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.

In-person Camps

Spring Break Camp

Grades PreK–4
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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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Summer Conservation Camp

Rising Grades PreK–4
June–August
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Campers will explore the zoo and learn about animals and how we care for them as they make new friends and spend time in the great outdoors.

Campers must be 4 years old on their first day of camp to attend.

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Summer Zoo Crew

Rising Grades 5–8
June–August
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Through team-building and immersive learning, campers will explore the relationships between animals, humans, and ecosystems.

Zoo Crew sessions are two weeks long and include field trips, conversations with zoo experts, and a sleepover on the last Thursday of each session.

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

Winter Break Camp

Grades PreK–5
January 3–6, 2023 (Tuesday–Friday)
Registration opens on October 12

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

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Membership Discount

Active Lincoln Park Zoo members at the Safari level and above receive early registration opportunities for Summer Conservation Camp and Summer Zoo Crew. 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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