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Great Plains Zoo Announces Summer ZooCamp Schedule

February 25, 2019

Registration is now open for the Great Plains Zoo’s summer ZooCamp sessions for 2019. Available to children ages 4-5, 6-8 and 9-11 years old, ZooCamps include half-day, whole-day and full-week themed camps with various price points and affordable options.

Many favorite ZooCamps will be back, like “Animal Doctors,” “Keeper Camp” and “Exhibit Engineers.” New this year is a special “Behind the Scenes” camp, an exclusive-access chance for a small group of learners to explore in detail the behind-the-scenes world at the Zoo. Each camp is customized, but all include animal encounters, tours of the Zoo, games, songs, crafts, snacks, and rides on the train and carrousel. All participants also receive a free ZooCamp t-shirt.

“ZooCamps help children make connections to animals and the natural world that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “Attendees will participate in unique hands-on activities, experience daily adventures across the Zoo and meet some of the world’s rarest animals that we hope will ignite a lifelong interest in nature and conservation.”

ZooCamps are held from May – August, and online ZooCamp registration is available at Interested parents are encouraged to register their children soon, as space is limited and camps fill up quickly.  

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the last admission at 4 p.m. each day. Visit the Zoo online at, or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.


The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Fewer than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.