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Virtual Summer Camps at the Zoo

Virtual Summer Camp at the Zoo

What security policies does the Zoo have in place for Virtual Summer Camps?

The Zoo will be using the WebEx platform for all of our virtual summer camps. Each camper will be checked into the camp by a parent. After clicking on the link for that day’s camp – which is sent to you shortly before camp begins – you will enter a virtual waiting room. We will let one camper in at a time, so only registered participants will be allowed in.

We have one staff person dedicated to teaching the summer camp, plus another to run the WebEx experience, who will be monitoring chat, microphones, and cameras for internet safety at all times. Our platform is also monitored by the Utah Education and Technology Network, which provides extra safeguards for our programming. We want to create a fun, safe environment for all participants. If you have individual concerns, please feel free to contact us at education@hoglezoo.org

Virtual Zoo Camps

Bring the fun of summer camp home! These short online classes offer kids the chance to participate in some aspects of summer camp here at Utah’s Hogle Zoo with live lessons, animal visits, and activities! For most camps, each day is a stand-alone camp. Attend one or attend them all!

Important Information:

A computer/tablet/laptop with video, sound, and microphone capabilities and access to the internet will be required to participate in virtual camps

Please provide an accurate and current email address to receive the invitation to join the virtual camp

Craft materials and activities will be mailed out 5 days before the camp. Please provide an accurate address to receive these supplies. Anyone registered less than 5 days before camp may not receive their supplies in time. A pdf version of the craft will be available to print.

A virtual camp guide will be emailed out a couple of days before the camp with instructions on how to access the online class, needed materials, camp schedule, and extra activities to do at home.


Classes for 4-6-Year Olds and a Caregiver

Cost per class is $8.00 for Zoo members and $10 for nonmembers

Each class includes:

  • Live Instruction
  • Biofacts and Ambassador Animals
  • A Craft
  • A Snack Break
  • Story Time, and
  • A Song

Move it! Move it! 

Monday, July 27: 10:00 am -11:00 am

Can you stand like a flamingo? Or stretch like a giraffe? We’ll learn how animals move and practice some animal yoga as we meet some of the Zoo’s movers and shakers.

Let’s Eat!

Tuesday, July 28: 10:00 am -11:00 am

What and how do animals eat? We’ll meet some animals, take a look at some of their favorite foods and see how their teeth help them to polish off lunch!

V is for Veterinarian and K is for Keeper

Wednesday, July 29: 10:00 am -11:00 am

Discover how we care for the animals at the Zoo. Then use your newly learned skills to be a veterinarian or animal keeper to care for your favorite stuffed animal buddy.

Animal Tails

Thursday, July 27: 10:00 am -11:00 am

Why do some animals have tails, and others don’t? We’ll get to the “bottom” of this mystery and meet some animals with tails and how they use them during this wagging good time!


Camps for Students Entering 2nd – 5th grade

Each day includes:

  • Live Instruction
  • Biofact presentations
  • Ambassador Animals
  • Craft
  • Snack break
  • Storytime
  • Videos around the Zoo
  • Price for the following camps is per 1 day of camp:
  • Member Price: $17 for the first child, $15 for each additional child
  • Price: $20 for the first child, $17 for each additional child

Radical Rocky Shores

July 1-3

From the smallest animal to the largest, you’ll discover who makes their home in this rough habitat.

  • Seals, Sea lions, and Walruses: July 1; 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Bears, Otters, and Eagles: July 2; 1:30-3:30 pm
  • From Snails to Whales: July 3; 1:30-3:30 pm

Animals Got Talent

July 6-7 & 9-10

You be the Judge! Decide who has the best voice, dance moves, or skills to be crowned the winner of this exciting animal contest.

  • Animal Dancers and Singers: Monday, July 6, 1:30-3:30
  • Animal Artists: Tuesday, July 7, 1:30-3:30
  • Animal Athletes: Thursday, July 9, 1:30-3:30
  • Animal Actors: Friday, July 10, 1:30 -3:30

African Adventures

July 20 -22: 10:00 am-Noon

From the massive elephants, rhinos, and giraffes to the tiny sand cat, ball python, and hissing cockroach, we will discover how these African inhabitants interact in their ecosystems!

    • Elephants, Rhinos and Beetles Oh My! Monday, July 20, 10:00 am-Noon
    • Giraffes, Ostrich and Lions, Oh Boy! Tuesday, July 21, 10:00 am-Noon
    • Flyers, Creepers, and Hissers, Oh Dear! Wednesday, July 22, 10:00 am-Noon

Wild Appetites

July 27-29

How and what do animals eat? Herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, all have a place at the table as we discover how the animals at the Zoo dig into a meal and who got stuck cleaning up!

