7th-9th Grade – Spring & Fall
Keeper Tag Along: $75, members $70
Thursday, October 26, 1 to 4 pm
Saturday, November 4, 9 am to noon
Friday, November 10, 1 to 4 pm
Registration opens September 29 at noon
New this year, the popular Keeper Tag Along classes are happening during the spring and fall. Keeper tags are 3-hour special, behind-the-scenes classes that expose campers to exactly what is involved in taking care of exotic animals.
Find out what a zookeeper has to do each day to make sure their animals have an enriching habitat to call home. This program includes the following (dependent on the availability of animals and keepers): behind-the-scenes tours, a kitchen tour, raking and hosing animal areas, making enrichments, and talking to zookeepers. Because campers will be working alongside keeper staff, please make sure they know they will get dirty and they wear closed toed tennis shoes or boots. Remember that aside from animal encounters, many of our animals are wild and keepers/participants do not have contact with them.
7th-9th Grade – Summer Camps
7th through 9th graders who are ready for the next level experience at the zoo will love these in-depth classes during the summer. We offer 5-day camps, a 3-day camp ending in an overnight camp-out at the zoo, and single day career classes with hands-on experience!
Registration opens March 2018
Silver Class: 7th – 9th, 5-day camp, $270
Silver classes are Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, and are for students entering 7th-9th grade in the Fall.
Zoo Quest: 7th – 9th, 3-day with overnight, $270
7th through 9th graders who are ready for the next level experience at the zoo will love this in-depth camp! A 3-day camp ending in an overnight camp-out at the zoo.
ZooQuest is for students entering 7th-9th grade and runs 9 am to 4 pm Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, campers will come with their overnight bags at 9 am and stay until 8:30 am Saturday morning! Friday’s dinner and Saturday’s breakfast will be included, along with daily snacks.
Zoo Veterinarian Tag Along: 1-day, $65
Vet tag along classes are 9 am to noon. Campers will go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dr. Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital to see treatment rooms, radiology and practice utilizing standard veterinary devices. They’ll get hands on experience with some tools of the trade during mock hospital exams.
Teen Volunteers & Camp Counselors
Ages 13 to 19
Teens can explore animal-related careers while gaining work experience. As part of our summer camp and year-round Zoo Teen programs, teen volunteers help teach children and families about the animals, the environment and conservation. Visit the Teen Volunteer page, to sign up.