Kids at Camp Kindness, a Nebraska Humane Society summer camp, pet a Japanese Bobtail cat.

Play with animals every day or explore their world during one of these great summer camps.


If the thought of getting to play with animals every day gets your child’s tail wagging, then this five-day camp filled with hands-on experience and educational opportunities is perfect.

When: June-July, Monday-Friday sessions

Where: Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort St.

Who: Ages 6-13

Cost: $170

Information: nehumanesociety.org


At this veterinary-focused camp, kids learn about veterinary tools, X-rays, body systems and functions through hands-on activities that involve live animals, games and crafts.

When: One-week sessions, June-July; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Various locations

Who: Grades 2-5 and 6-8

Cost: $165, junior session; $250, intermediate session

Information: oxbowvetcamp.com


A week at an animal-themed camp is just what the doctor ordered, and we’re not “monkeying” around. With games and activities that test campers’ heads, hearts, hands and health, animal madness camp couples classic summer camp fun with all things animal.

When: July 22-26

Where: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna

Who: Ages 11-14

Cost: $220


No boring or dry summer campsite material here — it’s all about water at this 4-H camp. Campers will enjoy a few days of water games and a waterslide as well as explore the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

When: June 24-28

Where: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna

Who: Ages 6-11

Cost: $200


Saddle up and get ready for a camp entirely geared toward horsemanship. Campers will cover horse safety, grooming, equine health, breeds and colors, tack and equipment, and riding styles.

When: June-July; morning camps, 9 a.m. to noon; all-day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: American Legacy Complex, 7193 County Road 40

Who: Ages 4-13

Cost: $275-$390


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