Tadpole Academy

Tadpole Academy (Ages 4 - 5)

Tadpole Academy is a great way to introduce 4 - 5 year olds to ZooCamp. Each session is only three hours long and includes stories, crafts, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors and zoo exploration in a safe, small group of only 15 campers per week. Each Tadpole Academy camper receives a ZooCamp t-shirt, an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard, and a ZooCamp Access Pass. New in 2017: four and five year old campers may register for both a morning and an afternoon session for a full day of Tadpole Academy, and for Summer Tadpole Academy. There are two themes from which to choose.  It is important to remember that a camper may register for a maximum of one session of each theme.  Additional registrations will be cancelled.

Please note: All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).

Details & Pricing

Price: Members: $170 (Full Day $340) / Non-Members: $195 (Full Day $390)

Morning: 8:30 - 11:30 am, Monday through Friday
Afternoon:12:30 - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Please note: We offer supervision between sessions for full day campers. Please register your child for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy.

New: Both 4 & 5 year old campers may be registered for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy!

Tadpole Academy Sessions
Winter Tadpole Academy | February 19 - 23, 2018

Theme: Storybook Adventures - Explore the world of animals through children's literature! In this week of Tadpole Academy, campers will learn all about the animals that have inspired some of their favorite children’s books.

  • AM: Eric Carle
  • PM: Leo Lionni


Spring Tadpole Academy | April 16 - 20, 2018

Theme: Who's In Your Backyard?  

  • AM: Project Cover-Up - Fur? Feathers? Scales? Which animals wear what? Discover the different types of animal coveringsand how they help animals survive.
  • PM: Getting Around - Splish, splash, hip, hop. Animals get around in many different ways. Explore creatures that fly high, jump far and run fast!


Summer Tadpole Academy | June 18 - August 24, 2018

Theme - Odd Weeks: On the Defensive - Animals have some creative tricks to outsmart their predators. Discover the different defenses of these courageous creatures! *AM/PM registration is still available.

Theme - Even Weeks: Creature Communication - Bright colors, fast movements, loud noises - what does it all mean? It’s how animals communicate! Campers will discover the different ways that animals talk to each other. Whether it be a friendly hello or a stern warning, discover the many languages of wildlife. *AM/PM registration is still available.


  • Week 1: June 18 - 22

  • Week 2: June 25 - 29

  • Week 3: July 2 - 6

  • Week 4: July 9 - 13

  • Week 5: July 16 - 20

  • Week 6: July 23 - 27

  • Week 7: July 30 - August 3

  • Week 8: August 6 - 10

  • Week 9: August 13 - 17

  • Week 10: August 20 - 24


Please note: The AM & PM registration option is still available despite the new theme structure. Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358. 

Important Camp Information
Please Read Before Registering
  • Registration deadlines are one week prior to your desired day of camp, but camps may sell out prior to deadlines.
  • Campers must be the minimum age of each camp at the time of attending camp. Requirements are not negotiable and are strictly enforced. RWP Zoo reserves the right to cancel your registration if your camper does not meet the minimum age requirement.
  • All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).
  • Refunds, minus a $25 registration fee per camper per day camp, may be issued prior to February 1 for winter camps, April 1 for spring camps, and June 1 for summer camps. Absolutely no refunds will be given after these dates.
  • $25 sibling discount applies to all ZooCamps. First registration at full price with a $25 applied discount to each sibling thereafter. Siblings must be registered within the same account. Discount will not be automatically applied at the time of purchase, but will be refunded within three (3) business days.
  • Pre-paid lunch options are available for full-day campers. For $6/day, choose from cheese pizza, a turkey sandwich, mac and cheese, or a veggie quesadilla or ham and cheese bits with a side of hummus and carrots, all with a 100% juice box and a piece of fruit packaged in recyclable and compostable containers.
  • After care is available Monday - Friday for $10/day per camper.