Zookeeper Camp for Youth with Autism

About the AuSM Camp

Learn what it’s like to be a zookeeper by preparing animal meals, making enrichments, cleaning exhibits, observing animal training, and more!

This camp for ages 8-12 will be co-taught by zoo educators and Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) Education Specialists. AuSM Social Skills classes are tailored to give youth with autism fun, safe, and exciting experiences while they increase self-esteem, expand their knowledge, and build friendships.

This camp will be staffed between a 1:3 and 1:4 staff/participant ratio. If an individual is able to participate safely in a program but requires individual assistance with communication, behavior support, or ADLs, PCA attendance can be approved so the participant may have the most inclusive experience possible. For more information or case-by-case questions, e-mail education@ausm.org or call 651-647-1083.

Parent or guardian should plan to attend Monday 9:00-10:00 a.m. with child for orientation. Camp runs Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

  • Monday, July 19, 2021 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. Orientation
  • July 20-23, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  • Cost: $115 (camp t-shirt included)
  • This camp is full but scholarships are available for 8-year-olds until 4/30/21.
    You can join the waiting list through the online registration process.


For questions or more information contact:

Sarah Wilcox
(218) 730-4500 ext. 214


Need-based scholarships are available for children who will be age 8 between July 19-23, 2021, thanks to the Northland Foundation. Please download and complete a AuSM Camp Scholarship Request Form — do not register online. Spaces will be held for scholarship recipients until April 30, 2021 or funding runs out.