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Zoo Camps

Adventures at the Zoo all year long!

Zoo Camps

When school is out, things get WILD! Campers will get an amazing animal-filled experience during Zoo Camp here at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Every camp is packed with up-close animal encounters, keeper talks, hands-on activities, games and crafts! We have camps for all seasons!

Zoo Camp lessons are not only fun, but highly educational! Campers will come away with a new love and passion for animals and the natural world. Zoo Camp lessons and activities are age-appropriate and encourage learning through exploration. Every Zoo Camp counselor has a deep passion for wildlife and is well trained in activity facilitation and group management.


 

Fall Camp

SPRING BREAK DAY CAMPS

Spring Day Camps$65 per camp, $55 for members

9:00am-4:00pm

Grades 2-5

Each day will focus on a different animal topic! Since each day is a standalone topic, you may choose the days that appeal to you and your child’s interests. Attend a few or attend them all! Campers will make crafts, meet animals, and explore the Zoo!

Baby Season! – March 23rd

It’s the cutest season of the year: baby season! The snow is thawing, the weather is getting warmer, and all around baby animals are starting to emerge! Campers will learn about how different animals are born and how they grow up in this fun day camp.

Dangerous Adaptations: – March 24th

Which animal is the most dangerous animal at the Zoo? Is it the fierce tiger, the venomous rattlesnake, or the powerful rhino? Learn what makes some animals so dangerous to both people and other animals in this exciting day camp!

Animal Myths: – March 25th

Can porcupines really shoot their quills?! Can toads give you warts?! Come debunk common animal myths with us during this day camp. Campers will learn about myths surrounding animals, and will learn the truth about them! Meet some of the animals these myths are about and learn for yourself why they are untrue!


Summer Camp

2020 SUMMER CAMPS

2020 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 1ST!

1st Grade Camps

  • $80 per camper

Animal ABCsNEW!

Dates:

  • June 22-24
  • July 13-15

Time: 9am-12pm

Explore the Zoo alphabetically with us this summer! Campers will learn about animals from A to Z in this fun camp. Where do these animals live? What do they eat?  How big do they get? At the end of camp, you will know your animal ABCs!


Animal Opposites – NEW!

Dates:

  • June 22-24
  • July 13-15

Time: 1pm-4pm

What is the biggest animal at the Zoo? How about the smallest? Who is the fastest or slowest?  In this camp, we will be looking at animals that are opposite of each other! We will be comparing animals to one another to see just how different and unique animals can be!


Animals on the Move

Dates:

  • June 8-10
  • August 3-5

Time: 9am-12pm

Hopping, dancing, wiggling, and crawling are just a few ways animals move. Jump into our camp all about animal movement! Join us to discover how animals get from one place to another. These activity-filled days are designed to get kids moving and learning on the go!


Animal Superheroes

Dates:

  • June 8-10
  • August 3-5

Time: 1pm-4pm

Faster than a speeding rhino, more powerful than a thundering elephant — from super-strength to bionic vision; invisibility to lightning speed, animals have amazing powers! Put on your mask and cape and join us to learn all about the superheroes of the animal world.

 

2nd-3rd Grade Camps

  • $300 per camper

 

Animal Sense-ations – NEW!

Dates:

  • June 1-5
  • June 29-July 3
  • August 10-14

Time: 9am-4pm

Explore the Zoo using the five senses and learn how they help animals survive. See how our senses stand up to animals at the Zoo. Campers are in for a sense-ational week!

Let’s Do Lunch

Dates:

  • June 15-19
  • July 27-31

Time: 9am-4pm

It is a real feast with the beasts here at the Zoo! Discover who eats what‒ and who at the Zoo –as we explore the many hunting and dining techniques of the animals. Who has teeth just like you? Who doesn’t have teeth at all? You’ll have “a ripping and tearing” good time as we “gnaw” on uncovering the true “foodies” of the animal kingdom.

Extreme Environments: Partner Camp with the Natural History Museum of Utah – NEW!   

Dates:

  • July 6-10

Time0: 9am-4:30pm  

Scorching deserts, frigid landscapes, treacherous cliffs, and humid jungles—join us as we investigate how animals, both past and present, survive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Each morning, campers will explore Utah’s Hogle Zoo, investigating how animals like polar bears, desert tortoises, and orangutans have adapted to survive and thrive. In the afternoons at the Natural History Museum of Utah, campers will explore the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, discovering new species of dinosaurs as they follow in the steps of Antarctic adventurer-scientists.

 

Ultimate Camp Experience              

Dates:

  • July 13-17

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Partner Camp with NHMU, This is the Place, Red Butte Garden, and Camp Kostopulos

If you can only attend one camp this summer, make it this one! Join us for a week of signature camp activities where each day finds campers at a different location with exciting new experiences. While at Camp Kostopulos, campers will participate in swimming, fishing, and climbing wall activities, while also learning about horses and their care. At Red Butte Garden, campers will have a plethora of garden adventures while exploring everything from plants to insects. While at This Is The Place, we’ll discover Utah’s pioneering history through train rides, panning for gold, and other hands-on activities. Campers will also spend a day exploring Utah’s Hogle Zoo, watching animal demos as they learn about the animals that call the Zoo home. And, at the Natural History Museum of Utah, explore the Museum and our collections while participating in hands-on science. One week has never been so exciting!

