December Zoo Camp registration available now (scroll for packet).


Registration for summer 2024 will become available for zoo members on february 26, 2024 and for nonmembers on march 4, 2024.

Campers 6-13 years old are invited to spend their breaks with us.
Camp runs weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during school breaks.

Activities may include:

  • Animal Circle - meet a new highlighted animal each day
  • Diet Prep Demonstrations - see what goes into preparing diets for over 225 animals at The Zoo
  • Enrichment Activities - create toys and foraging games for the goats, sheep, birds and other animals!
  • Hike Forest Park
  • Participate in STEAM Activities 
  • Create and Write
  • Arts & Crafts
  • And much more


December Zoo Camp dates:
December 26 to December 29, 2023 (4 days)


  • Nonmembers 1 week session: $280
  • Members 1 week session: $255
  • Before-care (drop-off at 8 a.m.): $12/day or $50/week

December zoo camp registration packet (click to download).


"As a resident of Springfield, my family has become regular visitors of The Forest Park Zoo. My 11 year old son started at Zoo Camp four summers ago, and it was definitely a great decision for my family. My son has discovered a love for all types of animals, he has learned a lot, and has not complained of a boring day yet. I also have to say the staff is great. They are very helpful to my husband and I, and show patience and attention to our son. I have to tell you that if my child had a choice, he would spend everyday visiting The Zoo. Thank you all for spending days with the Twining family." - Frances T. | Springfield, MA

"Our 6-year old son had never been to summer camp before, and Zoo Camp was an absolutely perfect first camp experience. He was able to interact with animals and have fun with new human friends - and even many, many weeks after camp, he continued to share stories and happy memories of his time at camp. For kids who enjoy the outdoors and learning new things about creatures with whom we share the Earth, Zoo Camp is a fabulous experience!"

 - Jennifer V. | Springfield, MA 

The Zoo is closed for the season
and will re-open in spring 2024.