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


Zoo Engineers Camp Series –$65

Each day will focus on a different engineering topic as it relates to animals and the Zoo. 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! Each day will include hands-on STEM activities and animal encounters!

Engineering by Animals – $65
Explore some of nature’s greatest engineers with us as we look at animals that survive in their habitats through amazing adaptations and engineering! From large beaver dams, to small spider webs, animals have the art of design mastered! Campers will think like an animal engineer and get to meet some of the Zoo’s expert engineers!
Grades 3-5: March 25 & April 15,  2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Engineering from Animals – $65
How did people invent airplanes? Where did the idea for Velcro come from? Inspirations from nature of course! People look at animals and the natural world to solve engineering problems and create more efficient designs. Campers will explore biomimicry and design their own creations by looking at animals in this hands-on camp!
Grades 3-5: March 26 & April 16,  2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Engineering for Animals – Exhibit Design – $65
What goes into building an exhibit at the Zoo? What needs to be considered in order to make the perfect home for an animal? In this camp, kids will learn how the Zoo engineers exhibits for our animals and will create their own zoo exhibit design!
Grades 3-5: March 27 & April 17,  2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Engineering for Animals – Enrichment Design – $65
Join us at the Zoo as we enrich the lives of our animals through engineering! Campers will see examples of how the Zoo designs and builds enrichment items for our animals that are creative and safe. Campers will then design their own enrichment prototype!
Grades 3-5: March 28 & April 18,  2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Fall Camp


Creatures of the Night: A Halloween Themed Day Camp – $65

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 – 3:00 pm

Grades 4-5: October 18, 2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Fall Camp


Creatures of Snow – $65

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!

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 Tropical Winters – $65

Escape the bitter cold Utah weather with us as we explore regions that stay warm during the winter! Discover tropical rainforests, dry savannas, and hot deserts! Campers will learn how the adaptations of animals differ in warm and cold climates, and how some animals travel long distances to escape the cold! The day will consist of hands-on activities, fun games, crafts, and animal encounters!

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Zoo Camps provides lively lessons about animals and ecosystems throughout the summer. Zoo Day Classes, toddler and preschool classes are offered year-round. Scouts, students and family groups can take classes and even spend the night at the Zoo through our Zoo Snooz programs. Click on the program to learn more!

  • Online Registrations: A confirmation will be sent to you via e-mail once you have registered online for your desired program. If you don’t receive an e-mail confirmation, please check your spam folder. For further questions call (801)584-4562. To register online choose classes from the menu.
  • CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICIES: After registration is confirmed, Utah’s Hogle Zoo adheres to a no-refund, no-credit, no-substitution policy. If you are unable to attend, please consider your payment a tax-deductible donation.
  • NOTICE: Due to various reasons including allergies, known or otherwise, we will NOT be providing snacks during classes and camps this year. Please be sure to send the appropriate number of snacks, a lunch for all day classes and camps as well as a water bottle or drinks for your child. A water fountain is always available and we encourage the use of water bottles.
  • If your child is enrolled in a day class please be sure to send them with a snack and a drink.
  • If they are enrolled in two day classes for the same day they will need 2 snacks, a lunch and 3 drinks.
  • If your child is enrolled in one of our all day camps they will need to bring 2 snacks, a lunch and 3 drinks for each day.
  • There is a water fountain that is always available and we encourage you to send water bottles with your children.

Thanks to our Zoo Camp Sponsor: