10-College Overnight Camps at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Resident Camps Grades 10 - College

Please register your camper for the grade level they will be entering in the upcoming academic year.

  • Zookeeping 101 Resident Camp

    Zookeeping 201 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    You can’t get any closer to animals than this! Enhance your conservation knowledge about wildlife as you experience first–hand what it takes to care for a variety of exotic animals from giraffes and hippos to tigers and crocs. Assist zookeepers with their daily routine from cleaning animal habitats and distributing diets, to joining up-close animal encounters and observing veterinary care.

    10th - 12th Grade 
    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • Two camp t-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge

    2018 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11 a.m., depart the following Thursday at 8 a.m.
    • June 9 - 14
    • June 23 - 28
    • July 7 - 12
    • July 21 - 26
    • August 4 - 9
    • August 11 - 16

    If start date does not appear in calendar we are fully booked for that week.


    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in our 12-night camp, Zookeeping the Series. You'll participate in Zookeeping 101 and Zookeeping 201, and explore the Tampa Bay area for two days in between.


    Extend your camper’s adventures even further…combine park camps! Get the best of both worlds and combine this program with Career Camp Grades 10-12 at SeaWorld® Orlando. Transportation is provided between SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.


    Pass Members save 10% on resident camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing. 


    All components and activities are subject to change. Please call (813)884-4FUN (4386) to make changes to reservations.

    Grades 10-12
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $899.00 /ea.
  • Zookeeping 201 Resident Camp

    Zookeeping 101 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Use your experience and take zookeeping to the next level. Hone your husbandry skills alongside Busch Gardens' animal care experts while providing animal care at one of the nation’s largest zoos. Turn your newfound knowledge about wildlife at risk into action during an all hands-on deck conservation project offsite. And of course enjoy all the world class rides, shows, and animal exhibits Busch Gardens has to offer.

    Grade 10 - College
    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Prerequisites for this camp are Zookeeping 101, Career Camp 10-12 at SeaWorld® Orlando or related experience working with animals. Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • Two camp t-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge

    2018 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11 a.m., depart the following Thursday at 8 a.m.
    • June 16 - 21
    • June 30 - July 5
    • July 14 - 19
    • July 28 - August 2
    • August 11 - 16

    If start date does not appear in calendar we are fully booked for that week.


    Prerequisites for this camp are Zookeeping 101, Career Camp 10-12 at SeaWorld or related experience working with animals.


    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in our 12-night camp - Zookeeping Intensive. You'll participate in Zookeeping 201 and Zoo Careers, and explore the Tampa Bay area for two days in between.


    Extend your camper’s adventures even further…combine park camps! Get the best of both land and sea, and combine this program with Career Camp Grades 10-12 at SeaWorld Orlando. Transportation is provided between SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.


    Pass Members save 10% on resident camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing. 


    All components and activities are subject to change. Please call (813)884-4FUN (4386) to make changes to reservations.

    Grades 10-College
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $899.00 /ea.
  • Land & Sea Explorers Resident Camp

    Trailblazers MiniCamp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Start your adventure at SeaWorld Orlando to sleep alongside polar animals, rescued manatees or sea turtles. Midweek camp moves to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to uncover the inner workings of a premier zoo. Meet the professionals who keep the zoo running smoothly, and come face to face with amazing terrestrial animals from rainbow-colored lorikeets to towering giraffes.

    10th-12th Grade  
    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and ends promptly Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include:

    • Transportation between SeaWorld and Orlando International Airport (OIA); SeaWorld and Busch Gardens; and Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • Three camp t-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge, with one overnight in Tiger Lodge

    2018 Dates: Arrive at SeaWorld Orlando on Tuesday by 11 a.m., depart Busch Gardens on Sunday by 8 a.m.
    • June 19 -24
    • July 3 - 8
    • July 17 - 22

    If start date does not appear in calendar we are fully booked for that week


    Pass Members save 10% on resident camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing. 


    All components and activities are subject to change. Please call (813)884-4FUN (4386) to make changes to reservations.

