Summer Zoo Camp

Summer Zoo Camp Registration Status

For your convenience this chart shows available camp dates

Polar Bears
(ages 5 & 6)

(ages 7 & 8)

(ages 9 - 12)

(ages 3 & 4)

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Program Description

Camp is wilder than ever at the Buffalo Zoo! Each camp day includes games, songs, crafts and close encounters with the animals. Make sure your camper doesn’t miss any of these exciting new camp experiences!

Program Details


Week 1: July 8-12 and Week 4: July 29-August 2

You Are What You Eat

During this special camp week learn all about the yummy and gross foods that animals eat, and some of the weird and wonderful adaptations animals have for gathering their food. Our food-filled week includes games, crafts, and activities guaranteed to excite the taste buds!

Week 2: July 15-19 and Week 5: August 5-9


Why learn about just one topic when you can cover five completely different ones?! The week’s topics will include Brains!, Mythbusters, Animals in Disguise, Accidental Gardeners, and Gross Anatomy.

Week 3: July 22-26 and Week 6: August 12-16

Animal Detectives

Become a real animal detective as we explore some of the many ways scientists track and keep track of animals around the world. Topics will include poop, bones, animal tracks and sounds, and some of the unique methods researchers use to recognize individuals in the field.  We’ll even get a little bit prehistoric and learn how researchers understand the lives of long-extinct animals like dinosaurs!

Week 7 only: August 19-23

Cub Camp

During this special week our youngest campers – ages 3-5 – rule the roost! With shorter camp days and no big kids around to get in our way this camp is perfect for potty-trained pre-schoolers and slightly older campers who may not be ready for a full day camp just yet. This summer, with the help of our animal friends, we will be exploring our senses. Campers can expect the same excitement that our older campers experience but in a shorter day. Each camp day will include animal encounters, tours of the Zoo, crafts, games, and story time. Campers may choose the morning (9:00-11:30) or afternoon (1:00-3:30) session that best fits their needs.

To provide a stimulating environment for campers, we recommend that campers avoid repeating weeks. The curriculum and activities for those weeks will be identical.

Summer Zoo Camp Schedule:

Days: Monday through Friday

Dates: July 8 – August 23, 2019

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


For our full-day camps: during the time they are attending camp, children must be at least five years of age.

Explorer groups at Zoo Camp are based on the age the camper will be while attending camp. To provide the campers with individual attention, group size is limited. Register early to save your child’s spot!

Explorer groups:

Polar Bears: Ages 5 – 6

Lions: Ages 7 – 8

Gorillas: Ages 9 – 12

Cub Camp: Ages 3 – 5

General Information

Full-Day Camp Arrival/Departure times are 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively. Campers must arrive at the Zoo School entrance on Meadow Drive by 9:00 a.m. and be picked up at the same entrance at 3:30 p.m.

Cub Camp Arrival/Departure times are: 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively for morning session; 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively for afternoon session.

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.

To better accommodate the needs of our campers’ parents, we do offer a fee-based *Before and After Care Program between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. sharp. Please be respectful of the drop-off and pick-up times of this program. Parents will be assessed a fee of $5.00 for every 5 minutes past 5:00 p.m. that their child remains at the Zoo. (* Sorry, Before and After Care options are not available for Cub Camp week.)

Appropriate clothing must be worn. This includes sturdy shoes and appropriate outerwear labeled with the camper’s name. Each full-day camper will receive a camp t-shirt at the beginning of each week of camp. Campers are encouraged (not required) to wear their t-shirts for the remainder of the week.

Activities will include a combination of exhibit visits, animal information, games, songs, stories, activities and live animal contact. Campers 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.

NO LUNCHES OR SNACKS ARE PROVIDED due to individual food preferences, allergies and dietary restrictions. Campers must bring a bag lunch and snack each day. Please note: due to the potential for severe allergic reactions, peanuts and tree nut products are not allowed at camp.

Any additional questions or information should be directed to the Education Department at (716) 995-6128.

Registration Information

To register for Summer Zoo Camp, complete the application indicating whether you are registering for one week or more. Be sure to indicate all of your choices.

Become a Zoo member and save 10% on Summer Zoo Camp fees. For information on Zoo membership, call (716) 995-6131.

Registration Fee:

MULTIPLE WEEK/CHILD DISCOUNT – Receive a discount if you register for multiple weeks or if you have multiple children enrolled. Multiple week/child discounts will not be applied to weeks added after initial registration.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS may be available to a limited number of applicants thanks to a grant from the Children’s Foundation of Erie County. To request more information, please call (716) 995-6124, or download a scholarship application from our website Scholarships are awarded for one week of camp only.

Full-Day Camp Enrollment

Member Non-Member
Single Week $188.00 per child $210.00 per child
Multiple Week/Child $180.00 per child $202.00 per child


Single Child Enrollment                     Multiple Child Enrollment

Member Non-Member Member Non-Member
Cub Camp $128.00 per child $145.00 per child $123.00 per child $140.00 per child


Full-Day Before Care – 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.            add $30.00 per week

Full-Day After Care – 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              add $30.00 per week

* Sorry, Before and After Care options not available for Cub Camp week

How to register…

  1. Mail your registration – Payment MUST accompany your registration and may be made in cash, by check, money order, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express. Please make checks payable to the Buffalo Zoo. Mail the completed form and registration fee to:

Summer Zoo Camp

Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Ave

Buffalo, NY 14214-1999

  1. Fax your registration – you may also fax completed registration with credit card payment to (716) 995-6125.
  2. Download & print an online registration form – There is an application posted on the right side of this page.
  3. Register online – You may register for camp online with a credit card payment.

LATE REGISTRATION – Registration must be received at least ten (10) days prior to the first day of the camp week for which your child is registered. Registrations received after that deadline will be assessed a late processing fee of $15.00.

Only completed registration forms will be accepted – this includes the parental release form. Your camper is considered enrolled in the Summer Zoo Camp once you have received a written confirmation letter from the Buffalo Zoo. Once the Zoo has received a completed registration and payment for Camp, a confirmation letter will be sent out within one to two weeks.

CANCELLATION – requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the start of Summer Zoo Camp in order to receive a refund. All refunds will be assessed one administrative charge of $25.00. Fees will NOT be refunded for any reason after the first day of camp.


Registration Info

The Buffalo Zoo offers Summer Zoo Camps for children ages 5-12. Prices listed are per child.


  • $188.00 per child Full-Day Camp Enrollment (Member)
  • $210.00 per child Full-Day Camp Enrollment (Non-member)
  • $128.00 per child Cub Camp Enrollment (Member)
  • $145.00 per child Cub Camp Enrollment (Non-member)