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Zoo Camp

Hemker Park & Zoo camps focus on expanding each child’s appreciation for the natural world while working with a professional educator and zookeepers, going behind-the-scenes and meeting animals up close and personal! We will be discussing their habitat, diet, conservation, and have lots of hands on activities.

Zoo

Camps

Go behind-the-scenes with educators and zookeepers and meet the animals up close!

VIP

Tours

Enjoy an unforgettable private two-hour guided tour through the Hemker Park & Zoo grounds.

School

Programs

Information on field trips and Hemker Park & Zoo’s year-round in-school educational initiative.

Virtual

Zoo to You

A unique way to learn about and experience zoo animals at your school, organization or home.

Zoo Camp is back and better than ever for our 2023 Season!!! We will be offering 2 different weeks of camp with a full day of activities & our Safari Day camps!!! Safari Day camps are one day camps broken down by ages. Campers will get some very unique experiences we are sure they will remember!

If you are signing up for a camp you’ll also need to download these two forms, fill them out, and bring them to the camp:

Media Release Form

Medical Waiver

Junior Zookeeper Program

The Junior Zookeeper program at Hemker Park & Zoo provides the zoo campers who are interested in animals a chance to develop life skills and an opportunity to work with animals and kids in a fun and exciting environment. 

Junior Zookeeper Academy

$260.00

The Junior Zookeeper Academy is for children 10+.
Junior Zookeeper Academy is held the week of June 13-16, 2022 from 9:30 am- 4:00 pm

Junior Zookeeper Camp

$260.00

The Junior Zookeeper camp is designed for children from Kindergarten to 9 years old.
Junior Zookeeper camp is held the week of June 22-23, 2022 from 9:30 am- 4:00 pm

An optional meal plan can be added for lunch all 4 days for $25. Please contact us at 320-836-2426 for arrangements.

Space is limited, Register Today!

The camp includes:
  • Full-Day Camp Experience: Drop-off is from 9:15 am to 9:30 am and pick up is from 4:00 pm to 4:15 pm
  • Age-Appropriate Learning: Our camps are designed for elementary students (though campers must have completed Kindergarten).
  • Snacks! We’ll provide healthy and tasty morning and afternoon snacks each day. (meal plan can be added)
  • A Wildly Different Staff: Our education staff members and volunteers are the best in the business at providing our campers with an awesome camp experience!

*Note: All encounters will be conducted in a protected contact situation. In most cases touching the animal will not be available. (Please note Giraffe feedings happen when temperature is above 45 degree)

Cancellation and Refund Policies  
  • Cancel 14 days or more before the first day of your child’s camp session, and receive a refund equal to 75% of the total balance.
  • Cancel 8 to 13 days before the first day of your child’s camp session, and receive a refund equal to 50% of the total balance.
  • A cancellation made less than 8 days before the first day of your child’s camp session, is not eligible for a refund.

Are refunds available for absences?

No refunds are issued due to camper absences, including absences due to illness.

General Zoo Camp Information

Safari Day Camp

Safari Day camp is a WILD way for children to spend the day!

Campers will explore the zoo and learn about animals and how we care for them as they make new friends and spend time in the great outdoors. Campers will get some very unique experiences we are sure they will remember!

Safari Day Camp - Junior

$85.00

Monday, July 18th, 2022 9:30 am – 2:30 pm and/or Monday, August 15th, 2022 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Children 5 to 9 years old

Safari Day Camp - Standard

$85.00

Monday, July 25th, 2022 9:30 am – 2:30 pm and/or Monday, August 8th, 2022 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Children 10 to 15 years old

An optional meal plan can be added for lunch for $8.50. Please contact us at 320-836-2426 for arrangements.

Space is limited, Register Today!

The camp includes:
  • Day Camp Experience: Drop-off is from 9:15 am to 9:30 am and pick up is from 2:30 pm to 2:45 pm
  • Age-Appropriate Learning: Our camps are designed for elementary students (though campers must have completed Kindergarten).
  • Snacks! We’ll provide healthy and tasty snack during the day. (meal plan can be added)
  • A Wildly Different Staff: Our education staff members and volunteers are the best in the business at providing our campers with an awesome camp experience!
Cancellation and Refund Policies  
  • Cancel 14 days or more before the first day of your child’s camp session, and receive a refund equal to 75% of the total balance.
  • Cancel 8 to 13 days before the first day of your child’s camp session, and receive a refund equal to 50% of the total balance.
  • A cancellation made less than 8 days before the first day of your child’s camp session, is not eligible for a refund.

Are refunds available for absences?

No refunds are issued due to camper absences, including absences due to illness.

General Zoo Camp Information

A Legacy of Love

What began as Mark & Joan Hemker's simple dream in 1977 has grown to give families up close access to more than 50 different species from around the globe. Now operated by their children and families, Hemker Park & Zoo is an inviting and educational activity that will not disappoint.