Spring Break Camp

Spring camps registration opens January 11th, 2021, at 9:00am.

We have two types of camp this spring: single day camps, as well as a week-long camp during spring break. Each camp day will feature a live animal presentation, behind-the-scenes tour, crafts, games, and more!

Single-Day Camps: Registration is on a daily basis.

Dates and Themes:

February 11th: Feeling Feline; Description: Big cats, small cats, and everything in between! If you love cats, this is the purrrfect camp for you to learn all about these furry friends!

February 12th: Bee Mine; Description: Just a few days before Valentine’s, this camp will focus on animals we should love and the benefits they provide to our planet. This camp is sure to make you swoon!

March 5th: Dino Dig; Description: Get your shovels and brushes ready, as this day of camp focuses on unearthing the past and learning all about those prehistoric dinosaurs we all know and love!

April 5th: Unsinkables; Description: Water is everywhere from the oceans to our streams. Join us as we learn how different animals have learned to thrive in all the types of water on our planet!

May 10th: The Scavenger's Hunt; Description: Opossum and vulture and cockroach, oh my! Join us on the ultimate scavenger’s hunt, as we clue in to the world of nature’s clean-up crews.

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm for each day

Cost: $40/child/day (plus tax) for FOTZ members; $45/child/day (plus tax) for non-members

Age: 6-12 (Can be 5 if they are currently in kindergarten)

Capacity: Maximum of 20 students per day


Week-Long Camp: Registration is for the whole week.

Dates: March 8th-12th, 2021 --> SOLD OUT. Call 785-368-9137 to be placed on waiting list.

Theme: Natural Wonders

Description: From the Northern Lights to the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef to Mount Everest, this camp will focus on the natural wonders of the world and the amazing animals that call these places home. Don't miss this wonderfully good time!

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm daily for whole week (no stay late option)

Cost: $140/child/week (plus tax) for FOTZ members; $165/child/week (plus tax) for non-members

Age: 6-12 (Can be 5 if they are currently in kindergarten)

Capacity: Maximum of 20 students for the whole week

Camp details

Optional Camp T-Shirt: $14/shirt (plus tax) with youth and adult sizes available (additional charges apply for Adult 2XL and 3XL). Available at https://store.topekazoo.org/#/Education.

Temperature Checks: Zoo camp staff and students will have their temperatures checked with a no-contact thermometer every morning before camp.

Mask Requirements: All students must wear a mask to camp. See below for the zoo’s mask requirements.

  • Students age 6 and older must wear a mask indoors at all times. When outdoors, students do not have to wear a mask if they can distance 3 feet or more from others; if social distancing cannot be maintained, then masks are required outdoors as well. This means our camp space, the open-air outdoor Security Benefit Pavilion, will require masks most of the time. We will spread out outside and take mask breaks throughout each day. The only mask exceptions are during lunch, snack, and to get a quick drink, as well as the one afternoon we spend at the pool each week.
  • Zoo staff and parents must follow all of the same protocols as students age 6 and older.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your camp registration 8 or more days before the start date, the Zoo will refund the registration fee, except for $10 for single-day camp registrations and $20 for the week-long registrations. This fee is applied per child per 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. Cancellations due to Covid-19 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact (785)368-9137 or rrost@topeka.org to cancel or questions. Updated: May 12, 2021

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.

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

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