • Two offsite field trips
  • One overnight (including dinner and breakfast)
  • Two Zoo Crew T-shirts
  • Zoo Crew backpack

After Care

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.

Zoo Crew Dates and Themes

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.

Camp Teen Volunteers

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.

Learn More and Apply!

Gear Pick-Up Days

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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About the Zoo Crew Staff

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.