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Summer Camp


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Preschool thru 12th Grade

Camps run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Beforecamp from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Aftercamp from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park for WILD ADVENTURES this summer!  Become a paleontologist, mad scientist, or even a zookeeper. Each camp is jam-packed with exciting and educational tours, games, arts and crafts, and up-close animal encounters. Choose from a variety of week-long or single day camps. Campers will get to experience our new and exciting exhibit Giants of the Jurassic this summer! Remember that we offer a 5% discount on the total camp cost if you enroll siblings or if your child signs up for more than one Zoo camp. (Discounts do not apply to camps at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.)

Preschool (3 yrs – 5 yrs) 

We offer half-day (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or full-day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) options for both PreK camps. These immersive, nature-based programs are good options for parents who want unique preschool programs for their children.

Tiny Paleontologists

Does your tiny paleontologist love dinosaurs? Put on your discovery gear and join us for a prehistoric adventure. Campers will experience some larger than life dinosaurs and find out how these dinosaurs relate to our present day world.  Half-day or full-day options available.

 August 10-14

Colorful Innovations

Color is all around us! Explore and investigate with color at the Dallas Zoo. Campers will experience close-up animal encounters and experiment with vivid color.

August 3-7

Cost: Half-day camp is $150/week for non-members ($135/week for members); Full-day camp is $220/week non-members ($200/week for members.  Aftercamp is available for full-day campers only.

*Entering Preschool in Fall 2015

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Fun-tastic Fossils     

Dig in to the prehistoric world and find out how it has influenced the world around us. Discover some amazing animals that have lived almost as long as dinosaurs. Campers will meet the Giants of the Jurassic and discover the traces they left behind.

August 10-14

 I Wonder How…

Have you ever wondered how animals adapt to different seasons? Learn about how weather works and how it influences animals with exciting experiments.

Cost: $220/week for non-members ($200/week for members).

*Entering Kindergarten and 1st grade in Fall 2015

2nd and 3rd Grade

Jump into the Jurassic

Jump into the Jurassic and learn how dinosaurs used some of their unique adaptations. Meet these prehistoric predators and see how they connect to present day animals.




The Icky Side of Science

Glurp! Blop! Squish! Delve into the icky side of zoos. Learn why goats chew cud and how Okapis can pick their noses with their tongues. Campers will take an adventure through the zoo and get some hands on experience with the icky side of science.

Cost: $220/week for non-members ($200/week for members).




*Entering 2nd and 3rd grade in Fall 2015.

4th and 5th Grade

Cretaceous Cases

Piece together the mysteries of the prehistoric world. Campers will go on secret tours, partake in a geo-caching adventure, and use their deduction skills to shed some light on these gigantic creatures.

August 10-14

Cost: $220/week for non-members ($200/week for members).

Keeper Camp

What’s it like to be an animal keeper at the Dallas Zoo? Go behind the scenes and meet zookeepers as they teach the dynamics of animal husbandry and enrichment. This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night.




*Entering 4th and 5th grade in Fall 2015.

6th through 8th Grade

Zoo by Design

This is your chance to help us design a real Zoo exhibit! You and your Project Design Team will work with keepers, Zoo educators, facility operations, and others to develop ideas for a Zoo exhibit scheduled to open at the Dallas Zoo in the near future. This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night.

Cost: $265/week for non-members ($240/week for members).

Top Photographer

ATTENTION aspiring photographers and nature lovers! Using digital cameras, campers will be introduced to the basics of wildlife photography. Select photos will be featured on the Dallas Zoo website! This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night. Campers must bring their own digital cameras and USB cables.

August 3-7, August 10-14

Texas Born and Bred -Partner Camp with John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

Get your muck boots on and head to the wetlands! Spend three days at the Dallas Wetland_Logo[1]Zoo exploring Texas native animals all around us, then spend two days at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center experiencing the science of wetlands and getting up close to Texas wildlife. This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover Thursday night at the Wetland Center, where campers will discover just what comes out in the wetlands at night.

Cost: $265/week for non-members ($240/week for members).

*Entering 6th through 8th grade in Fall 2015.

9th through 12th Grade

 Careers Camp

Find out what it takes to be an animal keeper, veterinarian, a trainer and the countless other positions at the Dallas Zoo. Go behind the scenes and meet Zoo professionals, who will teach campers the dynamics of their careers. This unique camp gives animal enthusiasts valuable hands-on knowledge.

Cost: $265/week for non-members ($240/week for members).

*Entering 9th through 12th grade in Fall 2015.

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park Camps CAFP logo

Camp H20

Can a shark smell? What does a stingray eat? What is it like to touch a horseshoe crab? Campers spend a week exploring the underwater worlds of the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. They also spend time visiting Texas Discovery Gardens for a special experience in these week-long camps.


We offer half-day (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or full-day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) camps. This immersive, nature-based program is a good option for parents who want a unique preschool program for their children.

August 3-7

Cost: Half-day camp $140/week; full-day camp $210/week (no member discount). Beforecamp: $25/week; Aftercamp (for full-day campers only): $50/week.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Cost: $210/week (no member discount). Beforecamp: $25/week; Aftercamp: $50/week

2nd and 3rd Grades

Cost: $210/week (no member discount). Beforecamp: $25/week; Aftercamp: $50/week

4th and 5th Grade

From Land to Sea – Partner Camp with Texas Discovery Gardens

A special camp designed just for the 4th and 5th graders! Take a journey from land to sea without leaving Dallas! Spend three days at Texas Discovery Gardens exploring the exciting things that live above, in and underneath gardens; then spend two days at the Children’s Aquarium learning about the underwater world. This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night at the Children’s Aquarium.

Cost: $265/week for non-members ($240/week for members of the Dallas Zoo or Texas Discovery Gardens). Beforecamp: $25/week; Aftercamp: $50/week.

General Scheduling Information

*Registrations must be completed during single registration session.

We strictly enforce grade level requirements.  Campers enrolled in the wrong grade level will be removed from the camp without a refund.  They will be given the opportunity to enroll in the appropriate grade level camp and placed on the waitlist if the appropriate camp is sold out. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All camp sales are final.  No refunds will be given for cancelled camp reservations or camp withdrawals. A program credit may be issued based on circumstance. The credit may be used for any education program or camp at the Dallas Zoo.  Credit will not be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours of your scheduled enrollment or for no-show participants.  All programs will take place rain or shine.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deem appropriate. In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.

 Toilet Training

All camp participants must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).  Our definition of toilet trained means that the child is not wearing pull-ups and is able to manage his/her own clothing by him/herself. 


All requests to be placed on the waitlist must be submitted in writing to  Phone or in-person requests cannot be accepted. Properly submitted requests will receive an e-mail from Dallas Zoo Education within 48 hours acknowledging receipt.  If a spot becomes available, you will be contacted directly. Please be aware this may occur as little as 24 hours prior to the first day of camp.  If you would like to be removed from a waitlist, please let us know as soon as possible in order to give the opportunity to another camper.  Buddy requests cannot be accommodated for waitlisted campers.

To be placed on a waitlist, please submit your e-mail request  EXACTLY as follows to


Adult Contact Information:

  • First and last name
  • Relationship to camper
  • Phone #
  • E-mail address

For EACH camper:

  • First and last name
  • Grade level entering in Fall 2015
  • Camp name
  • Camp date

The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at or 469.554.7300.