2014 Zoo Camp Descriptions
Pre-K – K to 1st1st to 2nd3rd to 4th5th to 6th7th to 9th

Printable Camp Schedule
Printable Class Descriptions

Little Duckling: Pre-School                                       

Little Duck iconLittle Duckling: Pre-School, $30 per class
Each Little Ducklings class is two hours long, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and is designed for 3-to-5-year-olds with a parent. Little Ducklings will gather for story time and make a take-home craft. During the class, we will visit with one of our animal ambassadors.  Our Little Ducklings class themes are the same for the whole week, and you register for one day per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.  All Little Ducklings classes meet and incorporate Pre-School California Life Science Standards.

Spots & Stripes: June 10th, 11th, 12th, or 13th
Why does the jaguar have a spotted coat? Do all zebras have the same pattern of stripes? Little Ducklings will explore the Zoo and observe the beautiful range of patterns in the animal kingdom and learn how they serve as adaptations for survival.

Colors of the Wild: June 17th, 18th, 19th, or 20th
Birds show off their bright colors to attract each other, but frogs flash them to say "stay away."  Little Ducklings will become skilled at decoding the messages being sent by the Zoo's most colorful creatures and observe the diverse colors in the animal kingdom.

Fur, Feathers & Scales: June 24th, 25th, 26th, or 27th
Do you know what fur, feathers & scales have in common?  Little Ducklings will learn how many animals at the zoo utilize their external coverings for protection and survival in their environment.

Zoo Moves: July 22nd, 23rd, 24th or 25th
Jump like a kangaroo, pounce like a tiger or creep like a tortoise. Little Ducklings will become acquainted with how our zoo animals move around their habitats as they search food or simply play.

Neat Feet: July 29th, 30th, 31st, or August 1st
Webbed feet, hooves, toes, or claws! See how different animals use their feet. Little Ducklings will learn they can tell a lot about an animal by just looking at their feet or the tracks they leave behind.

Zoo Camp

Red Orang iconRed Orangutans: Kindergarten, $152 per week 
Each Red Orangutan camp is Monday - Friday, three hours a day from 9:00 a.m. to noon and  is designed for students entering Kindergarten in the fall.  Red Orangutans will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  All of the following classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for Kindergarten.

Storybook Safari: June 9th – 13th
Amazing animals have inspired many wonderful stories over the years. Come meet some of the magnificent animals that make the stories come to life! From the scaly green snake in “Verdi” to the long limbed giraffe “Giraffe’s Can’t Dance,” discover the Zoo through the pages of some of our favorite books.

How to Hide a Crocodile: June 16th – 20th
There are so many animals to discover at the Zoo, but first you need to find them.  Come find out how snakes, turtles, tigers and other interesting animals are experts at camouflage; just watch them disappear!

Unhuggables: June 23rd – 27th
Bats, snakes, anteaters and a sloth.  They may not be the cutest creatures, but these animals have some unique characteristics that make them some of our favorites here at the Zoo.

Superman-imals: July 14th – 18th
With colorful coats, super strength, disguises, and binocular vision, animals have some amazing powers. Learn all about the superheroes of the animal world and make your own comic book about the awesome adventures of Superman-imals!

Is A Camel a Mammal?: July 21st – 25th
The Zoo is full of marvelous mammals.  Learn what makes them so special, how you can tell by their teeth what they like to eat, and how they use special tools to live in their environment.

Eye Spy: July 28th – Aug 1st
I spy with my little eye something tall that eats leaves!  Grab your binoculars and head out into the Zoo to see if you can follow the clues and spot animals doing some amazing things.

What Does a Lemur Eat for Lunch?: August 4th – 8th 
Omnivores, carnivores and herbivores: we have them all at the Sacramento Zoo!  Come find out what a lemur has for lunch, what surprising snack is a favorite of the River Otters and much more.

Yellow lionYellow Lions: First and Second Grade, $152 per week                         
Each Yellow Lion camp is Monday - Friday, three hours a day from 9:00 a.m. to noon and is designed for students entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall.  Yellow Lions will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  All of the following classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 1st and 2nd grade.

Rainforest Romp: June 9th – 13th
Jump your way through each layer of the rainforest from the forest floor to the top of the emergent layer, meeting some amazing creatures along the way!

Sumatran Safari: June 16th – 20th
Orangutans, hornbills and tigers are quite a sight to see! Join the safari and travel through Sumatra, Indonesia and meet some fascinating animals along the way.

Sense-able Animals: June 23rd – 27th
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear underwater and feel without fingers?  In this insightful class we'll see how animals make sense of the world around them.

