Zoo Camp FAQ
How much does it cost to come to Zoo camp?
Camp fees are stated under each camp program:
$45 for Photo Safari, $35 for all other day camps, $70 for two-day camp and $90 for our overnight camp experience. A special discount is available for children attending 3 or more camps: $35 for Photo Safari, $25 for day camps, $60 for two-day camps and $80 for overnight camps. To receive this discount please enter the code 3+camps in the "Promotion Code" box on the billing page (step 5) of the online reservation.
Is there a discounted rate for Zoo members?
A discount is available to members of the North Carolina Zoo Society and North Carolina Zoo employees. Discounted rates are $35 for Photo Safari, $25 for day camps, $60 for two-day camps and $80 for overnight camps. Society members call 336.879.7262 to receive the Zoo Society promotion code for online reservations.
Do you provide lunch for campers?Campers should pack a bag lunch that does not require refrigeration or heating; lunch is not provided. Small morning snacks will be provided for all campers.
Where do I drop off/pick up my Zoo camper?
Children may be dropped off no earlier than 8:50 a.m. and must be picked up promptly after their camp day ends (2 p.m. unless otherwise stated in camp description).
Drop off and pick up will be at the Stedman Education Center in the North American parking lot at the zoo.
Do campers need to bring anything with them to Zoo Camp?
Zoo camp operates rain or shine. Please come prepared for changing weather. Campers should bring a backpack, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, and a bag lunch. Shoes should have backs, fit well and already be broken-in. Campers will do a lot of walking each day of camp. NO flip-flops please! Children should not bring money, valuables, electronics, or toys, unless specified by camp staff.
Will campers go behind the scenes?
Due to safety concerns and the availability of animal care staff, we are not able to offer behind-the-scenes tours for most camps. Live animal visits, from the Education Department’s Animal Ambassadors, are included in camp activities.
Can parents stay with campers?
NC Zoo Camp programs are designed for campers who are able to be successful in group oriented programs without parent involvement.
Can Zoo Camp accommodate campers with special needs?
Please describe, on the registration form, any special need (physical, academic and/or social) your camper has that our staff should be made aware of. Such needs will be accommodated to the best of our ability. If your camper is not self-sufficient, you will be asked to provide an aide to assist them.
Can Zoo Camp staff administer medications?
Medication cannot be administered or dispensed by staff. Campers must be able to take their own medication. However, staff can carry medications and help campers remember to take them. Every camp has staff members who are first aid/CPR trained, and the Zoo has full-time ranger staff with first aid training as well.
What is the behavior policy?
Behavior is managed to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all. Children are expected to behave appropriately. In the event a child is disruptive, time-out may be used. If disruptive behavior continues, the parent will be called to help find a solution. If improvement is not realized, the child may be asked to not return to camp.
For more information contact the Zoo education office by phone (336) 879-7716, toll free 1-800-488-0444 ext. 7716 or Email