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Wild Adventures Camps


The Dallas Zoo and The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park offers 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!

Summer camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Spring Break camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 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 for an additional fee.

Wild Adventures Summer Camp


Weeklong and Single-Day Camps from June 11-Aug. 10

All summer camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature: education tours, games, arts and crafts, up-close animal encounters, and more. Please register your summer camper in their upcoming (2018-19 school year) grade level.

  • Note: PreK camps offer a half-day option for weeklong camps from 9 a.m. to noon for a reduced price.

BeforeCamp (8-9 a.m.) and AfterCamp (3-6 p.m.) are available at both the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park for most weeklong ($25/BeforeCamp, $50/AfterCamp) and single-day camps ($5/BeforeCamp, $10/AfterCamp).

Grade Levels: PreK, Kindergarten-1st, and 2nd-3rd 

Animals in the Spotlight

You’ve seen them on the big screen and streaming on YouTube, now take a deeper dive look at animals from movies, shows and viral video clips. Campers will study the video clips before setting out into the Zoo to study the real-life behaviors and movements of animals from all over the world. This weeklong camp at the Zoo will deepen the connection between campers and animals. Cost: $200/member, $220 non-member. (PreK also available as half-day for $135/member, $150/non-member.)


Grade Levels: 4th-5th 


Keeper Camp

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 weeklong camp includes a staff-supervised sleepover on Thursday night. Cost: $240/members, $265/non-members.

  •  Aug. 6-10

Grade Levels: 6th-8th 

 Coding Camp

Is your child a technology pro, or just interested in learning the basics? Thanks to our expert partners at CodeStream Studios, LLC, campers will gain hands-on experience building a webpage with HTML and CSS. This camp will combine Zoo exploration and computer lab time to give campers the opportunity to learn and create a web page project centered around Dallas Zoo animals and wildlife conservation. See web pages designed by campers from the June 25-29 camp.

Grade Levels: 9th-12th 


Career Camp

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 weeklong camp gives animal enthusiasts valuable hands-on knowledge. Cost: $240/members, $265/non-members

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.