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Tadpole Academy is a great way to introduce 4 to 5-year-olds to ZooCamp! Tadpole Academy is a full day session that includes stories, songs, crafts, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors and zoo exploration in a safe, small group of campers each week. Each Tadpole Academy camper will receive a ZooCamp t-shirt (full week registration required) and a chance to feed the goats in Alex and Ani Farmyard

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

Tadpole Academy Prices

  • Full Week (RWPZ Members): $395
  • Full Week (Non-Members): $420

ZooCamp Hours

  • Camp sessions run from 8:00 am – 3:15 pm, Monday through Friday.

See below for details on upcoming winter, spring and summer programs and for important registration information.

Please view the 2024 ZooCamp Handbook and FAQ documents for more details.

Tadpole Academy Camp Sessions:

Winter Tadpole Academy | February 19-23, 2024

STORY BOOK ADVENTURES: Michael Dahl

Explore the world of animals through children’s literature! Full of superheroes, goofy monsters and hilarious jokes, Michael Dahl’s books are sweet, silly and tons of fun!

FULL Week: February 19-23, 2024 – SOLD OUT!

Spring Tadpole Academy | April 15-19, 2024

Over the Hedge

We might not live in the wilderness, but we still have nature all around us! Spend the week with us discovering the wildlife that lives up close to our cities and suburbs.

FULL Week: April 15-19, 2024 – Register HERE >

Summer Tadpole Academy | June 17 – August 23, 2024

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.

Even Weeks: 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 camp registration opens on Wednesday, February 7th at 9am

  • Week 1: June 17-21 – SOLD OUT
  • Week 2: June 24-28 – SOLD OUT
  • Week 3: July 1-5 – Register Here >
  • Week 4: July 8-12 – SOLD OUT
  • Week 5: July 15-19 – SOLD OUT
  • Week 6: July 22-26 – SOLD OUT
  • Week 7: July 29-August 2 – SOLD OUT
  • Week 8: August 5 -9 – Register Here >
  • Week 9: August 12-16 – SOLD OUT
  • Week 10: August 19-23 – SOLD OUT

Questions? Please contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 or refer to camp handbook.

Important ZooCamp Information

Please Read Before Registering

  • Registration for Winter and Spring ZooCamps is now open. Registration closes two weeks prior to your desired week of camp, but camps will sell out prior to deadlines.
  • Registration for Summer ZooCamps registration will open at 9:00 am on Wednesday, February 7th at 9am. Registration closes two weeks prior to your desired week of camp, but camps will sell out prior to deadlines.
  • Campers must be the minimum age of each camp at the time that camp starts. 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.
  • Refunds, minus a $30.00 registration fee per camper, will be given through February 1, 2024, for Winter ZooCamps, April 1, 2024, for Spring ZooCamps, and June 1, 2024, for Summer ZooCamps. Absolutely no refunds will be given after these dates.
  • A $35 sibling discount can be applied to all weeklong ZooCamp sessions in which you have multiple campers attending. Siblings must be registered within the same account. The first registration will be at full price with a $35 discount applied to each sibling thereafter. Note: This discount is not automatically applied. After completing your purchase, please email us at programs@rwpzoo.org to request your sibling discount as refund.
  • Pre-paid lunch options for full-day campers are available. For $11.00/day, choose from cheese pizza, mac and cheese, or a hot dog. All come with a 100% juice and fruit packaged in recyclable and compostable containers.
  • Note: Aftercare is NOT available for Tadpole Academy. Those campers must be picked up no later than 3:30 pm.

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