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Zoo Camps

All camps take place outside! Camps at the Children’s Zoo are specifically designed to facilitate outdoor play and education while nurturing team-building and problem-solving concepts in a fun and encouraging environment. We encourage playing hard and getting dirty and/or wet! Please send your camper in clothes and shoes that can withstand these types of activities! 

Zoo Camp Zoo Camp

The possibilities are endless at our summer day camps!

All camps run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Drop-off is no earlier than 8:30 a.m. and pick-up may be no later than 4:30 p.m. unless separately coordinated with the camp administrator.

Please refer to the Registration Form for further details.

Zoo Camp Zoo Camp

2015 Zoo Camps
 Registration Form (PDF)

5 - 7 Years Old

  • Go Play -- June 24th & August 18th (1 day)
    • Kick off a perfect start (or end) to your summer vacation with a day FULL of outdoor play. Participate in animal themed games, compete in a relay race, and visit with your favorite zoo resident! This one day camp’s only goal is to have fun in the sun.

  • Artsy Smartsy -- June 25th and 26th (2 days)
    • Perfect for the creative kid, this camp combines nature, animals and a little bit of paint for two days of crafting and art! Let your imagination go WILD and you’ll be amazed at what you can create!

  • Dinosaur Dig -- July 7th, 8th, and 9th (3 days)
    • We’re taking it WAY BACK to the Jurassic period! Put on your paleontologist hat and discover fossils, learn about dinosaurs from the past and living dinosaurs today! This camp is perfect for your little dinosaur fanatic.

  • Zookeeper I -- July 14th and 15th (2 days)
    • Ever wonder what it’s like to be a zookeeper? If so, this is the perfect camp for you! This two-day camp includes meet-and-greet with a zookeeper, zoo-keeping activities, animal education, and fun animal-themed games!


8-10 Years Old

  • Zookeeper II -- July 16th and 17th (2 days)
    • Ever wonder what it’s like to be a zookeeper? If so, this is the perfect camp for you! This two-day camp includes meet-and-greet with a zookeeper, zoo-keeping activities, animal education, and fun animal-themed games!

  • Survival of the Fittest I -- August 5th and 6th (2 days)
    • It takes more than brawn to survive in the wilderness, you’ll need brains too! Do you have what it takes?! This two-day camp features problem-solving and team-building activities that are focused around learning about outdoor survival and how animals survive in the wild!


11-13 Years Old

  • Survival of the Fittest II -- August 11th, 12th, and 13th (3 days)
    • It takes more than brawn to survive in the wilderness, you’ll need brains too! Do you have what it takes?! This three-day camp features problem-solving and team-building activities that are focused around learning about outdoor survival and how animals survive in the wild!


** 6 - 9 Years Old

  • Zoo-Seum World Explorer -- July 20th and 21st (2 days)
    • Teaming up with the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, this joint camp will feature two days at the Children’s Zoo and three days at the MMCM! Explore the many habitats of the world, and the animals that live in them!

Zoo-Seum Registration Form


Zoo Crew Volunteer Program 

Zoo Crew is a unique opportunity for teens to experience the exciting world at the Children’s Zoo.

Zoo Crew Service Areas

Animal Sections

  • Assist a Zookeeper with cleaning and maintaining animal exhibits
  • Help to prepare and distributing animal diets
  • Help to create animal enrichment projects

Zoo Visitor Services

  • Provide visitors with the opportunity to have their face painted or feed an animal
  • Assist with tasks to keep the Zoo clean and running smoothly


  • Assist in greeting and educating our visitors in the Kangaroo Walkabout
  • Help visitors offer a treat to the cockatiels in the Walk-through Aviary
  • Assist in the Animal Stars reptile building
  • Help to educate our visitors at a Bio-fact Presentation Station
  • Assist at an amphitheater show

Zoo Camp

  • Assist Zoo Camp instructors with daily crafts and activities
  • Help to clean up and set up Zoo Camps.

Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance

  • Assist in maintaining the Zoo grounds and gardens by watering, weeding, and maintaining common areas. 

Zoo Crew Leader *New

  • Returning Zoo Crew will have the opportunity to be Zoo Crew Leaders.
  • This very important position will assist the Zoo Crew Coordinator in running and managing the Zoo Crew program, with such tasks as:
    • Making sure people are showing up for their shifts
    • Making sure each station is properly supplied
    • Making sure people are staying on task
    • Helping new Zoo Crew

Assist with other assigned tasks.

