Learning Adventures Camps (ages 12-14)


Registration for 2022 Zoo Camps will begin JANUARY 10th.

Visit our online registration portal through CivicRec to browse program listings or register.

2022 Learning Adventures (ages 12-14) Camp Schedule:
*Please note, while we try to keep this schedule and open/closed status as up-to-date as possible, there may be delays in processing.  Please call the Zoo office at 765-807-1540 for the current availability of your desired session.  You can also view availability, register, or join a wait list using our online registration portal.
Camp Title Dates Times Status
A Week in the Life of a Zookeeper
June 20-24 9:00am-4:00pm FULL

If your desired session is full, please contact the Zoo Education Department at (765) 807-1540 or zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov to be placed on a wait list.

Learning Adventures (ages 12-14) Camp Fees:

$195 Non-Members (Members save 15%)

Extended care is available for an additional $20
7:30am-9:00am and 4:00pm-5:30pm

A Week in the Life of a Zookeeper - a camp like no other!

For over a decade, Columbian Park Zoo has been offering area youth a totally unique camp experience.  A Week in the Life of a Zookeeper provides young teens with an interest in zookeeping or other animal-related careers a rare inside look at what these jobs entail.  Topics include animal husbandry, conservation, public education, and customer service. 

What to Expect:

This camp is unlike other Zoo Camps.  A portion of each day will be spent in the classroom with Zoo Educators, learning about the zoo industry. Campers will also spend a portion of each day outside the classroom, working alongside zookeepers on safe animal husbandry tasks such as enclosure cleaning, diet preparation, animal grooming, and exercise.  Campers will also be expected to speak publicly to small groups of zoo visitors about the animals in our care. 

Zookeepers work in all weather conditions and campers will be working alongside them unless a severe weather situation arises.  Campers will get hot, sweaty and will be exposed to dirt, animal feces/urine, hay/straw, other allergens, and cleaning chemicals.  Personal protective gear, such as gloves and masks, will be provided as appropriate and must be worn as directed. 
 In addition, campers will work in small teams throughout the week on a project, which will be presented to the camp and zoo staff (parents invited) at the end of the week.  All campers are expected to contribute to this presentation.

What to Bring:

A reusable water bottle, packed lunch, a long pair of socks (to wear under provided rubber boots), and a great attitude!

Getting dirty has never been so much fun!
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Interested in becoming a member?  Please note Zoo Memberships are sold through the same online registration portal used for education programs, but a processing delay of 7-10 business days may occur before your Member benefits are available for online registration.  Click here for more info or to join today!

New Membership orders are processed as quickly as possible, but if you need to expedite this please contact us at zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov.

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Questions?  Please call the Education Department at (765) 807-1540 or email zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov.