Summer Camps

Welcome to the North Carolina Zoo’s Jr. Zookeeper Camp!  This year we are offering a variety of fun and engaging weeklong and single day camps (in-person and virtual options) for rising 1st-3rd graders and rising 4th-6th graders. In addition, we are bringing back our popular KidZu camps which are geared toward rising 3rd-8th graders with high functioning autism. During our immersive weeklong camps, Jr. Zookeepers will have the opportunity to discover many of the different aspects of taking care of animals here at the Zoo. Our exciting single day camps will provide Jr. Zookeepers the chance to focus on exploring a specific group of animals. 

All In-Person Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine; Virtual Camp times are noted in the description.

Join us for a summer of fun they’ll never forget and don’t forget to add on a camp t-shirt on the ticket page (scroll down to Add-ons Section).

All in-person single day and weeklong camps are sold out. Virtual and KidZu camps are currently the only available options. 

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Single Day Camps

Keepers of the Unusual

Are you a fan of weird yet wonderful animals?  Join us as we explore some our planet’s most unusual and often overlooked animals- fish and invertebrates (animals without backbones)!

  • Tuesday, June 14 Virtual Camp ($35) = 9 a.m.-12 p.m. rising 1-3 graders, 15 campers max; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. rising 4-6 graders, 20 campers max
  • Wednesday, June 15 KidZu*** Camp ($65) = 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. rising 3-8 graders; 8 campers max
  • Thursday, June 16 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT
  • Friday June 17 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT

Keepers of the Slimy and Scaly

Love scaly and slimy critters?  Then this camp is for you as we learn about all things reptilian and amphibian!

  • Tuesday, June 21 Virtual Camp ($35) = 9 a.m.-12 p.m. rising 1-3 graders, 15 campers max; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. rising 4-6 graders, 20 campers max
  • Wednesday, June 22 KidZu*** Camp ($65) = 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. rising 3-8 graders; 8 campers max
  • Thursday, June 23 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT
  • Friday June 24 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT

Keepers of the Flock

Birds of a feather flock together!  Calling all bird buffs to come and find out more about our amazing Aves.

  • Tuesday, July 5 Virtual Camp ($35) = 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. rising 1-3 graders, 15 campers max; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. rising 4-6 graders, 20 campers max
  • Wednesday, July 6 KidZu*** Camp ($65) = 9am-4pm rising 3-8 graders; 8 campers max
  • Thursday, July 7 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT
  • Friday July 8 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT

Keepers of the Furry

Prefer your animals furry?  Come join us for a camp all about our magnificent mammals!

  • Tuesday, July 19 Virtual Camp ($35) = 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. rising 1-3 graders, 15 campers max; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. rising 4-6 graders, 20 campers max
  • Wednesday, July 20 KidZu*** Camp ($65) = 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. rising 3-8 graders; 8 campers max
  • Thursday, July 21 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT
  • Friday July 22 In-Person Camp ($65) = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT

***KidZu camps are geared toward rising 3rd-8th graders with high functioning autism.  Anyone registering for this camp will be sent a health form that needs to be completed and turned in at least 2 weeks before the start of their camp.

Virtual Camp Chelsey with a tarantula

Weeklong Camps

Keeper for a Week ($265)

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Zookeeper?  During this weeklong camp, Jr. Zookeeper campers will find out all the different ways keepers care for their animals to keep them happy and healthy!

* Please note that this is the same camp for each week, please do not sign your camper up for more than one week.

  • Monday June 27- Friday July 1 In-Person Camp = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT
  • Monday July 11-Friday July 15 In-Person Camp = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT
  • Monday July 25-Friday July 29 In-Person Camp = rising 1-3 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT
  • Monday August 1-Friday August 5 In-Person Camp = rising 4-6 graders; 15 campers max - SOLD OUT
Snake animal ambassador