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Zoo Quest!
7th - 9th Grade Camp

7th through 9th graders who are ready for the next level experience at the Zoo will love these in-depth classes! We offer single day career classes with hands-on experience and a 3 day class ending in an overnight camp-out at the Zoo!

Summer Class Registration Guide        Camp Schedule & Descriptions  - coming soon!

Registration Opens in March 2016

Camp Cost:

  • Tag Along camps cost $40 per class
  • Zoo Quest 3-day camp with overnight cost $262 per camper

Most frequently asked question: Will my child interact with any of the Zoo animals?

  • Keeper Tag Along campers will be working side-by-side with zookeepers in or around animal exhibits.  Animals presented will depend on the keepers’ schedule and the animals’ routines.  All the animals at the zoo are wild animals and direct contact with animals is limited.
  • Veterinarian Tag Along campers will be exploring the veterinary hospital, animal interactions are dependent on the needs of the animals that day.
  • Zoo Quest campers will have opportunities to have up-close encounters with a few of our animals.  Including chats with our Zookeepers, an animal encounter with the interpretive center, an animal feeding, and a chance to create enrichment for one of our animals.  We also provide biofacts (shells, pelts, bones etc.) that the campers may investigate to enrich their experience.

Zoo Quest Overview:
These classes are designed for students entering the 7th, 8th or 9th grade. You may be wondering just what happens during a typical Tag Along or Zoo Quest camp.  Below is a brief overview and outline of the camps we offer.

Zoo Keeper a Tag Along, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Campers will go behind the scenes and into actual animal exhibits as they learn what it takes to be a Zookeeper! Because campers will be working alongside keeper staff, please make sure they know they will get dirty and they wear closed toed tennis shoes or boots.

Sample of Keeper Tag Schedule:
8:30- 9:00 am: Campers arrive, Check-in, make name button
    Meet Camp Counselors and other tag along participants.
9:00-9:20 am: Meet Sacramento Zookeeper. 
    Tour Keeper Kitchen Area: Discuss animal diets, & keeper duties.
9:20-11:55 am:  Participants will assist with the cleaning of animal exhibits and making
    animal enrichments. Specific activities are varied based on animal area and the current
    needs of keeper staff. Other duties may include animal feedings, hands-on interactions
    with Animal Ambassadors, and preparation of animal diets.
11:55 am-12:00 pm: Goodbye campers and clean-up for teachers

Zoo Veterinarian Tag Along, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Campers will go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dr. Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital and get hands on experience with some tools of the trade.

Sample of Vet Tag Along Schedule:
8:30-9:00 am: Campers arrive, Check-in, make name button
    Meet Camp Counselors and other tag along participants.
9:00-9:20 am: Meet Sacramento Zoo Keeper.
    Tour Keeper Kitchen Area: Discuss animal diets, & keeper duties.
9:20-10:30 am: Meet Sacramento Zoo Veterinarian, tour the Sacramento Zoo’s on-site Vet
    Hospital, including treatment rooms and radiology, practice utilizing standard veterinary
    devices and mock hospital exams.
10:30-11:55 am: Participants will accompany or assist the Sacramento Zoo Veterinarians
    in their daily activities. These may include animal hospital exams, rounds to the various
    animal areas, or tranquilizer dart practice.
11:55 am-12:00 pm: Goodbye campers and clean-up for teachers

Zoo Quest, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
How does natural design impact our world today? Find the answer to this and so much more by investigating Bio-mimicry: the imitation of natural systems to solve human problems. You will see examples of this all around you as well as solving some problems of your own. This class will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, campers will come with their overnight bags at 9:00 am and stay until 8 or 9:00 am Saturday morning! Friday’s dinner and Saturday’s breakfast will be included, along with daily snacks.

Sample of Zoo Quest Schedule:
8:30-9:00 am: Campers arrive, check-in, make name button
    Meet Camp Counselors and other zoo quest participants.
9:00-9:20 am: Song-time with all campers on the lawn. 
    Announcements, rules and camp songs
9:20-11:59 am: Ice breaker game
    Introduction to the theme (Activity & Craft)
    Special IC animal encounter
    Break, hand washing and snack time
    Game or Activity
    Go around the zoo and visit some of our zoo animals.
11:59 am-12:59 pm: Lunch
1:00-3:55 pm: Follow up on theme (Activity 2 & Craft 2)
    Animal Encounter (meet with a zookeeper for an animal chat)
    Break, hand washing & Snack time
    Movie or activity in classroom to get out of the afternoon heat.
    Review of what we have learned
3:30-4:05 pm: Goodbye campers and clean-up for teachers
    (except Friday campers stay for overnight)

Camp Counselor: Ages 15 to 18
As a counselor, you will help camp teachers prepare for and teach classes for kids ages 4 – 14. You will lead songs and games, tour the kids around the Zoo, and work with teachers and kids to make sure everyone is having a great time!

Classes and Camps FAQ
Find out all the answeres to frequently ask questions about summer camp! The how, why and where of everything you need to know to make sure your wild child has a wonderful summer camp experience!

Through generous donations we are able to offer a limited number of summer camp scholarships. Visit the scholarship page for more information.

Cancellation and Session Changes
We understand that plans may change.  If your camper is no longer able to attend the class(es) you signed up for please review our cancellation and session change policies page, print out the appropriate form and send it to our Reservation Specialist.

After Care
After care is offered as a courtesy to parents. Camp ends at 4:00 pm, and any activities after that time are unstructured and include playing games and watching movies. After care is only available for full-day classes.

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