Field research camp at Air Hike

The North Carolina Zoo's Wild Animal Science Camp engages campers with techniques and technology that scientists use to study wildlife at the zoo and around the world. Campers will engage in the same kinds of activities that guide the Zoo's field biologists when they are working in the wild to save free-ranging elephants, gorillas, vultures and more. They will use camera traps, help solve human-wildlife conflict, learn to identify footprints, and study the behavior of the zoo’s animals. At the end of the first day, students will camp by the Watani Grasslands habitat and will conduct night-time research on Zoo animals and native wildlife.

Camp Size
Each camp is limited to 16 campers.

Selection Process
Campers meeting all application requirements below are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Application Requirements
All applicants must:

  • Have a grade point average of "B" or higher in academic courses;
  • Be able to secure a recommendation from a science teacher or career counselor;
  • Complete the online Wild Animal Camp Application (opens in new tab/window);
  • Mail or fax the Wild Animal Camp Health Form to the NC Zoo Society office

               Download Junior Wild Animal Camp Health Form

               Download Senior Wild Animal Camp Health Form

  • Pay the $5 application processing fee

               Junior Wild Animal Camp processing fee

               Senior Wild Animal Camp processing fee

Questions/More Information
Please contact with any questions regarding wild animal camps.

Camp fees cover all expenses. The estimated cost of goods and services for this camp is $30. All or nearly all of the remaining cost should be tax-deductible as a donation to the NC Zoo Society. Donations support Zoo wildlife conservation projects.


Junior Wild Animal Science Camps

For rising 6th - 9th graders

Date: June 8-9 and September 14-15, 2019 (two-day Junior Camp)

Camp Tuition
NC Zoo Society members: $449
Non-members: $499

Junior Wild Animal Camp Materials
2019 Junior Field Health Form (Required for Admission)

2019 Junior Science Camp brochure


Senior Wild Animal Science Camp

For rising 10th graders - college freshmen

Date: June 29-30, 2019

Senior Wild Animal Camp Tuition
NC Zoo Society members: $449
Non-members: $499

Senior Wild Animal Camp Materials
2019 Senior Science Health Form (Required for Admission)

2019 Senior Science Camp Brochure