With the summer-like temperatures we've been having, it's hard not to think about summer already. You know who else is thinking about summer? Our friends at our favorite zoo on the Illinois side.

If you have a child and are looking to give them things to do this summer, there are plenty of camps throughout the Quad Cities offering fun and educational experiences. The Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Ill. is one of those places and they are taking registrations now.


These camps are fun, informative, interactive learning experiences that include hands-on activities, special zoo tours, and up-close animal encounters.

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Niabi Zoo Summer Camps Information

Officials at the Niabi Zoo say that each Zoo Camp curriculum is designed to be age appropriate to meet the attention, interests, and developmental needs of each age range. Because of that reason, it is important that the age guidelines are followed for your kiddo.

Make note that there are duplicate sessions. For each age range, there are multiple opportunities to attend Zoo Camp. For ages 4-5 years and 6-7 years, the morning session is the same as the afternoon session.

Niabi Zoo Facebook
Niabi Zoo Facebook

Sessions in June are the same as the sessions in July and August. Niabi Zoo officials ask that you only register your child for one session.

There are different themes for each age group which you can see below:

  • 4-5 Years Old
    • Theme: Movement of Life
  • 6-7 Years Old
    • Theme: Abstract Adaptations
  • 8-9 Years Old
    • Theme: Dive into Science
  • 10-13 Years Old
    • Theme: Creative Conservationist

How Much Are Zoo Camps

If you become a Zoo Member before registering, you could save 20% on Zoo Camp. The Niabi Zoo Member discount is given at the end of the registration process. Below is the price breakdown for each age and member/nonmember:

  • Ages 4-5 & 6-7: 5 days, partial day = $120 for Zoo Members, $150 for Non-Members
  • Ages 8-9 & 10-13: 5 days, full day = $200 for Zoo Members, $250 for Non-Members

If a situation exists that prevents a family from being able to afford to send a child to Zoo Camp, they can apply for the Mary Lou Ries Education Program Scholarship to cover a portion or all of the costs of Zoo Camp. To apply for scholarship assistance, email jvanderbush@niabizoo.com to request a scholarship application.

Fees are non-refundable. Select the button below to take you to the Registration Page.

Zoo Camp Reminders

Children aged 4-5 years must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at the Niabi Zoo to stay for the duration of the camp.

Snacks will be provided at each session, except for 4-5 years. Lunches are only necessary for those registering for full-day sessions, ages 8-9 and 10-13. Each child should bring a refillable water bottle and water will be provided.

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Zoo Camp is held rain or shine, hot or cold. Officials ask that you prepare your child appropriately. For questions, contact the Niabi Zoo at education@niabizoo.com.

Click the button below to register for the Zoo Camps!

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