Summer Zoo Camps

Lake Superior Zoo summer day camps provide a fun and safe setting where youth can make both human and animal friends. Each camp features animal encounters, hands-on activities, crafts and games that focus on inspiring children to care about wildlife, conservation, and the natural world. From Cub Club to Zoo Troop to Eco-Explorers, each level of camp exposes children to different opportunities as their learning levels progress. When they reach their teen years, youth can participate in Zoo Crew to gain a real-world understanding of what it’s like to work with animals and visitors at a zoo.

Information about summer programs for Toddlers can be found on our Toddlers page. And remember, the fun doesn’t end when summer ends! The zoo offers programs year-round for all ages. Learn more on our Zoo Programs page.


Cub Club (Ages 4-5)

Cub Club is a 2-hour camp designed for preschool-age children who are able to be successful in group programs without parent involvement. Children will participate in games, interactive activities, role play, and crafts. We’ll explore the zoo, read stories and meet many animal friends!

Cub Club

Zoo Troop (Ages 6-8)

Whether you embark on “Animal Adventures” or become a “Zookeeper for a Week,” all of these 4-day camps include exciting games and activities, art projects, and close-up animal encounters.

Zoo Troop

Zookeeper Camp for youth with autism (Ages 8-12)

Learn what it’s like to be a zookeeper by preparing animal meals, making enrichments, cleaning exhibits, observing animal training, and more! This camp will be co-taught by zoo educators and an Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) Education Specialist. AuSM Social Skills classes are tailored to give youth with autism fun, safe, and exciting experiences while they increase self-esteem, expand their knowledge, and build friendships.

This camp will be staffed between a 1:3 and 1:4 staff/participant ratio. If an individual is able to participate safely in a program but requires individual assistance with communication, behavior support, or ADLs, PCA attendance can be approved so the participant may have the most inclusive experience possible. For more information or case-by-case questions, e-mail or call 651-647-1083.

Parent or guardian should plan to attend Monday 9:00-10:00 a.m. with child for orientation. Camp runs Tuesday-Friday from 9:00-12:00 noon.

Dates & Times:
Monday, July 22 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. Orientation
July 23-26, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cost: $115
Camp t-shirts are included in cost for this camp.


Eco-Explorers (Ages 9-12)

Explore careers working with animals, practice your zoology skills and more by choosing from these exciting 4-day camps focused on wildlife and conservation. Come for a half- or full-day adventure and experience lots of hands-on activities and animal interactions.


Zoo Crew (ages 13-17)

Zoo Crew is a summer educational program that provides teens with hands-on experience with animal care, conservation education, and zoo operations. Participants learn how to handle and care for animals, work alongside zookeepers, and teach zoo visitors about wildlife and conservation issues.

Zoo Crew

Zookeeper Job Shadowing (Ages 13-17)

Wonder what it’s like to work with animals? Spend a morning not just job shadowing but actually helping behind the scenes at the zoo. Prepare animal diets, make animal enrichments, tour our veterinary clinic, watch animal training and more!

This program can be scheduled upon request. If you have 2-4 teens interested, please contact Jessamy about scheduling a morning that works best for your group: 218-730-4500 ext. 205 or Groups of 5 or more teens should inquire about our Zoo Careers: Behind the Scenes program.

Cost: $30 per person (includes zoo admission)



Pre-registration is required for all camps and usually opens in early March. To register for a camp or read our Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our Registration page.