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.
If the class you want is sold out, it will not appear in the registration process.
Add your camper to the waitlist!
Summer Camp Waitlists
1st – 6th Grade
Full day $400 per week*
Monday-Friday, 9 am – 4 pm
*July 5th-7th, short week due to the holiday – $240 for that week
Half day, $275 per week*
Monday-Friday, 9 am – 12 pm
No Aftercare Available for Kindergarten classes
*July 5th-7th, short week due to the holiday – $165 for that week
Classes are divided up by grade levels and are designed for students entering the indicated grades in the fall. Each class level is labeled with a color. All grades with the exception of Kindergarten are combo classes. 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
- 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. Any 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. All classes, with the exception of Kindergarten, are combo classes.
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 in the amphitheater.
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: Say goodbye to Kindergarteners, 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
- 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.