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?
Zoo Adventures (6-10)
Conservation Heroes (11-13)

Questions? Contact the ZooCamp Director at 401-785-3510 x 394 or email at lsitterly@rwpzoo.org.

(Ages 4 - 5)


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 15 campers per week. 

Each Tadpole Academy camper will receive a ZooCamp t-shirt, a chance to feed the goats in Alex and 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 runs 8:30 am - 11:30 am, Monday through Friday
Afternoon session runs 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday

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

Spring Tadpole Academy

Summer Tadpole Academy


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Frequently Asked Questions

Spring Tadpole Academy: April 18 - 22
Members: $170 (Full Day $340) / Non-Members: $195 (Full Day $390)

AM THEME: Creatures of the Night
What happens when we go to sleep? The world changes when the sun goes down and a whole new world of animals wakes up. Campers will explore the special nocturnal characteristics that help these animals survive at night using their own five senses.

PM THEME: What’s for Lunch?
What does your camper like to eat for lunch? Peanut butter and jelly? Ham and cheese? During this week your camper will learn all about what animals like to eat while getting up close and personal with herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, insectivores and decomposers that live right here at the Zoo!


Summer Tadpole Academy
Members: $170 (Full Day $340) / Non-Members: $195 (Full Day $390)

AM Theme: Creature Features
From crazy colors to hard outer coverings, campers will explore some of the interesting adaptations animals have to survive in their habitats.

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.

Week 1: June 13 - 17                              
Week 2: June 20 - 24
Week 3: June 27 - July 1
Week 4: July 4 - 8 
Week 5: July 11 - 15
Week 6: July 18 - 22
Week 7: July 25 - 29
Week 8: August 1 - 5
Week 9:  August 8 - 12
Week 10: August 15 - 19

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