Summer Camp


All Camps are Full


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 summer camp! We offer 8 week-long camps that are geared for children ages 6-12. There are also two weeks of teen camp that will be held in June that are 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.

All camps are sold out.  Call 785-368-9137 for more information

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

Summer Camps

Week 4, June 27-July 1st

Theme: On the Brink  – Sold out – call 785-368-9137 to be put on waiting list

Description: Our planet has many plants, animals, and ecosystems that need our help! Join us for this week of camp as we get up close and personal with some of our endangered species, explore how they live and what challenges they face, and discuss how we, together, can help protect our Earth and its creatures!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $140/child for FOTZ members; $165/child for non-members


NO camp the week of July 4th-8th


Week 5, July 11-15

Theme: The Land Before Time – Camp full call 785-368-9137 to be added to waiting list

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: $145/child for FOTZ members; $170/child for non-members

*Price increase includes admission for a daytrip to the KU Natural History Museum in Lawrence on Friday, July 15th.

Week 6, July 18-22

Theme: Zoo Detectives – Camp full call 785-368-9137 to be added to waiting 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: $140/child for FOTZ members; $165/child for non-members

Week 7, July 25-29

Theme: Base Camp  – Sold out – call 785-368-9137 to be put on waiting list

Description: From Everest to Kilimanjaro, the Alps to the Rockies, our Earth is covered with mountainous regions. This week of camp will focus on the elevated parts of the world, their effect on the climate, and creatures that call these habitats home. Join us as this camp is bound to reach new heights!

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $140/child for FOTZ members; $165/child for non-members

Week 8, August 1-5

Theme: From Micro to Mini – Sold out – call 785-368-9137 to be put on waiting list

Description: Join us for this week of camp as we examine the microscopic and miniature life forms on Earth! From decomposers to plankton, miniature animals to parasites, we will explore the tiny creatures that make a big impact on our world.

Time: 9:00-3:00

Cost: $140/child for FOTZ members; $165/child for non-members

**TEEN CAMP** Sold out – call 785-368-9137 to be put on waiting list

Weeks 3 AND 4, June 20-24 AND June 27-Jul 1 (You can sign up for only one week or both)

Theme: Exploration Week for Teens  – Sold out – call 785-368-9137 to be put on waiting list

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!

Both weeks of teen camp are meant to complement each other, as we will be doing different activities each week. They are designed in such a way that you can sign up for week 1, week 2, or both.

Time: 8:30-3:30

Cost: $140/child for FOTZ members; $165/child for non-members; price is per week

Ages: 13-17

Camp Details:
Campers are to bring their own lunch each day. A daily afternoon snack will be provided by the zoo. Feel free to pack your own snack if you are concerned about food allergies (although we do our best to try and accomodate them).

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 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 camp week and are welcome to send life jackets, floaties, etc. with your kid on that day.  Parents and other adults are more than welcome to join us at the pool. We do have a system worked out for beginner swimmers and will have several counselors stationed in the shallow end. 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 $25.  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 11th, 2016. 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.

KDHE Forms

These forms are required to be completed by the morning of the first day of camp (before you drop your child off), otherwise your child cannot attend camp until we have the following paperwork. These are kept on file for an entire calendar year–so you only need to fill them out once per camp year.

Health History Form –> Required for ALL children. Immunization records are not required if your child attended school in Kansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma this year. Immunization records are required if they did not attend public/private school or attended in another state other than KS, MO, or OK. Please note that this form has to be completed in its entirety. We need all names and street addresses where it asks for them (street intersections do not work). If none of the boxes at the top of page 2 are applicable, please write “NA” in each box.

Authorization for Emergency Medical Care –> Required for ALL children. You do not need a notary if you have someone else witness your signature and sign as well. Please note, health insurance information is required at the bottom. If your child does not have any allergies, please write “NA” on that line.

Parental Permission for Off-Premise Trips –> Required for ALL summer camp children. This is a permission form to go to the pool each week. If your child is signed up for week 5 The Land Before Time (July 11-15), please add the KU Natural History Museum to this. The address is 1345 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045. NOTE: If your child is enrolled in Teen Week 1 and/or 2, I will send out the locations of our trips via email a few weeks before those camps start.

Vehicle Release Form  –> Required only for campers in Week 5 The Land Before Time (July 11-15). This is not a KDHE form, but is required by the City of Topeka. NOTE: If your child is enrolled in Teen Week 1 and/or 2, I will send this out via email a few weeks before those camps start.

The following two forms are only required for children who bring medication, EpiPens, inhalers, etc to camp. You will only choose one of following.

Authorization for Self-Administration of Medication –> Please fill this out if you have a child who will be dispensing their own medications while at camp–including medicine, EpiPens, inhalers, etc. This means that camp counselors do not carry around these items and the camper is responsible for dispensing medication to themselves. You do NOT need it signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner.

Authorization for Dispensing Medications to Children –> Please fill this out if you have a child who wishes to have camp staff dispense medication to them. This includes having counselors carry around EpiPens, inhalers, medicines, etc and having the staff dispense it as needed.

You may email completed forms to before camp starts or may bring them to the first day of camp your child attends this year. Please contact 785-368-9137 with questions.


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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Updated January 7, 2016.

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