Zoo Camps

Zoo Camps

Nashville Zoo offers exciting camp opportunities for members and the community. 

Each year Nashville Zoo offers ten exciting weeks of summer camp for youth ages 4 through 18 including special camps designed for children with special needs and even future veterinarians! In addition to summer camps, the Zoo offers smaller camps during Metro Nashville's spring and fall breaks.

Camp questions? Please contact education@nashvillezoo.org or 615.833.1534 x160.

Summer Camps

Campers ages 4 to 18 can join us for day camps full of Zoo favorites and new adventures. All camps incorporate animal trail exploration, games, crafts, WILD hands-on activities and up-close animal encounters.

Most camps run from 9am to 3pm each day, with before-care available starting at 7:30am and after-care available until 5:30pm for an extra fee.

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2019 Camp Offerings

I Like to Move It, Move It - Half-Day Camp

This mini-camp is designed for first-time campers.

Recommended for 4-5 year olds who have not yet attended Kindergarten. If you have 5 year old who has not yet attended Kindergarten, but you feel that he would thrive in a full-day camp environment, you are welcome to register for the 5-6 year old full-day camp instead. *

Slithering snakes and hoppin’ kangaroos, do we have an exciting camp for you! Animals use their bodies in all sorts of different ways to get around. Come move with us at the zoo!

Lunchtime is not included, but kids are encouraged to bring a snack. After-care is not available for this camp.

Dates

June 3-7
9:00am to 12:00pm daily, OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm daily

Pricing

Members - $150
Non-Members - $175

Animal Sense

From what distance can a bear smell its dinner? How does an owl find its prey during the night? Campers will learn how animals use their amazing senses for survival as they practice using their own senses to connect with wildlife.

Dates

June 3 - 7
June 17 - 21
July 8 - 12
July 22 - 26
9am to 3pm daily

Pricing

Members - $225
Non-Members - $250

Storybook Tails

Jump in tail first as timeless children's books come to life. Children will join special characters like the Lorax, Gerald the Giraffe, and Pete the Cat as they explore new "tails" each day.

Dates

May 27 - 31
June 10 - 14
June 24 - 28
July 15 - 19
July 29 - Aug. 2
9am to 3pm daily

Pricing

Members - $225
Non-Members - $250

Animal Mythbusters

Bats are blind. Frogs give you warts. Pigs are dirty. There are tons of animal myths out there, but which are true and which are false? Help us investigate as we put these myths and more to the test – we’ll either debunk them or maybe even prove them to be true! What’s not a myth? This camp is sure to be AWESOME.

Dates

June 3 - 7
June 17 - 21
July 1-3 and 5 (4-day camp*)
July 15 - 19
July 29 - Aug. 2
9am to 3pm daily

Pricing

Members - $225
Non-Members - $250

*4-day camp during 4th of July week is discounted to $180/members and $200/non-members.

ecoAvengers

Calling all ecoAvengers, Nashville Zoo needs your help! Many animals are facing the loss of their homes and even extinction. We need a team to stop the ecoVillains from taking over our planet. Join forces and become a member of a universal group of supporters trying to save them.

Dates

May 27 - 31
June 10 - 14
June 24 - 28
July 8 - 12
July 22 - 26
9am to 3pm daily

Pricing

Members - $225
Non-Members - $250

Camp Zoovivor

It is a race against time to save your species from extinction! Learn about what it takes to survive as an animal in the wilderness and pick up a few survival skills of your own.

Dates

June 10 - 14
July 1-3 and 5 (4-day camp*)
July 15 - 19
9am to 3pm daily

Pricing

Members - $225
Non-Members - $250

*4-day camp during 4th of July week is discounted to $180/members and $200/non-members.

We Built a Zoo

Nashville Zoo is growing WILD! What does it take to run a zoo? How would you design an exhibit? What animals would you house in your zoo? Learn the ins and outs of the zoo world and throughout the week put the pieces together as you design your own zoo!

Dates

May 27 - 31
June 24 - 28
July 8 - 12
July 29 - Aug. 2
9am to 3pm daily

Pricing

Members - $225
Non-Members - $250

Project Globe - Grow, Learn and Observe to Benefit Earth

Protecting our planet starts with us. Understand and explore human impact on our changing world and ways you can represent GLOBE in your community. Campers will go behind-the-scenes and learn about Nashville Zoo's local and global conservation projects involving clouded leopards, giant anteaters, rhinoceros hornbills and more! Special animal encounters, hands-on activities and games wrap-up this one-of-a-kind experience. All proceeds from Project GLOBE will directly benefit Nashville Zoo's conservation projects.

Dates

June 17 - 21
July 22 - 26
9am to 3pm daily

Pricing

Members - $275
Non-Members - $300

Veterinary Camp (3-Day Camp)

Nashville Zoo’s Veterinary Camp is a three-day camp for participants age 15-18. If you have an interest in a future career in veterinary medicine, this camp is designed for you! Get an inside view on what education paths and experiences it takes to become a zoo veterinarian, vet tech and other zoo and animal-related careers. Campers also learn about the daily equipment used by our veterinarian department, safe animal restraint, participate in a parasitology lab, zoo animal nutrition, practice blow-darting and more. This camp takes place in our brand new state-of-the-art Veterinary Center.

Dates

July 10 - 12
July 31 - Aug. 2
9:00am to 3:00pm daily

Pricing

Members - $185
Non-Members - $225

Zooper Heroes Camp: Creature Care

This is a day camp offered to children with special needs. Campers will meet animals in the classroom, visit exhibits throughout the Zoo, make crafts, and play games to connect information discussed in the classroom with the animal kingdom. 

Caring for animals is a fun and rewarding experience! Whether it is an animal that is part of your family or a ginormous giraffe, animals need special care to stay healthy. Explore the inside scoop on how Nashville Zoo cares for hundreds of different animals through animal encounters, fun activities, games and more.

Nashville Zoo has been working with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to form the structure of the camp. Supports will be included for campers throughout the day such as a visual schedule, visual supports, first/then boards, quiet areas, and choice boards.

Dates

July 1-3 and 5
9am to 3pm daily

Pricing

Members - $180
Non-Members - $200

 

There is a separate registration/application process for this camp. Fill out a pre-registration form to get started with the application process.

For more information or questions concerning Zooper Heroes Camp, please contact education@nashvillezoo.org or 615-833-1534 x160.

Camp Extras

Before-care is open from 7:30 - 8:45am, and costs $50/week.

Campers generally spend this time indoors playing board games, coloring, etc.

Can be purchased separately from your camp registration.

After-care is open from 3:15 - 5:30pm, and is $50/week.

After-care campers may participate in indoor games or if weather permits, go outside to an exhibit or the jungle gym.

Can be purchased separately from your camp registration.

Campers are encouraged to wear their summer camp t-shirt each day of camp.

Having an extra on-hand can be helpful.

Shirts are $8 each and can be purchased separately from your registration prior to April 30.