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Go on a new adventure each day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo!

Air Quality Advisory and Possible Camp Changes

Forest fires in BC are generating huge amounts of smoke over western Canada. Our camps will be adapted to ensure the best care and health of our campers. Trips will be evaluated and modified, if need be. The safety of our campers is our number one priority.

For more information, see Air Quality Advisory and Possible Camp Changes.

Contact: Daniel Gregorash at 780-944-0642.

Pre-Camp Registration Requirements

Prior to the first day of camp in which your child is registered, print and fill out the camper information forms. Ensure that your camper is aware of the do's and dont's of camp. Remember to bring the completed forms with you when you drop off your child on the first day of camp.

For each child registered in one of our camps, please fill out the City Attractions Day Camp Forms. These forms provide us with information on medical, social and behavioural concerns, which will help us make a safe and successful camp experience for every child.

Winter Break Camps

All camps run from 9am-4pm each day, with early drop-off available starting at 8am and late pickup available until 5pm. Registration starts July 20th!

Junior Zookeeper (Ages 6-10)

Dates: Jan 2-5 (4 days)
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $185

Celebrate New Year’s at the Zoo!  Each day will feature different zookeeper challenges, from preparing food to cleaning enclosures.  Campers will help care for a small animal in the day camp classroom and make special wintry treats for some of our animal residents.  We’ll end the week with a Junior Zookeeper celebration with reindeer games and hot chocolate.  

To register, see Junior Zookeeper Camp.

Summer Camps

Please note: Registration for Summer Day Camps begins at 8:30am on Wednesday, March 15.

We have two brand new half-day camps this year for kids 4-5 years old. Morning camps run from 9-11:45am, with early drop-off available starting at 8:45am and late pickup available until noon. Afternoon camps run from 1-3:45pm, with early drop-off available starting at 12:45pm and late pickup available until 4pm. With only 12 spots available in each of these camps, your child will have more one-on-one time with the leaders. It also means these camps are sure to fill up fast!

All other camps run from 9am-4pm each day, with early drop-off available starting at 8am and late pickup available until 5pm.

Preschool Camps (Ages 4-5)

Once Upon a Zoo

Dates: July 10-14; August 8-11 (4 days)
Time: 9-11:45am

Dates: July 10-14; August 8-11 (4 days)
Time: 1-3:45pm

Cost: $175(5 days); $150(4 days)

It’s storytime at the Zoo! Each day, we will read a different story and then get to meet some of the animals from those stories. We will even get the inspiration to make some stories of our own as we explore the zoo, make crafts, move like animals and get to touch some of the Zoo's critters.   

To register, see Once Upon a Zoo Camp.

My Own Zoo

Dates: July 24-28; August 21-25
Time: 9-11:45am

Dates: July 24-28; August 21-25
Time: 1-3:45pm

Cost: $175

We’re going to spend the week building our own mini Zoo for our stuffed animals! To help us out we will have to get a good look at the animals at the Zoo, where they live, and how we take care of them. We will even be able to go behind the scenes and meet some animals up close. Each day our camp room will transform and grow as we add more to our own Zoo. 

To register, see My Own Zoo.

Child Camps (Ages 5-7)

Animal Sense-ations

Dates: July 3-7; July 24-28; August 14-18
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $245

Have a sense-ational week at the Zoo exploring our senses! Each day we will focus on one of our senses and meet some animals who are masters of that sense. See animals with extraordinary eyes, exceptional ears and noteworthy noses.  We’ll even meet animals who have senses that we don’t have! During the week, we’ll sharpen our senses with experiments, activities, and games. And we’ll surprise an animal with a special sense stimulating enrichment. Join us for a week that will be sure to give you a sensory overload!

To register, see Animal Sense-ations Camp.

Zoo Treasures

Dates: July 17-21; July 8-11 (4 days); August 28-September 1
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $245(5 days); $195(4 days)

Ahoy Mateys! Join our band of scallywags and rapscallions as we search the Zoo for treasures. We will do pirate-themed crafts throughout the week to make sure you look the part. Each day we will follow the clues that will lead us to animal treasures. Along the way, we will meet animals up close, give special treats to some of the animals and piece together a treasure map that will lead us to a chest of treats for our pirate crew to enjoy!

To register, see Zoo Treasures.

