Summer Zoo Camps 2015

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.


Need-based scholarships are available for Zoo Troop, Eco-Explorers, and the Zoo Keeper Camp for youth with autism. Please contact Sarah Wilcox at 218-7304500 ext. 214 or for a scholarship application.


New! Zoo Keeper Camp for youth with autism

Youth with autism (ages 8-11): Learn what it’s like to be a zookeeper by preparing animal meals, making enrichments, cleaning exhibits, observing animal training, and more! This class will be co-taught by an education specialist at the zoo 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.

Dates & Times:
Aug. 24-27, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Orientation on Aug. 24 from 8:30-9:00 a.m. (first day of camp)

Cost: $95 (scholarships available – contact Sarah at before registering)


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 take an “Animal Expedition” 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

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!

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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.