Wild Adventures Camps
The Dallas Zoo and The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park offers exciting interactive programs for children. Programs are designed to engage both mind and body in hands-on, original activities that can be experienced nowhere else. Sign up to start on an unforgettable adventure!
Summer camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Spring Break camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature: tours through the Zoo, outdoor play and activities, themed arts and crafts, and close-up animal encounters.
BeforeCamp and AfterCamp are available at both the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park for most weeklong and single-day camps for an additional fee.
Aquarium Weekend Keeper Camp
For 4th and 5th Graders
What’s it like to be an aquarist at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park? Meet aquarists as they teach the dynamics of animal husbandry and enrichment. This two-day camp over the Presidents’ Day holiday includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Sunday night.
Dates: Feb. 18 – 19
Campers arrive Sunday at 4 p.m. and leave Monday at 3 p.m.
Single-Day Camps March 12-16
This spring break put on your lab coat and step into the science laboratory of the Dallas Zoo!
Campers in PreK through grade 5 will explore the Zoo, animals, and habitats through the lens of science. They’ll learn how our veterinary staff cares for hundreds of different species, look at the chemical relationships that exist all over the Zoo, analyze the anatomy of animals to see what makes them similar and different, explore how Zoo staff recreates the geology of Africa in habitat design, and see the mathematical equations that go into feeding 2,000 animals every day. Cost per day: $45/member, $50/non-member.
March 12 – Our veterinary staff can be giving ultrasounds to chimps one day and vaccinations to reptiles another. Take a look into the work that goes into caring for thousands of animals. From wellness checks, to vaccinations, surgeries and more – our veterinary staff does it all.
March 13 – There’s A LOT of chemistry that goes into working at a Zoo – and not just for the animal staff. Campers will learn how our horticulturists, water maintenance crew, animal keepers, veterinary staff and more use fascinating chemistry every day to ensure the care for the animals that call the Dallas Zoo home.
March 14 – Animals have special adaptations to survive and thrive in the wild. Campers will take a deeper look into animals’ special traits and adaptations.
March 15 – Using geology, geography, ecology, and topography, campers will look at animal habitat design. From the plains of Africa, to the rain forests of South America, Zoo staff work diligently to provide a natural experience for our animals.
March 16 – Between caring for animals, designing habitats and barns, maintaining water features, and more — math and physics play a huge role every day in the operation of a Zoo. Campers will crunch the numbers behind operating Texas’ largest zoo.
All spring break camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are divided into grade-level appropriate classes: PreK (ages 3-5), K-1, 2-3, and 4- 5. Please register your child based on the grade they are currently enrolled in for the 2017-18 school year.
BeforeCamp and AfterCamp care is available every camp day. BeforeCamp runs from 8- 9 a.m. at $5/child each day. AfterCamp runs from 4-6 p.m. at $10/child each day.
Wild Adventures Summer Camp
Weeklong and Single-Day Camps from June 11-Aug. 17
All summer camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature: education tours, games, arts and crafts, up-close animal encounters, and more. Please register your summer camper in their upcoming (2018-19 school year) grade level.
BeforeCamp (8-9 a.m.) and AfterCamp (3-6 p.m.) are available at both the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park for most weeklong ($25/BeforeCamp, $50/AfterCamp) and single-day camps ($5/BeforeCamp, $10/AfterCamp).
|Grade Levels: PreK, Kindergarten-1st, and 2nd-3rd|
Animals in the Spotlight
You’ve seen them on the big screen and streaming on YouTube, now take a deeper dive look at animals from movies, shows and viral video clips. Campers will study the video clips before setting out into the Zoo to study the real-life behaviors and movements of animals from all over the world. This weeklong camp at the Zoo will deepen the connection between campers and animals. Cost: $200/member, $220 non-member. (PreK also available as half-day for $135/member, $150/non-member.)
