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Zoo Camps

We are excited to introduce new Zoo Camps at the Birmingham Zoo!  Our camps have always been amazing, but this year we have revamped the program to include even more hands-on science, nature play, conservation and ‘zoo-learning’!  Our camps are educational and encourage active learning through games, crafts, age-appropriate explorations, and special encounters with a variety of our resident animals. Rich in STEM-based explorations, these camps engage the natural curiosity of a child and allow ample opportunity to practice critical emerging science skills for campers ages K-12th grade.  Learning has never been so much FUN!

 

Summer Zoo Camp Updates for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Birmingham Zoo is actively working on modifications to the 2020 Summer Zoo Camp offerings to ensure adherence to the Centers for Disease Control and Alabama Department of Health Guidelines. Please continue to check back here for updates regarding Zoo Camps as the summer progresses.

 

June 1, 2020 Update:

Please note that all camps are full and no further registrations are being taken.

After reviewing final guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control, American Camps Association, Alabama Department of Public Health, and the Jefferson County Health Department, the Birmingham Zoo has greatly reduced its capacity for the Summer Camp season. In addition to only allowing one week of camp per camper, all of the following have now been cancelled:

  • All high school camps (Animal Wellness & Conservation Connections)
  • All sessions of Wild About Art, Wildlife CSI, and Wildlife Researchers
  • Zoo Ranger sessions for the weeks of June 15, 22, and 29
  • Zookeeper sessions for the weeks of July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27

May 20, 2020 Update: To help maintain enhanced social distancing guidelines, the Birmingham Zoo has reduced our capacity for the 2020 summer. In order to help accomplish these smaller cohorts, all 5 year old camper registrations are now cancelled.

If you have a 5 year old camper registered for the 2020 seasons, please refer to the email sent on May 20 or reach out to education@birminghamzoo.com with any questions.

May 1, 2020 Update: To ensure the health and safety of our guests, our staff, and the animals in our care, we have made the decision to cancel the following at this time:

§  All Extended Care options for Summer Zoo Camp (Early Care and After Care)

§  All 4K specific Zoo Camps

§  All Flex Day Offerings

§  All Camps for Week 1 (June 1-5)

§  All Camps for Week 2 (June 8-12)

If you have previously registered for any of these sessions, please refer to the email sent on the evening of May 1 or reach out to education@birminghamzoo.com for any questions.


ZOO CAMPER REGISTRATION 

2020 PLANNING GUIDE

CAMP DETAILS HERE

 


Scholarship Information

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2020 Summer Camp Dates & Registration

SUMMER CAMP DATES
*Pricing varies

June 1-5 CANCELLED
June 8-12
CANCELLED
June 15 – 19
June 22 – 26
June 29 – July 2
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31
August 3 – 7

REGISTER YOUR CAMPER

 


Registration & Fees

  • “Campers must have turned 5 years old on September 1st, 2019 with the exception of “Naturally Gross” (Grandparent and Me camp) where the minimum age is 4.
  • Registration for Summer Zoo Camps closes at 4pm the Wednesday prior to the beginning of the camp session.  
  • Registration for all other camps (Kid’s Day Out, Spring, Fall, and Winter) closes at 5pm two businesses days before the camp date.
  • For our youngest campers, children must be 4 years old on or before September 1st of the current school year.
  • For summer camp, 4 year olds must have one year in a classroom setting.

KIDS DAY OUT CAMPS

  • Member Pricing  $55
  • Non-Member Pricing  $65

 


 

Allergy Information

The Birmingham Zoo is a facility that uses nuts and nut products for animal diet purposes. Traces of nuts or nut products may be found in areas where animal feedings are conducted and areas where Programs and Educational animal demonstrations are performed. The safety of our guests remains a top priority and the Zoo takes precautions to provide a safe environment.

In the Education Programs Department, safety precautions include:

  • Teachers are trained to recognize the physical characteristics that indicate an allergic reaction is occurring and proper responses to take when a student has a reaction.
  • Teachers are trained to properly use EpiPen.
  • Teachers will not offer students any food containing nuts or nut products and all students will be discouraged from bringing snacks/lunches containing nuts or nut products.
  • Teachers will ensure that no nuts or nut products are used as any part of class activities (not involving a live animal demonstrations).

For the safety of those who suffer severe nut allergies, parents of children who attend ZooFari Summer Camps are discouraged from sending snacks or lunches with foods that contain or may contain peanuts or tree nuts.

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