Summer Camp


Registration opens Monday, January 7th at 9am.

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 three weeks of teen camp that will be held in July that are geared toward 13-18 year olds. Registration is on a weekly basis. 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.

Camp Info

The following information is true for all weeks of regular summer camp (excluding Teen Camp):

Time: 9:00-3:00; No stay-late option

Cost: $140/week members   $165/week non members

Age: 6-12 (Can be 5 if they have completed kindergarten)


Teen Camp - All teen camps are sold out. call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

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

We are offering 3 differing weeks of teen camp in June and then those same 3 weeks again in July! The three June weeks will be identical to the three July weeks of camp. Registration is per week; however, we recommend doing all three weeks of  camp, as they are designed to complement each other. 

There will be an optional overnight trip on June 28th into June 29th for the June teen camp. The same overnight will be scheduled for July 26th into July 27th for the July teen camp. Details to follow closer to the camp. There will still be a full Friday of activities for all campers, regardless of if they attend the overnight.


Time: 8:30-3:30

Cost: $150/week members   $175/week non members

Age: 13-18

July teen camps sold out. June camps still open. Please call 785-368-9137 with any questions.

Summer Camps - all summer camps are sold out.  call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

There is a break the week of July 1-5

Camp Details

Campers are to bring their own lunch each day. New this year: Parents will have the option of having the zoo make a lunch for you! You can pre-order the lunches or you can fill out the form each day when you drop your child off. They are $5 per lunch and include a main dish, a side, and a drink. To view the menu or sign up for these lunches, please click here.

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 accommodate 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. This fee is applied per child per week of camp you cancel. The Zoo will not refund any registration fees if cancellation occurs within 7 days of the start date. If space is still available, you may transfer your registration to another camp week for no additional fee. If transferring, it must be to a camp within the same calendar year.

Registration for all camps opens on Monday, January 7th at 9:00am. 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.

Thinking about a membership? If you are signing up for at least 3 camps, a family FOTZ membership pays for itself! 
Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member or sign up today.

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. NOTE: If your child is enrolled in any of the Teen Weeks, I will send out the locations of our trips 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 368-9161. Thank you!

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