Summer Camp

ADVENTURE CAMPS 2022

Registration for Spring and Summer Camps 2022 (including Teen Camp) opens on Monday, January 17th, 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.

Middle School 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

Middle School Teen Camps are for students currently enrolled in 6th-8th grade (2021-2022 school year). Students can be 12 if they're in 6th grade currently.

NOTE: If your child is currently in 8th grade and going into high school in fall 2022, they must do Middle School Teen Camp. High School Teen Camp is for students who have completed at least one year of high school already. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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.

Middle School Week 1: June 13-17, 2022 --> --> Middle School Week 1 is sold out; please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

Middle School Week 2: June 20-24, 2022 --> Middle School Week 2 is sold out; please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

Middle School Week 3: June 27-July 1, 2022* --> Middle School Week 3 is sold out; please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

*This week will include an optional overnight off-grounds from July 1st into July 2nd; more information on that will be provided closer to summer and once registered.

High School Teen Camp

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

High School Teen Camps are for students currently enrolled in 9th-12th grade (2021-2022 school year). High School Seniors who just graduated in 2022 are still eligible to attend. If your child is entering 9th grade next fall (in 2022), then they need to register for Middle School Teen Camp.

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 Week 1: July 11-15, 2022 --> High School Week 1 is sold out; please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

High School Week 2: July 18-22, 2022 --> High School Week 2 is sold out; please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

High School Week 3: July 25-29, 2022* --> High School Week 3 is sold out; please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

*This week will include an optional overnight off-grounds from July 29th into July 30th; more information on that will be provided closer to summer and once registered.

Youth Summer Camps

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 July 4-8, 2022.

Camp Details

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 education@topekazoo.org.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your camp registration 15 or more days before the start date, the Zoo will refund the registration fee, except for $10 for single-day camp registrations and $25 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 14 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 season (i.e. spring camp to spring camp). Cancellations due to Covid-19 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact (785)368-9137 or education@topekazoo.org to cancel or questions. Updated: August 2022

Involuntary Removal Policy: If your child's registration in camp is revoked due to behavioral and/or non-compliance issues, then your ability to register for future camps will be forfeit for at least one calendar year from the date of the incident. The zoo reserves the right to extend this policy on a case-by-case basis.

Registration for all camps opens on Monday, January 17th, 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 Required Forms

The Topeka Zoo is a licensed School-Age Program through KDHE; as such, there are some forms we need returned before your child begins camp. These are kept on file for an entire calendar year–so you only need to fill them out once per camp year. These forms will be emailed to you at least two weeks prior to your first camp date, along with the camp letter which will explain all the logistics (drop-off, pick-up, what to bring, etc.).

Please contact the Education Department at 785-368-9137 or education@topekazoo.org with questions.