Summer 2021 Health & Safety:
Policies & Best Practices

Zoo Camp and Class experiences are being reimagined with reduced class sizes and significantly more time outdoors to ensure an engaging and safe experience for all. Camps and classes that were offered in prior years may have modifications due to health and safety precautions, staffing limitations and/or innovation. All camps and classes will align with Milwaukee County health and safety requirements.

We plan to adhere to the below recommended COVID-19 health and safety policies and best practices. The complete COVID-19 Operating Plan can be reviewed here. Note that this document and the information on this webpage may be edited as more information becomes available or changes in alignment with CDC and Milwaukee County recommendations.



The Zoological Society of Milwaukee follows the Milwaukee County Universal Face Mask Policy and Procedure Administrative Order. All staff and participants ages 3 and up are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces throughout the Zoo. Although Milwaukee County does not require masks to be worn in outdoor spaces when physical distancing is maintained, we will continue to ask our participants to keep their masks on throughout the program. We will be lenient in outdoor spaces when physical distancing is ensured and allow participants to take mask breaks. Masks will also be removed during snack and/or lunchtime, where physical distancing will be maintained in an outdoor space (weather permitting). For more details regarding the expectations for entering Milwaukee County grounds, please view the order here.

Daily Health Assessments

All participants will complete a verbal health questionnaire and contactless temperature check upon arrival. We ask that you stay home if anyone in your household is feeling unwell with symptoms similar to COVID-19 or has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 10 days. We will process a credit for classes or camps missed due to these circumstances.

All staff are required to complete the same health assessments prior to reporting to work.

Physical Distancing

Class sizes have been reduced to allow for appropriate physical distancing. We ask that all participants adhere to physical distancing guidelines throughout the program.

Best Practices

Hand Washing & Sanitizing

Hand washing and sanitizing will be available to all participants throughout the program. We encourage you to speak to your child about frequent hand washing, sanitizing and other preventive practices.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

High-touch areas indoors will be cleaned and disinfected consistently to mitigate potential surface spread. Classrooms will also be cleaned and disinfected between cohort groups.

Participant Flow

Check-in and check-out procedures will be altered to allow for more regulated participant flow. Staff will communicate among education cohorts to avoid congestion in any indoor and outdoor spaces. Groups of children will remain in their camp or class cohort and will not use the same indoor spaces at the same time.

Increased Outdoor Time

Class and camp activities will be held outdoors as much as possible this summer. We will explore the Zoo, spend time in the private backyard of the Conservation Education Building or private Nature Play site (no public access). Please dress your child accordingly, as we anticipate spending the majority of class time outside.