Summer Camp

Register Your Wild Ones.

(Grades Pre-K - 6)

A Wild Summer Experience.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer camp adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. Campers meet animals up close, explore the outdoors, interact with zookeepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more!

Registration for Summer Camp 2014 is open!

Two different ways to camp:

Full week camps - 9:00 a,m, to 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Overnight week camps - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Then, campers arrive at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday for a cookout and night tour; families can join in on the cookout and tour for $10 a person. Campers then stay overnight and finish at noon on Friday. Those who do not want to stay overnight may still attend the cookout and night tour, and/or the half-day program on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Overnight camps occur during week 3 and 8.

Discover the many different ways to camp below.
Campers should register for the grade they will enter in the fall:

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View All Camps by grade/week at-a-glance

View or download a pdf of:
Zoo Summer Camp Programs by grade/week/date..

Detailed descriptions of all camp programs are within the expandables below.

Campers should register for the grade they will enter in the fall

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Half-Day Camps: Pre-K

Preschoolers love Zoo camp too! Sessions run Monday - Friday; choose between morning (9:00 a.m. to noon) and afternoon (12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

Campers should register for the grade they will enter in the fall.

Survival Safari
Week 2; June 9-13
Week 6; July 7-11

Why do ducks have webbed feet? Why do elephants have trunks? Why do giraffe have such long necks? During this camp we’ll explore the amazing world of adaptations; if you child always asks “why” then this camp is for them!

Wild Wardrobes
Week 4; June 23-27
Week 5; June 30-July 3 - (NOTE: THIS IS A four day camp, no camp on July 4th)

Animals can be covered in many different things – scales, fur or feathers. They can also be many different colors. Your child will learn why some animals are fuzzy and soft while others are hard and scaly.


Dates & Times

Mondays - Fridays;
Select from morning camp that runs 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or afternoon camp that runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost

Registration includes one camp t-shirt, camp cup, daily snack, and any take home items.

Members: $83.25 per child
Non-members: $88.25 per child

Note: 25 cents a day from each camp registration goes to Quarters for Conservation, which expands Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's regional and global conservation efforts.


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Camps for Grades K - 4

Campers should register for the grade they will enter in the fall.

Mammals, Reptiles and Birds (Kindergarten and 1st grade)
Week 1; June 2-6
Week 4; June 23-27
Week 7; July 14-18
Week 10; August 4-8

Fur, scales and feathers set these animals apart from one another, but what other differences are there? Your camper will learn more about these favorite animals and see some up close!

Animals Got Talent (1st grade)
Week 3; June 16-20 - THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP
Week 5; June 30 - July 3 (NOTE: THIS IS A four day camp, no camp on July 4th)
Week 6; July 7-11
Week 9; July 28 - August 1

From the 12” vertebrae of a giraffe, to teeth on the outside of the lips of a naked mole rat, this week will help your child discover the wildly unique talents of some amazing animals!

Wild World (1st and 2nd grade)
Week 2; June 9-13
Week 8; July 21-15
- THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP

In only a week, campers will travel around the globe, visiting wild animals and their habitats. Don’t worry; they will be home by 3!

Cool Cats (2nd and 3rd grade)
Week 4; June 23-27
Week 6; July 7-11

During this week-long program, campers will explore a different cat each day, learning about where they live, what they eat and how people can help them.

What's for Dinner? (2nd and 3rd grade)
Week 1; June 2-6
Week 3; June 16-20
- THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP
Week 6; July 7-11
Week 8; July 21-25 - THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP

Sure, you know what a carnivore and herbivore are, but what about a piscivore? Or a frugivore? We will sort it all out in this camp as well as see where it all begins and even help mix up a diet or two for some of the animals.

Artistic Instincts (2nd and 3rd grade)
Week 2; June 24-28
Week 9; July 28 - August 1

Inspired by animals and nature, young Picassos explore their creative sides using mediums such as painting, sculpture, collage and performance art. An additional $20 fee is charged for supplies.

NEW!! Creepy Crawlers (3rd and 4th grade)
Week 3; June 16-20 - THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP
Week 7; July 14-18
Week 10; August 4-8

This brand new camp allows campers to learn the facts and the myths about some truly creepy animals, and decide whether or not these creatures are worth fearing!

ZSI: Zoo Science Investigators (4th grade)
Week 1; June 2-6
Week 3; June 16-20 - THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP
Week 7; July 14-18
Week 9; July 28 - August 1

During this week, campers will become wildlife biologists as they explore a “crime scene” and uncover clues to solve the mystery, using the same skills scientists use in the field.

Dates & Times

Camps run Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost:

Registration includes one camp t-shirt, camp cup, daily morning snack, and any take home items.
**Sign-up siblings or for more than one full week session to receive a $15 discount on each registration!**

Members: $177.25 per child
Non-members: $187.25 per child

Note: 25 cents a day from each camp registration goes to Quarters for Conservation, which expands Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's regional and global conservation efforts.

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Night-Time Only Camp: Grades 2 - 4

Campers should register for the grade they will enter in the fall.

Nocturnal Night Club (2nd, 3rd and 4th grades)
Week 4b; June 24 & 25 - THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP

In this special program, campers have the opportunity to spend two nights in a row at America’s only mountain zoo! Explore the habits of some of our favorite nocturnal animals and learn to identify constellations.

Dates & Times

Camp runs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. each night (there is no camp during the day) and includes dinner and breakfast.

