River Otters

Full-day camp for children ages 7 - 9.


Summer Camp

In River Otters, campers spend the day tracking a grizzly bear, traveling through the forests of Borneo and discovering the wild in our very own backyard. Each curriculum has a theme which will develop throughout the week with zoo exploration, activities, games, big body play and empathy building opportunities. Curricula align with age-appropriate learning and development standards with an emphasis on both a camper’s development as a scientist and peer collaboration.

Summer Camp 2024 Themes


Secret Lives of Animals

Can you picture how you’d live your life if you could hear as well as a snowy owl? What if you could sense heat like a pit viper? How would the world look if you could see in ultraviolet like a honeybee? The animals around us know many secrets about the world our senses just won’t reveal to us. Join us for a fun week of finding out the secrets only animals know! 


My Big Backyard

Alert: there are wild animals all over your neighborhood right now! Also, they were there yesterday, and they’ll be there tomorrow. There will always be wild animals, right in our own backyard! We’ll explore how we can be good neighbors for wildlife in our immediate neighborhoods, across our state, and around the world. 



Registration Update

Thank you for your interest in our Summer Day Camps!  If the camp of your choice is sold out, please sign up for the waitlist by clicking the Register for Camp button below. Once a spot becomes available an automated message will be sent to you to complete your registration.


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Additional Camp Information

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Registration Information

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Camp Safety & Policies

Find information regarding the zoo's camp safety and program policies. Including kid codes, cancelation or modification, inclement weather plan, waitlists, and grouping requests. 

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Accomodation & Inclusion

Explore the zoo's commitment to accessibility with our Accessibility Guide, sighted guide policy, bathrooms, sensory considerations, and more. 

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Cancelation and Modification of Camp Registration

All programs require a $50 non-refundable fee which will not be returned regardless of cancelation or modification date. Below are additional important cutoffs for cancelations or modifications.

  • Registration for day camps closes 2 weeks prior to the session start date.
  • Modifications and cancelations can be made until 2 weeks prior to the session start date.
  • If a session is beginning in less than 2 weeks, the program fee will not be returned in the event of modification or cancelation (including extended care).  Example: If camp starts on Monday, July 22nd, final camp modifications or cancelations must arrive in the camps@zoo.org inbox by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 7th.  



If you have additional questions or need assistance contact us at camps@zoo.org.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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