2015 Zoo Camp Descriptions
Pre-K – K to 1st – 1st to 2nd – 3rd to 4th – 5th to 6th – 7th to 9th
Printable Camp Schedule
Printable Class Descriptions
Classes are divided up by the grade level children will be entering in the fall. Each class level is labeled with a color. Children entering 1st and 2nd grade have a choice of a full-day (green) or half-day (yellow) camp. All of the Zoo’s classes incorporate California Life Science Standards
All grade levels, including Preschool will get the following experiences during Zoo camp:
- Silly songs and crafts
- Interactive lessons and games
- Touring parts of or all of the Zoo
- Interaction with Zookeepers
- Animal encounters with the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors
- Making and/or watching a special enrichment for a resident animal or Animal Ambassador
Little Peeps : Pre-School, $30 per class
Each Little Peeps class is two hours long, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and are designed for 3-to-5-year-olds with a caregiver. Little Peeps class themes are the same for the whole week, simply register for one day per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
Fantastic Flyers: June 16th, 17th, 18th or 19th
Have you ever seen a bird fly? What about a bat? What is special about these animals that make them able to fly? This class will focus on all of the flighted creatures here at the Zoo, feathered or not.
Rapid Runners: June 23rd, 24th, 25th or 26th
Which animals are the fastest runners in the world? What about at the Zoo? Come find out, and show us how fast you can run too!
Super Swimmers: July 14th, 15th, 16th or 17th
Fish are fantastic swimmers, but they aren’t the only ones! Lots of people don’t know that some snakes, turtles, and even tigers love to swim and splash in the water!
Jazzy Jumpers: July 28th, 29th, 30th or 31st
Leap like a lemur or hop like a frog all the way to the Zoo. Come learn about all of these jumpers!
Playful Prowlers: August 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th
Lions prowl around to hunt for their dinner. Can you walk as quietly as a lion? Sneak on over to the Zoo to learn all about which animals prowl and sneak!
Red: Kindergarten, $155 per week
Each Red Kindergarten camp is Monday through Friday, three hours per day from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and is designed for students entering Kindergarten in the fall.
Silly Skins and Funky Feathers: June 8th –12th
Some people think all frogs are slimy and all fur is soft but this is not always true! This class will teach you the truth about all the cool coverings animals have on their bodies. Come learn which animals have feathers, scales, fur and everything in between.
The Smallest to the Tallest: June 15th – 19th
From 1-inch tall Poison Dart Frogs to giraffes that reach over 17 feet, there are animals of all sizes at the Zoo! Come see how you compare to these humongous creatures…and the tiny ones too!
Things with Wings: June 22nd– 26th
Are birds the only animals with wings? Are all wings covered in feathers? Are all wings used to fly? Learn the answers to these questions and many more this week as you learn all about wild winged animals!
Do the Fox-Trot: July 13th – 17th
Fly like a hornbill, swing like a gibbon, leap like a lemur. Come show us your moves while discovering, up-close, some of the coolest movers and shakers at the Zoo!
Nature’s Nursery: July 27th – 31st
Will our lion cubs always look so cute? Will they change color or just size as they grow? This class will learn all about the lion cubs and other animal babies around the world. Campers will learn about changes as animals grow or go through a metamorphosis, how they stay safe in the wild, and so much more!
Tales of Tails: August 3rd –7th
Some of our most beloved stories star animal characters. Come find out why animals have been inspiring wonderful stories for so many years. Open a new book every day and learn about the animals inside!
Yellow: First and Second Grade, $155 per week
Each Yellow camp is Monday through Friday, three hours a day from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and is designed for students entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall.
Creepy Crawly Creatures: June 8th–12th
Some of the coolest animals at the Zoo are also the ones that some people think are kind of creepy. Come learn about awesome snakes, lizards, bugs, and even the tarantulas in the Reptile House! These animals are very important to our world and you will find out why!
Creatures of the Night: June 15th – 19th
Which animals come out to play when you go to sleep? Come visit some nocturnal animals here in the Zoo and learn why they choose to wake up when the sun goes down.
Animal Armor: June 22nd–26th
Knights wear suits of armor and soldiers drive in tanks, but how do hedgehogs protect themselves? Or giraffes? All animals have their own defenses and some even have armor built into their bodies! Come find out how wild animals survive, hide, and defend themselves!
