John Ball Zoo

Summer Camp

Summer Zoo Camp has been enjoyed by campers for over 25 summers! Kids ages 4 years through going into 9th grade have fun exploring different animal themes in small class sizes. Each class follows a particular theme and instructors plan various activities and tours to bring the class to life. Camp activities may include; games, zoo tours, park exploration, behind-the-scene tours, keeper talks, hands-on animal demonstrations, stories, songs, art projects and more. 

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: John Ball Zoo requires all program participants* to wear a mask at all times for the duration of the program. Parents/guardians are also required to wear masks while checking in their child(ren). All participants will also be asked to participate in a health screening and temperature check at the time of check-in. Please read all confirmation material carefully for further information regarding safety screening for participation in the class. 
    *MDHHS orders require 4 year olds to be masked only when in public indoor buildings. This would require masking in our aquarium, frogs, Natural Treasures, and indoor chimp viewing areas. 4 year olds are not required to be masked when outside or in their classroom.

    Camp classes are currently limited to 10 participants/class. As guidelines change this may increase, at which time wait lists would be utilized to fill additional spots prior to opening registration on-line. 

    Registration Dates & Pricing 2021

    4-Day Camp - $90/Member/4-day Session  $95/Non-Member/4-day Session - for children 4 years old through those going into 9th grade.
    Members only registration: Wednesday, March 31st at 8 am
    Non-member registration: Monday, April 12th at 8 am
    Registration Information
    • Registration is all online, we cannot accept phone registrations.
    • Refunds (less a $20 processing fee) for changes or cancellations are ONLY granted if written notification is received 2 weeks prior to the start of class. If your child is unable to participate due to illness, a full refund will be available if a doctor's note is provided.
    • Please register your child for no more than 2 day camp classes.
    • Classes are designed for the age your child will be at the start of class or for the grade they'll be entering in fall 2021. 
    • For additional information regarding our camps and classes please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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    Important Links

    2021 Class Descriptions and Schedule

    Camp Information Packets for Registered Campers

    You should receive an email confirmation after registering your child for a camp class. If you did NOT receive an email from the Zoo following your registration please contact us immediately - all camp correspondence is done via email!
    2021 Camp Confirmation Packet