Powerful Predators: July 14th – 18th
Hunt with lions, pounce with tigers and leap into fun with leopards. Meet all of the Zoo's fabulous predators and end the week by presenting one of the carnivore zookeepers with an enrichment made in class.

Zoo-dun It?: July 21st - 25th
Secret animal agents wanted! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to uncover an animal mystery each day while completing challenges and visiting animals around the zoo.

Zookeeper, What Do You Hear?: July 28th – Aug 1st
I hear the gibbons calling, do you?  What else do you hear as you walk through the Zoo?  It's time to listen up and keep an ear out for animals as we find out how animals use their ears to survive in the wild.

Do Flamingos Ever Sleep?: August 4th – 8th
What’s your bedtime? When do you feel the most wide awake? While some animals snooze all day, some hardly sleep at all! Discover the unique behaviors and sleep habits of some of the most interesting animals!

Green Croc iconGreen Crocodile: First and Second Grade, $262 per week
Each Green Crocodile camp is Monday - Friday, seven hours a day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is designed for students entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall.  Green Crocodiles will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  All of the following classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 1st and 2nd grade.

Creature Feature: June 16th – 20th
What would you think if you had a foot-long nose or tall and twisted horns?  Observe animals from head to toe as you explore the Zoo and find out why some creatures have such unique features.

Better Homes & Habitats: June 23rd – 27th
What do beavers, bees, birds, and Bob Vila have in common? They are all do-it-yourself, home makeover experts! Dig in to find out how animals construct their masterpieces.

Animal Yuckology: July 14th – 18th
Between owl pellets, smelly tamanduas and regurgitating hedgehogs, animals do some weird, fascinating and completely “yucky” stuff.  Spend the week with us investigating how being gross can be good for survival. 

Animal Detectives: July 21st – 25th
Grab your magnifying glass and venture through the Zoo to solve clues about the animal kingdom. Use your newly-acquired knowledge of Zoo animals and skills as a detective to follow the clues and solve a mystery. 

Arts Week: July 7th - 11th, Kindergarten - Sixth Grade, $152 per week
Arts Week is Monday - Friday, three hours a day from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Art and nature go hand-in-hand and this week of camp is definitely hands on.  Campers may find themselves sculpting a Sloth, painting a Pelican, drawing a Desert Tortoise or creating a Kookaburra.  One never knows where imagination and the wildly inspiring Zoo will lead during this week dedicated to the creative arts.  All of the following classes meet and incorporate California Visual Arts Standards for the listed grade.  On Friday the camp will culminate with an art show filled with all the campers’ unique artistic expressions.  The art show will be Friday July 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We ask that all campers participating in arts week have their works of art displayed in the Zoo Art Show.  Camper art will be ready to take home starting after the show at 12:50 p.m.  If you are not available to pick it up, it will be held in the education classroom until the end of the summer.

Wild about Art: Kindergarten
Animals come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. During this class, campers will not only be inspired by artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh but also the natural shapes and patterns of wild animals such as the Margay and the Desert Tortoise. 

In Living Color: First Grade
Blue, green, black and white – animals come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.  Campers will observe the animals at the Zoo and some prints by artists like Matisse and Picasso as they look for inspiration for their own unique works of art.

Life’s Vibrant Balance: Second Grade
The world is full of vibrant colors, patterns and shapes that come together to create a feast for the eyes.  In this class, campers will observe Zoo animals and view some works by Gustav Klimt and Monet, masters of artistic balance.  Creativity will be the limit in this class that explores art in nature.

Shades of the Wild: Third and Fourth Grade
Different shades and the vibrant contrasts of color are the focus of this class.  Campers will explore the Zoo looking for inspiration.  It doesn’t matter whether you are the next Matisse, Ansel Adams, or simply enjoy art; this class will unleash your creative spirit.

Naturally Inspired: Fifth and Sixth Grade
The world around us is full of beauty and allure.  During this class, campers will explore the Zoo looking for artistic harmony and scale in nature.  From Alphonse Mucha to Zebras, campers will find something wildly inspiring at the Zoo.

Blue Giraffe iconBlue Giraffe: Third and Fourth Grade, $262 per week
Each Blue Giraffe camp is Monday - Friday, seven hours a day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is designed for students entering the 3rd or 4th grade in the fall.  Blue Giraffes will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  All of the following classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 3rd and 4th grade.

African Adventure: June 9th – 13th
Lions, giraffes, and hornbills oh my! You will see all these animals and more when you embark on this daring adventure through Africa.

Zoo PI: June 16th – 20th
Grab your private eye badge and venture through the Zoo to solve clues about the animal kingdom. Test your newly-acquired knowledge of Zoo animals and use scientific methods to solve a zoo-riffic mystery.