 

4th-5th Grade Camps

 

Animal Olympics – NEW!         

Dates:

  • June 1-5
  • June 29-July 3
  • August 10-14

Time: 9am-4pm

Come meet the gold medalists of the animal world! Find out which animals take home the gold in track, swimming, gymnastics, and more! Campers will be up and moving in this fun camp to see if they can long jump like a snow leopard, sprint like a cheetah, and work as a team like a pride of lions!

 

Curious Creatures and Fearsome Features

Dates:

  • June 15-19
  • July 27-31

Time: 9am-4pm

What would you think if you had a three-foot nose or tall and twisted horns? Observe animals from head to toe as you explore the Zoo and find out why some creatures have such unique features. We will take an up-close look at feathers, fur, fangs, and feet to decide if the Zoo’s animals have fearsome features, or if they are just merely curious creatures.

 

Harsh Habitats: Partner Camp with the Natural History Museum of Utah – NEW!  

Dates:

  • July 6-10

Time: 8:30am-4pm   

Scorching deserts, frigid landscapes, treacherous cliffs, and humid jungles—join us as we investigate how animals, both past and present, survive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Each morning at the Natural History Museum of Utah, campers will explore the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, discovering new species of dinosaurs as they follow in the steps of Antarctic adventurer-scientists. Afternoons will find campers at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, investigating how animals like polar bears, desert tortoises, and orangutans have adapted to survive and thrive.

 

Ultimate Camp Experience

Dates:

  • June 22-26

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Partner Camp with NHMU, This is the Place, Red Butte Garden, and Camp Kostopulos

If you can only attend one camp this summer, make it this one! Join us for a week of signature camp activities where each day finds campers at a different location with exciting new experiences. While at Camp Kostopulos, campers will participate in swimming, fishing, and climbing wall activities, while also learning about horses and their care. At Red Butte Garden, campers will have a plethora of garden adventures while exploring everything from plants to insects. While at This Is The Place, we’ll discover Utah’s pioneering history through train rides, panning for gold, and other hands-on activities. Campers will also spend a day exploring Utah’s Hogle Zoo, watching animal demos as they learn about the animals that call the Zoo home. And, at the Natural History Museum of Utah, explore the Museum and our collections while participating in hands-on science. One week has never been so exciting.

 

6th-8th Grade Camps

 

Zootography – NEW!

Dates:

  • June 8-12
  • August 3-7

Time: 9am-4pm

Join us for a unique Zoo Camp experience as we delve into the world of photography! In this week-long workshop, campers will learn a range of photography techniques and be motivated to begin their own creative wildlife photography journey! Campers will gain an understanding of wildlife and conservation, all while building a portfolio that they will showcase on the last day!

No significant prior experience in photography is needed!

(Cameras not provided, photos can be taken on a cell phone)

 

Dr. Zoo

Dates:

  • July 6-10

Time: 9am-4pm

Go behind the scenes to get an insider’s view of what it takes to care for animals as small as a cockroach and as big as a rhinoceros. Explore how our zookeepers care for our animals as well as cultivate their healthy lifestyle. Discover what animal enrichment is and why Utah’s Hogle Zoo uses it. Learn about the Zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts and get an insider’s look at the veterinary hospital.

 


Fall Camp

FALL DAY CAMPS

Creatures of the Night: A Halloween Themed Day Camp – $65 per camp, $55 for members

Are you ready for a spooky Zoo adventure? Discover the origins of vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night as we meet the animals that these stories were inspired by. The day will include Halloween themed activities, crafts, and animal encounters!

Grades 2-3: October 17, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Grades 4-5: October 18, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


 

Fall Camp

WINTER DAY CAMPS

2021 Winter Camp Dates Coming Soon!

When the days get short and the temperature drops, animals must find a way to survive the winter season. Some may migrate, others hibernate! Come discover how animals have adapted to endure the cold winter season! Campers will spend the day doing hands-on activities, crafts, playing games, and will get up-close animal experiences!


Zoo Camp Registration Additional Info

  • For Summer Camps: camper must be registered for the camp grade level that they are entering in the fall.
  • For Break Camps: camper must be registered for the camp grade level that they are currently enrolled in.
  • For 1st grade camps: campers may attend both the AM and PM sessions for a full day of camp.
  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo members get a discount on Zoo Camps. Provide your membership details in the shopping cart to receive your discount.
  • A confirmation email will be sent once you have registered. For further questions call (801)-584-4562 or email eferguson@hoglezoo.org
  • Registration for all camps closes a few days prior to the start of the first day of camp.

An email will be sent out a week prior to the start of camp with details and further instructions.

Cancellation Policy

  • After registration is confirmed, Utah’s Hogle Zoo adheres to a no-refund, no-credit, and no-substitution policy.
  • If you are unable to attend, please consider your payment a tax-deductible donation.

Lunch and Snacks

  • Lunches will be supervised from 12pm to 1pm.
  • Campers must bring their own lunch and a reusable water bottle.
  • Please bring 2 snacks, one for the morning and one for the afternoon.
  • During the lunch break, campers will watch animal documentaries and play games with camp instructors. Campers have the option to quietly play with toys and color if they do not want to watch the movie.

Thanks to our Zoo Camp Sponsors:

    • MEET OUR ANIMALS

    • ZOO MEMBERSHIPS

    • GROUP PARTIES

    • EDUCATION