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 (as of 6/8/21): Campers are required to wear masks in all indoor areas. Campers are not required to wear a mask outdoors unless in crowded spaces or in some direct animal-contact situations (i.e. Hobby Farm). Zoo staff and volunteers who have been vaccinated and had their vaccination verified by the Zoo’s Human Resources department are not required to wear masks. However, those staff that work directly with campers are encouraged to do so when campers are required to wear a mask so that we model the behavior expected of the campers.

    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.


    Register Here

    Our summer camp is completely full at this time. Please select "register here" to find the link to our Summer Camp Waitlist. We have a waitlist listed for each class. You are welcome to register for as many waitlists as you'd like, and there is no cost to join. If a spot opens up, we will call you and give you the opportunity to claim that spot. Thank you for your support!

    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