Have Camp Questions?
If you do not find an answer to your question in the camp FAQ, email the Reservation Specialist or call 916-808-8814.
Member registration begins on March 12, 2019 at noon.
General public registration begins on March 26, 2019 at noon.
You will be asked to supply your personal address, phone and emergency contact information any allergies your child or children have, as well as age, grade level, birthday and physician information. We also recommend that you look at the list of classes available for your camper(s) before you begin your registration and have a list of classes you want to register for.
Zoo members must register for the saczoo.org website. Please use the name and address as they appear on your membership card. Once you have registered for the website, you can test your registration here.
Summer camp member registration will open on March 12, 2019, and you must be signed in to access it. You can reference the camp registration guide to prepare.
If you have any questions about this process or experience any difficulties, call 916-808-5888 or email the Member & Visitor Services Office.
It is recommended that you become a member and register for the website at least a week ahead of registration to ensure you are included in the member re-sale process.
If you are becoming a member for the first time, you register for the website at the same time by checking the “register for site” box.
No. Only Member Duo or higher levels receive pre-sale access.
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For more information call the Member & Visitor Services office at 916-808-5888.
You must hit the “add to cart” button to save your space in the class and finish the payment process. You can reference the camp registration guide to prepare.
If the class is sold out, you may add your camper to the wait list. (Link will be posted on registration day).
No. Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to have a camper signed up for half-day to stay for the rest of the day.
We do not recommend campers in full day classes staying for only half the day because our teachers plan activities for the whole day, and we would not want your camper to miss out. However if your camper has an appointment and needs to leave early, please make sure to let the teacher know that morning.
If your child has been wait listed for the class, it means that the class is full and you are on the list to be contacted when an opening becomes available. If an opening becomes available, you will be contacted via phone and email to see if you are still interested in the class. Once your are contacted, you will have 48 hours to contact the reservation specialist to take advantage of the opening. If there is no response from the phone and email inquiry after 48 hours, the next person on the list will be contacted and offered the opening. You will not be removed from the wait list, and will be contacted again if another spots opens.
We recommend that if you are interested in a class, always put your child on the free wait list. No matter where they fall on the wait list, there is still a possibility that they will get into the class. If your availability changes and you are no longer interested in the class, please email our Registration Specialist so we can remove that class from your child’s registration.
No. If a camper has informed us that they will not be attending camp that week, our reservation specialist calls the next person on the wait list. If we are not informed of a cancellation ahead of time and an individual does not show up on the first day, their spot is held for them until they let us know they are cancelling.
Yes! Scholarships are available for all camps and classes at the zoo. We reserve a small number of spots for scholarship recipients. If those have not been filled by scholarship recipients by a certain date we will pull campers from waiting lists to fill register. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, download the application and email it to the Education Department of the Sacramento Zoo. We offer a partial or full scholarship per child depending on the financial need of the family. All applications are taken under consideration and information listed is kept strictly confidential.
Little Peeps Questions
Little Peeps classes are for a preschooler and up to two big buddy adults. The program is built for Peeps and Big Buddies to participate together. Siblings and other children are not allowed unless they are restricted to a stroller or a carrier on the big buddy at all times. We are in a small space and want our Little Peeps participants to be able to fully enjoy the class!
A little peep may be accompanied by up to two adults.
There can be one caregiver for up to two registered little peeps.
Little Peeps classes usually meet in the Discovery Room located near the front entrance to the zoo. You can enter the zoo through the membership gate or the front entrance. Your little peep’s name will be on a list.
Camp Class Questions
Once you have registered for your camp class(es), a receipt will be instantly generated and sent to you via email. A follow-up email containing directions and rules will then be sent to one week prior to your zoo camp class.
The number of campers in a class depends upon the age of the campers.
Pre-K: Little Peeps have up to 12 per class
Kindergarten (Red): have up to 18 per class
1st – 2nd grade half-day (Yellow): have up to 20 per class
1st – 6th grade (Green, blue, purple, & silver): have up to 25 per class
Mixed-age classes (Orange): have up to 20 per class
Specialty classes (Zoo-Quest, It’s Showtime, and Turtle-Mania) will have smaller class sizes
Our camper to staff ratio is approximately one staff member for every four campers. Staff includes our teachers, assistant teachers, and teen camp counselors.
