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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 6: June 26th – June 30th

Animals of the Americas – From porcupines to monkeys, wolves to bears, swamps to rainforests and plains to tundra, check out the variety of ecosystems North and South America have to offer.

Be the Creature – Test your animal imitation skills and morph into a new animal each day. Come learn about a variety of animals and find out if you have what it takes to BE the creature.

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 7: July 3rd – July 7th

Monkey Business – Swing through the trees and drop into this camp to learn all about the Zoo’s incredible primates.

Dino-Mite! – Take a trip back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Learn what the world was like before we were around and what kinds of creatures still remain from our primal past.


Week 8: July 10th – July 14th

Cool Cats – Pounce on into this camp for a roaring good time to learn about the fantastic felines found around the world. Discover cool cat facts in this camp that is sure to leave you purring for more!

Special Delivery – Cute and cuddly or even slippery and slimy, we love them when they’re little!

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 9: July 17th – July 21st

Transformers – Some animal babies look nothing like their parents when they are born.  Find out why and how they will change in this camp of terrific transformations.

Under the Sea – Dive in and explore the world beneath the waves! It’s an aquatic jungle out there.

We Like to Move It - Slither, swim or climb? Explore the different ways animals move. This camp is all about staying active so get ready to wiggle all week long!


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 6: June 26th – June 30th

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!

Animal Art – Collaborate with some of your favorite animal artists in this camp that shows not just people can paint! Create your own portfolio, and bring home an original animal painting. 


Week 7: July 3rd – July 7th

Animal Care – Learn the “dos and don’ts” of animal care and husbandry, from wild to domestic animals, to find out if you have what it takes to care for animals.


Week 8: July 10th – July 14th

River Monsters – Dive on in to learn about some of the fascinating and diverse creatures that live in the rivers, streams, and creeks all over the world, including those in your backyard.

Pikazoo- Create, train, compete and evolve mythological animals based on our zoo friends. Create trading cards and play the game to see who can be the ultimate winner!


Week 9: July 17th – July 21st

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.

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 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 6: June 26th – June 30th

Zoo Design – Learn how animals build their homes in nature before testing your skill at designing your own zoo.

Animal Trainer* - There is much more to animal training than sit and stay. Learn the fundamentals of animal behavior and training, then use that knowledge throughout the week as you work with a partner to train one of our rats to run the maze that you design, create and build.


Week 7: July 3rd – July 7th

Beach Biology – The beach isn’t just for sunbathing and building sand castles – it’s an entire ecosystem on its own. You’ll never look at the beach the same again as you discover the amazing creatures that call it home.


Week 8: July 10th – July 14th

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. 

Animal Trainer* - There is much more to animal training than sit and stay. Learn the fundamentals of animal behavior and training, then use that knowledge throughout the week as you work with a partner to train one of our rats to run the maze that you design, create and build.


Week 9: July 17th – July 21st

If I Ran A Zoo – Become an owner of your own zoo. Work in a team and compete to create the best zoo possible in this game of ex-zoo-lence. Face challenges, earn Zoo Bucks and practice proper animal husbandry to perfect your zoo throughout the week. May the best tycoon win!

Xtreme Science* - Get ready for a wild week of wacky experiments that show us how our world works. Have fun making things ooze, grow and even change colors! 


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 6: June 26th – June 30th

Wild Careers – Did you ever think about working in a zoo? Get ready to learn about different zoo career opportunities; from marketing to executive chef, and vet to zookeeper, find out if the world of zoos is for you. 

Xtreme Science* - Get ready for a wild week of wacky experiments that show us how our world works. Have fun making things ooze, grow and even change colors!


Week 7: July 3rd – July 7th

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.

Future Zookeeper* - Think you have what it takes to be a zookeeper? Take an exclusive sneak peek into the life of a zookeeper by cleaning exhibits, preparing diets, training your charges and educating the public. Experience challenges, messes and rewards of caring for the animals at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. 


Week 8: July 10th – July 14th

Wild about the Arts – With the Zoo as your muse perform plays, write poems, craft sculptures, and design drawings in this creative experience. Your only limitations are the boundaries of your imagination as you compose wild works of art. 

Wildlife Photography* - Capture some wild memories as we explore fun techniques for composing and editing photography.  Campers should bring their own camera (a smart phone works too, as long photos can be downloaded to a computer) and be ready for a photo-tastic time! 


Week 9: July 17th – July 21st

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.

Animal Handling I* - Get ready for a close-up encounter with some of our Animal Ambassadors! Learn the facts and practice perfecting your animal handling technique in preparation for a live animal show in our very own Saunders Conservation Theatre for Zoo guests and parents! 


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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