Henry Vilas Zoo: 2024 scholarships now open

Dane County’s Henry Vilas Zoo is now accepting scholarship applications to cover the costs associated with Zoo Camps and other education programs. Scholarship applications are available for either full or partial program costs. Henry Vilas Zoo’s scholarship program was created in 2020 and the zoo has raised over $87,000 to date. 

“Costs should never be a barrier to education,” said Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz. “Our education programs reached over 10,000 people in 2023 and we are committed to expanding even more in 2024.”

Camp programs feature experiences for elementary and middle-school aged children between the ages of 4 and 13. Participants get to meet zoo animals, see behind the scenes areas of the zoo and hear from the zoo’s knowledgeable zookeeper staff. Program options include both weeklong camps and individual day mini-camps. 

“We are committed to building upon the successes of our education programs,” said Conservation and Education Curator Jess Thompson. “With our anchors of promoting empathy towards wildlife and removing barriers to conservation action, we are excited to expand our scholarship options.” 

More information about camp options and scholarships can be found here: https://www.henryvilaszoo.gov/scholarships/ 

Henry Vilas Zoo is one of just a few free-admission zoos in the United States. The Zoo is dedicated to exceptional animal care, conserving wildlife and providing the community with education about the natural world. For more information, visit http://www.henryvilaszoo.gov.  

For more information please contact Jess Thompson at 608-266-5922.