kids summer camp zoo

Looking for things to do this Summer in Watertown? The NYS Zoo at Thompson Park is excited to offer our Zoofari Summer Camp for kids ages 6-12. Each day, we'll explore the zoo and get to know more about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Adaptations - July 9 to July 13

Have you ever wondered what it takes to care for the animals we have here on grounds? This week we will look at diets, enrichments, and the training that are necessary for some of the animals we have on exhibit and within our education collection.

Animal Heroes - July 16 to July 20

Did you know that almost 1/3 of the food on our table requires the handy work of pollinators. This week we will be learning about the different types of pollinators and why it is so important to protect these species.

Creepy Crawlers - July 23 to July 27

Experiments are the name of the game this week at camp. We will be performing experiments to figure out why animals are adapted to different environments, how to make the best slime out of household goods and everything in between.

Birds - July 30 to Aug 3

The focus for this week is about how all living things play an equally important part in the overall ecosystem of habitats. Whether it’s a mushroom, a mosquito, a rabbit, or a fox each has an important role in maintaining the balance in the Web of Life.

Mammals - Aug 6 to Aug 10

If you put your goggles on and dive under the surface, you will quickly learn that there is a whole unique world in the water. We will be learning about what animals live in these watery ecosystems and the adaptations they possess to be successful.

Planet - Aug 13 to Aug 17

Teams will be formed, clues will be deciphered, and creativity will be challenged in an effort to solve some of the Zoo’s biggest mysteries.

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Reptiles & Amphibians - Aug 20 to Aug 24

The animal kingdom is full of mystery and so is this week's summer camp.  Camper's will be the detectives in charge of uncovering and deciphering clues hidden throughout the Zoo.

Registration for the Summer 2018 Day Camp Sessions is now available. Please see documents below descriptions. Online payment options will be available late April, payments and registration can be sent in the mail or turned in at the front desk of the Zoo during business hours.

Zoofari will encompass learning about many aspects of science and the natural world including experiments, nature treks, and games.  We will explore the Zoo, some of our more natural ecosystems and our education animal collection! This is sure to be an action packed learning experience for all.

Each week will be available as full or half day programs. Children entering 1st grade through 6th grade for the 2018-2019 school year are the target audience for these programs. Age restrictions are necessary for the students to be able to understand and participate in all programming.

Full Day Camp runs from 9am-4pm Monday through Friday.

Full Day Camp is $120/member child, $150/non member child.

After Camp Care (4pm-5pm) is $7.50/day per child.

Before Camp Care (7:45am-9:00am) is $7.50/day per child.

Optional Lunch (snacks are included in camp cost) $4/day, $20/week

Habitiual late pick ups will result in a $1/minute charge.

Parent's Guide

Medical Authorization Form


 Please submit your registration form and medical authorization form to:


NYSZoo at Thompson Park

1 Thompson Park

Watertown, NY 13601


**Please provide both the registration form and the medical authorization form when sending in or dropping off registration. These forms are both necessary to secure the spot.

Zoofari Summer day camp watertown kids camp

Who's Attending

29 people are attending Zoofari Summer Camp

  • Sarah Lehman
  • Maureen Zehr
  • Shannon Starkweather Burke
  • Daniel Krebs
  • Robin Amstutz
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Lunch$4.00Let us provide lunch for your camper. Please select quantity of 5 if you plan for your camper to eat lunch at the cafe each day.

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After Camp Care$7.50Care from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, per day. Please select quantity of 5 for a full week of after care.

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Zoofari - Non-member$150.00Please select multiple tickets if your child plans to attend multiple weeks.

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Zoofari - Member$120.00Please select multiple tickets if your child plans to attend multiple weeks.

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