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.


See the Seas Mini-Camp, Parts I and II

Start 2017 off with zoo fun!

Sign up for See the Seas mini-camps at Turtle Back Zoo.  We will be exploring life in and around the ocean over the course of two mini-camp days.  You’ll discover critters and cultures, investigate scientific questions, and spend time with some of our ambassador animals.  Register for just one, or both days.  We will be going outside, so dress for the weather.

Part I:  Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9am to 4pm

Part II:  Monday, February 20, 2017 from 9am to 4pm (registration now open!)


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



Summer Camp Open House

It’s never too early to think of summer!

Saturday, March 4th

12pm to 3pm

Education Center Classrooms

Come to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Summer Camp Open House and check out what’s new and fun at camp for Summer 2017. On Saturday, March 4 from 12pm to 3pm you can meet some of our camp counselors, try a camp-styled activity, and say hello to a few of our Camp Animal Ambassadors.

This is a free event, but we ask that you register in advance HERE. Day-of walk ups are welcome. Registered participants that complete all visitor stations before 2:30pm are eligible for same day zoo admission at the off-season group rate ($8/person).




Save the Date! Summer Camp Registration Opens soon.

Online registration for zoo summer camp opens to Zoo Members on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6am. Registration for general public opens two weeks later on Saturday, April 1.

Full list of camp dates and times to come shortly.

Need to renew your membership? Not a member yet? Click HERE and take advantage of all the Zoo has to offer.



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 with the website HERE

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:
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


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.