Veterinary and Wild Animal Science Camps 2021

Veterinary Camps -- All veterinary camps are filled for 2021. Applications are for wait list only.

The Zoo will resume its Veterinary Camps in May of 2021 with Covid-safe protocols in place.
Great news! The Zoo’s veterinary staff plans to, once again, offer four on-site veterinary camps. The camps will accept fewer students than our original camps did, and we will enforce strict COVID-safe protocols throughout the camps.
Our Junior Camps—suitable for rising 7th through 9th graders—are scheduled for  May 16 and August 7. The May camp is filled and the August camp has a slot for one more camper. These camps will follow the same schedule as our former Junior Veterinary Camps.
Our Senior Camps—suitable for rising 10th graders to first-year college students— have been shortened to one-day camps, but that "day" will be packed with approximately 12 hours of programming. This time extension will allow us to retain the most popular training experiences from our original senior camps and offer a suite of new experiences, too. The Senior Camp’s new experiences will begin in the early evening when campers can invite one parent and a second guest (another family member or a friend) to join the fun. They will be able to join us for dinner, a couple of training activities, and a nighttime safari into the Park with Zoo Society staff.  Both Senior Camps are filled.

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Wild Animal Science Camps

The North Carolina Zoo’s Wild Animal Science Camps provide fun and educational opportunities for young, budding scientists! The camps’ hand-on activities mimic the fieldwork conservation scientists undertake in the wild and offer realistic overviews of what it might be like to follow in the footsteps of conservation heroes, like Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey.
Through carefully planned activities around the Zoo, campers practice research methods used by the Zoo’s field biologists when they work in the wild to save elephants, gorillas, vultures, and more. These activities show campers how to use camera traps and field guides to study animal behavior, identify footprints and bones, and investigate simulated human-animal conflicts.
Campers also undertake an exciting, nighttime exploration of the Zoo to learn to use research equipment to observe and study wildlife in dim light. These experiences create a venue for campers to form friendships and network with people who share an interest in working to protect wildlife and habitats.
To learn more about these camps, please click here.