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Zoo Camp

Camp keeper talks to children at jaguar exhibit.

Spring Zoo Camp

Spring Zoo Camp Information

Dates: See below


Class Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee)


Age: PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade


Price: $65/day


Extended Care: 8-9 a.m. ($5/day) and 3-5 p.m. ($10/day)

Camp Dates

Monday, March 26, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring into warm nights and bright sunny days and turn over a new leaf with us during Spring Zoo Camp! Children in PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade will have an amazing time making new animal and human friends. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff.

Zoo Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Zoo Camp for?

Zoo Camp is for children entering PreK/TK (age 4) up to those children entering grade 4. 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.

Who is our Staff?

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.

Where do I check in my camper?

Zoo Camp check in takes place at the Children’s Discovery Center. You can park as close as you can to the entrance. There will be Zoo Camp staff stationed outside of the double glass doors everyday promptly at 8:50 a.m. Check in is from 8:50-9:15 a.m.

What do I need at Check in?

You need all your appropriate Zoo Camp forms filled out (Health History & Waiver Release). We will provide extra copies for families who were not able to download or print at home. Please fill out these forms prior to lining up.

What happens during Extended Care?

Extended Care is supervised play time with rotations that can include games, animal themed activities, outdoor / indoor play and a movie on Fridays.

I filled out a Health History form this past summer. Do I need to fill it out again?

No, only if there has been a change in your child’s health history we need to be aware of. If not we keep them on file.

What do we do if we are running late and do not make it to the Zoo by 9:15 a.m.?

There will be a Zoo Camp phone number posted on the double glass doors that you can call to reach Zoo Camp staff. Zoo Camp staff will greet you and check in your camper. 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.

I’m signed up for a.m. Extended Care, how early can I drop off my child?

Extended Care hours begin at 8:00 a.m.

I’m signed up for p.m. Extended Care, how late can I pick up my child?

Extended Care (p.m.) hours end at 5:00 p.m.

I am running late to pick-up my child from extended care and won’t make it by 5:00 p.m.?

Please call the Zoo Camp cell phone to let us know your ETA. There will be a $1/minute charge for pick-ups that occur after 5:00 p.m.

I am running late to pick-up my child from 3:00 p.m. regular check out, what should I do?

Please call the Zoo Camp cell phone to let us know your ETA. Your child will be taken in with our extended care program and you will be charged $10 for the extended care charge.

What does my camper need to pack?

  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • A Hat
  • A snack with their name on it
  • Lunch Sack
  • Extra snack for those staying through extended care

What should my camper wear?

  • Comfortable walking shoes (no open toe shoes will be allowed)
  • Appropriate clothing for inclement weather
  • A Hat
  • Zoo Camp shirt will be given on the first day of camp. They must wear this shirt/s throughout the week

Will my camper have opportunities to refill their water bottles?

Zoo Camp staff will make several water stops throughout the day.

Are there any special rules that I should review with my camper before attending Zoo Camp?

Please review the “Golden Rules of Zoo Camp” attached to your confirmation email or click on this link to review them.

What if it rains?

Zoo Camp runs rain or shine.

Spring Zoo Camp Cancellation Policy

NO refunds are given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the Spring Zoo Camp program date. For cancellations made 21 days or more in advance of the program date a 75% refund will be given. For cancellations made 14 or more days prior to the program date, a 50% refund will be given. The Los Angeles Zoo reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that The Los Angeles Zoo cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded. Cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Please include your name, the Spring Zoo Camp Date(s) you are asking to cancel, your confirmation number(s), your phone number, and your child’s name.

The Golden Rules of Zoo Camp

  • Be polite and kind to animals and humans
  • Two feet on the street
  • Stay with your camp group at all times
  • Use the buddy system when using the Zoo’s restrooms
  • Keep hands to yourself
  • Sharing is Caring
  • Do not approach or touch an animal unless you have been instructed to do so
  • Silence is golden in front of the animal exhibits & during Animal Behind the Scenes
  • Leave your space cleaner than when you found it

Failure to abide by these rules will lead to consequences and or removal from the Zoo Camp Program.

Summer Zoo Camp Scholarship

The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce the 2018 Summer Zoo Camp Scholarship program. The primary intent of the Summer Zoo Camp Scholarship program is to minimize financial barriers and enable children with limited resources to participate in our Summer Zoo Camp program. Summer Zoo Camp is for children ages 4-12 (PreK/TK to those campers entering sixth grade). The scholarship program covers the cost of one week of Zoo Camp. Please click on the link below to download your Summer Zoo Camp Scholarship application. Applications are due on March 2, 2018. 

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