John Ball Zoo Summer Camps

John Ball Zoo Summer Camps are unique, hands-on learning experiences that are fun and educational!


  • Overnight and day camps

  • STEM camp

  • Perfect for animal lovers


  • Preschool

  • Elementary

  • Middle School

What You Can Expect at John Ball Zoo Summer Camps

Your camper may be prowling past the tigers, creating animal treats or even cleaning out bongo stalls. Each class follows a particular theme and spends time in the zoo and park setting. Qualified instructors use a variety of methods to stimulate the learning process (role-playing, games, stories, and nature play).

Older students enjoy increased opportunities to meet zookeepers and explore behind the scenes areas.

Overnight campers slumber in the indoor, temperature-controlled chimp viewing area. These campers enjoy making a special treat for an animal and watch it delivered the next morning. Campers also get a unique tour of the zoo as the sloth wakes up and the mountain lions and lynx come out to prowl. A continental breakfast is served overlooking the spider monkey exhibit. There may even be a wake-up call by the chimpanzees!

John Ball Zoo Summer Camps Session Details

Day camp sessions have full day, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM or half day, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM or 1:00 PM-3:30 PM options. Class sizes and ages are strictly limited to provide a high quality experience.

John Ball Zoo Summer Camps Contact Info

PHONE: 616-336-4300



ADDRESS: 1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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