Cost

Camp fees include both dinners and breakfasts, one camp t-shirt, camp cup, and any take home items.

Members: $75.50 per child
Non-Members: $85.50 per child

Note: 25 cents a day from each camp registration goes to Quarters for Conservation, which expands Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's regional and global conservation efforts.


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Camps for Grades 5 - 6

Campers should register for the grade they will enter in the fall.

Junior Zookeeper (5th and 6th grade)
Week 1; June 2-6
Week 2; June 9-13
Week 5; June 30 - July 3 - (NOTE: THIS IS A four day camp, no camp on July 4th)
Week 6; July 7-11
Week 10; August 4-8

Has your child ever wondered what it’s like to be a zookeeper? This camp gives them the opportunity to get an inside look at zoos. They’ll discover how to take care of exotic animals and what it takes to save endangered species from extinction.

Mountain Quest (4th, 5th and 6th grade)
Week 4; June 23-27
Week 9; July 28 - August 1
Week 10; August 4-8

Become an outdoor adventurist in our own Rocky Mountains while learning about local flora and fauna and developing map and GPS skills.  Then on the last day, race from place to place looking for clues and participating in investigations in a zoo-wide geocache tour. Is your child up for the challenge?


Dates & Times

Camps run Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

Cost:

Full day camps include one camp t-shirt, camp cup, daily morning snack, and all take-home times. 
**Sign-up siblings or for more than one full week session to receive a $15 discount on each registration!**

Members: $197.25 per child
Non-members: $207.25 per child


Note: 25 cents a day from each camp registration goes to Quarters for Conservation, which expands Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's regional and global conservation efforts.


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Two-Week Camp: Grades 5 - 6

Two-week camp allow that extra time for campers to dive deeper into a topic!  Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the first week and Monday-Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the second week. There is no camp during the day on Thursday of the second week to begin the cookout and optional overnight. 

Campers should register for the grade they will enter in the fall.

Cookout and optional overnight: Campers arrive at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday for a cookout and night tour; families can join in on the cookout and tour for $10 a person.  Campers then stay overnight and finish at noon on Friday.  Those who do not want to stay overnight may still attend the cookout and night tour, and/or the half-day program on Friday from 8am to noon. 


Junior Zookeeper (5th and 6th grade)
Week 7 & 8; July 14-18 & 21-25 - THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT CAMP

Has your child ever wondered what it would take to be a zookeeper? This special two-week camp gives them the opportunity to take a closer look inside zoos. They’ll discover how to take care of exotic animals and what it takes to save endangered species from extinction.  During this extended session, campers will meet with operations staff to learn more about exhibit design as well as discover the many different career options zoos have to offer.


Dates & Times

Offered during weeks 7 & 8 only, July 14-18 and July 21-25.

Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm for the first week and Monday-Wednesday from 9am to 3pm during the second week. There is no camp during the day on Thursday of the second week.  The optional overnight starts at 7pm on the second Thursday and finishes on Friday at noon. Campers not wishing to participate in the overnight can still attend Friday's session from 8am to Noon.

Cost

Two week camp fees include a one camp t-shirt, camp cup, daily morning snack, cookout and breakfast during the overnight, and any take home items.

Members: $287.25 per child
Non-members: $297.25 per child


Note: 25 cents a day from each camp registration goes to Quarters for Conservation, which expands Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's regional and global conservation efforts.


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Extended Day Camps

Optional extended camps times allow parents earlier check-ins and later pick-ups and allows campers some special time at the zoo!  Beastly bunch is offered every week except weeks 3 and 8.


Extended Camp Choices (Kindergarten - 6th grade)


Early Birds
Check in between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. $55 for the week.

Late Gators
Pick up anytime after 3:15 p.m. and before 5:30 p.m. $75 for the week.

Beastly Bunch
Register for both Early Birds and Later Gators and save! $125 for the week.

**If you would like to sign up for Extended Day Camps on a per day basis, please call 719-633-9925 x.127 for more information.

To Sign-Up

Please sign-up for Extended Day Camp options during the online camp registration process.

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Scholarships

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a scholarship fund for its educational programs. Scholarships can be either full or partial and will apply to the Zoo’s spring, summer, and winter camps. Criteria for selecting children for the program is based upon need. A $25 deposit is required for all scholarship registrations.

Application deadline for Summer Scholarship Form submission is May 1, 2014. Download the Summer Camp Scholarship Form.


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Zoo Camp Program Registration Policies

As a result of the tremendous growth in the programs being offered and the overall popularity of your Zoo, the following policies have been developed to enable us to clarify program fees and manage registrations more effectively.

Registration

Advance registration is required for all programs. Registrations may be received by phone, in-person or online. Programs are filled on a first come, first serve basis, and all registrations will be prioritized by date of receipt. Online registration may close seven (7) days prior to the scheduled program date; please register by phone or in-person after that time to ensure participation in the program.

Program Cancellation

The Zoo reserves the right to cancel a program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen circumstances in which the Zoo is closed. If the Zoo cancels the program, a full refund or rescheduling of the program is available.

Refund Policy

A written refund request must be received no less than TWO WEEKS prior to the start of the program. If approved, the Zoo will refund the amount of the fee minus a $25 non-refundable administrative fee. No refunds will be given after two weeks prior to the start of the program.

Deposits and Payments

Any camp reserved with a deposit must be paid in full TWO WEEKS prior to the start date of camp. Unless you notify us otherwise, we will finalize your payment using the credit card on file two weeks prior to the start date of camp. The $25 deposit is a non-refundable administration fee.