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!
Most camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 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.
For campers in PreK-5th grade
Do you have what it takes to be a wildlife science investigator? Discover the behaviors and adaptations that help animals become apex predators or elusive prey.
Campers will diagnose, sleuth, track, investigate, and discover these behaviors and adaptations through hands-on activities, outdoor play, close-up animal experiences, zookeeper chats and Zoo tours unique to each day’s theme.
All camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 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 2016-17 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 3-6 p.m. at $10/child each day.
- Dec. 27 – Birds of a Feather: Campers will learns all the characteristics of our feathered friends, migratory habits and how you can take actions at home to help birds in our own neighborhoods.
- Dec. 28 – Crawling Clues: Small animals like insects provide a world of information about ecosystems and our environment. Campers will learn about these small creatures, how they move, and how they impact the health of our ecosystem.
- Dec. 29 – Undercover Predators: Campers will compare and contrast predators and prey. They will learn about how predators use their adaptations to hunt and how their prey use camouflage and other techniques to evade the predators.
- Jan. 2 – Trailing Tracks: Animals leave clue to their movements and actions. In this camp, your little one investigate tracks, markings and other identifiers to help find and track animals in the wild.
- Jan. 3 – Scaly Investigators: Cold-blooded animals have different adaptations and environments than their warm-blooded peers. Campers will learn about these adaptations and investigate how environments differ for warm-blooded animals.
- Jan. 4 – Zoo Sleuths: Animals have unique adaptations and special abilities. Campers will learn how animals use their senses to thrive in their environment.
- Jan. 5 – Eyewitness Animals: Every animal has a different type of social grouping. Campers will learn about different social groupings of animals and how they interact with one another.
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.