Zoo CampPolicies & Participation Form
Thank you for enrolling your child in the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s summer Zoo Camp program! Your child must be registered for Zoo Camp prior to filling out this form.
PoliciesPlease review all policies before completing the participation form below. Rescheduling / Cancellation Policy
- If you are unable to attend camp on your originally scheduled date, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 412-365-2528 as soon as possible to reschedule. Please note, rescheduling requests are not guaranteed as they depend on availability. Rescheduling after May 13 will incur a $10 rescheduling fee per camper.
- All cancellations must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the start of your scheduled camp week. The Zoo will retain a 20% processing fee.
- There are no refunds for any cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the start of your scheduled camp week.
- Zoo Camp drop-off is located in the main Zoo parking lot (7370 Baker Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206). Please do not drop-off in the upper staff parking lot on One Wild Place.
- Drop-off is at 9 a.m.
- Please accompany your children to the parking lot lawn where signage will direct you to the age-appropriate area. Be sure to check your child in with his/her instructor each morning.
- If you arrive late, please escort your camper to the Education Building by entering the Zoo through one of the exit gates.
- The Zoo has a strict quarantine policy that prohibits pets from entering our grounds, including the parking lot lawn. Please do not bring your pets to camp drop-off or pick-up.
- Pick-Up Times:
- Half-Day Camp: Noon
- Full-Day Camp: 4 p.m.
- Zoo Camp groups will return to the same spot in the parking lot lawn where they met for morning drop-off. The campers must stay with their respective groups, even if a parent or guardian is waiting, until the Zoo Camp teacher obtains the proper guardian signature.
- A staff member will wait with a camper until the proper guardian signs the camper out. In cases of an extended delay in pick-up, or extreme weather, staff may escort the camper back to the Education Building. If you are late picking up your camper and no one is in the parking lot lawn area, please call 412-979-5607 or go to Admission Booth #5 for assistance.
Special NeedsAn aide must accompany a camper with special needs if the camper requires one-to-one attention. The Zoo requires that all adults in the classrooms have both the PA Child Abuse History Clearance (ChildLine), and the PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprinting). These clearances must be less than one year old. Please send copies of these clearances with the participation form on which you have noted that an aide will be accompanying your camper.
- Please indicate on your participation form any medication that your child will be taking while at Zoo Camp. We require that all EpiPens/inhalers be carried in a fanny pack or backpack to be worn on the camper at all times. Please label the fanny pack or backpack with your child’s name. Parents/guardians are notified immediately if their child faces an emergency and uses his or her EpiPen.
- A camper is allowed to carry his/her medication and self-medicate. All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) must be stored in the original product packaging and labeled with the camper’s name. Prescription medication(s) must also include a label with the medication’s name and dosage instructions, including time of administration of medicine, as well as the prescribing physician’s name and telephone number. Zoo education staff will not be held responsible for housing/storing medication(s). Please provide a written statement from the child’s medical provider and parent/legal guardian that states that the child is capable of self- medication without assistance.
- Zoo Camp staff will not dispense medications of any type (prescription or overthe-counter) to camp participants of any age. The staff may assist in the administration of certain life-saving medications (EpiPens, inhalers, allergy medication for severe allergies), if necessary upon written consent of the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and/or physician’s orders for medical emergencies.
- Each day your child will be served a snack with a beverage. These snacks are not intended to be meals. Please list any food allergies on the participation form and return it to the Zoo prior to camp week. Parents/guardians may send special snacks with campers with allergies or with special dietary requirements.
- Full-day campers should pack a non-perishable lunch, or include a freezer pack with an insulated lunchbox Monday through Thursday. A pizza lunch will be provided on Friday.
- Campers may bring a reusable water bottle (with a strap) to drink from throughout the day.
- Campers should dress in casual clothes, such as t-shirts and shorts, and comfortable, sturdy shoes, such as tennis shoes. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not recommended.
- In the event of light rain campers will still tour the Zoo as planned. Please send the appropriate rain gear (jacket or poncho) with your camper. For safety reasons campers will not be permitted to carry umbrellas.
SafetyAll campers are required to wear Zoo-supplied nametags during their entire Zoo Camp day. In both the Education Building and throughout the Zoo, Zoo Camp staff members carry camp rosters, participation forms, and first-aid kits with them at all times.
InjuriesThe Zoo has a first-aid station on grounds and staff members who are certified in first-aid. A representative from the Zoo will both notify you and call for emergency assistance if a serious injury occurs. It is very important that you supply us with the appropriate contact numbers on your participation form should we need to reach you in the unlikely event of an emergency.
- In the event of light rain campers will tour the Zoo as planned. Campers will not tour outside if there is thunder, lightning, or dangerous wind.
- If dangerous weather occurs at departure time, we will wait inside the Education Building until it is safe to go outside. Please wait in your vehicle in the main parking lot. Once the threat of dangerous weather passes campers will be brought to the main parking lot for pick-up.
Behavior PolicyThe Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has the right to remove a camper from Zoo Camp at any time. If a continual behavior problem persists, one or more of the following consequences will be taken:
- Zoo Camp staff will discuss the behavior with the camper.
- Zoo Camp staff will discuss the behavior with the parent/guardian.
- Parent/guardian will be notified by a Zoo Camp supervisor and the child will be sent home immediately or told that he/she will not be allowed to return the following day.