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 Spring Break Camp

Grades Pre-K–Grade 4
March 29–April 2
Registration Open

During Virtual Spring Break Camp, Lincoln Park Zoo educators will lead campers through a variety of activities that explore the fun and fascinating world of animals. Each camp day is independent and has a different theme, so campers can choose which days to attend.

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In-person Camps

Camp children watch the seals in exhibit

Summer Conservation Camp

Rising Grades PreK–4
June–August
Registration Closed

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, Lincoln Park Zoo is determining whether it is possible to safely operate in-person Conservation Camp in 2021, and, if so, what that will look like for campers and staff. The zoo is developing plans for a variety of possibilities, including in-person and virtual options. More information will be coming soon!

Summer Zoo Crew

Rising Grades 5–8
June–August
Registration Closed

Due to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, Lincoln Park Zoo will not offer Zoo Crew in 2021.

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!

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.

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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