Dates for 2015 coming soon!
Campers ages 5-10 can participate in three camps on alternating weeks, so they can spend more than one session at Summer Day Camp! All three camps will explore the entire Zoo, but each week will focus on a new theme and provide a unique experience for your camper!
Ages 5-6 Animal Coverings
Campers will learn why different types of animals are covered with different things, and how their coverings help protect them throughout their lives.
Ages 7-8 Animal Groups
Campers will learn about the main groups of animals and what makes them unique enough to be separated into different groups.
Ages 9-10 Animal Classification
Campers learn about how different species are classified and what adaptations make them different from each other and perfectly suited to live in their environment.
Ages 5-6 Basic Needs
Campers will learn about the basic needs in every animal’s life and how they use their differences to find each thing they need.
Ages 7-8 Life Cycles
From producers and consumers, to carnivores and herbivores, campers will learn about the different roles animals play in an ecosystem and how their role can affect the lives of animals around them.
Ages 9-10 Zoo Scene Investigators: Food Webs
Campers will explore and investigate animal mysteries each day that illustrate the importance of food webs throughout the natural world.
Ages 5-6, 7-8, & 9-10 Conservation
While exploring the Zoo, campers will learn what we do, and what they can do at home to help conserve the natural world. Campers will also learn about why conservation is so important to the animals that live throughout the world.
Dates for 2015 coming soon!
Campers ages 11-12 will participate in our Wildlife Biology program. This program allows older campers to explore the Zoo and Brookside Reservation while learning about the importance of observation and exploration.
Our “Counselor-In-Training” leadership camp for ages 13-14 allows participants to develop their leadership skills by working alongside our staff, partnering up with our teen “Zoo Crew” volunteers, and participating in team building and challenge activities!
Emerald Necklace Camp
Another summer camp option for campers age 11-14 is our Emerald Necklace Camp. Campers explore the Zoo and take field trips to other areas of Cleveland Metroparks to hike, canoe, learn the basics of golf, and more! Click this link to learn more about the Emerald Necklace Camp.
Will my camper have an opportunity to help an animal keeper?
For the safety of all, direct contact with exhibit animals is not possible. Please refer to the Activities section of the Parents’ Guide for additional information.
Can I come into camp with my camper on Monday morning?
Yes, you are welcome to accompany your camper into the Zoo. During drop-off and pick-up, we ask that you park your car in the Rhino Lot and escort your camper to the registration tables. Here you will be able to meet your camper’s camp counselor and ask any questions that you might have.
Can siblings and/or friends be registered in the same group?
Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis. As classes may fill quickly, the Zoo cannot guarantee that your camper and their same-aged friend will be placed together. If your registration is completed online, please indicate your preference when prompted. If your registration is completed on paper, please mail your camper’s forms together with their friend’s forms. We will do our best to accommodate you.
What is your refund policy?
No refunds will be issued for no-shows or after the start day of the session for which you are registered. Please refer to the Registration/Admissions Policy section of the Parents’ Guide for additional information.
Does my camper need to bring a lunch?
Full-day campers are responsible for bringing their own lunch and beverage. Half-day campers do not need to bring a lunch, as they leave camp prior to lunch time. Please refer to the Lunch Guidelines section of the Parents’ Guide for additional information.
Where do I find my Camp ID Number?
Your Camp ID Number is located on your confirmation page. You must have the Camp ID Number for any camper that you are picking up.
After registration, what information will I receive?
Your registration confirmation page will automatically be e-mailed to you. Please be sure to retain this page as it contains your Camp ID Number. If registering using a paper form, your confirmation page will be mailed to you.
My camper has special needs and has difficulty functioning at grade level. How should I register my camper for camp?
If you have a concern about your camper’s needs, please call the camp office (216-635-3391) prior to registration.
Can I send sunscreen and/or insect repellent with my camper to camp?
My camper will require medication during the day. Can the camp staff administer this medication on my behalf?
Yes. If you would like for camp staff to apply sunscreen and/or insect repellent or administer medication, you must complete the Request for Administration Form
. Please refer to the Participant Health Records section of the Parents’ Guide.
Can my camper attend camp for more than one session?
Yes, your camper may attend for multiple sessions; however, each session is treated as a separate order. Please complete separate forms for each session that you are registering for.
What are the differences between Summer Day Camp A, B, and C?
For each age group, we offer three different camps on alternating weeks, so kids can spend more than one session at Summer Day Camp. All 3 camps will explore the entire Zoo, but each individual camp will follow a different theme. Campers will learn about different aspects of animals’ lives. This means that the daily activities will be different each week. Campers will also have the chance to Get Close to different education animals and explore different areas during their behind the scenes tours.
Where should I drop off my camper if we arrive after 9:00am?
Up until 9:00 am, drop off takes place in the Rhino Lot of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. If you arrive after that time, please check in at the Reinberger Education Center (first building on the left when you drive into the Zoo).
Why must I park my car and escort my camper into camp?
Why do the Half-Day Campers get picked up at the Fulton Road address on Mondays?
- We ask that when arriving to or departing from camp, your car is parked in the Rhino Lot and your camper is walked to and from the registration tables. These policies have been made in an effort to ensure your camper’s safety and to make Summer Day Camp both more personable and more environmentally friendly.
- Parking and turning off your car eliminates time spent idling, which reduces car emissions, making Summer Day Camp a greener place to be.
- By taking a moment to park your car, it will also help to alleviate the pressures of heavy traffic on Free Mondays throughout the summer.
- Escorting your camper to registration allows you, not only the opportunity to meet your camper’s camp counselor before Day Camp even begins, but to ask any lingering questions that you might have.
- For complete details, see the Arrival/Departure Procedures in the Parents’ Guide.
What should I do if my camper will be absent?
My camper has a doctor’s appointment and needs to leave early. Is this possible?
- Mondays in the summer are free of charge to Cuyahoga County residents, creating VERY heavy traffic in and out of the Zoo. We can better avoid this Free Monday congestion by having half-day campers picked up at Cleveland Metroparks Human Resources Office (4101 Fulton Parkway). This applies to Mondays ONLY, all other half-day camper pick-ups will take place in the Rhino Lot.
- Please refer to the Maps section of the Parents’ Guide for directions to the Monday pick-up site.
If your camper will be absent or will need to leave early, please contact the camp office (216-635-3391).
Are there discounts available for registering multiple campers or registering for multiple sessions?
The only discount available is for Cleveland Zoological Society Members. Please refer to the Parents’ Guide for Summer Day Camp rates.
Can my camper bring a backpack, additional clothes, water bottle, or camera to camp?
Your camper will be responsible for carrying all items. Please refer to the Do’s and Don’ts section of the Parents’ Guide.
Is it possible for someone else to pick up my camper from camp?
For campers participating in car pools, the vehicle that picks up the campers must have the Camp ID Numbers for each camper to be picked up, or the campers will not be released. This is done to ensure the safety of your camper.
How do you select your camp counselors?
In addition to being the best of the applicant pool, camp counselors are subject to criminal background checks and drug screening. They are also required to submit three letters of recommendation. All camp groups consist of both Senior Counselors (ages 18 and above) and Junior Counselors (ages 16-18).