Summer Camps

2023 Summer Camps "Take a Bite out of Summer" (Registration Opens February 1, 2023)

Come “Take a Bite out of Summer” at the North Carolina Zoo’s Summer Camps! This year we are offering a variety of fun and engaging weeklong and single day camps (in-person and virtual options) for rising 1st-3rd graders and rising 4th-6th graders. We will continue to offer our Kidzu camps, geared toward 3rd-8th graders who need a smaller group size and a more guided, sensory-sensitive experience. New this year, we will also be offering single day camps for rising 7th- 8th graders! Our exciting single day camps will explore the different types of foods that animals eat and how they eat it. Weeklong camps will delve into all aspects of animal diets at the zoo, including preparing diets and how we feed our animals. Middle school day camps will further explore the relationships between food, animals, and humans. 

Please note updated medical policy: Zoo staff are not allowed to administer ANY medications except for an EpiPen. If your camper must take medications, they will have to be able to take them on their own. If your camper has to carry medications other than an EpiPen, in case of an emergency, staff will not be able to administer, and a parent or guardian will have to accompany the camper all during camp.

All in-person camps are from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., virtual camps are noted in the description.  All camps are rain or shine.

Join us for a summer of fun they’ll never forget and don’t forget to add on a camp t-shirt on the ticket page (scroll down to Add-ons Section).

Single Day Camps

In-Person Camps:

Price: $65/In-Person camps

Perfect Plant Eaters

Calling all fans of our gentle giants....and their smaller friends, too! Come learn about giraffes, elk, tortoises, and other happy herbivores!

  • Wednesday, June 14 KidZu*** In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 3-8 graders; 8 campers max
  • Thursday, June 15 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max
  • Friday, June 16 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max

Outstanding Omnivores

Can’t choose what’s for dinner? Have the best of both worlds while you learn about bears, chimps, turtles, and other om-nom-nom-nivores!

  • Wednesday, June 21 KidZu*** In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 3-8 graders; 8 campers max
  • Thursday, June 22 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max
  • Friday June 23 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max

Freaky Feeders

Even picky eaters deserve appreciation! Come learn about our animals that have a more specialized diet, like vampire bats, vultures, and butterflies!

  • Wednesday, July 5 KidZu*** In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 3-8 graders; 8 campers max
  • Thursday, July 6 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max
  • Friday July 7 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max

Magnificent Meat Eaters

Are you a fan of our charming carnivores? Whether it’s wild cats, snakes, or birds of prey, come join us in learning about the Zoo’s meat eaters!

  • Wednesday, July 19 KidZu*** In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 3-8 graders; 8 campers max
  • Thursday, July 20 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max
  • Friday July 21 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max

 

***KidZu camps are geared toward rising 3rd-8th graders that need a smaller group size and a more guided, sensory-sensitive experience.

Education camps at the NC Zoo are a great option for students.
Virtual Camp Chelsey with a tarantula

Virtual Camps:

Price:  $35/Virtual Camp

Perfect Plant Eaters/Magnificent Meat Eaters Virtual Mash-Up

Join us for an action-packed virtual session exploring the zoo’s herbivores and carnivores! We’ll see gentle giants and pouncing predators while discussing their diets.

  • Tuesday, June 13 Virtual Camp ($35) = 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. for rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max
  • Tuesday, June 13 Virtual Camp ($35) = 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. for rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max

Outstanding Omnivores/Stupendous Specialists Virtual Mash-Up

Ready to travel along with us while we check out some hungry friends? Meet some unique animals and see a wide variety of food options!

  • Monday, July 3 Virtual Camp ($35) = 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max
  • Monday, July 3 Virtual Camp ($35) = 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. for rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max

Middle School Camps:

Price:  $65/In-Person Camp

Food Chain Champions

Join us in learning all about the food chain as we travel full circle from the smallest decomposer to largest predator at the Zoo! We will examine how these animals interact and what affects predator/prey relationships!

  • Tuesday, June 20 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 7-8 graders; 10 campers max

Coexistence Challengers

Come learn all about the relationships between animals, the good, the bad and the ugly!  We’ll also delve into the relationships between wildlife and humans as we explore coexistence together!

  • Tuesday, July 18 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 7-8 graders; 10 campers max
Galapagos tortoise eating hibiscus flower
Snake animal ambassador

Weeklong Camps

Price: $265/week

Hungry Hungry Helpers

Spend a week as an honorary zookeeper, diving into all aspects of animal diets. What does an animal eat? How? When? You may even get the chance to help feed some of our friends!

  • Monday June 26-Friday June 30 In-Person Camp ($265) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max
  • Monday July 10-Friday July 14 In-Person Camp ($265) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max
  • Monday July 24-Friday July 28 In-Person Camp ($265) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max
  • Monday July 31-Friday August 4 In-Person Camp ($265)= rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max

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