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Zoo School Camps

Unforgettable and Wild Summer!

We are proud to offer the first (and only!) all-inclusive camp program in Tampa Bay. All camps include morning & after care, lunch, a free t-shirt and a ticket to visit the Zoo again.

Fun and adventure are calling!

The Zoo's all-inclusive summer camps provide unique experiences where campers may:

  • Feed a giraffe
  • Touch a giant tortoise
  • Get hand-to-fin with stingrays
  • And more!

Schedules vary depending on the grade level, instructor and weekly theme.

Important Information

  • Camps are for children currently enrolled in grades K-8.
  • Camp days are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Free extended care from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Daily lunch included. (Camper must bring refillable water bottle and two snacks)
Summer Camp Pricing
  5 Day
(M-F)
 3 Day
Premium Camps*
(Premium camps have a max class size of 12 students)
$320  --
General Camp (Zoo Member) 
(General camps have a max class size of 15-20 students)
$224
 $135
 General Camp (Non-Zoo Member) 
(General camps have a max class size of 15-20 students)
 $280
 $168
*Premium camps are indicated with an asterisk. For questions or to learn additional additional information about our camps call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268. 3 day camps are only available the week of 8/7 – 8/9.

Upcoming Camps:


Week 10: July 24th – July 28th

Art Safari – Ready, set, paint! Learn animal facts while you put your art skills to the test. Venture into the Zoo to observe your subjects then let your creative side run wild!

Shutterbugs* - Discover the world of wildlife through the lens of your own camera supplied by the Zoo. We’ll print your favorite photos throughout the week so you can create your very own portfolio.


Week 11: July 31st – August 4th

Florida Friends – To see an amazing variety of animals, you don’t have travel any farther than your backyard! Learn how animals, both native and not, have adapted to the Sunshine State. 

Powerful Predators – What is life like at the top of the food chain? Visit the predators found at the Zoo and learn the many adaptations nature’s best hunters use to get their next meal.

Fantastic Beasts! – From dragons to unicorns, take a magical journey with the creatures from your favorite stories and movies! We’ll explore these mythological beasts and take a closer look at the real animals that inspired them!


Week 12: August 7th - 9th (3 day camp)
Week 12: August 7th - 11th (5 day camp)

Around the World - Do you have the travel bug? Get your passport ready and explore each continent’s unique animals, cultures and traditions in this global camp.

Week 10: July 24th – July 28th

Zoo-hoy Matey’s – Yo ho, yo ho! A zoo camp is for me! In this swashbuckling adventure, aspiring pirates will practice hunting for buried treasure, learn how to train parrots, and come face to face with mermaids and sea monsters!

Positively Primates - Swing through the trees and drop into this camp to learn all about the Zoo’s incredible primates.


Week 11: July 31st – August 4th

Crypto Quest – The Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, mermaids, giant squids and more! Walk the fine line of science and legend to decide if these mythological creatures really did, or still do, exist.


Week 12: August 7th - 9th (3 day camp) 
Week 12: August 7th - 11th (5 day camp)

Animals A-Z - With the alphabet as your map, navigate the diversity of the animal kingdom like never before. Let the letters guide you from Alligators to Zebras and everything in between. 

Week 10: July 24th – July 28th

Zoo-vivor – Learn how to survive in nature’s harshest environments from the animals that have developed state-of-the-art means for living in these extreme conditions including building shelters in the snow like polar bears and setting traps for food like spiders. Then complete challenges to put your newly developed survival skills to the test. 

Junior Zookeeper* - Ever thought about being a zookeeper when you grow up? Learn what it takes to face the difficult challenges and awesome rewards of animal care. Get ready to get dirty! 


Week 11: July 31st – August 4th

Zoo Scene Investigation – Solve some of the biggest mysteries in the animal kingdom. Develop your animal detective skills in this week of mystery, discovery and fun!


Week 12: August 7th - 9th (3 day camp) 
Week 12: August 7th - 11th (5 day camp)

Animal Enrichments - Animals love getting gifts and treats, too! Find out how phonebooks, boxes, t-shirts, and pinecones can bring out the wild side of the Zoo’s animal residents. 


Week 10: July 24th – July 28th

Animal Handling II* - Put your animal knowledge and handling skills to the test as the student becomes the teacher. This camp will focus on in-Zoo animal encounters for visitors! (Animal Handling I must have been completed this year or a past year to enroll in this camp).


Week 11: July 31st – August 4th

Animal Enrichments – Animals love getting gifts and treats, too! Find out how phonebooks, boxes, t-shirts, and pinecones can bring out the wild side of the Zoo’s animal residents.

Week 12: August 7th - 9th (3 day camp) 
Week 12: August 7th - 11th (5 day camp)

Junior Vets – Put on your scrubs and gloves to explore what it is like to be a vet. Watch exams, learn animal first aid and see how the vet’s office at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo works to keep our animals healthy.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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