Cool Cats: July 13th–17th
Come check out the big cats here at the Zoo. Learn about sharp teeth, cool tails, eye spots, and big claws and paws. Why do they all look different? And what about them is the same?
Do Animals go to Work?: July 20th–24th
Do jaguars have jobs? Do owls have occupations? Every animal has a job in nature. Some animals are gardeners, others are janitors or pollinators. This class will focus on who does what in the animal kingdom and how animals and plants help one another.
Feeding Frenzy: July 27th–31st
What does a bat eat for breakfast or a lion eat for lunch? Take a look at animal diets; learn the difference between a carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore. You will even get to take home a recipe for your pet at home!
Creative Camouflage: August 3rd–7th
Not all animals have traditional camouflage. Zebra stripes don’t exactly blend in on the African Savannah. Some animals disguise themselves as other more dangerous creatures, instead of blending in. These are all things we will learn about during this week of Zoo Camp. Come blend into the Zoo with us!
Green Crocodile: First and Second Grade, $265 per week
Each Green camp is Monday through Friday, seven hours a day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and is designed for students entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall.
Yuckology: June 8th–12th
From owl pellets and smelly tamanduas to regurgitating hedgehogs, animals do some weird, fascinating and completely “yucky” stuff. Spend the week with us investigating how being gross can be crucial to survival.
Splash Bash: June 15th–19th
During the summer, we humans love to splash and play in the water. Come and learn about otters and turtles who love the water. Then head over to the fennec foxes who hardly need any water to survive and learn how that is even possible! Join us for everything water-related this week!
Animals on the Edge: June 22nd–26th
Join us this week and become an eco-hero as we study and learn to help animals on the edge of endangerment and extinction. Learn why these animals are in trouble and what you can do at home to help.
Paws, Claws and Jaws: July 13th–17th
Take a special look at the strong and sharp tools animals carry on their bodies every day. Tigers don’t have forks and knives and hawks don’t have cell phones to call for help. Learn about the fierce adaptations these animals use every day to stay alive.
Radical Reptiles and Awesome Amphibians: July 20th–24th
How does a snake slither along a rainforest floor? Why do lizards sunbathe on warm rocks? How do toads survive long, dry summers? You will become a herpetologist this week by getting up-close and personal with some of The Zoo’s coolest reptiles and amphibians!
Arts Week: July 6th–10th, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade
Arts week is Monday through Friday. Art and nature go hand-in-hand this week. Campers may find themselves sculpting a sloth, painting a pelican, drawing a desert tortoise, or creating a kookaburra out of recycled materials. One never knows where imagination and the wildly inspiring Zoo will lead during this week dedicated to the creative arts. Grades K-2 will attend camp from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. The upper grade classes (3rd-6th) will have a full day of art from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Friday, the camp will culminate with an art show filled with all of the campers’ unique artistic pieces. The art show will be held on Friday, July 10th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. 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 at 12:50 pm after the show. If you are not available to pick it up, it will be held in the education classroom for one week following the show.
Colorful Critters: Kindergarten, half day, $155
Animals come in all colors, and when artists are involved, there are even more colors in the mix! We will explore primary colors and color mixing to create everything from pink flamingos to orange orangutans.
Art Gone Wild: First Grade, half day, $155
Have you ever painted with pine needles or made a lion out of leaves? Join us for a full week of animal inspired-art created in unconventional ways!
Creative Conservationists: Second Grade, half day, $155
You are the creative conservationist this week by inspiring others to love nature with your art! Campers will be inspired by the natural world while creating beautiful projects!
Animals in Print: Third and Fourth Grade, full day, $265
Photography, printmaking, collages and more! Campers will learn a variety of techniques to portray their favorite animals in print! No two pieces of art will be the same!
Sketch, Sculpt, and Style: Fifth and Sixth Grade, full day, $265
The oldest of our artists always come up with amazing projects! This year they will get opportunities to sketch a favorite animal, as well as a chance to try their hand at 3-D art!
