Tadpole Academy

Tadpole Academy (Ages 4 - 5)

Tadpole Academy is a great way to introduce 4 - 5 year olds 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 receives a ZooCamp t-shirt, an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard, and a ZooCamp Access Pass. New in 2017: four and five year old campers may register for both a morning and an afternoon session for a full day of Tadpole Academy, and for Summer Tadpole Academy. There are two themes from which to choose.  It is important to remember that a camper may register for a maximum of one session of each theme.  Additional registrations will be cancelled.

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

Details & Pricing

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

Morning: 8:30 - 11:30 am, Monday through Friday
Afternoon:12:30 - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Please note: We offer supervision between sessions for full day campers. Please register your child for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy.

New for 2017: Both 4 & 5 year old campers may register for both a morning and afternoon session for a full day of Tadpole Academy, and for Summer Tadpole Academy there are now 2 themes to choose from. Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled.

Tadpole Academy Sessions
Winter 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!


Spring Tadpole Academy

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.  

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Summer Tadpole Academy: June 19 - August 25

Theme - 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

Theme - 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 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 2  |  June 26 - 30 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 3  |  July 3 - 7 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 4  |  July 10 - 14 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 5  |  July 17 - 21 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 6  |  July 24 - 28 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 7  |  July 31 - August 4 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 8  |  August 7 - 11 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 9  |  August 14 - 18 *SOLD OUT
  • Week 10  |  August 21 - 25 *SOLD OUT

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Please note: To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Important Camp Information
Please Read Before Registering
  • Registration deadlines are one week prior to your desired day of camp, but camps may sell out prior to deadlines.
  • Campers must be the minimum age of each camp at the time of attending camp. Requirements are not negotiable and are strictly enforced. RWP Zoo reserves the right to cancel your registration if your camper does not meet the minimum age requirement.
  • All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).
  • Refunds, minus a $25 registration fee per camper per day camp, may be issued prior to February 1 for winter camps, April 1 for spring camps, and June 1 for summer camps. Absolutely no refunds will be given after these dates.
  • $25 sibling discount applies to all ZooCamps. First registration at full price with a $25 applied discount to each sibling thereafter. Siblings must be registered within the same account. Discount will not be automatically applied at the time of purchase, but will be refunded within three (3) business days.
  • Pre-paid lunch options are available for full-day campers. For $6/day, choose from cheese pizza, a turkey sandwich, mac and cheese, or a veggie quesadilla or ham and cheese bits with a side of hummus and carrots, all with a 100% juice box and a piece of fruit packaged in recyclable and compostable containers.
  • After care is available Monday - Friday for $10/day per camper.