Winter Zoo Camp

Winter Zoo Camp Registration Status

For your convenience this chart shows available camp dates

Polar Bears


(ages 9 - 12)

Day 1 - AM




Day 1 - PM




Day 2 - AM




Day 2 - PM




Program Description

Are you looking for a place where your child(ren) can have loads of fun over their holiday break?  Why not bring them to Winter Camp Workshops at the Buffalo Zoo! Morning and afternoon workshops allow great family flexibility; sign up for one half-day session, a full day or all six workshops.


December 26th & 27th, 2019

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

Polar Bears:  Ages 5-6

Lions:  Ages 7-8

Gorillas:  Ages 9-12

Program Details

Thursday, December 26

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cats Cats Cats

Lions and tigers and snow leopards, oh my! Spend the morning hanging with the coolest cats in town. 

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Down on the Farm

Old MacDonald doesn’t have anything on our farm. Become a 19th-century child as we meet farm animals that were common in our area more than one hundred years ago, and make a popular 1800’s toy to take home!

Friday, December 27

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Arctic Art

Experience the art of winter from the beautiful animals that dot the landscape, to the intricate snow crystals and icicles that form during these frigid months. After exploring all that our frozen landscape has to offer we will make art that celebrates these chilly days.

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Radical Reptiles

What better way to shake off winter’s chill than by spending time with animals who like it hot! We’ll discover all that is scaly and slithery at the zoo as we examine the fascinating lives of reptiles.

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-Winter Camp involves activities that take the children outdoors.  Appropriate clothing must be worn and should include; winter boots, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves and winter jackets.  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 Winter Camp fees. For information, call 995-6131 or go to

To properly staff the program and gauge supply needs, registration must be received by December 12, 2019. 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… 
  1. 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-Winter Camp

            Buffalo Zoo

            300 Parkside Ave

            Buffalo, NY 14214-1999

– OR –

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

– OR –

  1. 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 Winter Zoo Camps for children ages 5-12. Prices listed are per child.

  • $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