Summer Camp

Registration for Summer 2022 is Now Open!

WCS Education has your summer covered with fun, educational camp experiences! We provide unforgettable experiences for your camper including age-appropriate, hands-on activities, up-close animal experiences, time to explore the park and tons of educational fun that builds on campers' innate love for our wild planet.

Select a camp experience below for more information!

SUMMER CAMP AT THE QUEENS ZOO

In-person summer camp is back at the Queens Zoo and it's going to be WILD! Campers will explore the zoo and learn about our animals like never before! This small-group experience brings all the fun of Zoo Camp with health and safety as a top priority. Scroll down for our camp schedule and descriptions! All summer camps run from 9:00a - 3:00p Monday - Friday each week unless otherwise noted.

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18 months - 3 years old w/adult

Toddler Time: Animal Senses

You and your child can learn about how animals use their senses to explore their world. Join us for this week-long experience. Through movement, song and nature explorations each day, you and your child will learn about a different one of the 5 senses and compare our senses to animals in the zoo. Meet some of our animal friends up close too.

Toddler Time summer camp sessions are 1 hour long, and are offered at 9:30am and 11:30am. One ticket covers one adult and one child.

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18 months - 3 years old w/adult

Toddler Time: Home for Animals

You and your child can learn how animals can find a home in the ground, up in trees, in the water and even in our homes too. Join us for this 4 day experience. Through movement, song and nature explorations each day, you and your child will learn about the place where animals can live. Meet some of our animal friends up close too.

Toddler Time summer camp sessions are 1 hour long, and are offered at 9:30am and 11:30am. One ticket covers one adult and one child.

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Pre Kindergarten - Kindergarten

Kinderzoo: Sense Like the Animals Do

Summer Campers will discover the adaptations that help animals sense the world around them. They can explore how snakes smell with their tongues or how eagles can find food a mile away with their keen eyesight. Each day will be spent learning about different animal senses through activities, games and up-close observations.

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Pre Kindergarten - Kindergarten

Kinderzoo: Where the Wild Things Live

Summer Campers will explore all of the places where animals can live. Some build nests in trees, some dig burrows and some just hide in the bushes. Your child will explore the Zoo to look for wild animal homes and learn how we provide the best shelter for the Zoo animals, too. They can even build their own shelter in our nature play space. Each day they will explore through activities, play, and up-close animal experiences.

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Pre Kindergarten - Kindergarten

Kinderzoo: Animal Superheroes

Each day campers will explore the amazing superpowers that different animals have. Whether they are as fast as a car or can leap tall campers in a single bound, every animal can be a superhero. By the end of the week, summer campers will create their own imaginary super animals that demonstrate some of the adaptations that they studied. Camp includes up-close animal encounters, visits to exhibits, and hands-on activities!

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1st - 2nd Grade

Week of Wildlife: Zoo Academy

Your summer camper can join us this week to learn about animals through science, math, reading and wild explorations around the zoo. Campers can learn to measure and count out animal foods and provide them with shelter. Through games, crafts and other activities they will discover how we enrich the lives of our animals everyday. Finally, by the end of the week they will graduate the academy as budding animal experts.

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1st - 2nd Grade

Week of Wildlife: Animals Like Us

Summer Campers will spend the week looking at how animals are similar or different from us. They will explore how animals eat, move, and sense the world around us. Can they jump like a puma or crawl like a turtle? This program will give them a chance to find out through experiments, games and up-close animal experiences.

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1st - 2nd Grade

Week of Wildlife: Wild Animal Music

Animals "talk" through whistles, tweets, trumpets and an orchestra of other sounds. Come and explore our wonderfully musical world of animals in the Zoo. Through games, experiments and some instrument making of their own, campers can learn about animal sounds and communication. Summer Camp includes up-close animal encounters, visits to exhibits and hands-on activities!

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3rd - 5th Grade

Zoo Explorers: Animal Mysteries

Become a super sleuth and join us for an exploration of the mysterious animals that live in the Americas. Each day campers will use the scientific process to identify a new surprise animal. Through experiments, and observations of animal adaptations, habitats and habits, they will solve the mystery and identify an amazing animal. Summer Camp includes up-close animal encounters, visits to exhibits and hands-on activities!

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3rd - 5th Grade

Zoo Explorers: Animals Through Time

Animals have evolved over time. Some have survived and some have been replaced by others. Through explorations of prehistoric animals like dinosaurs and comparisons to animals like birds today, campers discover how certain adaptations have helped a species survive. From scales, to feathers or fur, and through observations and experiments of body structures and behaviors campers will learn about animals in our world. Summer Camp includes up-close animal encounters, visits to exhibits and hands-on activities!

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

6th - 8th Grade

Junior Scientists

Campers discover how WCS scientists, artists, and exhibit designers replicate the natural areas we protect around the globe in our zoo. During this week of camp, your child can learn how WCS studies these habitats and educates and inspires visitors about the animals that live there. Through engaging activities, exhibit visits, and animal demonstrations, campers will gain a new understanding of zoo exhibit design. Summer Campers will use what they have learned to then explore some of the natural areas around the zoo and create their own model exhibit!

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Schedule

June 20 — June 24
5 day camp
Toddler Time: Animal Senses

June 27 — July 1
5 day camp
Kinderzoo: Sense Like the Animals Do
Week of Wildlife: Zoo Academy
July 5 — July 8
4 day camp
Toddler Time: Home for Animals**
Zoo Explorers: Animal Mysteries*
July 11 — July 15
5 day camp
Kinderzoo: Where the Wild Things Live

July 18 — July 22
5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Animals Like Us
Zoo Explorers: Animals Through Time
July 25 — July 29
5 day camp
Junior Scientists: Conservation Scientists

August 1 — August 5
5 day camp
Kinderzoo: Animal Superheroes
Week of Wildlife: Wild Animal Music
August 8 — August 12
5 day camp
Zoo Explorers: Animal Mysteries
August 15 — August 19
5 day camp
Kinderzoo: Sense Like the Animals Do
Junior Scientists: Conservation Scientists
August 22 — August 26
5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Zoo Academy
Zoo Explorers: Animals Through Time
August 29 — September 2
5 day camp
Kinderzoo: Where the Wild Things Live
Week of Wildlife: Animals Like Us

Price

$495 members / $550 regular (5 day camp)

$396 members / $440 regular (4 day camp)*

$180 members / $225 regular (Toddler Time)

$144 members / $180 regular (Toddler Time 4 day camp)**

*Prorated price the week of July 5 - July 8 only**


Extended Care

Extended Care is a great add-on option for caregivers who can't pick their summer camper up at 3:00pm, allowing caregivers to pick up anytime before 5:00pm. Extended Care includes free play, exhibit visits, and nature play exploration (weather permitting). Minimum number required to run the program. Add on items like Extended Care and additional summer camp t-shirts when adding your selected camp purchase to your cart.




Please visit the Queens Zoo Know Before You Go page to review park policies related to COVID-19.


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