K-6th Grade – Summer Camps
Zoo camp is meant to be a fun experience and should never feel like school. We also feel that providing this fun and exciting atmosphere gives us a unique opportunity to reach kids and inspire them to care about wildlife, wild spaces and to act to protect them.
Summer CAMP, $400 per week
Week-long camps are Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
Aftercare until 5 pm available for an additional fee
Registration is currently closed for the season. Please check back in Spring 2023!
Classes are divided up by the grade level and are designed for students entering the indicated grades in the fall. Each class level is labeled with a color. Some weeks have individual grades, while others have grade combos. Please read the Camp Descriptions and Camp Schedule documents carefully.
All grade levels will participate in the following experiences during Zoo Camp
- Silly songs and fun crafts
- Interactive lessons and games
- Partial or full zoo tours
- Interaction with zookeepers
- Animal encounters with the zoo’s animal ambassadors
- The making and/or watching of a special enrichment for a resident animal
- Ride on the Zoo Train or Conservation Carousel
Sacramento Zoo Summer Camp adheres to CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health policies in regards to COVID-19 precautions. The most up-to-date COVID policies for summer camp will be communicated to registered campers prior to camp start date.
Classes are divided up by the grade level which children will be entering in the fall. Each class level is labeled with a color. Some weeks have individual grades, while others have grade combos.
View the Sacramento Zoo Summer Camp Class Descriptions for information on what subjects your camper will be learning about!
Sample Camp Schedule
- 8:30 – 9:00 am: Campers arrive, play games, read, color.
Staff available to parents.
- 9:00 – 9:20 am: Song-time with all campers on the lawn.
Announcements, rules and songs.
- 9:20 – 11:59 am: Ice breaker game
Introduction to the theme (activity & craft)
Special animal encounter
Break, hand washing & snack time
Game or activity
Walk the zoo and visit some 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
Break, hand washing & snack time, “quiet” time for Kindergarten classes
- 3:30-4:00 pm: Goodbye campers & clean-up for teachers
Sometimes the standard camp package just doesn’t include everything you might need!
View our Summer Camp Add-Ons page for details on additional purchase options like lunch and aftercare for the week, extra t-shirts, and a reusable water bottle.
If you tried to register your camper for a class that has sold out, please visit our Summer Camp Wait List page.
One child per submission. If you need to register two children for the same class level, please fill out two separate waitlist applications.
We hope you or your camper will be able to attend all the programs you have signed up for; however we understand plans may change.
If you or your camper is no longer able to attend the class(es), please review our Program Cancellation Policies and submit a Summer Camp Cancellation Request Form. Cancellation fees will apply.