ZOOper Heroes

Dates: July 10-14; July 31-August 4; August 21-25
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $245

ZOOper Heroes Assemble! Come marvel at animals with the most amazing superpowers! We'll zoom around in our animal-inspired superhero masks to discover the fastest, strongest, and most highly-skilled animal superheroes at the Zoo. Meet animals up close, enjoy cool crafts and games, and make super-special treats for creatures big and small. We’ll learn ways to help animals, and our planet, so we can truly be called Earth’s mightiest heroes!

To register, see ZOOper Heroes.

Child/Youth Camps (Ages 7-10)

Junior Zookeeper

Dates: July 3-7; July 17-21; July 31-August 4; August 8-11 (4 days); August 14-18;
            August 28-September 1
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $245(5 days); $195(4 days)

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a zookeeper? Each day will feature a different zookeeper activity, from preparing food to cleaning enclosures to making special treats and smelly surprises for some lucky animals! You’ll go behind the scenes to places where only zookeepers usually get to go. And you can fine tune your skills by helping care for a small animal in the daycamp classroom. Learn more about the animals you love and discover what it takes to work at the Zoo!

To register, see Junior Zookeeper Camp.

Sloth Sleuths: Zoological Detectives

Dates: July 17-21; August 8-11 (4 days)
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $245(5 days); $195(4 days)

Something strange is going on at the Zoo. Each day presents a new mystery and it’s up to us to solve it! Our investigations will lead us to uncover secrets about endangered species, animal diets, animal tracks and even poop. We will search for clues, interview witnesses, talk to experts, and analyze evidence as we try to solve a number of animal mysteries. Explore all over the Zoo, go behind the scenes, look at artifacts, touch some animals and Get Closer in search of the truth. 

To register, see Sloth Sleuths: Zoological Detectives.


Dates: July 10-14; July 31-August 4; August 21-25
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $245

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate Zookémon Trainer? Discover the animal inspirations for some of your favourite pokémon, learn about real animal training and find out if animals really are attracted to incense. We’ll invent some new zookémon, create our own zookémon cards and make lots of pokémon-inspired crafts. Join up with our group of zookémaniacs as we explore the Zoo, meet animals up close, and fill out our zookédex because we “gotta see ‘em all!”

To register, see Zookémon.

Zootastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dates: July 3-7; July 24-28; August 14-18
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $245

You don't have to be a wizard to see the incredible creatures that call the Zoo home!  Your child will spend the week getting closer to the animals, finding out where they are from, learning how the Zoo cares for them and discovering what makes them fantastic. We'll make magical crafts, design our own fantastic beasts, make a special enrichment treat for one of our animals and keep a journal that would make Newt Scamander proud. Though we may not see any nifflers or bowtruckles, your child will be amazed by the beasts that can be found at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

To register, see Zootastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Camp.

Youth/Teen Camps (Ages 11-14)

Animal Advocates

Dates: July 3-7; July 17-21; July 31-August 4
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $245

Discover how the Zoo works towards its values of stewardship, conservation, education and engagement. We will go behind the scenes, meet some animals up close, talk to Zoo experts and learn what it takes to run a Zoo. Each day, we will find a different way that we can help animals in our own backyards, at the Zoo and even around the world. Throughout the week we will work on an enrichment that will go to one of our endangered animals. And we’ll still have lots of time for games, crafts and animal encounters!   

To register, see Animal Advocates.

Wild Creations Art

Dates: July 10-14; August 14-18
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $265

Be inspired by the beauties and the beasts that call the Zoo home. Each day we will focus on a different type of art, and our animal friends will be your muse. Design and build enrichments, take pictures, draw, sculpt, dance, make music, put on a performance and create something beyond your wildest imagination. We will also have time each day to work on a larger project with a showcase at the end of the week. Get Closer and get creative during this art-filled week at the Zoo.

To register, see Wild Creations.

Zoo-mazing Race

Dates: July 24-28; August 21-25
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $310

Visit the Zoo for a week of challenges that will test your mental and physical prowess. Go on an endangered animal treasure hunt, explore animal myths and misunderstandings, search Laurier Park on a geocaching expedition, and end the week with a Zoo-mazing Race! We'll sleep* at the Zoo Thursday night, make a special nocturnal animal enrichment, enjoy a campfire and roast hotdogs with owls hooting in the background.

*Participation in sleep-over is optional, with designated pick-up (8:30pm) and drop-off (8:30am) times for individuals choosing not to stay the night.

To register, see Zoo-mazing Race.

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Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7

Telephone In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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