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Are you a kid or teen who is wild about animals? Do you have a passion to explore the outdoors? Sign up for Topeka Zoo Camp! 8 Week-long Camps are geared for children ages 6-12. There is also a new Teen Camp that will be held in August that is geared toward 13-17 year olds. During these camps, your child will be busy exploring the animal kingdom through stories, games, interactive play and lots of live animal encounters. Scroll down to read about each camp and sign up today.

Dates, themes, and descriptions for our Summer camps are as follows:

Summer Camps

Week 1, June 1-5, Zooperheroes

Description: Crime-fighting ninja turtles are not the only animals that have superpowers! Speed, flight, invisibility, and strength are just a few of the powers present within the animal kingdom. Campers unite as we discover these powers in this hands-on, action-packed week of camp!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $125/child for FOTZ members; $150/child for non-members

Week 2, June 8-12, In and Out

Description: We’ve always been taught what goes in, must come out. This week of camp is focused on just that! We will spend the first part of the week meeting live animals and learning about their food chains before shifting gears and venturing into the world of scatology!  Don’t worry though, this camp will be easy to digest!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $125/child for FOTZ members; $150/child for non-members

Week 3, June 15-19, Creature Connections

Description: From mythological winged horses to Native American coyote fables, the connections between humans and animals run very deep. Join us as we form our own connections with live animals, chat with wildlife experts about how humans and animals benefit each other, and deepen the bonds that tie us all together!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $125/child for FOTZ members; $150/child for non-members

Week 4, 22-26, In Your Own Backyard

Description: Have you ever thought about how many plants and animals rely on your backyard to survive? Join us for a week-long adventure as we meet many local animals and explore their homes. Be prepared to get down and dirty as we also learn about Native American history, Kansas prairies, and the changing of the seasons!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $125/child for FOTZ members; $150/child for non-members

NO camp the week of June 29th-July 3rd.

Week 5, July 6-10, Zoo Detectives  – Camp Full – call 368-9137 to be put on backup list

Description: Whether you prefer Sherlock Holmes or Scooby Doo and the gang, we all have our favorite detectives. For this week of camp, grab your tool kit and keep your eyes peeled, as campers will inspect the zoo and its animals while solving a new mystery each day!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $125/child for FOTZ members; $150/child for non-members 

Week 6, July 13-17, Passport to the World

Description: Grab your passport and join us for a trip around the animal world! From savannahs and rainforests to prairies and deserts, we will explore the world’s habitats and how animals survive in them.  Don’t miss out on this wild adventure, as we travel the world in five days!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $125/child for FOTZ members; $150/child for non-members

Week 7, July 20-24, Dark Side of the Earth

Description: From owls to angler fish, eyeless spiders to earthworms, come and learn all about creatures of the dark! Join us as we explore the light-less areas of the Earth, while diving into astronomy and meeting many nocturnal animals. This camp will be sure to light up your week!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $125/child for FOTZ members; $150/child for non-members

Week 8, July 27-31, The Land Before Time

Description: From pterodactyls and tyrannosaurs to mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers, come unearth creatures of the past! This camp will start with a bang and will continue to amaze as we talk prehistoric giants, fossils, and get the dirt on several dinosaurs still living today!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $135/child for FOTZ members; $160/child for non-members*

*Price increase includes admission and gas for a daytrip to a natural history museum.


Week 9, August 3-7, Exploration Week for Teens

Description: Do you know a teen who loves nature? This week is just for them! Join us as we meet live animals, talk conservation, and take trips to various ecosystems around Northeast Kansas. This camp will also provide teens with the opportunity to talk to experts in many animal-related fields!

Time: 8:00-4:00

Cost: $125/teen for FOTZ members; $150/teen for non-members


Campers are to bring their own lunch; occasional themed snacks may be provided, but may not be offered every day. 

Spring Break Camp has a “stay late” fee of $10.00 per child per day. There is no “stay late” option for Summer Camps.

Swimming: Each of the first 8 weeks of summer camp will include a 2-hour trip to the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center during one afternoon during the week. You will receive notice of which day this will occur by the first day of that week of camp and are welcome to send life jackets, floaties, etc with your kid on that day. If you have any concerns about the pool visit, please call 785-368-9137.

Cancellations:  If you cancel your camp registration 8 or more days before the start date, the Zoo will refund the registration fee, except for $20.  The Zoo will not refund any registration fees if cancellation occurs within 7 days of the start date.

Registration for all camps opens on Monday, January 12th, 2015. Spring break camp and the first 8 weeks of summer camp are for ages 6-12. Exploration Week for Teens is geared toward students ages 13-17.  Please call 785-368-9137 for more information. You can sign up for one or multiple weeks of camp at a time; payment required to secure registration.

Ready to sign up? Because our FOTZ members receive a discount ($25 per camp) there are two separate forms. Please ensure you click the right one or we will contact you to pay the difference. If you are unable to pay the difference or if you are unreachable, your registration will become invalid and your payment will be returned. If you are unsure of your membership status, please call Friends of the Topeka Zoo at 272-2595. Thank you!

Thinking about a membership? If you are signing up for at least camps, a family FOTZ membership pays for itself! Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member or sign up today.

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