Winter Camp

Winter Camp

Winter 2021 Edition

Winter Camp WILD is a daily camp where you can sign up for one day or multiple. Each day is a new opportunity for children to have fun and learn through informal, hands-on, inquiry-based activities including informative zoo tours, exciting animal encounters, collaborative teamwork, creative art, and educational games. Camp immerses children in nature while fostering friendships and a love for the natural world. Sign up for one day or multiple days!

Please Note: In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and maintain a safe environment for the campers, staff, and animals, we have decreased the capacity for campers each day. Masks will be required for all staff and campers indoors and when social distancing is not possible.

Camp Ages
: 5 to 10 years old
Camp Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day

Themes & Dates


Monday, December 20 - SOLD OUT!
All about Bones
How does a giraffe stand so tall? Can an owl really turn its head in a full circle? Why do some animals walk on two feet and some on four? Join us in learning about the diversity in the bone structures of animals at the Zoo! Discover the incredible world of bones and skeletons through biofact investigation, animal-themed games, and scientific activities that will have you excited to the bone!

Tuesday, December 21 - SOLD OUT!
Hibernation Station
Seasonally, some animals just need to catch some extra Zzz’s. Learn about the different forms of hibernation, and the wide variety of animals that welcome this additional time for rest. Together we will learn about the hibernation of cold-blooded reptiles, discover the world of the sleepy bear, and more! Visit with Zoo animals, participate in scientific discovery, and share your findings with others around you!

Wednesday, December 22 - SOLD OUT! 
Zookeepers and the Animals
Understanding animal behavior is a big responsibility of our zookeepers. This skill helps them care for the animals, learn the animal’s likes and dislikes, notice behavioral changes, and assess their overall health. Together we will learn about animal behavior and training. Take a glimpse into the world of zookeeping and animals through fun games, zookeeper encounters, animal visits and observations.

Thursday, December 23 - SOLD OUT!
Primates Like Us
Leaping lemurs, marvelous monkeys and amazing apes! Let’s pretend to be primates and learn about our relatives. Climb aboard the Primate Expedition Cruise to see the natural island habitats that our primates call home. Using tools and playing games is how many of these species live and learn, so let’s mimic them to see what a day in the life of a primate is all about!

(No Camp December 24-26)

Monday, December 27 - SOLD OUT! 
Winter Warriors’s cold out here! With winter comes temperature change, and some animals must use unique adaptations to survive! If a grizzly bear has fur to keep warm, does a lizard’s scales do the same? Where do birds go when the cool breeze blows? Join us to discover how mammals, reptiles, and birds adjust to the different winters in the wild, and how we prepare our animals here at the Zoo!  

Tuesday, December 28 - SOLD OUT! 
CZI: Creature Zoo Investigation
Given a couple clues, could you identify an animal based on a few key characteristics? Learn to be a super sleuth in this Creature Zoo Investigation! Learn how to analyze the “clues” animals leave behind; blood, tracks, scat, and more! See how scientists identify animals with help from other features such as bone x-rays, teeth, fur, feathers, and scales.

Wednesday, December 29 - SOLD OUT!
Fur, Feathers, & Scales...Oh My!
Some of our favorite animals are masters of cryptic camouflage, strong defense, and ritualistic dance. Come learn how fur, feathers, and scales help play a unique role in species survival. Campers will use observation and investigation to explore the world of animal coverings. We will explore the zoo, meet animals, utilize scientific tools, and create art. 

Thursday, December 30 - SOLD OUT!  
Become a Citizen Scientist!
What better way to celebrate “Visit the Zoo Day” than coming to explore with Camp WILD!? Join us as we discover the world of citizen science. Through scientific investigation we will learn how to use a variety of tools, participate in community-based projects, and develop miniature projects of our own. We will meet with zookeepers, observe animals, conduct research, and explore our Zooniverse!

Friday, December 31 - SOLD OUT!
Celebrate Zoo Year's Eve!
Let the count down to the New Year begin! Join us for a roaring good time as we ring in the new year on a worldwide expedition and explore animals around the globe! Let’s learn about the places they call home, the people they share their environments with, and learn about cultural celebrations as their clock strikes midnight!

Monday, January 3 - SOLD OUT! 
Feline Friends
Big cats are charismatic animals that draw the attention of many and are understood by few. Come learn about the cats that call Naples Zoo their home. Through zookeeper talks and animal observations, discover what these cats' lives are like at the Zoo. Learn about worldwide conservation efforts and the different ways you can help from home. 

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*If a date you want is sold out, you can still register for that day to be put on the waitlist.

Camp Rates

Member   $55 per camper per day
Non-Member   $65 per camper per day 

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

  • For the safety of our staff, animals, and guests, masks will be required for all staff and campers indoors and when social distancing is not possible.
  • All cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures have increased in frequency and will continue for all program materials.

Registration Information

Camp must be reserved at least three weeks prior to the start of the camp program.

Payment for the program is due in full upon registration for the program.

A cancellation notice must be given two weeks prior to the scheduled program date in order to receive a full refund. If a cancellation notice is given less than two weeks from program start date, this will result in a fee of 50% of the total cost of the registration. Any participant who does not attend the program per the scheduled date and time, without notice to the Education Department, is considered a "No Show" and no refund will be given.

Education Department

Phone: 239-262-5409 ext. 158

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