Summer Camp

Have an unforgettable Summer Camp experience at the Prospect Park Zoo!

WCS Education Camp Principles of Excellence:

  • Create a welcoming and safe camp experience for all
  • Foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking
  • Instill an appreciation and connection to local nature
  • Spend at least half of camp time outside the classroom
  • Inspire all to take conservation action

Most camps run Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00p.m. and include:

  • Daily explorations of our exciting Prospect Park Zoo exhibits
  • Daily up-close encounters with animal ambassadors
  • Science and learning investigations inside the classroom and out and about in nature
  • Fun games that foster a love of wildlife and science discoveries
  • Nature inspired art projects
  • Healthy snacks served daily
  • Special closing ceremony for caregivers on Fridays that will begin prior to 3:00 p.m.

If you have questions about our camps, visit our FAQs page. We've likely got you covered.

Please click on the session of your choice to view availability and to register.

Can't wait for the summer? We also run school break camps! Click here to see which programs we have


Extended Care Program

Stay at the Zoo a little longer! Extended care is a great option for caregivers who can't pick up their camper at 3pm and allows grown-ups to pick up anytime before 5:30pm. Extended care includes opportunities for free play, exhibit visits, and nature play exploration, weather permitting. Miniumum number required to run the program.

Dates:
Available for all camp weeks

Cost:
$125 members / $150 non-members

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Kinder Zoo: Animal Adventures (entering Pre-K-4 - K)

Grab your passports and get ready for a wild trip around the world! Campers will discover what makes animals in the arctic different from those in Australia as they embark on adventures through the seven continents. Throughout their journey campers will meet animals up close, explore nature, create zoo crafts, and travel to animal exhibits - all while discovering unique adaptations of animals all over the world.

DATES:

  • June 10 - 14, 2019
  • June 17 - 21, 2019
  • June 24 - 28, 2019
  • July 7 - 12, 2019
  • July 22 - 26, 2019
  • July 29 - August 2, 2019
  • August 12 - 16, 2019
  • August 26 - 30, 2019

COST: $450 members / $475 non-members

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Week of Wildlife: Zoo Sleuths (entering 1st - 3rd grades)

This adventure camp will transform young campers into wildlife detectives as they explore the zoo, visit with animals, and discover animal secrets using scientific instruments. Clues, such as animal tracks and scat, will lead campers throughout the zoo during this ultimate quest to solve a zoo mystery! Animal encounters, outdoor activities, crafts, and exhibit visits are all a part of the fun.

DATES:

  • June 17 - 21, 2019
  • June 24 - 28, 2019
  • July 8 - 12, 2019
  • July 29 - August 2, 2019
  • August 5 - 9, 2019
  • August 19 - 23, 2019
  • August 26 - 30, 2019

COST: $450 members / $475 non-members


3 Day

DATE: July 1 - 3, 2019
COST: $250 members / $275 non-members

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Zoo Explorer: The Fast and the Furriest (entering 4th - 6th grades)

Campers will race around the world in this exciting week-long camp meeting animals up close and getting out into the zoo. Along the way they will encounter challenges that test our creativity, sportsmanship and teamwork as we explore our zoo animals and learn about their countries of origin. Puzzles, scavenger hunts, and trivia games are just some of the challenges campers might encounter! On your mark, get set, GO!

DATES:

  • August 5 - 9, 2019
  • August 12 - 16, 2019
  • August 19 - 23, 2019

COST: $450 members / $475 non-members


3 Day

DATE: July 1 - 3, 2019
COST: $250 members / $275 non-members

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Wild Safari (entering 1st - 4th grades)

Urban Jungle

Grab your binoculars - it’s time to trek through the wilds of Brooklyn! Like all New Yorkers, city animals are expert survivalists and our campers will uncover what makes them unique with up-close animal encounters, exhibit visits, and hands-on nature exploration every day. We’ll even travel out of the concrete jungle to other amazing habitats to learn from species around the world!

DATES:

  • June 10 - 14, 2019
  • June 24 - 28, 2019
  • July 8 - 12, 2019
  • July 22 - 26, 2019
  • August 5 - 9, 2019
  • August 19 - 23, 2019

COST: $450 members / $475 non-members

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Zooper Heroes

Ready to be a super-scientist and help save the world? Start here! Campers will work together to solve real conservation challenges with hands-on activities in the zoo. Throughout the week, they'll practice being wildlife biologists by venturing into the field, meeting animals up close, exploring our exhibits, and conducting experiments every day. Together our Zooperheros will help save the planet.

DATES:

  • June 17 - 21, 2019
  • July 15 - 19, 2019
  • July 29 - August 2, 2019
  • August 12 - 16, 2019
  • August 26 - 30, 2019

COST: $450 members / $475 non-members


3 Day

DATE: July 1 - 3, 2019
COST: $250 members / $275 non-members

Register Here


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