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Wild Adventures Camps


The Dallas Zoo and The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park offer exciting interactive programs for children. Programs are designed to engage both mind and body in hands-on, original activities that can be experienced nowhere else. Sign up to start on an unforgettable adventure!

Most camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature: tours through the Zoo, outdoor play and activities, themed arts and crafts, and close-up animal encounters.

BeforeCamp and AfterCamp are available at both the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park for most weeklong and single-day camps.


Currently open for registration:
Select Summer Camps
Fall Weekend Keeper Camp


2017 Summer Camp

Grades PreK, K – 1, 2 – 3 

Animal Behavior, Creative Creatures, and Single-Day Camp classes are divided by grade levels [PreK (3-5 years old), K-1, and 2-3] to provide grade-appropriate activities and adventures for campers.

PreK camps also offer a half-day (9 a.m. to noon) option for week-long camps.

Week-Long Camps

PreK, K-1, 2-3 Member: $200/week     PreK, K-1, 2-3 Non-Member: $220/week

PreK Half-Day – Member: $135/week     Non-Member: $150/week


Animal Behavior Camp

July 10 – 14, July 24 – 28, Aug. 7 – 11

Making friends, chatting, and traveling are just as big a part of life for animals as they are for us. Campers will explore the exciting world of animal behaviors from social groups, communication, to humans’ roles as animal allies. This one-of-a-kind week long camp will deepen the connection between campers and wildlife.






Creative Creatures Camp

July 3-7, & July 31 – August 4

Wildlife and nature have served as inspiration for generations of artists. Campers will discover a variety of creative mediums such as sculpture, photography, animation, and performance while using the zoo as their art studio. Campers will spend time exploring Joel Sartore’s National Geographic Photo Ark.






 Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park: Camp H2O

Can a shark smell? What does a stingray eat? What is it like to touch a horseshoe crab? Campers will spend a week exploring the underwater worlds of the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. They also will spend time visiting Texas Discovery Gardens for a special experience in these week-long camps.

PreK:  July 24 – 28, July 31 – August 4

Grades 2 – 3: July 10 – 14


Single-Day Camps

July 17 – 21

Yetis, mermaids, unicorns! Delve into the world of animal myths and legends in these unique single day camps. Campers will explore the ecosystems and real-world animals that have inspired these stories from around the globe.

Member: $40/Day
Non-Member: $45/Day

Monday, July 17 – The Arctic

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Tuesday, July 18 – The Americans

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 Wednesday, July 19 – The Deep

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 Friday, July 21 – Living Today

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Grades 4 – 5



July 3 – 7 & July 31 – Aug. 4

Zooarchaeology, also known as archaeozoology, is the study and analysis of animal remains at archaeological sites. Campers will delve into this fascinating field of study exploring how scientists in the field study characteristics of ancient animals and their interactions with humans.

Member: $200/week     Non-Member: $220/week




Keeper Camp

July 10 – 14, July 24 – 28, Aug. 7 – 11

What’s it like to be an animal keeper at the Dallas Zoo? Go behind the scenes and meet zookeepers as they teach the dynamics of animal husbandry and training. This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night.

Member: $240/week     Non-Member: $265/week





Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park: From Land to Sea – Partner Camp with Texas Discovery Gardens

July 17 – 21

Take a journey from land to sea without leaving Dallas! Spend three days at Texas Discovery Gardens exploring the exciting things that live above, in, and underneath gardens; then spend two days at the Children’s Aquarium learning about the underwater world. This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night at the Children’s Aquarium.

No AfterCamp care available the Friday after the overnight.

Member: $240/week     Non-Member: $265/week



Grades 6 – 8 

All 6th – 8th Grade Camps:
Member: $240/week
Non-Member: $265/week


Zoo by Design

July 3 – 7, July 10 – 14, July 31 – Aug. 4

This is your chance to help us design a real Zoo exhibit! You and your Project Design Team will work with zookeepers, Zoo educators, facility operations, and others to develop ideas for a Zoo exhibit. This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night.

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Texas Born and Bred – Partner Camp with John Bunker Sands Wetland Center*

July 17 – 21

Get your muck boots on and head to the wetlands! Spend three days at the Dallas Zoo exploring the Texas native animals all around us, then spend two days at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center experiencing the science of wetlands and getting up close to Texas wildlife. This camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover Thursday night at the Wetland Center, where campers will discover just what comes out in the wetlands at night. Camp concludes after lunch on Friday with a Family Showcase.

*Texas Born and Bred will end at noon on the Friday following the overnight. No AfterCamp care available the Friday after the overnight.

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Grades 9 – 12

All 9th – 12th Grade Camps

Member: $240/week

Non-Member: $265/week


Careers Camp

July 24 – 28 & Aug. 7 – 11

Find out what it takes to be an animal keeper, veterinarian, trainer, and the many other positions at the Dallas Zoo. Go behind the scenes and meet Zoo professionals, who will teach campers the dynamics of their careers. This unique camp gives animal enthusiasts valuable hands-on knowledge.

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Engineering Camp – Partner Camp with Village Tech Schools

July 19 – 23 

Campers will incorporate principles of design thinking and engineering to solve current challenges faced by the Zoo. Campers will spend a day at the Zoo learning about challenges like how keepers deliver treats to large carnivores, then they will spend three days exploring engineering concepts and designing solutions at The Forge, a design studio and MakerSpace at Village Tech. Campers will present their projects to Dallas Zoo professionals on the final day of camp. This camp meets at the Dallas Zoo on the Monday and Friday and at Village Tech Schools (1010 E Parkerville Rd, Cedar Hill, TX 75104) on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of camp. 

Registration is now closed. 


Fall Weekend Keeper Camp

For 4th and 5th Graders

IMG_3255-Megan Lumpkin trainingWhat’s it like to be an animal keeper at the Dallas Zoo? Go behind the scenes and meet zookeepers as they teach the dynamics of animal husbandry and enrichment. This two-day camp over the Columbus Day holiday includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Sunday night.

Dates: October 8 – 9  
Campers arrive Sunday at 4 p.m. and leave Monday at 3 p.m.

Members: $75
Non-members: $85

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General Scheduling Information

*Registrations must be completed during single registration session.

We strictly enforce grade level requirements.  Campers enrolled in the wrong grade level will be removed from the camp without a refund.  They will be given the opportunity to enroll in the appropriate grade level camp and placed on the waitlist if the appropriate camp is sold out. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All camp sales are final.  No refunds will be given for cancelled camp reservations or camp withdrawals. A program credit may be issued based on circumstance. The credit may be used for any education program or camp at the Dallas Zoo.  Credit will not be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours of your scheduled enrollment or for no-show participants.  All programs will take place rain or shine.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deem appropriate. In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.

Toilet Training

All camp participants must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).  Our definition of toilet trained means that the child is not wearing pull-ups and is able to manage his/her own clothing by him/herself. 


All requests to be placed on the waitlist must be submitted in writing to  Phone or in-person requests cannot be accepted. Properly submitted requests will receive an e-mail from Dallas Zoo Education within 48 hours acknowledging receipt.  If a spot becomes available, you will be contacted directly. Please be aware this may occur as little as 24 hours prior to the first day of camp.  If you would like to be removed from a waitlist, please let us know as soon as possible in order to give the opportunity to another camper.  Buddy requests cannot be accommodated for waitlisted campers.


The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at or 469.554.7300.