2022 Summer Camps with Animals

Photo: Phoenix Herpetological Society
Listings are continuously being updated for 2022 based on information we collect directly from camps through an online questionnaire. Please verify information with each camp as changes due to COVID might occur. 
Listings that include a logo represent organizations whose support allows Raising Arizona Kids to continue to provide free local resources and information to Arizona families. Please thank them when you call or visit!

Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary. 602-501-2930 or https://www.phoenixherp.com/education/camps/
Reptile Encounters. Ages 6-15. The best way to learn about the animals is from the animals themselves! Each day includes activities that are STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) oriented, but these academic components are hidden within animal interactions, activities, games, and helping care for the animals. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us, which is why we only handle proven education animals and our counselors have received advanced training on all of these animals. We utilize observations of animals that cannot be handled so that the learning can continue even if the touching cannot. All camps are designed to be age appropriate so the Advanced Campers would be learning much more in depth and complicated information about the animals than an 8 year old would. Our counselors, again, are trained to teach to various age ranges and excel at helping children learn in many ways. Full-day programs May 30-Aug. 05. $200 & up per week.


Arizona Humane Society
1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix. 602-997-7585 • azhumane.org
Ages 6-17. AHS offers a whole lineup of summer animal camps for kids interested in learning more about animals and animal careers. Summer animal camps teach kids how to train and care for animals, be responsible pet guardians, align their choices with their values and make our community a safer place for all animals. Campers will have hands-on learning opportunities with a variety of animals. Sibling discounts.


Life Enrichment Coaching
9040 E. Jomax Road, Scottsdale • 720-985-7535 • lifeenrichmentcoaching.net

Ages 6-17 will communicate and interact with horses, groom and care for them while building trust, respect, responsibility, patience, leadership, kindness, communication and self-confidence.


Phoenix Zoo.
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 602-286-3800 or phoenixzoo.org/camps-programs/camps/
Grades 1-8 (as of fall 2022). Each week-long session includes up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. Most activities will be outdoors, with indoor activities mixed in for cooling breaks.


Robinson Ranch.
Phoenix, Camp Verde and Prescott. 602-268-4972 or robinsonranch.org
Equine facilitated learning, horseback riding classes, archery, fishing, swimming, paddle boats, scavenger hunt, inside and outside games, hiking, camp fires, movie night under the stars, catered meals and cookouts, and more.


The H.E.A.R.T. Center
21152 N. 22nd St., Phoenix. 818-613-6394 •theheart-center.com/programs
Ages 7-18. Half-day Horse Camps, Siblings Camp for siblings of children with special needs, Yoga + Horse Camp, and Adaptive Adventure Camp with an overnight trip. Half- and full-day sessions.


OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. 480-291-8193 • odyseaaquarium.com/campocean
Grades K through 8 will enjoy learning about diverse fresh and saltwater species, different ecosystems, animal adaptations, marine biology, and conservation through classroom activities, behind the scenes tours, and interactive learning experiences.

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