Ages 13-17

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Member Registration: February 1st, 2018

Open Registration: March 1st, 2018

Jr. Veterinarian (New!) - Thinking of becoming a veterinarian or veterinary technician? Explore the medical side of the zoo and learn what it takes to take care of everthing budgies to elephants. Members $135; Non-members $150 (Maximum 10 teens per session)

  • July 16-20 ~ 1-4:30 pm (SOLD OUT) (Create an ALL-DAY adventure with Wild Researchers, 9 am-12:30 pm)
  • August 13-17 ~ 1-4:30 pm (SOLD OUT) (Create an ALL-DAY adventure with Keeper for a Week, 9 am-12:30 pm)

Wild Researchers - Explore field biology by using the zoo and park as your personal laboratory.  Learn real scientific techniques and gain experience using camera traps, GPS and other tools of science. Members $135; Non-Members $150 (Maximum 6 teens per session)

  • July 16-20 ~ 9 am - 12:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Marine Biologist for a Week - Spend time with the sharks, prepare food for tropical fish, and meet marine mammal trainers in this one-of-a-kind career exploration experience. At the end of the week you'll join our scuba dive team to come Eye-to-Eye with the sharks in the South Pacific Aquarium. Learn more about Eye-to Eye. Members $195; Non-Members $210 (Maximum 5 teens per session)

  • July 23-27 ~ 9 am-12:30 pm (SOLD OUT)
  • August 6-10 ~ 9 am-12:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Teen Wild Photographer - 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. Members $150; Non-members $175 (Maximum 15 teens per session)

  • July30-August 3 ~ 1-4:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Keeper for a Week - Scoop poop, prepare animal diets, and meet some amazing animals as you experience some of the fun (and work) that make up the daily life of a zookeeper. Members $135: Non-Members $150 (Maximum 6 teens per session)

  • July 30-August 3 ~ 9 am-12:30 pm (SOLD OUT) (Create an ALL-DAY adventure with Teen Wild Photographer, 1-4:30 pm)
  • August 13-17 ~ 9 am-12:30 pm (SOLD OUT) (Create an ALL-DAY adventure with Jr. Veterinarian, 1-4:30 pm)
  • August 20-24 ~ 9 am-12:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Extended Care: $10 per hour per day per child
Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available for all days of camp, with pre-registration and at least one business day of notice. Children enrolled in extended care must be attending appropriate camp sessions; those in morning extended care must be attending morning camp on that day and those in afternoon extended care must be attending afternoon camp on that day.

Contact for registration and additional information.  

Financial Aid Application

All participants must submit a Participant Form before camp begins.
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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.