Day Camps

Day Camps

Have a WILD time with Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's day camps! Certified teachers will guide students through camps from one-half to five days in length with educational activities, tours, games and much more. Please contact our Education Department at (402) 738-2092 for more information.

Attention Parents: Please download this informational packet to answer important questions about our day camps.

Kinder Safari Camp (ages 3-5 years)

KINDER SAFARI CAMP (potty trained 3-5 year olds)

Explore the wonderful world of animals through camp adventures that include animal encounters, habitat visits, games, and edible food crafts!

Around the World at Kinder Safari Camp 2018

Grab your passports and get ready for an interactive safari at our 5-day summer camps for (potty trained) 3-5 year olds. Children will enjoy a story, take home craft, animal ambassador visit or a keeper talk, songs and games. All Kinder Safari camps are 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Cost: $85 per child per camp ($95 non-members). 

Rocking in the Rainforest - Get your dancing shoes on and explore the rainforest with us. 
     June 4-8                                            

Commotion in the Ocean - Bathing suits, fins, sand and sun. Explore the ocean and all of its sea life.
     June 11-15                                          

Jiving in the Jungle - Grab your gear and go on an adventure in the jungle. 
     June 18-22                                          

Dancing in the Desert - Get ready for fun in the sand and sun. 
     June 25-29                                           

Galloping in the Grasslands - Explore the savanna with us and discover African animals and culture. 
     July 9-13                                               

Frolicking in the Forest - Discover the forest and all the animals that live there.
     July 16-20                                             

Pondering by the Pond – Learn about water and all the animals that call a pond home. 
     July 23-27


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One-Day Camps (ages 6-11 years)

Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Cost: $60 per child ($65 non-members), unless otherwise noted.

Summer Santa – The Zoo animals enjoy surprises all year round! Help make them a special gift and then watch them open (or chew on) their new present.
          Ages 6-8    June 6, July 25

Polar Opposites - Explore animals of the Arctic and Antarctic. Begin your adventure in the Arctic where you will encounter the elusive polar bear. Then, travel all the way to Antarctica to study penguins!
          Ages 9-11    June 7, 18, July 19

Snow Pals – Campers will slide into the exciting world of animals who love snow.   
          Ages     6-8    June 8, 20, July 17                

Stingrays & Sharks – Get up close and personal with some of the top predator in the sea!  Explore amazing adaptations and get a sneak peak of Stingray Beach and Shark Reef.  
          Ages    6-8    July 6, 24
          Ages     9-11    June 8, 19, July 2             
Little Zoo Vets – How do we care for animals at the Zoo? Find out in this mini-camp built for kids who love to take care of animals.
          Ages 6-8     June 11, 13, July 3, 13, 23, 30

Big Cats – Join the lion’s pride and learn about tigers, leopards, cheetahs and other felines at the Zoo.  Pounce on this opportunity before it fills up!      
          Ages     6-8      June 12, 21, July 2
          Ages     9-11    July 6, 13    

Animal Math – Why do we need to know what an elephant weighs? And just how do you weigh a sea turtle? Campers will learn about all the important math involved in caring for animals at the Zoo.
          Ages 9-11    June 13 

OH Baby! – Joeys, foals, chicks, hatchlings – join us as we learn about animal babies!  Take a closer look at some of the Zoo’s cutest, new additions and discover how they are cared for.  
          Ages     6-8    June 14, July 12        
Elephants and Rhinos – Discover more about these magnificent creatures with the help of our African Grasslands!  Plus, learn about conservation threats and how you can help make a difference!
           Ages     6-8    June 15, July 11

Little Keepers Camp - Ever wondered what it takes to care for over 20,000 animals? Get a peak at 
some of the daily chores and tasks and meet a zookeeper who will talk with campers about the most challenging and exciting parts of their job.
          Ages     6-8        
          Aquarium                   June 18, July 27
          African Grasslands     June 19, July 30
          Desert Dome              June 20, July 31
          Jungle                         June 22, July 31

Under the Sea Overnight - Explore the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live here and discover how the ocean impacts our lives every day! Includes an overnight on Friday in the Scott Aquarium. Pizza dinner and continental breakfast provided during the sleepover.  One adult is included in the cost and is required to attend overnight (beginning at 6:00 p.m.).  Cost per child: $100 ($110 non-members).  
              Ages     9-11           July 6 or 27        9 a.m. Friday – 9 a.m. Saturday 

Wildlife Ranger Day Camp - Become a wildlife ranger and join us on a North American expedition. Start the excursion traveling from the Zoo to Wildlife Safari Park. Learn about animal conservation and gain field work experience. End the day by winding through bison plains and then head back to the Zoo. Campers will meet at the Zoo and be transferred to Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, NE via bus. Camp starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $75 per camp (unless otherwise noted) for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $80 for nonmembers. To register, go to 

          Ages 9-11      June 13       Animal Enrichment
          Ages 9-11      June 21       Conservation Wildlife 
          Ages 9-11      July 12        My Backyard
          Ages 12-14    July 18        Junior Safari Park Keeper *($85 for members / $90 for non-members)

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Two-Day Camps (ages 6-14 years)

Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day.  Cost: $105 per child ($115 non-members), unless otherwise noted.

