Zoo Camps

Zoo Camps

Join us at Turtle Back Zoo for some wild fun!

We offer week long summer camps for children entering Kindergarten and grades 1-8.  Look also for our fall, winter and spring break camp sessions. Campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature, and science.  Children will enjoy age-appropriate themed camps that include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, and fun crafts. 

The mission of Turtle Back Zoo camp is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world through fun and educational activities.

Sign up for Spring Break Mini-Camp: Animal Outlaws!

This year’s theme – Animal Outlaws! Why are some animals misunderstood? Why do some have a bad reputation? Each day you will explore a different group of animals and how their unique characteristics make them important. You’ll discover critters and cultures, investigate scientific questions, and spend time with some of our ambassador animals.  We will be going outside, so dress for the weather.

April 10 – 14, 2017
9am – 4pm daily

Join us for just one day or attend all week!

Camps are for ages 5-10 and require advanced registration and payment. Camp is $80 per day, per child (plus additional fees). Space is limited.

Call 973-731-5800 x103

2017 Summer Camp Season

Week-long, full-day summer camp begins each Monday starting July 10, 2017 through August 21, 2017

Each camp runs from 9am to 4pm daily

  • Entering K: Over in The…

Stories from the book series inspire learning about animals and our world. NEW for 2017 Zoo Tales is a full day camp! $425 per child.

  • 1st and 2nd grade: Wild Colors

Focuses on colors and how they help animals adapt to their environments. $425 per child.

  • 3rd and 4th grade: Wild Appetites

How and what do animals eat?  Herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, decomposers, consumers, and producers will all have a place at the table. $425 per child.

  • 5th and 6th grade: Junior Conservationists

Explore the world and learn how animals are protected and conserved locally and globally. $425 per child.

  • 7th and 8th grade: Zoo Crew

Learn all about being a zoo keeper from feeding the animals to creating enrichment, to building habitats. Note: There is a physical aspect to this camp and much more time may be spent outside. $450 per child.


Please Note:

*New Jersey is considered a “no touch” animal state. Campers will get to see a variety of animals up close, but contact is limited to only domesticated animals.

*Classes repeat each session, so we recommend that you choose only 1 session for your child(ren) to attend. Thank you.

2017 Summer Camp Dates

Each camp topic listed above is offered each week.

This year we are offering 7 camp sessions from July – August:

**Camp Sessions 1 and 2 are private and not open for registration**

Session 3: July 10 – 14

Session 4: July 17 – 21

Session 5: July 24 – 28  

Session 6: July 31 – August 4

Session 7: August 7 – 11

Session 8: August 14 – 18

Session 9: August 21 – 25

Extended Care offered! Add on extended care to your camp week for just $50 per child per week. Early drop off is no earlier than 8am. Late pick up is no later than 5pm. Registration is available when you register for camp through CampDocs.

2017 Summer Camp Handbook **Coming Soon**

Cancellation/ Refund Policy:
Cancellations with full refunds will only be accepted up to three weeks before the first day of your registered camp session.  Cancellations made within 3 weeks of the first day of your registered camp session are not guaranteed any refund.  Cancellation requests can be submitted via your CampDoc account or email to mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

Join us for just one day or attend all week! August 28 through September 1 (Last Hurrah Summer Camp week 10)

Join us for The Last Hurrah of Summer. Children will enjoy a variety of activities including games, lessons, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, fun crafts and, of course, time in the Zoo.


We have a new system to register for zoo camps. All registration and forms can now be filled out online!

The first step is creating an account through the camp registration link found under the camp you want. (please note: currently all registration links must be requested and sent through email)

Have more than one child? All the information is kept under one account. Just add a new participant and enter in the information.

We know you might have questions with this new system, so feel free to reach out to us at #973-731-5800 (ex 103, 230, 275, or 236) or use some of the resources below to help answer some of your questions on the new system.

CampDoc has an extensive support page that you can access by clicking the Lifesaver Icon located in the top right corner. Here you will find many helpful documents that can help you use CampDoc to its full potential!


Here is a direct link to the support documents: http://campdoc.docnetwork.org/support/section/patient/.
If at any time you have questions that may not be in our support pages, you can contact our Help Desk at 734.636.1000 or you can email them at help@campdoc.com.

Please Note:

*New Jersey is considered a “no touch” animal state. Campers will get to see a variety of animals up close, but contact is limited to only domesticated animals.

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