Zoo Crew Face Painting

Zoo Crew Requirements:

  • Be between ages 13-18
  • Commit to 40 service hours over the course of the program
  • Apply for acceptance into the program with recommendation from two non-related adults
  • Sign a release of liability form (parent and/or guardian)
  • Abide by Zoo policies and procedures
  • Attend a 60-minute volunteer orientation with a parent and/or guardian
  • Report on time for scheduled service areas
  • Wear a designated uniform while on Zoo property
  • Proof of current tetanus vaccine and negative TB test in the last six months

Zoo Crew Benefits:

  • Start building your resume today by learning skills needed for future employment endeavors
          *Learn time management skills       *Participate in group activities

          *Workplace responsibility               *Gain confidence with public presentations

  • Fulfill school requirements for community serviceLearn what it is like to work in various areas of the zoo, and see if there is a future in a zoo for you
    • Please see your school for requirements and needed paperwork
  • Discounts available on food and Zoo Store merchandise while volunteering

Zoo Crew Members receive:

  • Supervision from assigned Zoo staff member
  • Opportunity to meet and work with students from various schools in the area
  • 2 uniform shirts to wear on Zoo property while working
  • Graduation certificate and celebration


Zoo Crew Application 2015

Please make sure to read the application very carefully.
Deadline is July 3rd!


We are pleased that you have chosen the Children's Zoo for an exciting adventure this year! We are the premier place in the Great Lakes Bay Region for entertaining and educating children. Please keep the following information in mind when planning your trip to ensure a great experience.

Group Admission Policy

Group rates are available to groups of 10 or more, by reservation only.  

Please schedule your field trip with us in advance. We often have many groups visiting on the same day; scheduling in advance qualifies you for group admission and ride rates and helps ensure a smoother entry process for all.  Call (989) 759-1408 to schedule your field trip.

Group Admission:  $3.50 per person*Busses unloading students  Zoo Members enter for free, but one of the named adults must be present with membership card and ID for entry.

*Please Note:  1 free teacher per 20 students.

Ride Tickets:  $1 per person, per ride
Unlimited Wristband:  $5 per person


Group Registration Form


Registration forms must be printed and filled out with the correct number of children, adults, free teachers, and rides BEFORE arriving at the Zoo.  If the form is not filled out, it will delay entry into the Zoo for your group.

For more information or to make a group reservation, please call (989) 759-1408. 

Attention Teachers!!

The Zoo is now offering a self-guided scavenger hunt for classes! Please note that groups interested in the program must print materials in advance. Teachers are responsible for visiting our website for supplement materials and making adequate copies for students. This program is intended for students Kindergarten through 5th grade.  

Your group leader or contact person is responsible for payment of the entire party. Parent chaperones must be included in this payment to receive the group rate. (Please note: parents paying individually will be charged regular adult admission price, and will cause your group's admission to be delayed.)

Busses arriving at the Zoo 

Chaperones – To ensure a safe and positive Zoo experience for you and all our guests, as well as the safety of our animals, we ask that you bring a minimum of one (1) adult for every five (5) children to accompany children's groups. Six children will require two adults, etc.

Upon arrival, please have your bus pull up to the front gate of the Zoo. One adult, usually the group leader, is then required to report to the admission booth with the group payment. A greeter will meet your group on the bus to explain the Zoo rules. If your group is traveling by car, please gather your group and have children sit if possible.  Do not block the front entrance.  When orientation is finished, a staff member will lead your group to the front gate to enter the Zoo.

Eating at the Zoo – You are welcome to enjoy your sack lunch in our picnic area inside the Zoo. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis. For the safety of our animals, please avoid bringing glass or aluminum containers and drinking straws into the Zoo.

Courtesy and Safety Staff member going over rules with students

The Zoo is a fun place to be, especially when our guests respect the Zoo and each other. Please review the following information with your students and chaperones before entering the Zoo:

  • Chaperones are to remain with, and supervise, their groups at all times.
  • If we see you smoking, we'll assume you're on fire and throw water on you ... just kidding. However, we are a non-smoking facility and we kindly ask that you refrain from smoking while on Zoo grounds.
  • Please do not cross the barriers or fences around exhibits.
  • Share your food with people instead of animals. People food can make our animals sick! Please do not feed the animals, including our roaming birds.
  • Help keep our exhibits safe and clean ... please do not throw anything into the exhibits, as this can be dangerous for the animals.
  • No one likes being picked on ... please do not chase, tease or yell at the animals.
  • We don't like sad goodbyes ... for the safety and enjoyment of all, guests who do not abide by these guidelines may be asked to leave.

We appreciate your cooperation and hope you have a great day at the Zoo!