Camps

Camps 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 outdoors which might mean getting dirty or wet! Please send your camper in clothes and shoes that can withstand these types of activities!

The possibilities are endless at our summer day camps! All Zoo camp sessions are two (2)  or three (3) days long, and include fun camp activities and crafts, a stylish Zoo Camp t-shirt (required to be worn each day) and a tasty morning and afternoon snack! Campers are required to bring a lunch with them each day. This year we are excited to be offering early drop off and late pick up for just $10! If you want to drop off your child before 8:45 a.m. or pick them up more than 15 minutes after camp ends, this is a great option for you! More details about Before or After Care will be included in your camp acceptance letter from the Zoo.

2018 Zoo Camps

To register online, click on the camp you wish to sign up for to get started.

  • Registration can be done online or you can pick up a packet at the zoo’s admission booth. We cannot accept applications over the phone.
  • To download a pdf in order to register by mail or in person, click here.
  • Once your child is accepted into the camp program, refunds are not offered; although substitutions may be available.
  • Camp programs are designed for the grade the camper will be entering in FALL 2018.
  • For additional questions please contact our education department, education@saginawzoo.com

Camps for K - 1st Grades:

Mini Zookeeper (June 25th - 26th & Aug 1st - 2nd)

What do Zoo animals eat? Do the animals get baths? Do they like toys? Get answers to all these questions and more in this FURtastic camp! Step into the boots of a zookeeper and learn what it’s like to take care of the animals here at the zoo!

Make animal crafts, play games and get your paws dirty in this camp while we learn to be mini zookeepers!

To register for Mini Zookeepers Session A (June 25th – 26th) click HERE

To register for Mini Zookeepers Session B (August 1st – 2nd) click HERE

Wild Things (June 27th – 28th)

Does your child love being outside, searching for frogs, and playing in the sun?

This camp is for kids who love animals and don’t mind a little bit of a mess. Explore the outdoors, make nature crafts, and have fun in this camp.

To register for Wild Things (June 27th – 28th) click HERE

Mini Explorers (July 30th – 31st)

Get ready for a jungle adventure! Put on your safari hat and grab your binoculars for this camp! Get ready to learn about new plants and animals and dig for hidden treasure as we set sail for an exciting quest here at the Zoo!

To register for Mini Explorers (July 30th – 31st) click HERE

Camps for 2nd - 3rd Grades:

Junior Zookeeper (July 9th - 10th & Aug 8th – 9th)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a zookeeper? Step into the boots of a zookeeper in this camp and learn what it’s like to take care of the animals here at the Saginaw Children’s Zoo! We will learn what animals eat and the best way to care for the animals at the Zoo. Be prepared to get a little dirty in this camp while having tons of wild fun!

To register for Junior Zookeepers A (July 9 th – 10 th) click HERE

To register for Junior Zookeepers B (August 8th – 9th) click HERE

Junior Explorers (July 11th – 12th)

Join us at the Children’s Zoo for a Wild Adventure! In this camp we will become wild explorers as we travel through the Zoo, discover wild animals, learn to read maps, and hit the nature trails to find hidden treasure!

To register for Junior Explorers (July 11th – 12th) click HERE

Operation Conservation! (Aug 6th – 7th)

Time to save the planet! Join the conservation experts here at the Zoo learn how to get green, help the environment, and have fun along the way.

Sign up and join the mission!

To register Operation Conservation! (Aug 6th – 7th) click HERE

Zooseum: Wade Into the Wetlands (July 23rd – 26th)

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum and Saginaw Children’s Zoo Zooseum: Wade into the Wetlands starts in your own backyard! This 4-day camp lets you get down and dirty with two exciting camps wrapped into one! Explore the Saginaw Children’s Zoo (July 23 and 24) and the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum (July 25 and 26) as you learn about Michigan’s wetlands and the animals that live there.

NOTE: This camp does not offer Before & After Care. Camp times are from 9am – 4pm.

To register for Zooseum: Wade Into the Wetlands (July 23rd – 26th) click HERE

Camps for 4th - 6th Grades:

Zookeepers In Training (July 16th - 18th)

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a zookeeper? This camp is for those who want to get up close and personal with the animals here at the Zoo. Step into your boots and learn how to feed, train, and care for all the animals here at the Saginaw Children’s Zoo!

To register for Zookeepers In Training (July 16th – 18th) click HERE

Before and After Care:

We are offering early drop off and late pick up! If you want to drop off your child before 8:45 a.m. or pick them up more than 15 minutes after camp ends, this is a great option for you! Campers can be dropped off starting at 8 a.m. and can stay at the zoo until 5 p.m.

You can also sign up for Before and After Care up to two weeks before the first day of each camp session by contacting the Zoo!

Each day you sign up for is $10 whether you are signing up for early drop off, late pick up, or both. If you sign up, more details about Before and After Care will be included in your camp acceptance letter from the Zoo.

Please select the date that you would need your child to participate in Before & After Care.

Reminder: Each link below is only for the selected date. To sign up for multiple days, please fill out a Before & After Care registration for each day you would like your child to attend.