ZooCamp at Seneca Park Zoo immerses kids in wildlife, the environment, and the need to protect and care for both, all in a unique setting: The Zoo!
ZooCampers can count on:
• An immersive experience at the Zoo, including behind-the-scenes experiences
• Learning about the animals they know and love
• Plenty of time outdoors, taking nature hikes and playing
• Meeting other kids who have similar interests
Parents can count on:
• Children bursting with new knowledge and excitement from their days at camp
• Daily emails to stay informed of what children are learning so you can keep the conversation going at home
• Feeling good knowing that a portion of every camp goes towards animal conservation
With new habitats and animals, there has never been a more exciting time to be at Seneca Park Zoo. These camps will sell out, so sign up early.
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Registrations are based on age of child as of June 1, 2019.
Add Before or After Care options when you register.
June 3 – 7
June 10 – 14
June 17 – 21
June 24 – 28
July 1 – 5 (Note: No camp on July 4th)
July 8 – 12
July 15 – 19
July 22 – 26
July 29 – Aug. 2
August 5 – 9
August 12 – 16
August 19 – 23
Registrations are based on the age of the child as of June 1.
Campers will have a more positive experience if they are prepared to spend a part of each day outside and should dress accordingly. Snacks are provided, but please bring a water bottle.
Preschool camps for ages 3 and 4 are held weekly in June and run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with pick up before lunch. Campers will have a more positive experience if they are already comfortable in group settings without their parent and they must be bathroom trained. Two counselors support a maximum of 14 children. Half-day fees apply. Before or After Care options are not available.
School-age camps for ages 5 to 12 begin the week of June 24 and end the week of August 19. Full day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Before Care drop off at 8 a.m. and After Care pickup at 5 p.m. Campers bring their own peanut-free lunch. Two counselors support a maximum of 20 children.
Special needs camps for ages 5 and 6 is held the week of July 8 and for ages 7 to 9 is held the week of August 12. Three counselors support a maximum of 15 children. This camp is tailored specifically for children with special needs that benefit from additional support. If your child is able to participate in camp but requires individual assistance with communication, behavior support, or ADLs, please contact us about arranging to have your own aide attend with your child, so they may have the most inclusive experience possible.
Vet-in-training Workshop: Ever wonder what it would be like to be a zoo veterinarian? What do you do when a hyena has a tooth ache or an elephant has a sore foot? In this exclusive after-camp workshop, students will learn about the different aspects of zoo veterinary medicine directly from Seneca Park Zoo Veterinarian Louis DiVincenti and his staff. Workshop will involve working with live animals and real veterinary medicine equipment. Students will gain an appreciation of what zoo veterinarians do every day and how animals at the zoo are cared for. This new, optional workshop will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. every day of camp. Additional fees apply. This optional add-on is only available to campers registered for Digging into Paleontology (July 15-19) and Photo Safari (July 29 – Aug. 2).
Half-day option is available for campers ages 5 to 9. Half-day is 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with pick up before lunch.
Each child receives a Camp T-shirt.
Fees for one week:
Full day $220 for Zoo members, $240 for non-members.
Half-day is $140 for Zoo members, $160 for non-members.
Before Care or After Care for school age campers, $25/week.
July 1-5 camp discounted due to the July 4 holiday.
Payment in full is due with registration. Payments are non-refundable. Please read and complete medical and registration information provided online in full. A pick-up authorization form will be sent with your confirmation and needs to be completed prior to the first day of camp.
Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis to cover 50% or 100% of the camp registration fee for one week of camp per child. If interested, please complete the application below.
Materials can be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with ZooCamp Scholarship in the subject line or mailed to:
Education Department – ZooCamp Scholarship
2222 St. Paul St.
Rochester, NY 14621