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.

(Ages 4 - 5)


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

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.

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

*Supervision is provided between sessions for Full Day campers.

New for 2017 – Both 4 & 5 year olds may be registered for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy!  




Theme: Storybook Adventures

AM: Michael Dahl

Full of animal-inspired super heroes, goofy monsters and hilarious jokes all inspired by the animal kingdom, Michael Dahl’s books are sweet, silly and tons of fun!

PM: Denise Fleming  

From Underground to the Tall, Tall Grass, from the farm to the woods, Denise Fleming’s books explore the world in a whimsical, colorful way!



Theme: Who's In Your Backyard?  

AM: Over the Hedge

Who’s living in your backyard? Campers will investigate critters from underground burrows and tunnels to the soaring treetops of our own backyards.

PM: What’s Bugging You?!

Calling all young Entomologist! From creepy crawlers to wiggly worms, campers will join us as we discover the amazing world of these often overlooked creatures.  

Registration closes on Wednesday, April 12 at 11:59PM!

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Odd Weeks: Home Sweet Habitat

From the sands of the desert to the mist of the rainforest, campers will discover how these habitats and the animals that call them home change from day to night. 

AM:  Habitats During the Day

PM:  Habitats at Night


Even Weeks: What’s Size Got To Do With It?

Reptiles, mammals, amphibians, oh my! From the large to the little, campers will discover that the animal kingdom really does come in all different shapes and sizes. 

AM:  The Animal Kingdom’s Smallest

PM:  The Animal Kingdom’s Biggest 


Week 1:           June 19 - 23     *AM FULL, space available in PM

Week 2:           June 26 - 30    *Both AM & PM FULL

Week 3:           July 3 - 7       *AM FULL, 2 spots available in PM

Week 4:           July 10 - 14   *Both AM & PM FULL

Week 5:           July 17 - 21   *AM FULL, space available in PM

Week 6:           July 24 - 28    *AM FULL, 1 spot available in PM

Week 7:           July 31 - August 4   *AM FULL, space available in PM

Week 8:           August 7 - 11     *Both AM & PM FULL

Week 9:           August 14 - 18   *AM FULL, 1 spot available in PM

Week 10:         August 21 - 25   *Both AM & PM FULL


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