Zoolympics Camp – How do your abilities match up against our amazing animal athletes? Meet world-class animal gymnasts, long jumpers, speed racers, distance runners, and problem solvers. Campers will test their skills and see if they’ve got what it takes to walk away with gold.
    Ages 6-8    May 31-June 1    
                       July 2-3    
Primate Party – Join us as we study monkeys, apes, lemurs and more! Who will be the star of the party?
    Ages 6-8    May 31-June 1
                       June 6-7

Choose Your Zoo Adventure – Join us for this exciting new zoo camp with a twist. Campers will be encouraged to work together to customize their summer zoo camp experience!
    Ages 9-11    May 31-June 1
                         July 16-17

Jr. Zoo Vet – So you think you want to be a veterinarian?  Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be in this rewarding and challenging field.  Learn how to identify symptoms of sick animals, conduct exams, learn how to suture and give injections using fruit, look at x-rays, and more!  Students will not have direct contact with animals. 
    Ages 9-11    May 31-June 1    
                         June 14-15
                         June 25-26
                         July 2-3
                         July 25-26    

Photography at the Zoo – Enjoy taking pictures of animals?  What better place than Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium! You provide the digital camera and we will provide you with the help of a professional nature photographer. Please bring a digital camera and extra batteries each day.  
      Ages 9-11    June 4-5   
      Ages 12-14    June 11-12            

Bird Bonanza - Eggs, feathers, wings and beaks! Meet some of the Zoo’s many feathered friends.
      Ages 6-8    June 4-5
                         July 18-19

Meet My Family – Living in small, connected groups has its perks. How are animal families similar and different than our own? Explore the many families found at the Zoo to find out!
     Ages 6-8    June 4-5

Animal Training & Enrichment – Sea lions and gorillas are just a few of the animals at Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium that participate in special training.  Discover why these “classes” are so important for our residents and keepers.  You’ll even learn a few tips on how to train and create enrichment for the animals!
    Ages  9-11    June 11-12           

Dive & Discover – There are thousands of species and special things to discover in the Ocean! We’ll go exploring together and see what we can find living in sand and shells, the reef and the open ocean.
    Ages 6-8      June 11-12
                         July 25-26
    Ages 9-11    June 21-22

Jungle Explorer – Explore the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the rainforest!  Discover many of the amazing animals that live here and discover how the rainforest impacts our lives every day! 
     Ages 6-8     June 14-15        

Tour the Zoo – Can you fit all the Zoo has to offer into just two days? We’ll find out as campers ride the train, tram, explore Stingray Beach, and more!
     Ages 6-8    June 25-26
Winging It – Explore the hundreds of types of birds found at the Zoo! Find out just how strong an ostrich egg is compared to a chicken egg, then closely examine feathers to find out why some birds are excellent flyers while others are better swimmers. 
    Ages 9-11    June 27-28

African Safari – Grab your passport and get ready to explore!  We’ll travel to Africa without even leaving the Zoo!  Learn about elephants, ostriches, lions, giraffes and more.  Discover different cultures and traditions through art, stories and songs. 
    Ages 9-11    July 30-31

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Five-Day Camps (ages 9 -14 years)

Camps for children ages 9-11 and 12-14 run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and cost $185 per child ($195 non-members). Please respect age restrictions. *Specialty camps cost $220 per child ($230 non-members).

Ages 9-11 Camps

Junior Zookeeper (Specialty Camp) –Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be a zoo keeper.  Campers are introduced to zoo keeping and animal nutrition, learn about animals, create enrichment and help tidy up some animal areas. Campers will have an amazing summer experience! Students will not have direct contact with animals, but will meet many of our Animal Ambassadors.  This day camp is only offered for children ages 9-11. Cost: $220 per child ($230 non-members).
    June 4-8
    June 18-22
    July 9-13

Around the World – Is it possible to visit all of the world’s continents in just one week? Find out how creatures from all walks of life have adapted to some of the world’s most beautiful and unlikely places to call home.
    June 11-15
    June 25-29
    July 9-13

Week of Wildlife
– Spend the week exploring the Zoo and discovering the diversity of the 20,000+ animals that call it home. Campers will go on adventures leading them through the rainforest, desert, ocean, grassland and more!
    June 18-22
    July 16-20

Ages 12-14 Camps

Keeper Camp (Specialty Camp) – Do you want to care for animals at the Zoo? Roll up your sleeves and learn about animal husbandry, feeding, training, and enrichment. Campers will meet with zoo keepers from various areas around the Zoo, explore the daily routines, take behind-the-scenes tours, and learn about the science behind successfully caring for over 20,000 animals at one of the world’s best zoos! This day camp is only offered for children ages 12-14. Cost: $220 per child ($230 non-members).
    June 11-15
    June 25-29
    July 16-20
    July 23-27

Marine Biology – This camp is designed to introduce students to the ocean and marine life. Campers will utilize aquarium facilities and take part in hands-on labs and workshops. This camp is an excellent way to introduce students to the marine environment, engage them in marine sciences, and spark interest of those with little previous exposure to the ocean.
    June 4-8
    July 9-13
Endangered Animals Camp – Campers will travel across many continents and meet the animals of the world who are facing tough times. Learn about projects and people in Omaha that are having a lasting impact and helping these species survive. Through activities and investigations campers will be instilled with awareness and a sense of empathy for the plight of animals around the world.
    June 18-22
    July 23-27

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