Zoo Quest logo

Teen Classes & Camps
7th - 9th Grade

7th through 9th graders who are ready for the next level experience at the Zoo will love these in-depth classes! We offer 5-day camps, 3-day class ending in an overnight camp-out at the Zoo and single day career classes with hands-on experience!

Summer Class Registration Guide        Camp Schedule & Descriptions

Register for Summer Camp Here!

Camp Cost:

  • Silver Group 5-day camp cost $270 per camper
  • Zoo Quest 3-day camp with overnight cost $270 per camper
  • Tag Along camps cost $45 per class

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

Silver Group camp, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Silver campers join us for 5-day themed camps. Each camp includes animal encounters and an enrichment and/or feeding.

Zoo Quest camp, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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 8:30 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: Games, learning activities, crafts, animal encounters and Zoo tours.
11:59 am-12:59 pm: Lunch
1:00-3:55 pm: Games, learning activities, crafts, animal encounters and Zoo tours.
3:30-4:05 pm: Goodbye campers and clean-up for teachers
    (except Friday campers stay for overnight)

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. Rember that aside from Animal Encounters, many of our animals are wild and keepers/participants do not have contact with them.

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, preparation of animal diets and animal enrichments.
11:55 am-12:00 pm: Goodbye campers and clean-up for zookeepers.

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

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!

Scholarships
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.

The Sacramento Zoological Society  // 501(c)(3) nonprofit
3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822  //  916-808-5888
© 2016 Sacramento Zoo, All Rights Reserved
 


Sacramento Zoo's home page button