Zoo Camps

Nashville Zoo currently offers four camp opportunities for members and the community. 

Each year Nashville Zoo offers eight exciting weeks of summer camp for youth ages 4 through 14! Zooper Heroes Camp is a day camp designed specifically for children with special needs that benefit from additional support. Veterinary Camp is a two-day fall break camp for teens interested in pursuing a career in zoo veterinary science.

Summer Camp (ages 5-10)

Nashville Zoo Summer Camp is a week-long day camp available for children ages 5-10 and takes place in the months of June and July. Each month has its own unique camp curriculum and lets campers discover the Zoo through crafts, educational games, Zoo activities and special animal visits. Each week in the month is identical. Campers may only register for two weeks of summer camp, one week in June and one week in July. Camp hours are 9:00am - 3:00pm each day with before-care is available starting at 7:30am and after-care available until 5:30pm.

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Conservation Camp (ages 11-14)

New for 2015! In this exclusive camp, campers will learn about the conservation projects Nashville Zoo is involved in around the world. Includes guest speakers, behind-the-scene tours and animal encounters. Campers will learn how they can play a role in the conservation here at home and around the world. All proceeds from this camp will go directly to Nashville Zoo’s conservation projects! Space is limited!

Cost of Program

Members $275
Non-Members $300

Program Dates

July 27-31 - SOLD OUT
9am - 3pm each day

Zooper Heroes Camp (ages 8-14)

Zooper Heroes Camp is a day camp offered to children with special needs who will benefit from having individual support from a parent or professional. 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. Campers are asked to have an adult with them each day of camp, with no additional cost for the adult. This can be a parent, guardian, or paraprofessional.

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.

Program Dates

June 1-4, 2015  
Registration will begin March 12, 2015.

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

Veterinary Camp (ages 13-18)

Nashville Zoo’s Veterinary Camp is a two-day camp for ages 13 to 18 scheduled during Metro Nashville Public School's Fall Break. If you have an interest in being a Veterinarian this camp is designed for you! Get an inside view on what it takes to be a zoo veterinarian. Participants learn what classes to take in school, how to restrain an animal for procedures, tour the animal clinic, check out the lab and practice blow-darting!

Cost of Program

Members $125
Non-Members $150

Program Dates

October 8 - 9, 2015  
9:00 am to 3:00 pm