Zoo-Cation Day Camps

Zoo-Cation Day Camps (Ages 4 - 13)

A day off from school opens up an opportunity to learn, explore, and make friends in a unique one-day camp only available at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Zoo-Cation one-day camps engage campers in a full day of crafts, hands-on and inquiry-driven activities, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, and a tour of the Zoo that includes an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard.  


Details & Pricing

Hours: Each day camp runs 8:30 am - 3:30 pm 
Price: Members $64 / Non-Members $72

Age Goups:
Ages 4 & 5: Tadpole Academy (max 10 per day, full day only)
Ages 6 – 10: Adventures (max 40 per day, divided into smaller groups based on ages)
Ages 11 – 13: Conservation Heroes (max 10 per day) *Offered in the Spring/Summer

Please Note: If your desired day of camp is sold out, please contact programs@rwpzoo or (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 to be added to a waitlist.

Important Camp Information
2017- 2018 Zoo-Cation Theme: A Trip Around the World

We may not be able to circle the world in a day off from school, but we can still discover animals, habitats, and cultures of the continents.  We will travel to a different region of the world during each of these four single-day camps.  Our adventures will focus on learning about the cultures of the continent, native animal species, and the habitats where humans and animals reside.


  • Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21 - Asia    
  • Columbus Day: Monday, October 9 - Africa 
  • Veteran’s Day: Friday, November 10 - The Americas


  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 15 - Australia
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 $15 registration fee per camper per day camp, may be issued only if requested at least four weeks prior to each Zoo-Cation Day Camp.  For example, the final date for refunds for camp on Monday, October 9 is Monday, September 11.  No refunds after these dates.
  • 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 wrap, all with a juice box and a piece of fruit packaged in recyclable and compostable containers.
  • Zoo-Cation Day Camp registrations do not include a ZooCamp t-shirt.
  • After care is available for $10/day per camper.

View the 2017 ZooCamp Handbook and FAQ documents for more details.

Zoo-Cation Day Camp FAQ
When can I register for Fall Zoo-Cation Day Camps?

Online registration opens for all Fall Zoo-Cation Day Camps in August, and ends one week prior to your desired day of camp. (For example, registration for Columbus Day’s camp on October 9 will end at 11:59pm on Monday, October 2.)

Please note: Camps may sell out before registration deadlines.

What if I don't have access to a computer?

We strongly urge you to use the online method to register for camp, since it will give you immediate knowledge of registration status and the greatest likelihood of getting the weeks you desire. If you don't have a home computer, you can access the internet at most public libraries.

If registering online is not possible, you may use the Mail-In Registration Form and Medical Information & Risk Release Form.  

What do I need to register online?

You will need a credit card and an email address to make full payment through our Verisign-secured server, before receiving confirmation and important information about camp. Please have all your contact information, membership or new membership confirmation number (if applicable) and each camper's medical information (including allergies, medications, medical conditions) available.

Is there a maximum number of registrations per person?

There is no maximum number of registrations per person. However, it is highly recommended that you do not try to register more than a few children at a time since you may not get all of them into the same week of camp. Please register Tadpole Academy campers first since there are a limited number of spots.

May I register other family members and friends?

No. A parent, legal guardian or grandparent must register children. Please do not register friends, neighbors, etc. If you do register a child other than your own, you will be that child's primary emergency contact and solely responsible for all medical and registration information. There is no way to change this in the system.

Can I pay a deposit to hold camp spots?

No, payment in full is required at time of registration. 

What if the camp I want is full?

If the camp of your choice is sold out, please fill out a Mail-In Registration Form (print from online or request via phone) WITHOUT payment to be placed on a waiting list. There is no guarantee a space will become available. If a space does become available,  we will contact the first person on the list who will then have 12 hours to respond. If we do not hear from you within 12 hours, we will contact the next person on our list.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind or need to cancel?

We will give refunds, minus a $15 processing fee per camp, per camper, until September 13, 2017 for all Fall Zoo-Cation Day Camps. We will not give any refunds after September 13, 2017.

Due to the high demand for camp spaces, we must adhere to the above cancellation policy. If you enroll your child, and then you must cancel after the above listed dates for any reason (including illness), your registration fee is non-refundable unless a child on the waiting list can fill the space. If we do fill the slot, we will deduct a $15 processing fee from your refund.

Will I get a camp packet mailed to me?

Since Roger Williams Park Zoo is a conservation organization, we do not send any camp information via mail. We send your confirmation, newsletters, reminders and notices to your registration email address. Please notify us if your email address changes or if you are not receiving emails. This information is vital to your camper’s experience. Even if you have participated in ZooCamp previously, we strongly encourage you to read all camp materials since information changes year-to-year.

May I enroll my child in a camp for an older/younger age group?

NO. 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. We do make exceptions for children with special needs at the discretion of the ZooCamp Director.

Can my child and their friend/sibling/relative be in the same group?

We group campers by age to ensure that all campers receive age-appropriate opportunities. Please make special requests to put relatives or friends in the same group at the time of registration. Please remember, we follow strict guidelines on age ranges. We cannot guarantee requests and cannot make changes to groups less than one week before camp. This includes during morning check-in.

Can I become a member when I sign up for camp?

Yes! RWP Zoo's registration system has dual capability. It is recommended that you add your Zoo membership to your cart first, and “continue shopping” to then register for your selected days of camp. We apply the member discount automatically for camp in your final cart. Please call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 with any questions.

Can I visit the Zoo after dropping off my camper?

No. For your safety, please do not remain in the Zoo after dropping off your camper. Prior to the Zoo opening, preparations are underway that require the Zoo to be free of visitors. If you would like to visit the Zoo, you must enter through the main admission gate after 10:00 am. 

Who makes up the ZooCamp Staff?

ZooCamp staff is under the supervision of the manager of family programs, Jen Karow and ZooCamp director, Erica Nadeau. Counselors are college age or older, undergo federal level background checks and receive extensive training in advance of camp. Camper-to-staff ratio is 6:1 or better. 

What if I need to pick up my child late?

Most ZooCamps offer after camp care to meet the needs of working parents at a cost of $10/day per child. “After Camp” is available from the time camp ends until 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. A late fee of $1/minute after 5:00 pm applies.

**Parents must inform camp staff at check-in if their child(ren) will be staying for After Camp.

Can I stay with my child?

We design all ZooCamps for children who can remain in a group setting without parental involvement. Throughout the day, please do not meet or follow your child’s tour group if out in the Zoo or in the park. This has is very distracting for our campers, and is a safety issue.

What allergens are in pre-paid lunch options? Can substitutions be made?

Zoo concessionaire, Boston Culinary Group, provides all lunches for campers. You must pre-order lunch. There may be some common allergens in lunch options including:

  • Cheese pizza: wheat, flour, milk, soy
  • Turkey sandwich:  milk, soy, eggs, wheat, flour
  • Hummus wrap: soy, wheat, flour
  • Macaroni & Cheese: wheat, egg, milk and soy

For additional allergen questions, please call (401) 785-3510 ext. 394 prior to ordering. Sorry, no substitutions can be made with Boston Culinary Group lunch options.

What if I have other questions that aren't answered here, or I experience technical difficulties during my online registration?

Should you have any questions about the online registration process, please call the program registrar at (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 or e-mail Programs@rwpzoo.org. If you have any questions about camp content, policies or any other aspects of your child’s camp experience, please call the ZooCamp director at (401) 785-3510 ext. 394.