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 meeting animals up-close in their classroom
• 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.
Click on a camp name to see full description and register. Tip: bookmark this page so you can conveniently browse camp options.
Please note: Online registration closes one week prior to the start of camp. To find out if any available spots remain, call 585.336.7213
June 29 – July 3
Registrations are based on the age of the child as of June 1, 2020.
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 29 and end the week of August 17. 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 20 and for ages 7 to 9 is held the week of August 17. Three counselors support a maximum of 15 children. This camp is tailored specifically for children with special needs who would 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 (dates coming soon!): Ever wonder what it would be like to be a zoo veterinarian? In this exclusive after-camp workshop, students will learn about the different aspects of zoo veterinary medicine directly from Seneca Park Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Louis DiVincenti and his staff. Students will have opportunities to work with live animals and real veterinary medicine equipment.
This optional workshop immediately follows ZooCamp and is available for 10-12 year-old campers who are enrolled in that camp session. Specific dates will be determined based on the availability of our Vet Team and will be posted to our website as soon as possible.
Cost for one week: $200 (this is in addition to the normal ZooCamp fees)
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 is $230 for Zoo members, $250 for non-members.
Half day is $145 for Zoo members, $165 for non-members.
Before Care or After Care for school-age campers, $35/week.
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