It’s time to let loose this summer and get back to some fun! But the summer holidays can be a tricky time: we love the time off, but the kids start climbing the walls when they don’t have enough to do. If your kids get a little wild during the summer, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo totally understands! If you have a child is as young as four, a teen entering Grade 9, or anyone in between, you can give them an awesome summer experience at the zoo. Kids need something special this summer, and the summer camps at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will give them a week of joy and encourage them in their quest to learn about and explore their world. These camps engage kids on every level and inspire in them a love of nature.

Through age-appropriate crafts, games, activities, and interpretive programs, campers will learn about the zoo’s amazing collection of animals and the habitats in which they live. And they will love the animal visits! With the opportunity to meet an Animal Care Technician and one of the small ambassador animals up close in the classroom, kids will get a unique look at the zoo and its creatures. To keep things interesting (and because there’s so much to learn and discover in that big, beautiful world out there), the zoo changes up the camp themes, activities, and experiences each year. Once you’ve done one summer camp here . . . you certainly haven’t done them all, and you’ll want to do another!

Calgary Zoo Summer/Spring Break Camp (Family Fun Calgary)

We are so lucky to have the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, a one-of-a-kind setting to learn about a wide range of topics at an age-appropriate level. Your kids can learn about everything from animal adaptations, senses, and tracks to zoo careers, veterinary science, and wildlife conservation. You can’t find these experiences anywhere else in Calgary!

Summer Camps

Children ages 4 – 5 (who have not yet completed kindergarten) will thrive during their half-day camps, the Northern Leopard Frog Camps. These camps run from 9 am – 12 pm or 1 – 4 pm. Your young one will love the games, songs, crafts, and stories. They will have great tales to tell you about close-up animal encounters and zoo walkabouts, where they’ll get an exciting look at the animals.

Summer Zoo Camps (ages 5 – 14) will explore the natural world through activities, games, crafts, stories, interpretive programs, and animal visits. These kids get to stay at the zoo for the whole day! Camps are further divided into smaller age groupings to ensure that camp content is just the right level of challenge and campers get to make some new friends their own age. The camps are named after important animals, like Burrowing Owl, Swift Fox, or Hippo. Note that camps for ages 13 – 14 run on select weeks and would be perfect for kids who are passionate about the environment and wildlife conservation, want to explore animal behaviour, or even eventually pursue a related career path in these fields.

Lemur Art Camps (ages 7 – 12) include the same fun-filled activities as other zoo camps, as well as some exciting, zoo-related art projects. Art activities are taught by an experienced camp leader and art enthusiast. Camps are divided into smaller age groups (ages 7 – 9 and 10 – 12) that run on alternate weeks.

Calgary Zoo Summer Camp (Family Fun Calgary)

The zoo knows that Calgary’s parents are a busy bunch, so before- and after-care is also available as early as 8 am, with a pickup by 5 pm (extra charges apply). Camp prices vary, but don’t forget that Engage and Inspire members will receive 10% off summer camp registration prices. You can also sign your kids up for a hot lunch on Wednesdays for a special treat!

Check out the complete range of Wilder Insitute/Calgary Zoo summer camps online, and don’t wait to register your child for an excellent summer; you know these camps are popular and sell out quickly! But prepare yourself . . . you’re going to be hearing a lot about the Calgary Zoo from your excited kids!

Wild thing, I think I love you!

Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo (Family Fun Calgary)

Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo Summer Camps:

When: July and August 2022
Time: Full Days: 9 am – 4 pm; Half-days: 9 am – 12 pm or 1 – 4 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo
Address: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary, AB