ZooCamp: Tadpole Academy

ZooCamp: Tadpole Academy

Tadpole Academy Campers at Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tadpole Academy campers get up close and personal at the seal exhibit.

Have an older camper? Check out Zoo Adventures!

(ages 4 - 5)


Registration for 2015 ZooCamps opens Wednesday, January 14. 

Tadpole Academy is a great way to introduce your 4 – 5 year old to ZooCamp!  Each session is only three hours long and includes stories, crafts, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, and zoo exploration in a safe, small group of only 10 campers per week. 

Each Spring & Summer Tadpole Academy camper will receive a ZooCamp t-shirt, a chance to feed the goats in the new Alex & Ani Farmyard, and a ZooCamp Access Pass. 

Please note: All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).

Morning session: 8:30am -11:30am

Afternoon session: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

*5 year old campers may register for both a morning & afternoon session of the same week for a full-day of Tadpole Academy!

Winter Tadpole Academy
Spring Tadpole Academy
Summer Tadpole Academy

Important Details - Please Read BEFORE Registering


Winter Tadpole Academy - February 17  20
Members: $140 / Non-members: $165

2015 Theme:  Story Book Adventures
Come explore the world of animals through children’s literature. During this week campers will learn all about the animals that have inspired some of their favorite children’s books.

AM: Books by Leo Lionni
PM: Books by Eric Carl

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Spring Tadpole Academy - April 20  24
Members: $170 / Non-members: $195

AM Theme:  Growing Up Wild
All living things grow and change during their lifetime. During the week campers will explore the life cycles of some of their favorite animals from insects that go through metamorphosis to birds that hatch from eggs.

PM Theme:  Animal Athletes
What animal can travel at speeds of 200 mph or lift 850 times its own weight? From sprinters to divers to weightlifters; campers will explore the superstar athletes of the animal kingdom.

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Summer Tadpole Academy
Members: $170 / Non-members: $195

AM Theme: Project Cover-Up
From scales to feathers to fur, animals have all different coverings. Campers will explore some of these coverings, the animals who “wear” them and learn how they help them survive.

PM Theme: Zoo Careers
It takes a village to run a zoo and this week campers will learn all about the various jobs needed to make it work.  We’ll take a look at what zookeepers & zoo veterinary staff do as well as talk about animal enrichment, the foods animals eat and how important it is to help animals in the wild! 

Week 1: June 15 – 19
Week 2: June 22 – 26
Week 3: June 29 – July 3
Week 4: July 6 – 10
Week 5: July 13 – 17
Week 6: July 20 – 24
Week 7: July 27 – 31
Week 8: August 3 – 7
Week 9:  August 10 – 14
Week 10: August 17 – 21

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Please note: Children may be registered for a maximum of one week of each theme of Summer Tadpole Academy.   


Important Details (Please Read Before Registering):

- All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained, requiring NO assistance in the bathroom.

- Campers must be the minimum age of camp at the time they attend. To ensure an age appropriate experience for all campers, there are no exceptions.

- There is a maximum of one week of each session per camper. The AM session & PM session activities will repeat each week.

- Five year old campers may be registered for an AM & PM session of the same week for a FULL DAY of Tadpole Academy.  Supervision is provided between sessions.

- Spring & Summer campers receive one complimentary ZooCamp t-shirt that must be worn daily.

- After camp care is available Monday - Thursday from 3:30 - 5:00 PM (for PM session only).


“I've never seen [my daughter] so enthused about any school or camp experience before…  Schools could take a lesson or two from your curricula -- you managed to integrate content with experience, problem solving, and cooperative group work.  You even got kids taking notes -- and looking back at them. And loving every minute of it…. My daughter was in heaven for a week.  Thank you and thank you again.”

Lise Brody, parent of a ZooCamper