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. Check out summer 2018 themes below! 

Blood and Guts: Jump into the world of animal anatomy by studying body parts and systems of mammals, birds and reptiles. Then, use this knowledge to get creative! Create a new animal species with physical adaptations to live in your favorite habitat. Please note that dissections are not included in this curriculum.

Animal Ecology: Junior naturalists unite! Explore how an animal's natural history and ecology impacts their management and care at the zoo. Campers will also develop and hone their observational skills by studying animals and exhibits throughout the week. 


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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: $380

2018 Schedule


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

Find answers to frequently asked questions as well as details on the zoo's safety policies.

Read the FAQ & Safety Policies

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. Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

For 2018 summer camps, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be reviewing applications approximately every 3 weeks until June 1 or when the majority of available funds have been awarded. After June 1, awards will be offered as new funds become available.

If we are unable to offer a scholarship during the initial review process, we will continue to consider your application for the remainder of 2018. Please understand that even if your application is accepted, Woodland Park Zoo is not always able to award the full requested scholarship amount and we may contact you with a partial scholarship offer. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to guarantee scholarships for all eligible families.

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. The registration office is typically staffed from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.