Zoo Summer Day Camp

Registration for 2017 Zoo Summer Day Camp will begin February 1, 2017

Details

Zoo Summer Day Camp Online Registration:

  • Click the 'Register' button in the upper right hand corner of this page to begin online registration and to view current session availability in live time.
  • Administer Meds Form and Release/Waiver Form – If registering online, a signed copy of these forms MUST accompany your camper on their first day of camp

Mail-In Registration:

ATTN: Education Registration Office
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109

For more information, contact the Education Registration Staff at (216) 635-3391 or email programregistration@clevelandmetroparks.com.

Terms & Conditions:

Camp date selection: Camp session dates will be selected by Zoo Staff based on session/age availability.  Individuals may not be able to choose their preferred camp week, but requests will be considered.

Eligibility:  Campers must reside in Ohio and attend a school that has a minimum of 30% student body participation in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program as verified by the Ohio Department of Education.  Campers must be between the ages of 3-14 by June 5, 2017.  For preschoolers, eligibility will be determined based on the elementary school nearest to your home address.

Transportation: Campers must provide their own transportation to and from the Zoo to attend camp Monday-Friday of the selected camp week.  Camp starts at 9am each day and ends at 12:30pm for half-day campers or 4:00pm.



Dates/Times

Time:                                            

  • Full Day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                      
  • Half Day: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

2017 Camp Topics for Each Session

 Session  Week of Ages
5-6
 Ages
7-8
Ages
9-10
Ages
11-12
Ages
13-14
1  June
5-9
Five Senses Animal Defenses Adaptations Wildlife
Biology
No Camp
 2 June
12-16
Shapes and Sizes Habitats ZSI: Habitats No Camp Counselor in
Training
 3 June
19-23
Sustainability Sustainability Sustainability Sustainability No Camp
 4 June
26-30
Five Senses Animal Defenses Adaptations No Camp* Counselor in
Training*
 5 July 3, 5-7
(Discount Week)
Enrichment Enrichment Enrichment Enrichment No Camp
 6 July
10-14
Shapes and Sizes Habitats ZSI:Habitats No Camp Counselor in
Training
7 July
17-21
Sustainability Sustainability Sustainability Sustainability No Camp
 8 July
24-28
Five Senses Animal
Defenses
Adaptations No Camp* Counselor in
Training*
9 July 31 -August 4
 
Shapes and Sizes Habitats ZSI:Habitats Wildlife
Biology
Counselor in Training
10 August
7-11
Sustainability Sustainability Sustainability No Camp No Camp

  *Emerald Necklace Camp also available this week.  Click here for more information.


Course Information

Age Groups

Ages 3-4 | Ages 5-6 | Ages 7-8 | Ages 9-10 | Ages 11-12 | Ages 13-14

Ages 3-4

Nature Play Camp

Campers ages 3 & 4 can participate in our Nature Play Camp. Campers will enjoy connecting with nature and playing outdoors at one of newest exhibits at the Zoo - Nature Discovery Ridge. Click this link to register and learn more about Nature Play Camp


Ages 5-6

Campers ages 5 & 6 can participate in any of four camps on alternating weeks, so they can spend more than one session at Summer Day Camp! All camps will explore the entire Zoo, but each week will focus on a new theme and provide a unique experience for your camper!

Five Senses

Sessions #1 (June 5-9), #4 (June 26-30), or #8 (July 24-28) 
Campers will learn about each sense and how different animals use them in different ways.

Shapes and Sizes

Sessions #2 (June 12-16), #6 (July 10-14), or #9 (July 31-August 4)
Campers will explore the Zoo for different shapes and sizes they can see in our animal collection while learning about how their shape and size may help each animal survive in their chosen habitat.

Sustainability 

Sessions #3 (June 19-23), #7 (July 17-21), or #10 (August 7-11)
While exploring the Zoo, campers will learn what we do as well as what they can do at home to live a more sustainable life.  Campers will also learn about why sustainability is so important to the animals that live throughout the world.

Enrichment

Session #5 (Discount Week July 3, 5-7)
During the holiday week, campers will learn what enrichment is and how the Zoo provides mental stimulation to the animals in its collection.


Ages 7-8

Campers ages 7 & 8 can participate in any of four camps on alternating weeks, so they can spend more than one session at Summer Day Camp! All camps will explore the entire Zoo, but each week will focus on a new theme and provide a unique experience for your camper!

Animal Defenses

Sessions #1 (June 5-9), #4 (June 26-30), or #8 (July 24-28) 
Campers will learn how animals can use their senses for defense, and the unique ways they protect themselves from predators.

Habitats

Sessions #2 (June 12-16), #6 (July 10-14), or #9 (July 31-August 4)
Campers will learn about different habitats and how each animal is designed specifically for the habitat in which they live.  