Nothing But Tracks: June 23rd – 27th
Webbed feet, hooves, toes, and claws! See how different animals use their feet to catch food or move about their habitat. Campers will learn that they can tell a lot about an animal by just looking at their feet or the tracks they leave behind.  They will also learn that they should never leave more than their tracks behind when they are out in nature.

Otters at Play: July 14th – 18th
Otters, tigers, and many other animals receive special enrichment from their keepers. Take a seat in the animals' "classroom" and have some fun with animal training.  Also learn why playtime at the Zoo is strongly encouraged.

Jr. Zoologist: July 21st – 25th
Take on the role of a young research scientist and perform some of the same animal observations and studies as our Zoo scientists. Meet a few of these animal experts and discover what it takes to become a great zoologist.

Where the Wild Things Live: July 28th – Aug 1st
A wonderful world unfolds in this five-day investigation of the animal kingdom.  Each day, study a different type of animal and learn about the wild places they live.

Animal Architects: Aug 4th – 8th
From tunnels to nests and dens to dams, discover some amazing animal creations! Come participate in activities testing your own building skills as we learn about animal homes under construction at the Zoo.

Purple Parrot iconPurple Parrots: Fifth and Sixth Grade, $262 per week (It's Showtime, $280 per week)
Each Purple Parrot camp is Monday - Friday, seven hours a day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is designed for students entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall.  Purple Parrots will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals.  All of the following classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 5th and 6th grade.

S.O.S. Saving Other Species: June 9th – 13th
Become a scientist during this look into endangered species. Discover why some species become threatened, endangered or even extinct while others live well and flourish. Learn what you can do to help in other parts of the world as well as right here in Sacramento.

Critter Twitter: June 16th – 20th
We can chat to anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, Twitter, cell phones and Skype. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication — animal style — and improve our own interpretation skills. Don't miss the buzz about this new and exciting class!

ZSI, Zoo Scene Investigator: June 23rd – 27th
Grab your crime scene tape and become a Zoo Scene Investigator! Use your knowledge of Zoo animals and observational skills to find the hidden clues and crack the code of an unsolved Zoo mystery.

It's Showtime: July 28th – Aug 1st 
Due to additional staff needs, this camp costs $280
Take center stage!  Campers work with our interpretive center zookeepers every day and learn how to handle the zoo’s animal ambassadors.  During the week campers will create and practice a live animal show that will be performed at 3:00 pm on Friday. What will they think up this year?

Enrichment 101: Aug 4th – 8th
What is enrichment? Zoo keepers engage animals’ natural behaviors through special objects and animal training.  Lean all about enrichment and why play time at the Zoo is strongly encouraged.

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

Zoo Quest iconZoo Quest: Seventh through Ninth Grade, $262 per camper (3-day class and overnight)
7th through 9th graders will love this 3 day class ending in an overnight camp-out at the Zoo!

Flight of the Harris Hawk: July 16th – 19th
How to you train a hawk to fly to you?  What happens if it doesn’t want to?  Can you really train a tortoise?  Why is animal training and enrichment important for animals at the zoo?  Find the answers to these questions and more.  The class will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.  On Friday, the class will start at 9:00 a.m. and include an overnight stay.  Students will be picked up between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.  Snacks will be included each day, dinner and breakfast will be provided for Friday night and Saturday morning.

Vet Tag Along iconVet Tag-Alongs: Seventh through Ninth Grade, $40 per class
Has your 7th through 9th grader thought about being a Zoo veterinarian? Find out more in this single day career class with hands-on experience. 9 am to 12 noon.

Vet Tag-Along: Mondays, July 28th & August 4th
Imagine what it takes to care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander. How do you X-ray a duck’s foot or give a shot to a turtle closed up in his shell? Zoo veterinarians have one of the toughest jobs around. Visit the Zoo's animal hospital and meet the vets that care for many animal species.

Keeper Tag iconKeeper Tag-Alongs: Seventh through Ninth Grade, $40 per class
Find out what it takes to be a Zoo keeper with these single day career classes with hands-on experience. 9 am to 12 noon.

Primates/ Birds / Reptiles: Thursdays, June 12th & July17th
Find out what a zoo keeper has to do each day to make sure their animals have an enriching habitat to call home.  Animals presented will depend on the keepers’ schedule and the animals’ routines.

Carnivores/ Birds / Reptiles: Thursdays, June 19th & July 24th
Find out what a zoo keeper has to do each day to make sure their animals have an enriching habitat to call home.  Animals presented will depend on the keepers’ schedule and the animals’ routines.

Ungulates / Birds / Reptiles: Thursdays June 26th & August 7th
Find out what a zoo keeper has to do each day to make sure their animals have an enriching habitat to call home.  Animals presented will depend on the keepers’ schedule and the animals’ routines.

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