Children watch the Nutrition Center staff prepare meals for the animals Children watch the Nutrition Center staff prepare meals for the animals

Zoo Camps

At Lincoln Park Zoo camps, kids in grades preK–8 go wild for nature. Through hands-on activities and visiting the animals, campers uncover all the ways the zoo—and the Earth!—is an amazing place.

As part of our commitment to serving all who want to participate in our programs, scholarships are available for most of our programs.

Virtual Camps

Virtual Conservation Camp

Rising Grades PreK–4
June–July
Registration Closed

During Virtual Conservation Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo educators will lead campers through a variety of activities that explore the fun and fascinating world of animals.

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Virtual Zoo Crew

Rising Grades 5–8
July 6–17 or July 20–31
Registration Closed

During Virtual Zoo Crew, campers will engage in important conservation topics from their own homes.

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In-person Camps

Spring Break Camp

Grades PreK–4
March–April
Registration Closed

Campers explore the characteristics of different animal habitats in North and South America, and learn more about the critters that call them home. Each camp day is independent and has a different theme, so campers can choose which days to attend.

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Camp children watch the seals in exhibit

Summer Conservation Camp

Rising Grades PreK–4
June–August
Registration Closed

Campers celebrate animal diversity by exploring the zoo, getting up close to zoo animals, and enjoying unique activities in this immersive, one-week experience.

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Summer Zoo Crew

Rising Grades 5–8
June–August
Registration Closed

Participants work with their peers to make a difference in their communities—and the larger world of wildlife—in this two-week camp program.

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Camp children watch naked mole rats scurrying through their underground tunnel network

Winter Break Camp

Grades PreK–4
December–January
Registration Closed

Campers chase their curiosity while discovering the awe-inspiring world of wildlife—engaging with the animals, places, and people that make the zoo and amazing place!

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School Holiday Camps

Camp children watch the seals in exhibit

School Holiday Day Camps take place on various dates throughout the school year when local schools are typically not in session. Be sure to check back the next time your student has a day off.

Membership Early Access

Active Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Individual level and above receive a 15% discount on all camp registrations. Members also enjoy invitations to exclusive zoo events, free and reduced parking, and discounts on purchases and other youth programs.

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