Zoo Camps

Nashville Zoo currently offers 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 Camps

Nashville Zoo's Summer Camps have been completely redesigned for 2016! Summer Camp is expanding to include campers ages 4 to 14 with exciting camps for each age group offered for various weeks throughout the summer months.

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.

Registration will open for members February 24 around 10am, and for non-members on March 3.

Registration for Summer Camp 2016 is now closed.

Questions? Please contact education@nashvillezoo.org.

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Ages 8-14: Zooper Heroes Camp (Day camp for children with special needs)

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. The adult 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.

Dates Available

July 5 - 8
9am to 2pm daily


Members - $175
Non-Members - $200


There is a separate registration/application process for this camp. For more information or questions concerning Zooper Heroes Camp, please contact education@nashvillezoo.org or 615-833-1534 x160.


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Fall Camps

Veterinary Camp (ages 15-18)

Nashville Zoo’s Veterinary Camp is a two-day camp for ages 15 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