Are you looking for a place where your child(ren) can have loads of fun over their holiday break?  Why not bring them to Winter Camp Workshops at the Buffalo Zoo! Morning and afternoon workshops allow great family flexibility; sign up for one half day session, a full day or all seven workshops.

Dates: December 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st, 2015
Workshop Times:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Explorer Groups: Giraffes:  Ages 5-6      Rhinos: Ages 7-8     Elephants: Ages 9-12

Monday, December 28th, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tracks, Scats & Scrapes
The winter landscape isn’t as empty as you think. Discover how to read the stories in the snow as we look for scats, tracks, and other signs left by animals.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cool Cats
Lions and tigers and snow leopards, oh my! Spend an afternoon hanging with the coolest cats in town.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Arctic Edge
Do you have what it takes to survive the long cold winter? Learn some special survival techniques from our resident animals who love the snow and the cold.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weird & Wonderful
Explore all of the weird and wonderful animals the Zoo has to offer - animals with super hearing, extra long tongues, giant eyes, unbelievable strength and more.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monkey Madness
Do like the monkeys do and have some crazy fun at the Zoo! Come “monkey around” with our primates as we examine what makes these fun-loving creatures so cool.  

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Actual Size
Ever wonder how you measure up to the animals at the Zoo? During this workshop we’ll get the chance to compare ourselves to some of the Zoo’s most popular residents.

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Radical Reptiles
What better way to shake off winter’s chill than by spending time with animals who like it hot! We’ll discover all that is scaly and slithery at the zoo as we examine the fascinating lives of reptiles.

To properly staff the program and gauge supply needs, registration must be received by December 17, 2015. Due to limited space within each age group, no walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Registration Fee::
Morning OR Afternoon Workshop
Non-members = $30 per child
Members = $27 per child

Full Day (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Non-members = $55 per child
Members = $50 per child
(You must register for same day workshops to receive discount)

General Camp Information
Activities will include a combination of exhibit visits, animal information, games, songs, stories, activities and live animal contact.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods from our Education Department animal collection. This provides each camper with the experience and thrill of live animal demonstrations under well-supervised conditions.

Arrival/Departure: Doors will be open 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each winter camp workshop at either 8:45 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. Campers must enter through the Zoo School entrance on Meadow Drive no later than 9:15 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. and be picked up at the same entrance promptly at 12:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. Campers will not be allowed to leave the Zoo without a parent or guardian signing for their child. Please be prepared to show ID upon request.

Appropriate clothing: Winter camp involves activities that may take the children outdoors. Appropriate clothing must be worn and should include; winter boots, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves and winter jackets. All outerwear should be labeled with the camper's name.

Lunch Time: If your child is registered for both the morning and afternoon workshops, they must bring a bag lunch. Lunch time is from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. with adult supervision. NO LUNCHES ARE PROVIDED.
Due to dietary restrictions/allergies, no snacks will be provided by the Zoo for the health and safety of our campers. Please provide a snack for your child for the morning and afternoon. ZOO CAMP IS NUT FREE. Please be considerate of this when choosing your child's snack and lunch options.

Cancellation: Requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the start of the Winter Camp. There will be a 15% administration fee for refunds prior to camp. Fees will not be refunded for any reason after the first day of camp.

Any additional questions or information should be directed to the Education Department at (716) 995-6128.

How to register…
a) Mail your registration -
Payment MUST accompany your registration and may be made in cash, by check, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Please make checks payable to the Zoological Society of Buffalo. Mail the completed form and registration fee to:

Education Department
Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214-1999

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b) Fax your registration - You may also fax completed registration with credit card payment to (716) 995-6125.

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c) Download registration form Acrobat-logo CLICK HERE

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email filled out pdf form to



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