Apply Online

Spend two days and one unforgettable night at the NC Zoo’s wild animal science camp. Campers will engage in the same activities that guide the Zoo’s field biologists when they are working in the wild to save free-ranging elephants, gorillas, salamanders and more.

Campers will use radio telemetry, camera traps, drones, night-vision equipment and more to study native wildlife and the Zoo’s exotic animals. At the end of the first day, students will camp by the African Plains exhibit and will conduct night-time research on lemurs.

[Click to proceed immediately to the online application]

Camp Overview

Camp Brochure
To learn more about the camp, please download the Field Camp Brochure.

Camp Dates
Three sessions will be offered in 2015:

  1. a Junior Camp, for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders, on June 20-21
  2. a Senior Camp, for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, and also college freshmen, on May 30-31
  3. a second Senior Camp, for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, and also college freshmen, on August 1-2

Camp Tuition*
$449 for NC Zoo Society Members, $489 for non-members
Tuition fees cover all expenses, including food, lodging and supplies. Please see the note at the bottom of this page regarding tax-deductibility.

Camp Size
Space is limited to 16 campers in each session; a minimum of 10 campers must be registered for any one session.

Selection Process
If we receive more than 16 applications from eligible students for any one session, we will select campers by lottery.

Campers will check in and leave from the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Learning Center, an educational building located at 2663 Old Cox Road, Asheboro NC 27205 [map]. This building is located next to the NC Zoo.

All camping activities will take place inside the Zoo proper.

What to Bring
All campers must bring the following items:

  • sleeping bag
  • bug spray
  • overnight toiletries
  • change of clothes
  • small backpack
  • raincoat/raingear (no umbrellas)
  • water bottle

Application Requirements

Students Who Care About Wildlife
Camp activities are suited for students who envision careers working outdoors or with wildlife. The hands-on activities will mimic actual field work undertaken by conservation scientists and will offer a realistic glimpse of what it would be like to follow in the footsteps of Jane Goodall or Diane Fossey.

Applicants should:

  • be rising 6th, 7th, or 8th graders (for the junior camp), or should be rising 9th, 10th, 11th or 12 graders, or college freshmen (for the senior camps);
  • have a grade point average of “B” or higher in their academic courses;
  • be able to secure a recommendation from a science teacher or career counselor.

To Apply
Click to proceed to the online application. If you prefer, you may also call Jayne Parker at the NC Zoo Society (336.879.7273).

* The estimated costs of goods and services for this camp is $30. All or nearly all of the remaining tuition cost should be tax-deductible as a donation to the NC Zoo Society. Donation money will be used to support the Zoo’s ongoing wildlife conservation projects at the Zoo and in the wild.