Summer Camp


Registration opens Monday, January 11th, at 9:00am.

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 three-week sessions of teen camp that will be held in June and 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.

Teen Camp

Description: 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!

Theme: Exploration Weeks for Teens

Time: 8:30-3:30; however, times may vary slightly depending on our trip for that day.

Cost: $150/student/week (plus tax) for FOTZ members

$175/student/week (plus tax) for non-members

Limit: 20 students/week

We are splitting Teen Camp into two sessions this year—one for Middle School students and the other for High School students. Please only sign up for your respective grade level; this relates to the current grade students are in for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact Rachael at 785-368-9137 or with questions.


Middle School Teen Camps are for students currently enrolled in 6th-8th grade (2020-2021 school year).

Week 1: June 7-11, 2021

Week 2: June 14-18, 2021 with overnight from June 18th-19th (overnight is an additional, optional fee; will correspond with participants closer to this event regarding logistics)

Week 3: June 21-25, 2021

All three 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 any individual week or all 3 of them.


High School Teen Camps are for students currently enrolled in 9th-12th grade (2020-2021 school year).

Week 1: July 5-9, 2021

Week 2: July 12-16, 2021 with overnight from July 16th-17th (overnight is an additional, optional fee; will correspond with participants closer to this event regarding logistics)

Week 3: July 19-23, 2021

All three 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 any individual week or all 3 of them.

Youth Summer Camps 2021

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

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

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

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

Limit: 40 students/week

Registration is on a weekly basis and all camps are different. Weekly dates, themes, and descriptions are below.

There is a break the week June 28 – July 2, 2021.

Camp Details

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

CAMP MASK POLICY: Individuals age 6 and older, including zoo staff and adults, must wear a mask indoors and outdoors at all times. The only exception is during lunch, snack, and while drinking.

LUNCH: Campers are responsible for providing their own lunch. You can bring a lunch from home or have the zoo make a hot lunch for you. The zoo hot lunch options can be viewed, ordered, and paid for via this link (will add link closer to camp start date). Please note that the deadline to order is 9:30am of each camp day. You must order online; there will be no more in-person option for ordering.

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).

Swimming: Each of the 8 weeks of youth summer camp will include a 2-hour trip to the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center during one afternoon during the week (usually Thursdays). 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, or would like your child to be stationed in the shallow end with a few counselors, please call 785-368-9137 or email

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 (plus tax). 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 11th, 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 plus tax) 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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