Blue: Third and Fourth Grade, $265 per week ($280 for Turtle-Mania)
Each Blue camp is Monday through Friday, seven hours a day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (*aside from “Around the World in 5 Days”) and is designed for students entering the 3rd or 4th grade in the fall.
Animal Athletes: June 8th-12th
Which of the animals here at the Zoo would win a 30 yard dash? Who could fly a marathon without getting tired? Would you be able to defeat these beasts in the animal games? Can you run over 50 mph like a cheetah or leap 25 feet like a kangaroo? Come see who will be crowned champion!
If I ran the Zoo…: June 15th – 19th
What would you do if you ran the Zoo? What exhibits would you design? What animals would you house? You will explore animal needs, compatibility, housing, and where to keep their food. By the end of the week you will get to design a Zoo of your own!!
Zoo P.I.: June 22nd–26th
Grab your magnifying glass and a notebook - we have a mystery to solve! Become a Zoological Private Investigator this week! Using your newly acquired animal knowledge, you will decipher clues and use scientific methods and processes to solve a mystery.
Prides and Packs: July 13th–17th
Lions live in prides, zebras live in herds and giraffes live in…towers?! This week we will take a close-up look at animal groups. You will learn why certain animals live in small, large, or even no groups at all. We will study how they interact and how they help one another stay alive.
*Around the World in 5 Days: July 20th–24th (Half Day, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
You don’t need a passport for this adventure, just a trip to the Zoo. In just five days at Zoo camp, we will visit animals from all over the world and learn about the continents they live on. From the world’s largest island of Australia to the snowy mountains of Asia, each part of the world is home to fascinating and unique creatures.
Creature Conduct: July 20th–24th
Animal adaptations are often easy to see: a giraffe’s long neck or a kangaroo’s large feet. But what about the adaptations we cannot see? These are called behavioral adaptations and they help us explain why animals do what they do. This class will give you a chance to discover these adaptations through observations throughout the Zoo!
Animal Oddities: July 27th–31st
From a lizard without legs to flightless birds that live on the ground, and toads that eat their own boogers…there are some weird animals out there in the wild! Come explore all of these oddities up close and personal!
Turtle-Mania: August 3rd–7th ($280 due to extra staffing needs)
Learn to be a keeper of turtles and tortoises in our new animal husbandry class. You will learn all you can about these cool creatures in this in-depth class. From feeding to bathing them, to even training these animals alongside Zookeepers, this will be a week to remember!
Purple: Fifth and Sixth Grade, $265 per week ($280 for It's Showtime)
Each Purple camp is Monday through Friday, seven hours a day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and is designed for students entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall.
Zoo Careers: 15th–19th
Do you want to work with animals when you grow up? This is the week for you! Campers will spend the week learning about what kind of careers are out there for animal lovers, and basic knowledge in animal sciences that would be needed for these jobs. This class will get a chance to talk to a variety of professionals from here at the Zoo as well as other organizations throughout Sacramento.
It’s Showtime: June 22nd–26th ($280 due to extra staffing needs)
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, the 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?
Wild Survivors: July 27th–31st
Fennec Foxes survive on the hot savannah with little to no water. Bears hibernate all winter rather than freezing. Would you survive? Join us to learn how these animals survive extreme circumstances and pick up a few survival skills of your own.
Animal Authors: August 3rd–7th
Changing the world one reader at a time. Join us in publishing a Zoo Camp literary magazine! You are the author and the creative license is yours. Would you like to interview and write an article? Or would you rather write a creative short story starring one of our Zoo animals? It is up to you-grab your notebook and let’s get writing!
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: 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!
Wild Design: July 15th – 18th
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.
Vet 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. 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Vet Tag-Along: Monday, July 13th &Friday, July 24th
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 hiding 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-Alongs: Seventh through Ninth Grade, $40 per class
Find out what a Zookeeper has to do each day to make sure their animals have an enriching habitat to call home with these single day career classes from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Animals presented will depend on the keepers’ schedule and the animals’ routines.
Ungulate Keeper Tag-Along: Wednesday, June 10th & Thursday July 16th
Reptile & Amphibian Keeper Tag-Along: Wednesday, June 17th & Thursday, July 23rd
Mammal & Misc. Species Keeper Tag-Along: Wednesday, July 8th & Thursday, July 30th