Ages 13-17


Teen Wild Researcher
Fees: $185 Zoo members / $210 non-members (maximum class size of 6)
July 7-11, 9am-12:30pm
Explore field biology by using the zoo and park as your personal laboratory. Learn real scientific techniques and design your own research project using camera traps, GPS, and other tools of science.

Teen Wild Photographer
Fees: $135 Zoo members / $160 non-members (includes materials)
Aug. 11-15, 1-4:30pm
Learn how to take great digital photos through behind-the-scenes access and animal close encounters. Then participate in your own photo exhibition! Note: Students must provide their own digital cameras, memory card(s) and batteries.

Keeper for a Week
Fees: $125 Zoo members / $140 non-members
Aug. 4-8, 9am-12:30pm; Aug. 11-15, 9am-12:30pm; Aug. 18-22, 9am-12:30pm
Scoop poop, prepare animal diets and meet new animal friends as you discover all of the fun (and work) of life as a Zookeeper.

Marine Biologist for a Week
Fees: $125 Zoo members / $140 non-members
July 14-18, 9am-12:30pm; July 28-Aug. 1, 9am-12:30pm
Spend time with the sharks, prepare food for the community tank, and meet marine mammal trainers in this one-of-a-kind career exploration.


Call (253) 591-5333 for registration and additional information.  
All participants must submit a Participant Form before camp begins.
Read our program policies.


Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has proudly joined the Tacoma Summer Learning Collaborative, a new network of community organizations committed to providing summer learning opportunities for children and youth.  Learn more.