Another spring is quickly passing, and summer is sneaking up fast! Lee Richardson Zoo is gearing up for summertime fun and has started accepting applications for Zoo Edventure Camps.

Summer camps offered at Lee Richardson Zoo are week-long, half-day from 8 a.m. to noon, camp sessions. Each week has a fun theme that explores connections to wildlife or conservation in a unique way. Each camp theme introduces new ideas for the campers to explore through crafts, games, and activities that will keep them active and engaged. Plus, camps at Lee Richardson Zoo offer your participants unique opportunities that no other camp in town can provide. By being a Zoo Edventure camper, your child will get to experience up-close encounters with a variety of zoo residents. Not every child will be able to go back to school in the fall with stories of meeting Madagascar hissing cockroaches, black rhinos and more!

Camps kick off in June with three different sessions. The week of June 4 to 8 welcomes first- and second-graders to explore “Nature’s Superheroes,” where we’ll discover the adaptations that make wildlife superheroes in nature and campers will train to be superheroes for our planet.

From June 11 to 15, third- and fourth-graders can dig in to “Paleontology Party!” and discover the wildlife that lived long ago hidden beneath their feet. The final June session, June 18 to 22, will give fifth- and sixth-graders the opportunity to discover how they can become a scientist in their own backyard in “Citizen Science.” The fun doesn’t stop here though.

In July, Lee Richardson Zoo offers three more weeks of camp opportunities. First- and second-graders can join in on the fun July 9 to 13 to discover how what’s slimy and icky can be fun and interesting at “Grossology!” Third- and fourth-graders will dive into our world’s oceans from July 16 to 20 with “Marine Mania!” Our final week of camp welcomes seventh- and eighth-graders to explore what it takes to work at a zoo in “Jr. Zoo Keeper” from July 23 to 27.

Each week-long camp session costs $85, but if you have a Friend of Lee Richardson Zoo membership, you’ll save $10 on the registration fee. The camp cost includes all activities, snacks and a Zoo Edventure camp souvenir. Campers registered by May 18 will receive an Edventure T-shirt, and if they are registered for a second week of camp, they will receive an Edventure water bottle as well.

The Edventure camps are a truly unique opportunity and can make a great gift for a child in your life who has a spring or summer birthday. The gift of attending a Zoo Edventure session is a gift that will keep on giving. Campers will have fun, make new friends and make memories that will stay with them forever.

To register a camper or find out more you can call (620) 276-1250, email or visit


Catie Policastro is an education specialist for Lee Richardson Zoo.