Summer Camp FAQs

Camp Registration Information

Advanced registration is required for all programs. Space is limited, so sign your child up soon!

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Registration for camp is on a first come, first served basis. Upon complete registration you will receive a confirmation email and an electronic ticket which you can print out to bring with you on the first day of camp. You will also receive a welcome letter which will include important information, such as camp meeting locations, camper pick-up authorization form, and a summary of what you can expect during camp.

If a camp session is full, your child can be placed on the Wait List. Being on the wait list does not guarantee registration. A spot will only open up for your child if someone else cancels a camp registration and you are next on the Wait List.

If you have any questions regarding camp please feel free to call us at 800-433-4149 or (800) 433-4149or email us at ppzeducation@wcs.org.

Camp Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be submitted via email to ppzeducation@wcs.org. Please state the child's name, camp session, date, and the reason for the refund request.

Each change to the original registration is subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.

Notice and refund amounts:

  • If your request is received at least four (4) weeks prior to the camp start date, a full refund will be issued, less the $50.00 administrative fee.
  • If your request is received between two (2) and four (4) weeks prior to the camp start date, a 50% refund will be issued.
  • If your request is received within two (2) weeks of the camp start date, no refund will be issued unless we are able to fill your spot from our waitlist. A 50% refund may be issued if we are able to fill your spot from our waitlist. *Please note that existence of a waitlist does not guarantee that your spot will be filled.*

Camp Registrations are non-transferrable.

Registration FAQs

Can I sign my child up for multiple weeks?

We invite you to limit your child one camp session each summer so we can ensure as many children as possible get to enjoy wildlife and wild places.

WHAT TYPE OF FORMS DO I NEED TO COMPLETE IF MY CAMPER'S SPOT IS CONFIRMED?

We require all campers to complete and bring the following forms with them on the first day of summer camp:

Is there an option for extended-day camp?

No. All campers must be picked up by 3pm.

Is there a discount for registering multiple children?

We do not offer a multiple-child discount. We do offer discounts off the base price for Wildlife Conservation Society members.

Do I get a refund if my child is sick?

No, we do not offer refunds for campers that are unable to attend camp because they are sick.

Camp FAQs

What do I do on the first day of camp?

We will provide to you plenty of information about your camp in the Welcome Letter. On the first day, we offer an orientation that gives an overview of the camp staff, curriculum, policies, and safety policies.

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?

Please contact us if you need to collect your child early on any given day. We will coordinate with the gate attendance to ensure your entry into the zoo and with our instructors for pick-up.

Should my child bring lunch to camp?

Yes. Campers should bring a lunch each day. We are a nut-free camp program! Please do not send any snacks or lunches that contain nuts of any kind, including peanut butter or almond butter. We will provide healthy snacks to all campers, but please pack a snack for your child if you are concerned about a food allergy. Since we don't provide snack until mid-morning, please make sure that your camper eats a well balanced breakfast each morning; having fun burns up a lot of energy! Also, please send your camper with a full, reusable water bottle. We make routine stops at the water fountain to cool down.

How much interaction will my child have with the animal collection?

Campers will experience close encounters with our education animal collection daily. Depending on availability, additional special activities could include opportunities to chat with keepers, animal enrichment opportunities, and close-ups with animals for feedings. This is subject to change based on several factors, such as the weather or the condition of the animal.

How should my child dress for camp?

Camp will take place rain or shine. Many of our activities revolve around outside activities. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather. Please make sure your camper is wearing sunscreen or can apply it independently; our counselors are not permitted to apply sunscreen on your child. Rain gear may be needed at times. Closed-toed shoes are required for your child's safety.

On the first day of camp, your child will be given a special zoo camp t-shirt. We require your child to wear this shirt every day of camp because it increases visibility when exploring the zoo. Extra shirts can be purchased for $20 when you register or can be purchased on the first and second days of camp as supplies last.

Can I stay with my child during the day?

For the safety of campers, we do not allow adults who are not camp staff to spend time with the camp group. This includes parents, guardians, and/or caregivers. If there is a special need for supervision or observation, please let us know.

What happens if my child can't attend a day or if they'll be late?

Please contact our Registrar team if your camper will be late to camp or absent on any given day. Email ppzeducation@wcs.org or call 1-(800) 433-4149 to do so.

What if my child has special needs?

If your child has special needs (dietary, allergy, behavioral, physical, etc.), please notify us in advance by emailing ppzeducation@wcs.org or calling 1-(800) 433-4149. We want every camper to have the best experience possible and we can only do this if we know the unique needs of your child!

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