2016 Summer Zoo Camp
June 20–August 12 (Monday through Friday)
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
(Morning and afternoon extended care available for an additional fee)
Come and join us for a week of Summer Zoo Camp fun at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Your child will enjoy making new discoveries every day. Through fun, safe, engaging activities, your campers will trail blaze through the week. This adventure is something your child will never forget.
Who is Summer Zoo Camp for?
Summer Zoo Camp is for children entering pre-kindergarten (age 4) up to those children entering grade 6. Zoo Camp is for children independent of their parents. Zoo Camp provides a safe and fun social setting where children can focus on making both child and animal friends.
Each camp is led by a trained instructor along with trained counselors. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten camps have a 1:7 ratio of adults to campers and the 1st thru 6th grade camps have a 1:10 ratio. Each camp includes crafts, games, activities, and tours; all focused around the theme of the day.
Lunch and Snacks:
You MUST provide your child with a snack and a sack lunch each day. Throughout the day we make frequent stops at drinking fountains to keep the campers properly hydrated, but you are encouraged to send along water bottles with your child’s lunch. Children attending morning and/or afternoon extended care should have extra snacks packed, as well.
Extra Fees (if applicable):
In the event a camper is dropped off after 9:15 a.m. or has to be picked up before 2:50 p.m., a $10/day charge applies. In addition, there is a late pick-up fee of $1/minute, beginning at 3:15 p.m. for regular pick-up and 5:30 p.m. for extended care pick-up.
Extended care is available:
AM (7:30–9 a.m.) $9/day
PM (3–5:30 p.m.) $15/day
Camps are held rain or shine. Please make sure your camper dresses appropriately for the weather. If we must cancel a camp due to low enrollment, we will notify you two weeks in advance by telephone and issue a full refund. To receive a full (100%) refund, you must give at least 2 weeks (14 days) advance notice. All cancellations are handled by our Reservations Office.
For more information, please contact Education at [email protected]
2016 Summer Zoo Camp (Age and/or Grade Breakdown)
Campers should register for the grade-level camp that corresponds to the age and/or grade level that they will be entering into during the fall of 2016.
PreK–Kindergarten Camp – campers MUST be age 4 to register for these camps
- Two PreK–Kindergarten camps (20 camper spots) will be offered per week
- 1:7 ratio (instructor to camper ratio)
1st thru 3rd Grade Camp
- Two to three 1st–3rd grade camps (20 per camp) will be offered per week
- 1:10 ratio (instructor to camper ratio)
4th thru 6th Grade Camp – campers registering for these camps must be entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2016
- One to two 4th–6th grade camps class (20 per camp) will be offered per week
- 1:10 ratio (instructor to camper ratio)
Zoo Camp Descriptions 2016
Pre K & Kinder
Down on the Farm: Old McDonald had a farm, and so does the Los Angeles Zoo!! Children adore farm animals, and on our farm, we have some goats, sheep and rabbits. Even a miniature horse! Come on down to our farm and get up close with these noisy barnyard animals and discover all the amazing things they do!
Critter Jam: Can you boogie like bongo? Get funky like flamingo? Animals move in lots of different ways and you can too when you join us at the Zoo! This week we will move like some of our favorite animals and discover why they boogie, get funky, and jam to their own tune.
Painting Peacocks: Paint, sculpt, collage and carve your way through a week of artistic fun. Explore the Zoo with an artist’s eye. Crayons, clay, watercolors and paint will help bring to life the Zoo’s wild collection of plants and animals.
Apatosaurs to Zebra: Do you know the ABC’s of the animal kingdom? Join us for an alphabetastic week of camp as we let the Zoo’s animal residents (pre-historic to present) guide us from A-Z. Along the way, we’ll investigate what makes these animals awesome, fantastic and unique.
1st – 3rd Grades
Animal Olympics: Can you jump as far as a kangaroo? Does your tongue stretch as far as a tapir? Can you lift a tree like an elephant? Bring your energy and your muscles with you to discover the strongest, fastest, and gold medal – winning athletes of the animal world.
Outback Adventures: Join us for a week long walkabout in the land down under! From the bush to a billabong, both blokes and sheilas will explore roos, crocs, koalas and all the other awesome Aussie animals and the island continent they call home. No worries mate – it will be big mobs of fun!
Furrific Felines: Are you cat crazy? Can you swim like a tiger? Purr like a kitten, or roar like a lion? Find out how Zoo cats are just like our kitties at home and discover feline fundamentals of the cat’s world.
Super-Sized Safari: Break out your safari gear as we go on an adventure to learn all about the Zoo’s biggest and most towering animal residents! From giraffes to Asian elephants to Apatosaurs and Tyrannosaurus Rex, your neck will get a workout as you train your eyes on the animals (both present and pre-historic) that seem to live above the trees.
4th – 6th Grades
Comic Creatures: What makes a hero, heroic? What’s so villainous about villains? In this week, you’ll meet some of the coolest creature-based characters of comics, film, and mythology. You’ll discover what makes them tick, and create your very own creature super hero and/or villain.
Rebel Raptors: Get out your talons and rip into this week of Raptor camp! Whether it’s diving at top speeds to catch prey or building their nests on the edge of a cliff, we’ll discover what makes these feathered raptors the ultimate predators of the sky.
Zoorasic Park: Explore a world of living fossils…at the Los Angeles Zoo! Have a wild week encountering animal ancestors, modern dinosaurs, and plants from more than one million years ago. Come to Zoocamp and uncover the past right here in the present.
Zoo Survivor: Teamwork is essential to staying alive! Escape to exotic lands for a week as we explore the wonders of the wild outdoors and the ways animals work together in nature. Campers will win points for challenges involving obstacles, games, and observation. And, of course, visits to the Tribal Council will be on the agenda!