2021 Wild Animal Science Camps

Important Information About the Zoo Society's Junior and Senior Wild Animal Science Camps

We offer two age-specific camps: juniors (rising 6th-8th graders) and seniors (rising 9th-first-year undergrads).
The camps' curricula are tailored to meet each age group's needs and to engage and foster each camper's interests in wildlife research.
**We ask that all campers have previous experience sleeping away from home!**
Camp space is limited to 16 campers
Campers are admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
2021 CAMP Dates
April 10th-11th (junior)
June 12th-13th (junior)
June 26th-27th (senior)
September 11th-12th (senior)


To register, please call 336.879.7700

For any questions about the camp, please contact program coordinator, Dr. Emily Lynch: Emily.lynch@nczoo.org


Basic Information

What to wear: Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes (we will be outside for most of the camp), and closed-toed shoes
What to bringA sleeping bag, pillow, bug repellant, overnight toiletries, a change of clothes, a day pack, a bottle for water, at least two face coverings (masks), and a raincoat.
We provide tents and all meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday)!

Camp tuition:

$449 for Zoo Society members and $499 for non-members. All fees cover food, lodging, and supplies.
The estimated cost of goods and services for this camp is $30. All or nearly all of the remaining costs should be tax-deductible as a donation to the NC Zoo Society. Donations help support the Zoo’s wildlife conservation projects.

Expectations from the families/campers

  • Compliance with all safety guidelines (see the COVID SAFETY section)
  • If during the previous two weeks, the camper, or someone close to the camper has 1) been asked to self-quarantine, or 2) exhibited ANY COVID-related symptoms, we ask that the child not attend.
  • In the event of a thunderstorm, while most daytime activities will be safe to conduct, we will be unable to host the campers overnight. Consequently, arrangements must be made for campers to leave the Zoo on Saturday evening if thunderstorms are predicted in the forecast.
For any questions: Please contact the camp organizer, Dr. Emily Lynch at Emily.Lynch@nczoo.org.


We have structured camp operations to conform to protocols known to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The following list clarifies the hygiene and safety procedures in place to protect all of our campers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about these protocols.

Only 16 participants will be admitted to each camp to ensure that all activities allow for proper social distancing.

We will encourage healthy hygiene practices by allotting extra time for campers to frequently wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.

We will provide an easily accessible supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizers for campers to use during all camp activities.

Cloth face covering will be required at certain times, including when campers cannot remain at least 6 feet apart or when campers gather indoors.

Social distancing will be enforced during:

  • activities, as well as when we walk to and from activities
  • mealtimes, when campers will eat at picnic tables set 6 feet apart
  • rest periods; when chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart
  • sleeping; when campers will be provided with individual, sanitized tents (campers must provide their own sleeping bags)

Cleaning and disinfecting will be monitored.

All activities have been structured to reduce campers' contact with frequently touched surfaces.

Most activities will be held outside to ensure proper ventilation and airflow. (Campers will be indoors to carry out activities in the aviary.)

We will walk to most activities rather than riding in an enclosed vehicle. The only exception to this rule will be when the campers take a Zoofari ride into the African plains area. During this experience, campers will ride in an open-air vehicle and will sit six feet apart.

Bathrooms will be cleaned frequently and equipped with no-touch garbage bins. Bathroom doors will remain propped open so that campers do not have to touch the doors to enter or exit.

We will provide individual water bottles to campers because the Zoo's water fountains have been turned off.