Summer Camp

Registration for Summer 2023 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

Queens Zoo is WILD about summer camp! Campers will explore the zoo and learn about our animals like never before! We bring all the fun of Zoo Camp with health and safety as a top priority. Scroll down for our camp schedule and descriptions! Zoo Camp runs from 9:00AM - 3:00PM ** Monday - Friday each week unless otherwise noted.

**except where noted for Toddler (1.5 hours) and Zoo Tykes programs (3 hours)

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18 months - 3 years old w/adult

Toddler Time: Under (Animal) Wraps

In this 3-session mini-camp, we will explore the zoo and learn about a variety of animal coverings - including their colors and textures. We will engage in sensory activities, crafts, and animal encounters throughout the week. This hour and a half long program is for a child and their caregiver.


One ticket covers one adult and one child. Camper must be 18 months - 3 yrs old at the time of the program.

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18 months - 3 years old w/adult

Toddler Time: Learning your ABZ's

Campers and their grownup will come to the zoo to explore the many things that start with the Letters of the Day. We will do letter-related crafts and have close animal encounters throughout the week! This is an hour-and-a-half long program is for a child and their caregiver.


One ticket covers one adult and one child. Camper must be 18 mos - 3 yrs old at the time of the program.

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3K - Pre Kindergarten

Zoo Tykes: Barnyard Bonanza

Bring your future farmer down to our half-day barn camp to learn all about our domestic animals! We’ll get to feed the farm animals every day, make farm themed crafts, sing songs, read stories, and meet some of our animals up close!

This drop off camp is designed for children entering 3K and Pre-K in the fall in the fall of 2023. Campers must be 3 or 4 years old on or before their first day of camp. Price is per week. Sign up for two different Zoo Tykes camps!

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3K - Pre Kindergarten

Zoo Tykes: Birds of Play

Join us for our half-day camp where we learn all about what makes birds so special! Is it their feathers, beaks, eggs, or all of the above?! Campers will participate in fun crafts and games, and visit our enchanting bird-centered exhibits each day.

This drop off camp is designed for children entering 3K and Pre-K in the fall in the fall of 2023. Campers must be 3 or 4 years old on or before their first day of camp. Price is per week. Sign up for two different Zoo Tykes camps!

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Entering Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Week of Wildlife: Animal Caretakers

Campers will have an opportunity to explore zoo exhibits and see what it takes to care for our animals at the zoo. From feeding and cleaning to providing shelter and enrichment, caring for animals is not an easy job. In this amazing program, campers will explore the jobs of zoo keepers, veterinarians, field biologists, and more!

This camp is for children entering K, 1st or 2nd grade in the fall of 2023.

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1st - 2nd Grade

Week of Wildlife: Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom

There's a mystery and our campers need to solve it! Each day, campers will collect clues and put them together to figure out that day’s mystery animal. There will be close up animal encounters, exhibit visits, craft time, and plenty of games! Can we gather evidence, connect the dots, and crack the animal-case?

This camp is for children entering K, 1st or 2nd grade in the fall of 2023.

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3rd - 5th Grade

Zoo Explorers: Eco-Investigators!

All around the world, there are unique ecosystems that contain plants and animals found nowhere else! How do these organisms survive and what makes them so special? Through investigations of zoo exhibits and animals, campers will find out what it takes to be a survivor.

Price is per week. Sign up for two different camps! This camp is for children entering 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in the fall of 2023.

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3rd - 5th Grade

Zoo Explorers: STEM Stewards

Campers have an amazing opportunity during this camp to learn the ways they can help the environment and put those tactics into action! Using the zoo, technology and up-close animal encounters, campers will participate in experiments, crafts, and games to tackle the pressing wildlife conservation issues of our time!

Price is per week. Sign up for two different camps! This camp is for children entering 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in the fall of 2023.

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6th - 8th Grade

Junior Scientists: Animal Transformations

From paramecium to pumas, campers will explore the evolutionary tree of life and learn how animals diversified from single celled organisms to become what they are today! Using the tools of a scientist, they get a closer look at animal species to see how they have adapted to environmental influences like climate change, animal interactions and human impacts.

Campers must be entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2023.

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Schedule

June 19 — June 23
5 day camp
Toddler Time: Learning your ABZ's

June 26 — June 30
5 day camp
Zoo Tykes: Barnyard Bonanza
Week of Wildlife: Animal Caretakers
July 5 — July 7
3 day camp
Toddler Time: Under (Animal) Wraps*
Zoo Tykes: Barnyard Bonanza*
July 10 — July 14
5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Animal Caretakers
Zoo Explorers: Eco-Investigators!
July 17 — July 21
5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom
Zoo Explorers: STEM Stewards!
July 24 — July 28
5 day/half day camp
Zoo Tykes: Birds of Play

July 31 — August 4
5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Animal Caretakers
Zoo Explorers: Eco-Investigators!
August 7 — August 11
5 day camp
Zoo Explorers: Eco-Investigators!
Junior Scientist: Animal Transformations
August 14 — August 18
5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom
Zoo Explorers: STEM Stewards!
August 21 — August 25
5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Animal Caretakers
Zoo Explorers: Eco-Investigators!
August 28 — September 1
5 day camp
Week of Wildlife: Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom
Zoo Explorers: STEM Stewards!

Price

$517.50 members / $575 regular (5 day camp)

$270 members / $300 regular (Zoo Tykes - half day camp)

$162 members / $180 regular (Zoo Tykes - 3 day/half day camp)*

$180 members / $200 regular (Toddler Time)

$120 members / $108 regular (Toddler Time 3 day camp)*

*Prorated price the week of July 5 - July 7 only*


Extended Care

We now offer Extended Care from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. Extended Care includes free play, exhibit visits, and nature play exploration. Add-on items such as Extended Care and additional camp t-shirts can be purchased once you add a week of camp to your shopping cart.




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


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