Zoo Camp Programs
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrations must be submitted through our online reservation system. Each session has limited space and is closed when filled. A waiting list is compiled for each session. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail. Please bring the confirmation, along with a completed health form, on the first day of camp. No refunds are available for cancellations occurring within two weeks of the program date.
Want to look like you belong in the Zoo? Zoo Camp t-shirts are available in both adult and children's sizes. T-shirts can be ordered when you register for $10.
CAMPS FOR RISING 1ST - 3RD GRADERS...
All camps begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
June 18, 2013
From Acrocanthosaurus to Triceratops, join zoo educators as we explore the creature features that made dinosaurs so unique. Have a roaring good time learning about the prehistoric beasts that have made their way to the NC Zoo. Watch out for Giganotosaurus!
June 20, 2013
Join us as we travel around the Zoo for a fun photo safari. Each camper will be provided with their own disposable camera to take home and develop. Photos will be taken of campers and camp activities, made into a photo booklet and sent to you by mail at the end of the season.
June 26, 2013
We have animal babies! Join us as we learn about the babies and their families. Campers will visit several exhibits along with Zoo educators to learn about each family's unique traits and characteristics. This fun-filled day will include planning a family tree, making an animal enrichment project, games and crafts!
July 11, 2013
If you love birds then this camp is for you. We will trek through a tropical forest and uncover some of the NC Zoo's most beautiful birds. We will also study the Zoo's large collection of bird artifacts from feathers to eggs and uncover why birds are such unique animals.
BIG AND LITTLE
July 18, 2013
From largest to smallest and all different shapes-- let's investigate. Why am I tall? Why am I small? Do I burrow or fly? Do I roam, or do I hide? We will discover why size and shape of different mammals, reptiles, and birds enhance their adaptations and have an important part in their type of habitat.
July 31, 2013
You must admit, some animals just have crazy colors! Together we will visit some of the most colorful animals in the Zoo, and find out how their amazing color helps them.
CAMPS FOR RISING 3RD - 6TH GRADERS...
All camps begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
DIG INTO DINOS
June 19, 2013
Calling all aspiring paleontologists! Join zoo educators on a trek back in time to investigate some of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the earth. Catch a glimpse of a Parasaurolophus and her baby, learn about some of the ancient plant life and have the chance to try your hand at digging in the fossil pits.
INSECTS & SPIDERS
June 25, 2013
Calling all entomologists! This camp is designed just for you! We will venture through the Zoo searching for insets and even a spider or two! We will discover how insects like the honey bee play such an important role in our environment and take an up-close look at the world around us.
June 27, 2013
Are you good at identifying birds? This camp will help strengthen your bird identifying skills and introduce you to several of the NC Zoo's trained birds. We will learn how the Zoo uses these special birds to help educate others about the challenges some birds are facing and how we all can help protect them.
July 16, 2013
When you think zoo, you think animals, but a zoo cannot run on animals alone. From cutting carrots to scooping poop, checking temperatures to what grows in our soil, you'll be amazed at the kind of jobs people have here at the NC Zoo.
July 23, 2013
Have you ever wondered what it takes to build an animal exhibit at the NC Zoo? It's not as easy as you may think. Join us as we meet some of those whose job it is to make sure our zoo animals have the best possible place to live. Together we will visit some of our most popular exhibits and uncover why they are so great!
ELEPHANTS & RHINOS
July 30, 2013
Learn about our BIG pachyderms! What are their differences and the role each one plays on the African grasslands. How can a nut help an elephant? We will learn fun facts, make a mosaic masterpiece, visit Watani along with some of its residents, and participate in a keeper talk.
CAMPS FOR RISING 6TH - 8TH GRADERS...
August 1, 2013
Join zoo educators and keepers to learn how the zoo helps animals through conservation projects locally and globally. Discover ways you can help keep animals and their habitats healthy. Campers will participate in a service project that will benefit the Zoo. They will be able to apply what they have learned to simple things at home that we can all practice.
for rising 4th - 6th grade
SNORE AND ROAR
July 24-25, 2013
Creatures of the Night-- We'll shed some light on the mystery of what's really going "bump in the night". Through presentations and activities, participants will develop a greater understanding of our nighttime neighbors, their roles in our environment, and how we can help them.
This program includes a night hike and an overnight stay.
- Drop off at 9am (overnight stay-dinner included)
- Pick up at 9am the next day (breakfast included)
What to bring:
- bag lunch
- weather appropriate clothing
- water bottle
- comfortable walking shoes (NO flip-flops)
- sleeping bag
- sleeping pad (optional)
- air mattress (optional)
- rain poncho (optional)
- umbrella (optional)
*Please put your child's name on the items they bring.
For more information contact the Zoo education office by phone (336) 879-7715, toll free 1-800-488-0444 ext. 7715 or Email