When the temperature rises during the summer, we encourage our campers to drink lots of water. Our teachers will also adjust their days to spend more time in the share, utilize our indoor classrooms and play water games! We will ensure that our campers have enough time to cool down and are shaded from the sun.
Zoo camp will not be cancelled due to weather or environmental conditions unless the whole zoo is closed due to severe weather conditions. As soon as the decision has been made to close the zoo, all campers/parents will be notified by email and phone.
We have water available to the campers at all times. Children should bring their own reusable water bottle labeled with their name.
Due to various camper allergies we do not provide snack for campers most days. We do receive produce donations from Farm Fresh and will provide fresh fruit snacks to campers whenever we can! Teachers will plan one snack/bathroom break time each morning and afternoon for campers to eat snacks they have brought from home.
Some teachers may plan food-based crafts or activities on occasion.
Note: Please make sure to list all camper allergies during registration.
No, lunches are not provided. Campers are encouraged to bring their own lunch. If you bring your lunch, please be aware that lunches are not refrigerated, although they are kept in a shady place. Campers may also purchase a lunch from our onsite catering company, Taste of the Wild.
If you would like to buy a lunch for your child, please bring cash or a check. Lunches must be purchased at morning check-in and are $8.50.
Lunch options (subject to availability):
Uncrustables® peanut butter and jelly
Macaroni and cheese
All lunch options include applesauce, animal crackers and apple juice.
No, we have a policy that prohibits campers from going to the café or gift shop during camp hours.
If a parent or guardian agrees to the promotional release, their photos may be used in our member emails, website or other promotional materials.
Each camp and class includes at least one up-close encounter and interaction with at least two of our animal ambassadors and will participate in a weekly animal enrichment or feeding.
Yes. At the Sacramento Zoo, we know that it is very important for kids to spend time outdoors exploring nature. Our camp is designed with that mindset. Please be sure that your child is dressed in play clothes according to the daily weather report. Campers will receive their camp shirt the first morning and are asked to wear it all week. Closed-toed and closed-heeled shoes are required for all classes and vet and keeper tag-alongs. Flip-flops are not allowed as they can lead to injuries.
Extra camp shirts will be available for purchase in the mornings during camp sign-in for $10 each.
Morning drop-off will begin at 8:30 am and campers must be picked up by 4 pm. When you arrive Monday morning, your child will receive their camp t-shirt and make a name tag before heading up to the camp class area. If someone other than the camper’s guardian will be picking them up, please bring us a note listing the names of the adults who have permission to pick them up.
All campers must be signed in and out by an adult.
Drop-off for camp will occur at the front of the zoo. Parking for the camps will be street parking in Land Park, in the lot across the street by Fairytale Town or in the cul-de-sac on 15th Avenue behind the zoo. Please park your car and then walk up to the registration tables. You will be signing in and out each day at this same location. Please plan for enough time to find parking and walk your child to the sign-in table.
Caution: Parking in the center of the cul-de-sac is illegal. Please do not park there, or you may get a ticket. Please do not park in the zoo’s driveway, as it must be kept clear at all times.
Parents/guardians of campers will have an opportunity to meet the staff and ask questions at the drop-off/pick-up area in the mornings. On Monday mornings, we make sure that camp teachers and staff are available to answer any questions or alleviate any concerns you may have for the coming week.
If you do not know which staff members will be working with your child, just ask and we can introduce you!
Camp gates open at 8:30 am for camper drop off. As our teens and teachers need time to set up for camp we are unable to open the gates before 8:30 am.
After care is only available for full-day classes. You can sign up for after care at the sign-in area each morning. After care is offered from 4 to 5 pm daily. There is a flat rate of $10, but children may be picked up any time during that time window.
After care is offered as a courtesy to parents, but we are not a day care facility. Camp ends at 4 pm, and any activities after that time are unstructured and include playing games and watching movies. Most of the activities occur indoors because the children will have been outside all day.
If you pick up your child after 5 pm, you will be charged $1 per minute because the zoo must pay our staff overtime to stay with your child. Payment will be collected at the time of pick up.
No, campers are not permitted to have cell phones, mp3 players, or gaming devices with them at camp. Due to the active nature and behind the scenes aspects of camp, electronic devices could be damaged or prove a distraction to the class. If brought to camp, electronic devices will stay with camp lunches and we are not liable for those devices or for any damage which may occur. If your camper needs an electronic device for an emergency or medical need, please let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to find a solution.