School Holiday Camps

School Holiday Zoo Camp Registration Status

For your convenience this chart shows available camp dates



Half Day AM Availability

Half Day PM Availability

Full Day Availability

Martin Luther King Day

January 20, 2020




President’s Day

February 17, 2020




Columbus Day

October 12, 2020




Program Details

2020 School Holiday Camps

Special Holiday Workshops exclusively for children ages 7-12!

Are you looking for a place where your child(ren) can have loads of fun during the one-day holidays that fall throughout the school year? Bring them to School Holiday Camp Workshops at the Buffalo Zoo! Morning and afternoon workshops allow great family flexibility; sign up for one half day session, or the full day. To sign up for one or more of these exciting workshops visit us at to register online.

Dates: Monday, January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Day
Monday, February 17, 2020 President’s Day
Monday, October 12, 2020 Columbus Day

Workshop Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and/or
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, January 20
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Born Leaders
Explore the lives of social animals and learn the qualities required to become a leader in the animal world.

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
One Small Step
From large herds and flocks to the tiniest microbe every animal has an effect on its environment. Learn how we can make positive differences in our world every day through even the smallest actions.

Monday, February 17
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
While others celebrate President’s Day by listening to famous speeches from the past we’ll turn our ears towards the animals and examine the ways they communicate.

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Great Migration Challenge As we anxiously anticipate the arrival of spring, learn about the animals getting ready for one of the busiest migration times of the year.

Monday, October 12
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Monster Mash
Ogres, vampires, ghost and goblins – all can be found in the animal kingdom! Learn all about real-life creepers and the animals that inspired some of our favorite movie monsters.

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Beetles, spiders, butterflies, and more. Learn all about insects and other arthropods as we explore living and preserved specimens up close during this crawly workshop.

General Camp Information

Activities will include a combination of exhibit visits, animal information, games, songs, stories, and live animal contact. Students will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods from our Education Department animal collection. This provides each camper with the experience and thrill of live animal contact under well-supervised conditions.

Arrival/Departure—Doors will be open 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each winter camp workshop at either 8:45 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. Campers must enter through the Zoo School entrance on Meadow Drive no later than 9:15 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. and be picked up at the same entrance promptly at 12:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. Campers will not be allowed to leave the Zoo without a parent or guardian signing for their child. Please be prepared to show ID upon request.

Appropriate clothing– School Holiday Camps involve activities that take the children outdoors. Appropriate clothing must be worn and should include; winter boots, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves and spring/winter jackets as appropriate. All outerwear should be labeled with the camper’s name.

Lunch/snack time-If your child is registered for both the morning and afternoon workshops, they must bring a bag lunch. Lunch time is from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. with adult supervision.

Due to dietary restrictions/allergies, no snacks will be provided by the Zoo for the health and safety of our campers. Please provide a snack for your child for the morning and afternoon. ZOO CAMP IS NUT FREE. Please be considerate of this when choosing your child’s snack and lunch options. All snacks and lunches will be checked for nuts upon arrival to camp each session.


BECOME A ZOO MEMBER and save on School Holiday Camp fees. For information, call 995-6131 or go to .

To properly staff the program and gauge supply needs, registration must be
received no later than two weeks prior to the start of each holiday camp. Due to
limited space within each age group, no walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Registration Fee:
Morning or Afternoon workshop
Non-members: $30/child
Members: $27/child

Full Day (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Non-members: $55/child
Members: $50/child
(You must register for same day workshops to receive discount)

How to register…
a) Mail your registration – Payment MUST accompany your registration and may be made in cash, by check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Please make checks payable to the Buffalo Zoo. Mail the completed form and registration fee to:

Education Department-CAMPS
Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave
Buffalo, NY 14214-1999

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b) Fax your registration – You may also fax completed registration with credit card
payment to (716) 995-6125.

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c) Online Registration – If you have access to the internet, there is an application posted on-line at our website . Click on ‘experiences’ and scroll down to the square labeled Winter Camp to find all of the information about camp and the application.

To provide the campers with individual attention, group size is limited. Register early to save your camper’s spot!

Cancellation requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the start of the
Winter Camp. There will be a 15% administration fee for refunds prior to camp. Fees will not be refunded for any reason after the first day of camp.

Registration Info

The Buffalo Zoo offers School Holiday Zoo Camps for children ages 7-12.


  • $30 per child Non-members: Half Day
  • $55 per child Non-members: Full Day
  • $27 per child Members: Half Day
  • $50 per child Members: Full Day