Zoo University

Camp for teens and pre-teens ages 10-14.



In Zoo U, children ages 10-12 and 12-14 study more advanced subjects while playing exciting, topic-based games and making new friends at the zoo. Children may attend one week of each Zoo U curriculum for a maximum of two weeks of summer camp.

Zoo U Themes

Wild Ecosystems
Animals both in the zoo and in the wild depend on the environment's ability to filter, scrub, cycle and produce. Climate change is only one of the many forces affecting our global biomes; together we'll get a better grasp on what youth can do to help conserve our wild ecosystems.

Exhibit Design
Discover the many facets of creating and maintaining zoo exhibit spaces. Campers will learn about exhibit design and work in teams to design their own 3-D exhibit models based on the needs of the animals, keepers and visitors.


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Full-Day Sessions
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 10-12 years or 12-14 years (limited sessions)
Weekly Fee: $410



All registration buttons link to our online registration system. If you prefer to register by paper, please click here to download a camp registration form that may be returned by email, fax or postal mail. 


Camp Waitlist

If your preferred camp session is full, you may email us to have your child placed on the camp waitlist. Please include your child's name and date of birth as well as your preferred camp session in your message.

If space becomes available, we will contact waitlisted families with an offer and deadline for accepting the open space.

additional INFORMATION


Camp Parent Guide

Please review the Camp Parent Guide prior to the start of camp. This guide includes important guidelines as well as a chart with drop-off and pick-up locations for each camp.

Read the Camp Parent Guide

Extended Day Program

The zoo offers an Extended Day program for the convenience of parents and caretakers. Afternoon Extended Day is available year-round, and both morning and afternoon Extended Day are offered in summer.

Find out more about Extended Day

FAQ, Safety Policies & Staff Bios

Find answers to frequently asked questions, details on the zoo's safety policies and Camp Staff bios and photos.

Read the FAQ, Safety Policies & Staff Bios

Changes & Cancellations

Instructions for changing or canceling camp sessions and details on the zoo's refund policy.

Read the zoo's Cancellation Policy


Classes & Camps Scholarships


Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to provide limited scholarship opportunities for eligible families towards zoo classes or day camp programs. Summer camp scholarship applications are accepted beginning February 1 of each year and throughout the year for school break camps and classes.

If you are interested in a scholarship for the Discoveries Day Camp program, you must apply through the Seattle Children's Theatre.

Scholarship Application



If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact a registration staff member by email or by phone at 206.548.2424 ext 3. If you are unable to reach a staff member by phone, please leave a detailed message and we will make every effort to return your call within 2 business days.