    • Meet the Chewers: Monday, July 27, 1:30-3:30
    • Meet the Grabbers and Stabbers: Tuesday, July 28, 1:30-3:30
    • Meet the Multitasking Masticators: Wednesday, July 29, 1:30-3:30
    • Meet the Clean-up Crew: Thursday, July 30, 1:30-3:30


Animal Mashup Week

July 13-16

The Beasts in Your Backyard

Monday, July 13, 10am-Noon

What animals live right in our backyard?  Take a trip across the state of Utah to discover the vast array of habitats and the animals that live right alongside us.

Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, July 14: 10 am-Noon

Why do lizards have a tail? How do poison dart frogs get their poison? Discover how these unique adaptations help animals survive in the wild.

Monkey Business

Wednesday, July 15: 10 am-Noon

Discover who’s a monkey and who’s an ape. We’ll have a swinging good time as we as we uncover the fascinating lives of primates.

Crazy about Cats

Thursday, July 16: 10 am-Noon

Looking for a camp with cattitude? Meet our favorite felines, and learn what you can do to protect them. We’re paw-sitive you’ll agree; this camp is purr-fect!


African Adventures 

July 20 -22: 10:00 am-Noon

From the massive elephants, rhinos, and giraffes to the tiny sand cat, ball python, and hissing cockroach, we will discover how these African inhabitants interact in their ecosystems!

  • Elephants, Rhinos and Beetles Oh My! Monday, July 20, 10:00 am-Noon
  • Giraffes, Ostrich and Lions, Oh Boy! Tuesday, July 21, 10:00 am-Noon
  • Flyers, Creepers, and Hissers, Oh Dear! Wednesday, July 22, 10:00 am-Noon

Wild Appetites

July 27-29

How and what do animals eat? Herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, all have a place at the table as we discover how the animals at the Zoo dig into a meal and who got stuck cleaning up!

  • Meet the Chewers: July 27, 10:00 am-Noon
  • Meet the Grabbers and Stabbers: July 28, 10:00 am-Noon
  • Meet the Multitasking Masticators: July 29, 10:00 am-Noon
  • Meet the Clean-up Crew: July 30, 10:00 am-Noon


Camps for Students Entering Grades 6th-10th

Each day includes:

  • Live Instruction
  • Biofact presentations
  • Ambassador Animals
  • Snack break
  • Activities to do at home
  • Videos around the Zoo
  • Price for the following camps is per 1 day of camp:
  • Price: $20 for the first child, $17 for each additional child
  • Member Price: $17 for the first child, $15 for each additional child

Dr. Zoo

July 7-10 10:00 am-Noon

In this modified version of our popular summer camp, you’ll 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. You’ll have the chance to virtually meet some of our animal care staff and one of the Zoo’s veterinarians. We recommend you sign-up for all four days of this camp to understand what it takes to care for the animals at the Zoo.

    • Nutrition and Enrichment: July 7; 10:00 am-Noon
  • Animal Check-Ups, Training and Meet a Zoo Keeper: July 8, 10:00 am-Noon
  • Caring for Animals including Emergencies: July 9, 10:00 am-Noon
  • Developing Veterinary Skills and Meet a Zoo Veterinarian: July 10, 10:00 am-Noon

Pop Culture in Nature

July 20-23; 1:30 pm -3:30 pm

From music and literature to movies and social media, animals are everywhere in pop culture. Designed with your tweens and teens in mind, they’ll explore the role animals play in our various forms of entertainment, and learn how we can protect animals from becoming just myths and legends.

Animal Battle Moves

Monday, July 20, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

The battle for survival is real in the animal world, and animals of all types have evolved wicked moves to find food, outwit their opponents and face the ultimate challenge — passing on their genes to the next generation! Many animals have such amazing abilities that they inspired us to create fantastical creatures with even wilder abilities so incredible that you’ll want to collect them all!

Biomes beyond the Stars

Tuesday, July 21, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Earth is uniquely positioned in our solar system to provide us with a variety of biomes and habitats to support life. When imagining galaxies far, far away, we often think of planets that aren’t so particularly placed. What if an entire world were a single biome? Let the force of curiosity guide you as we travel the stars and the Zoo in search of inspiration to create a sci-fi planet, populated with perfectly adapted lifeforms!

Magizoology for Beginners

Wednesday, July 22, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

The wizarding world is about to collide with the Zoo’s in this magical class about beasts — from dragons to hippogriffs! Uncover the enchanting powers of animals that hide from muggle eyes, and meet some of the incredible animals that inspired them. You’ll uncover the magic in the animals all around you!

Zoorassic Park

Thursday, July 23, 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Journey through time as you explore the geologic time scale of our prehistoric predecessors. Discover the adaptations of dinosaurs that allowed them to rule the planet for millions of years, and why they become extinct. Uncover the connections between modern-day animals and their ancient ancestors and see which living creatures might still be dinosaurs.

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    • GROUP PARTIES

    • EDUCATION