Zoo Camps

Zoo Camps

Join us at Turtle Back Zoo for some wild fun!

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

To further our mission of conservation, education, and stewardship, campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature, and science.  Children will enjoy age appropriate camp activities that include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science projects, and fun crafts.  Join us for a week during the summer or on a school holiday during the school year.

During the summer, we offer week long summer camps for children entering Kindergarten and grades 1-8.  Camp is 9am to 4pm, with extended care options available.  Camp fees are $425 to $450 per person per week.  We also offer mini-camps throughout the school year on days that coincide with many of the major school holidays.  Available for ages 5 to 10, our mini-camp days are from 9am to 4pm (no extended care option).  Mini-camps are $85 per person per day.  We provide a fresh fruit or veggie snack for all camp sessions; campers bring their own lunches or additional snacks.  We do our best to host a tree nut-free environment for our campers.

Upcoming Mini-Camp Sessions 2019-2020

Does your child have an upcoming school holiday?  Join us for one of our mini-camps at Turtle Back Zoo!  Campers ages 5 to 10 will enjoy a full day of animals, zoo tours, games, and environmental stewardship.  For information call 973-731-5800 ext 103 or email mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

Fall/Early Winter Mini-Camp Themes

Sept 30, 9am to 4pm — Sold Out
Jump into Fall
Take a one-day break from school this September to welcome the Fall season and learn how some animals prepare for the long winter ahead.

Oct 9 and Oct 14, 9am to 4pm — October 9 Session is Sold Out; spots are still available for October 14
Animal Adaptations I and II
Discover some amazing adaptations that allow animals to survive and thrive in their environments. Join us for one or both days.

Nov 7 and 8, 9am to 4pm — Spots are still available for both days
Foul is Fabulous
Every November we take two days to explore some of the weirdest, oddest, and most bizarre features and behaviors of animals from around the world and inside our zoo. Join us for one or both days of this fan-favorite camp.

Dec 23, 26, and 27, 9am to 4pm — Spots are still available for all 3 days
Animal Myths and Legends
We’re excited to share three days of animal legends from cultures around the world and to dispel some common animal myths during the 2019 Winter Break. Join us for one day or all three.

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General Registration Information

*Please note, some sessions may already have sold out. You can sign up for the wait list through the registration link above.

Don’t have a CampDocs account yet? Read below to learn more about our new online registration system.

Payment must be made in full at the time of registration through CampDoc.com in order to secure your child’s place in camp.  Camp tuition for single day camps is $85/camper.  Summer camp tuition is $425 for ages 5 through grade 6; $450 for campers entering grades 7 and 8.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
For mini-camps, cancellations with full refunds will only be accepted up to two weeks before the first day of your registered camp session.  Cancellations made within two weeks of the first day of your registered camp session are not guaranteed any refund.

For full-week summer camps, cancellations with full refunds will only be accepted up to three weeks before the first day of your registered camp session. Cancellations made within three weeks of the first day of your registered camp session are not guaranteed any refund. Cancellation requests can be submitted via your CampDoc.com account or emailed to mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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 domestic species.


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.

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: https://support.docnetwork.org/hc/en-us/categories/115000363510-Participants.
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.[/minti_box]

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