- June 11-15: PreK | Kindergarten-1st | 2nd-3rd
- June 25-29: PreK | Kindergarten-1st | 2nd-3rd
- July 9-13: PreK | Kindergarten-1st | 2nd-3rd
- July 23-27: PreK | Kindergarten-1st | 2nd-3rd
- Aug. 6-10: PreK | Kindergarten-1st | 2nd-3rd
Can a shark smell? What does a stingray eat? What is it like to touch a horseshoe crab? Campers will spend a week exploring the underwater worlds of the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. They also will spend time vising the Texas Discovery Gardens for a special experience in these weeklong camps. Cost: $200/member, $220 non-member. (PreK also available as half-day for $135/member, $150/non-member.)
- June 11-15: 2nd-3rd
- June 18-22: Kindergarten-1st
- June 25-29: 2nd-3rd
- July 2-6: Kindergarten-1st
- July 9-11: PreK
- July 30-Aug. 3: PreK
Look at the natural world around us in these single-day camps focusing on different environmental features and learn how animals use those features to their benefit. Cost: $40/members, $45/non-members.
- July 16 – Mud and Messy Play: Campers will get messy learning how animals use mud as camouflage and an adaptation.
- July 17 – Colors in Nature: Campers will observe the colors of the natural world and learn how animals use the colors to their advantage.
- July 18 – Textures and Patterns: Campers will identify through sight and touch textures and patterns found in nature and discuss how these traits compare to animals.
- July 20 – Trees and Leaves: Campers will learn how to identify specific trees and discover what animals that call trees home.
|Grade Levels: PreK, Kindergarten-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th|
Did you know renowned innovators often drew inspiration by observing animals? Campers will learn how innovators like the Wright Brothers, Walt Disney, behavior psychologists, composers and more used the animal kingdom as inspiration for their creations. This weeklong camp at the Zoo will ignite the creativity of campers of all ages. Cost: $200/member, $220 non-member. (PreK also available as half-day for $135/member, $150/non-member.)
- June 18-22: PreK | Kindergarten-1st | 2nd-3rd | 4th-5th
- July 2-6: PreK | Kindergarten-1st | 2nd-3rd | 4th-5th
- July 30-Aug. 3: PreK | Kindergarten-1st | 2nd-3rd | 4th-5th
|Grade Levels: 4th-5th|
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 training. This weeklong camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night. Cost: $240/members, $265/non-members.
Land to Sea
Partner Camp between Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park and Texas Discover Gardens
Take a journey from land to sea without leaving Dallas! Spend three days at the 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 weeklong camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night at the Children’s Aquarium. No AfterCamp is available the Friday after the overnight. Cost: $240/members, $265/non-members.
|Grade Levels: 6th-8th|
Zoo by Design
This is your chance to help us design a real Zoo exhibit! You and your Project Design Team will work with zookeepers, Zoo educations, facility operations, and others to develop ideas for a Zoo exhibit. This weeklong camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night. Cost: $240/members, $265/non-members.
Is your child a coding pro, or just interested in learning the basics? Thanks to our expert partners at CodeStream Studios, LLC, campers will gain hands-on experience in coding. This camp will combine Zoo exploration and computer lab time to give campers the opportunity to learn and create a coding project centered around Dallas Zoo animals and wildlife conservation.
Seeking all 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 and social media! Campers will spend time exploring the Zoo. This weeklong camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night. Campers are required to bring their own digital cameras and USB cables. Cost: $240/members, $265/non-members.
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 Zoo exploring the Texas native animals all around us, then spend two days at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center experiencing the science of wetlands and getting up close to Texas wildlife. This weeklong 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. Camp concludes after lunch on Friday with a Family Showcase. No AfterCamp care is available the Friday after the overnight. Cost: $240/members, $265/non-members.
|Grade Levels: 9th-12th|
Find out what it takes to be an animal keeper, veterinarian, trainer, and the many 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 weeklong camp gives animal enthusiasts valuable hands-on knowledge. Cost: $240/members, $265/non-members
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.
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 Education@DallasZoo.com. 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.
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 Education@DallasZoo.com or 469.554.7300.