Spring & Summer Zoo Camps

The Baton Rouge Zoo offers Zoo Camps year-round including spring break, summer break, fall break and winter break.

Every Zoo Camp offers: 

  • Guided hikes through the Zoo
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Animal encounters
  • Keeper chats
  • Crafts, games, snacks


Spring Zoo Camp

Cancelled due to COVID-19. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


Summer Zoo Camp

Cancelled due to COVID-19. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Dates: May 25 - July 31, 2020
Ages: 5 - 13
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $130 per child ($152 per child out-of-parish)
Additional Information: Early drop off at 7:30 a.m. and late pick up until 5:30, with no additional fee
Activity Number: 299180

Registration Instructions:
Registration for Summer Zoo Camp has been postponed due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. A new date will be determined as we continue to monitor the situation and work to provide safe and efficient services to our community. 

  • If this is your first time to register online for a BREC program or camp, you'll need to setup an account first. 

  • Once you're on BREC's RecTrac website, you can search for Zoo Camp by Activity Number 299180.

  • You will need a Visa or MasterCard to complete registration. Zoo Camp registration is non-refundable.

  • If you have any questions or need help registering, please call us at (225) 775-3877.

  • Activity Number: 299180




Session 1 May 25-29

Ages 5-7


Pack your bags! Grab your passports! The entire world is only a hop, skip, and jump away for our questing campers. Let us take them on a whirlwind tour of the world as we explore exotic habitats and cultures.


Session 2 June 1-5

Ages 5-7

Flora and Fauna

There is a great cycle of energy dispersed through the world. From the plants to the animals and back to the plants, all is connected in a constant song and dance that helps to balance nature. Campers will learn how the flora and fauna in an environment depend on each other and influences that can disrupt that balance.


Session 3 June 8-12

Ages 8-10

We all live downstream

Campers will get to explore aquatic life in oceans, rivers, lakes, and swamps. They’ll learn how all pathway ways lead to the ocean and how important water is to all living beings, including us!


Session 4 June 15-19

Ages 8-10

Decoding Nature

Nature is full of covert messages and hidden symbols if you look hard enough. Scratches on trees, scat left on a rock, and intricate vocalizations may all indicate more than meets the eye, or nose, or ear! Campers will learn the clues left by animals that provide the secret language of territory, dominance, coexistence, and resource distribution.


Session 5 June 22-26

Ages 11-13

Oh, Behave!

Campers will jump into the fun, fantastic and sometimes confusing world of animal behaviors.  Using our own zoo animals as examples we will get a better understanding of how smells, tastes, sounds, and visual aids help animals on their quests for life.

Session 6 June 29-July 3

Ages 5-7

Amazing Animal Adaptations

What if you were able to fly?  Could you use a prehensile tail? Animals have some amazing abilities, and we’ll find out why by exploring their wonderfully unique adaptations in this week-long adventure.


Session 7 July 6-10

Ages 5-7

Going off the Deep End

Campers will dive into the deep, dark, mysterious depths of the underwater world.  We will discover all that aquatic life has to offer as we delve through the oceans, rivers, lakes, and swamps.  No landlubbers allowed here!

Session 8 July 13-17

Ages 8-10

Continental Drift

Everybody needs a place to call home, but what makes each continent unique? We’ll take a historical tour through the 7 continents, learning about continental differences (and similarities) between all of the flora and fauna on the planet!


Session 9 July 20-24

Ages 8-10

This is how we zoo it

The three purposes of Zoos are conservation, education, and recreation.  It takes a lot more than shovels and hoses to keep our Zoo up and running daily.  In this week, campers will take a deeper look at all aspects of zoo keeping structure, conservation efforts, enrichment, and the general day-to-day life of our Zoo family.

Session 10 July 27-31

Ages 5-7

In this corner…!

Claws. Teeth. Strength. Speed. Camouflage. In the day-to-day battle for survival, campers will look at what skills and characteristics animals bring to the ring, and may be able to answer that age-old question: Who would win in a fight?