Sustainability 

Sessions #3 (June 19-23), #7 (July 17-21), or #10 (August 7-11)
While exploring the Zoo, campers will learn what we do as well as what they can do at home to live a more sustainable life.  Campers will also learn about why sustainability is so important to the animals that live throughout the world.

Enrichment

Session #5 (Discount Week July 3, 5-7)
During the holiday week, campers will learn what enrichment is and how the Zoo provides mental stimulation to the animals in its collection.


Ages 9-10

Campers ages 9 & 10 can participate in any of four camps on alternating weeks, so they can spend more than one session at Summer Day Camp! All camps will explore the entire Zoo, but each week will focus on a new theme and provide a unique experience for your camper!

Adaptations

Sessions #1 (June 5-9), #4 (June 26-30), or #8 (July 24-28) 
Campers explore the differences of animals and how each adaptation is useful for survival within their ecosystem.

Zoo Scene Investigators: Habitats

Sessions #2 (June 12-16), #6 (July 10-14), or #9 (July 31-August 4)
Campers will explore and investigate animal mysteries each day that illustrate the importance of habitats throughout the natural world.

Sustainability 

Sessions #3 (June 19-23), #7 (July 17-21), or #10 (August 7-11)
While exploring the Zoo, campers will learn what we do as well as what they can do at home to live a more sustainable life.  Campers will also learn about why sustainability is so important to the animals that live throughout the world.

Enrichment

Session #5 (Discount Week July 3, 5-7)
During the holiday week, campers will learn what enrichment is and how the Zoo provides mental stimulation to the animals in its collection.


Ages 11-12

Campers ages 11 & 12 can participate in any of three camps on alternating weeks, so they can spend more than one session at Summer Day Camp! All camps will explore the entire Zoo, but each week will focus on a new theme and provide a unique experience for your camper!  They are also eligible to attend our Emerald Necklace Camp

Wildlife Biology

Sessions #1 (June 5-9) or #9 (July 31-August 4) 
This program allows older campers to explore the Zoo and Brookside Reservation while learning about the importance of observation and exploration.

Sustainability 

Sessions #3 (June 19-23) or #7 (July 17-21)
While exploring the Zoo, campers will learn what we do as well as what they can do at home to live a more sustainable life.  Campers will also learn about why sustainability is so important to the animals that live throughout the world.

Enrichment

Session #5 (Discount Week July 3, 5-7)
During the holiday week, campers will learn what enrichment is and how the Zoo provides mental stimulation to the animals in its collection.

Also available - Emerald Necklace Camp
Sessions #4 (June 26-30) or #8 (July 24-28)
Campers ages 11-14 will explore the Zoo and take field trips to other areas of Cleveland Metroparks to hike, kayak, learn the basics of golf, and more.  Campers will visit Cleveland Metoparks Zoo, Bedford Reservation, Garfield Park Center, Hinckley Reservation, Seneca Golf Course, and North Chagrin Nature Center.  Venues subject to change.  Price differs from Summer Day Camp.  Click here to go to the Emerald Necklace page for more information and to register.


Ages 13-14

Counselor in Training

Sessions #2 (June 13-17), #4 (June 26-30), #6 (July 10-14), #8 (July 24-28), or #9 (July 31-August 4)
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!

Also available - Emerald Necklace Camp
Sessions #4 (June 26-30) or #8 (July 24-28)
Campers ages 11-14 will explore the Zoo and take field trips to other areas of Cleveland Metroparks to hike, kayak, learn the basics of golf, and more.  Campers will visit Cleveland Metoparks Zoo, Bedford Reservation, Garfield Park Center, Hinckley Reservation, Seneca Golf Course, and North Chagrin Nature Center.  Venues subject to change.  Price differs from Summer Day Camp.  Click here to go to the Emerald Necklace page for more information and to register.


Cost

All prices are for the full week:
  • Half Day (Member): $115
  • Half Day (Non-Member): $135
  • Full Day (Member): $165
  • Full Day (Non-Member): $190
  • Before Camp care (begins at 7:30 am): $25
  • After Camp care (ends at 6:00 pm): $25
Discount Week (July 3, 5-7)
  • Half Day (Member): $95
  • Half Day (Non-Member): $110
  • Full Day (Member): $135
  • Full Day (Non-Member): $155

FAQ

How big are your T-shirt sizes?

  • Youth Small 6-8
  • Youth Medium 10-12
  • Youth Large 14-16
  • Youth XL 18-20

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.

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?
  • 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.
Why do the Half-Day Campers get picked up at the Fulton Road address on Mondays?
  • 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. 
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?
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).