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Summer Camps

Registration for 2023 summer camps opens February 14 for Wheaton Park District residents and February 28 for non-residents.

All Cosley Zoo camps meet from 8:45-11:45A Monday-Friday. These interactive learning experiences involve games, activities, crafts, and of course, live animals!



Backyard Buddies
June 19-23
Ages 4-7 years
From bugs and owls to salamanders and turtles, come investigate the animals that live in our backyards. There are a lot of interesting animals right under our noses! Registration closes 6/12 or when filled.

Wild About Art
June 26-30
Ages 7-11 years
Young artists will go wild for this camp, where the zoo’s live animals serve as inspiration for arts and crafts projects. Creativity abounds when the zoo is your art studio! Registration closes 6/19 or when filled.

Habitat Hunt
July 10-14
Ages 4-7 years
From prairies to forests to ponds and so many more, there are many different types of habitats. Learn about some of these habitats and the animals that live in them. Registration closes 7/3 or when filled.

Zookeeper Camp
July 17-21
Ages 12-15 years
Ever wondered what a zookeeper does? Join us for a week and participate in some keeper duties–clean a stall, feed an animal or two, and much more! Registration closes 7/10 or when filled.

Creature Features
July 24-28
Ages 4-7 years
Spend the week at the zoo discovering unique and useful features animals have that help them to survive. Animals truly are amazing! Registration closes 7/17 or when filled.

Conservation Heroes
July 31-August 4
Ages 8-11 years
Animals, plants and other living things are all around us, and there is so much that we can do to help keep the environment healthy for them! While participating in games, activities, and live animal visits, we’ll learn how to be good environmental citizens that help to take care of nature. Registration closes 7/24 or when filled.

Animal Moves
August 7-11
Ages 4-7 years
Animals’ bodies move in different ways. Whether it’s crawling, running, hopping, flying, climbing or swimming, each animal is designed to move in a way that fits its habitat and helps it to survive. Join us as we learn about the different ways animals move, and then try some “animal moves” ourselves! Registration closes 7/31 or when filled.


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