Kids for Nature Summer Camp

Your child can spend a wild week at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s all-new Kids for Nature Summer Camp! Now in its 29th year, our Summer Camp fosters a love of nature and animals while encouraging teamwork and friendship. We’ll explore the zoo, meet friendly zoo animals, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Registration begins February 7th.

Age 3 w/ Adult

Zoo Explorers: Explore the excitement of the Zoo with your preschooler.  Pet an animal, build animal homes, and move like the animals do. Adult participants will receive a complimentary camp t-shirt, too! Please include your shirt size during registration. $40/week

Session 1: 6/12 & 6/14 (T/TH) 9-11:30 AM

Session 2: 6/26 & 6/28 (T/TH) 9-11:30 AM

Session 3: 7/10 & 7/12 (T/TH) 9-11:30 AM

Session 4: 7/24 & 7/26 (T/TH) 9-11:30 AM

Age 4 w/ Adult

Zoo Buddies: Enjoy an exciting learning adventure at the Zoo with your favorite stuffed Zoo Buddy.  You and your Buddy will meet animals while exploring the Zoo. Adult participants will receive a complimentary camp t-shirt, too! Please include your shirt size during registration. $55/week

Session 1: 6/11, 6/13, & 6/15 (M/W/F) 9-11:30 AM

Session 2: 6/25, 6/27, & 6/29 (M/W/F) 9-11:30 AM

Session 3: 7/9, 7/11, & 7/13 (M/W/F) 9-11:30 AM

Session 4: 7/23, 7/25, & 7/25 (M/W/F) 9-11:30 AM

Ages 4 & 5

Animal Alphabet: See the alphabet come alive as we encounter the variety of animals at the Zoo.  Letters take on a new meaning when they walk toward or swim away from you.  Can you find every letter of the alphabet living at the Zoo? $92/week

Session 1: 6/4-6/8 (M-F) 9-11:30 AM

Session 2: 7/2-7/6 (M-F) 9-11:30 AM

Number Safari:  Numbers are everywhere at the Zoo!  They are found in the ticket booths, animal diets, exhibits and even on signs. Join us as we discover that numbers are for more than just counting. $92/week

Session 1: 6/18-6/22 (M-F) 9-11:30 AM

Session 2: 7/16-7/20 (M-F) 9-11:30 AM

Ages 5 & 6

Who’s Who at the Zoo:  Every animal at the Zoo belongs to a family.  Learn about our animal’s characteristics and how to do basic classification of the Zoo animals in a fun and easy way. $149/week

Session 1: 6/4-6/8 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 6/25-6/29 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 3: 7/16-7/20 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Movers and Shakers:  Rumble, run, squawk, and swing.  How do the animals move around the Zoo?  What sounds do they make while moving?  Listen your way through the Zoo and hear what all the chatter is about. $149/week

Session 1: 6/11-6/15 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 7/2-7/6 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

I Can Fly:  Or does it just look like I am flying because I have wings?  If I have a home in a tree, does that make me a bird?  Help us discover the answer to these questions and more about some of the most colorful animals at the Zoo. $149/week

Session 1: 6/18-6/22 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 7/9-7/13 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 3: 7/23-7/27 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Ages 7 & 8

Design a Zoo, 7-8 yr./ 24:  There is more to the Zoo than the animals.  Can you create a new environment that will meet all the needs and wants of your favorite zoo animal?  Study how we do it and become the Director and creator of your own zoo. $149/week

Session 1: 6/18-6/22 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 7/2-7/6 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 3: 7/16-7/20 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

World Traveler, 7-8 yr./ 24:  Explore most of the world and never leave the Zoo.  Our animals have homes across the globe.  Discover aspects of the culture, environment, and terrain of our animals’ habitats. $149/week

Session 1: 6/4-6/8 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 6/25-6/29 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Positively Predators, 7-8 yr./ 24:  Predator or prey?   Eat or be eaten?  Or both?  Discover what a food chain looks like, why it is important, and where Zoo animals fall on it based on their stomachs and teeth. $149/week

Session 1: 6/11-6/15 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 7/9-7/13 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 3: 7/23-7/27 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Ages 9 & 10

Zoo Detective:  Something is missing at the Zoo!  If you think you are a Super Sleuth join us to find what is missing.  The answers are there if you know where to look. $149/week

Session 1: 6/11-6/15 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 6/25-6/29 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 3: 7/16-7/20 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Survivor: It’s a jungle out there!  Would you be able to survive?  Out whit, out play, out last!  Learn how animals have changed and what they need in order to survive. $149/week

Session 1: 6/18-6/22 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 7/2-7/6 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 3: 7/23-7/27 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Ages 9-12

Photo Safari:  Learn how to tell an animal’s story using photographs.  Local photographers will show you how to use light, timing, and patience to create a feeling with your photos.  Discover how the Zoo uses photos to tell a story too. $159/week

Session 1: 6/4-6/8 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 7/9-7/13 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Zoo Artists:  Animals aren’t the only artists at our Zoo!  Work with area artists to learn how to create your own Zoo art work using different mediums.  Search the Zoo to discover the many ways that art is used to tell a story. $159/week

One session only: 7/2-7/6 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Ages 11 & 12

Animal Training:  Training is an important part of every animal’s care at the Zoo.  Learn why training helps the animals, who does the training, and be a part of the training process by working with animals daily. $149/week

Session 1: 6/4-6/8 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 6/18- 6/22 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 3: 7/16-7/20 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

*Junior Zoo Keeper: Everybody wants to a Keeper, but what do they do all day?  Walk with Keepers, work with Keepers and learn how they insure that our animals’ needs are being met every day.  Spend the night at the Zoo and see what happens after dark. $179/week

Session 1: 6/11-6/15 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 2: 6/25-6/29 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 3: 7/9-7/13 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

Session 4: 7/23-7/27 (M-F) 8:30 AM- 3 PM

*Includes Thursday night sleepover at the zoo

To register:

All programs require advance registration and openings are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. You will receive confirmation of your registration. Register online.

Click here to read the zoo’s Consent, Medical, and Photo Policies for camp participants. You will be asked to agree to these policies during the registration process.

Kids for Nature Summer Camp Cancellation and Refund Policies: Children must meet age requirements on the first day of all programs (no exceptions). Programs are held rain or shine. Refunds (minus 10% processing fee) are available if you cancel at least 2 weeks in advance. No refund if you cancel less than 2 weeks in advance. The zoo reserves the right to cancel camps with insufficient registration. In the event of such a cancellation, all of your fees will be refunded.

Kids for Nature Summer Camp is presented by:

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Kids for Nature Programs are sponsored by:

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