    Grades 10-12
    Camper(s) $999.00 /ea.
  • Vet Careers Resident Camp

    Trekkers Mini Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Aspiring to become a professional in veterinary healthcare? Join our Vet Career's staff and experience veterinary medicine firsthand! Shadow staff on rounds, participate in labs, professional development classes, and observe procedures. Campers work behind-the-scenes to explore what it means to be on the vet team at a world-class zoo. After hours, enjoy all that Busch Gardens and SeaWorld have to offer.

    Grades 12 - College
    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • Two camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge

    2018 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11 a.m., depart the following Thursday at 8 a.m.

    • June 16 - 21
    • July 14 - 19


    If start date does not appear in calendar we are fully booked for that week


    Prerequisites for this camp are Zoo Careers and a high school diploma, or dual enrollment as a 12th grade student in a college program or technical school (documentation required).


    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in one of our 12-night camps: Zookeeping Intensive which includes Zookeeping 201 and Zoo Careers, or Careers In-depth which includes Zoo Careers and Vet Careers. Both extended camps explore the Tampa Bay area for two days in between.


    Pass Members save 10% on resident camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing. 


    All components and activities are subject to change. Please call (813)884-4FUN (4386) to make changes to reservations.

    Grades 12 - College
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $999.00 /ea.
  • Zoo Careers Resident Camp

    Zoo Careers Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Considering a future in the animal care field? This is your chance to sample a zoo career in the company of zoo professionals! This intense camp allows you to explore animal care in a specific animal area. Zoo Careers includes everything from scrubbing, raking and preparing animal diets, to sharing animal information with park guests. Campers work behind the scenes daily, with the opportunity to network and ask hard questions about best practices or career direction.

    Grades 11 - College 
    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • Two camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge

    2018 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11 a.m., depart the following Thursday at 8 a.m.
    • June 9 - 14
    • June 23 - 28
    • July 7 - 12
    • July 21 - 26
    • August 4 - 9

    If start date does not appear in calendar we are fully booked for that week


    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in one of our 12-night camps: Zookeeping Intensive which includes Zookeeping 201 and Zoo Careers, or Careers In-depth which includes Zoo Careers and Vet Careers. Both extended camps explore the Tampa Bay area for two days in between.


    Pass Members save 10% on resident camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing. 


    All components and activities are subject to change. Please call (813)884-4FUN (4386) to make changes to reservations.

    Grades 11 - College
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $999.00 /ea.
  • To The Rescue Resident Camp

    To The Rescue Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Join us and discover some of the basic skills you need to know to assist wildlife organizations in your hometown! Conservation in action takes many forms and includes working in the field to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured or orphaned wildlife back into their natural environment. Meet experienced wildlife professionals and trained volunteers who go the extra mile to make a difference at nearby local facilities.

    Grades 11 - College
    Prerequisite for this camp is Zookeeping 201, Career Camp 10-12 at SeaWorld Orlando or related experience working with animals. Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • Two camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge and one night at SeaWorld

    2018 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11 a.m., depart the following Thursday at 8 a.m.
    • June 30 - July 5

    If start date does not appear in calendar we are fully booked for that week.


    Pass Members save $10% on resident camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing. 


    All components and activities are subject to change. Please call (813)884-4FUN (4386) to make changes to reservations.

    Grades 11 - College
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $999.00 /ea.
  • Wild Florida Resident Camp

    Wild Rescue Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Travel across Florida to explore the Florida Keys, the Everglades and other native Florida habitats PLUS spend quality time enjoying Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay and SeaWorld® Orlando. Prepare to feed giraffes, swim and snorkel along a coral reef, hunt for hatchling sea turtle tracks and camp offsite. Ride world-class roller coasters and meet amazing animals from the deep seas at SeaWorld to the jungle treetops at Busch Gardens!

    Grades 10-12
    This camp is a 9-night long resident camp which begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday and ends promptly Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • Four camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge, with one night in Tiger Lodge, one night at SeaWorld and several nights offsite at vetted facilities in the company of Busch Gardens staff

    2018 Date: arrive Thursday by 11 a.m. Week 1, depart Saturday at 8 a.m. Week 2
    • July 26 - August 4

    If start date does not appear in calendar we are fully booked for that week.


    Pass Members save 10% on resident camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing. 


    All components and activities are subject to change. Please call (813)884-4FUN (4386) to make changes to reservations.

    Grades 10-12
    Camper(s) $1,499.00 /ea.