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Summer Zoo Camp

Summer 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 sixth grade

Price: $325/week

Extended Care: 7:30-9 a.m. ($45/week) and 3-5:30 p.m. ($75/week)

Registration spots for extended care are limited – please register early

Camp Dates

June 17-21, 2019
June 24-28, 2019
July 1-5, 2019
July 8-12, 2019
July 15-19, 2019
July 22-26, 2019
July 29-August 2, 2019
August 5-9, 2019
August 12-16, 2019

Welcome summer with us for some Zoo Camp fun. Children in pre-kindergarten (age 4) through sixth grade will have the time of their lives discovering the Zoo’s amazing animals and engaging in fun, safe activities! Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff.

Summer Zoo Camp 2019 Schedule

 June 17 – June 21
June 24 – 28July 1 – 5July 8 – 12July 15 – 19July 22 – 26July 29 – August 2August 5 – 9August 12 – 16
*Pre K & Kindergarten (must be at least 4 years old)Animal ABCsDown on the FarmPainting PeacocksBig & SmallAnimal ABCsDown on the FarmPainting PeacocksBig & SmallAnimal ABCs
*Pre K & Kindergarten (must be at least 4 years old)Big & SmallAnimal ABCsDown on the FarmPainting PeacocksBig & SmallAnimal ABCsDown on the FarmPainting PeacocksBig & Small
*1st thru 2ndMonkey BusinessBehaving WildlyWild ImpressionsZoo DynastyMonkey BusinessBehaving WildlyWild ImpressionsZoo DynastyMonkey Business
*1st thru 2ndZoo DynastyWild ImpressionsBehaving WildlyMonkey Business
Zoo DynastyWild ImpressionsBehaving WildlyMonkey BusinessZoo Dynasty
*1st thru 2ndBehaving WildlyMonkey BusinessWild ImpressionsZoo DynastyWild Impressions
*3rd & 4thInto the AmazonPositively PrimatesWilderness TrekNature's GalleryInto the AmazonPositively PrimatesWilderness TrekNature's GalleryInto the Amazon
*3rd & 4thWilderness TrekNature's GalleryPositively PrimatesInto the AmazonWilderness TrekNature's GalleryPositively PrimatesInto the AmazonWilderness Trek
*5th & 6thMonsters & DragonsGriffith Park Gone WildExpedition JaguarAnimal Animation

* Entering grade level as of Fall 2019
Camps in red are SOLD OUT (Updated 5/28/19)

Camp Themes & Descriptions

Animal ABCs

How well do you know your animal ABCs? Alligators, Binturongs, Condors, and many more await you at the L.A. Zoo! Build your camper’s vocabulary while exploring the Zoo, discovering the dazzling sights and sounds that abound, and learning about our amazing animal residents.

Big and Small

The animal kingdom is filled with creatures of all shapes and sizes. This summer you’ll discover how each one is specially adapted for its habitat. This week campers will develop their understanding of opposites and learn that it’s OK to be different—and sometimes being different is an advantage.

Down on the Farm

Old MacDonald had a farm and so does the Los Angeles Zoo! Muriel’s Ranch is home to goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and a miniature horse. Flock to the Zoo and join the herd—during this up-close visit with our barnyard animals, your campers will discover all their amazing antics.

Painting Peacocks

Paint, sculpt, collage, and carve your way through a week of artsy fun. Explore the Zoo with an artist’s eye, then experiment with crayons, clay, watercolors, and paint to bring to life your version of the Zoo’s wild collection of plants and animals.

Behaving Wildly

How do you train a sea lion? How do you prevent bear boredom? Learn how scientists study animal behavior in the wild and here at the Zoo. Practice making observations, collecting animal data, and creating enrichment items that will keep even the most mischievous monkey busy.

Monkey Business

Grab a vine and swing into a week of monkeying around. Join our troop of primates as we explore the trees looking at lemurs, monkeys, and apes.

Wild Impressions

Sculptures, sketches, and splats of paint! People throughout time have chosen different techniques to depict the creatures around them. Get ready for a mess of fun as we explore the arty side of animals.

Zoo Dynasty

From tigers of Indonesia, to the dragons of Komodo Island, campers will discover Asia with this exciting camp session. Each day campers will investigate ecosystems and the relationships between plants, animals, and people in this part of the world.

Nature’s Gallery

Explore the legacy of amazing artists who have been inspired by animals. We’ll explore their works and the creatures who live in the Zoo to create our own masterpieces. From mosaics and watercolors to sculpture and drawings, we will each discover our own wild muse in the Zoo.

Positively Primates

You’ll go bananas during this creative creature camp as we explore the wonderful world of primates. From red-headed orangutans of Sumatra to spider monkeys of South America, uncover what makes each of these primates unique.

Into the Amazon

All aboard for the riverboat cruise! Glimpse of some nature’s most colorful and bizarre plants and animals as we venture down the famous Amazon River. This week is filled with exciting animal discoveries from the heart of the South American rainforest.

Wilderness Trek

Africa is home to magnificent creatures. During this expedition through that continent’s many habitats, you’ll discover myriad animal wonders—from spectacular snakes to marvelous monkeys, holed-up hedgehogs to glorious gazelles. We’ll gaze into the trees and investigate under our feet in search of these and many more!

Animal Animation

The Zoo will become a unique source of inspiration for your camper to explore his/her imagination and create awesome animal-themed art. By observing animal sights, sounds, and movement and incorporating them into art, children will develop a deeper understanding of nature’s beauty.

Monsters and Dragons

From the monster of the Loch Ness to the Komodo dragons of Indonesia, we’ll unravel the myths and realities of monsters and dragons during this crazy week of creature camp.

Griffith Park

Gone Wild Join us for a journey through the largest urban park this side of the Mississippi! Discover the wildlife right here in Griffith Park as we hike through the hills and trek through the trees.

Expedition Jaguar

This week’s adventure takes us into the rich rainforests of the Americas. We will be exploring the animals, plants, and cultures that call this exciting habitat home. Discover as we spend the week delving into the many layers that comprise this magnificent biome.

Zoo Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Who is 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.

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.

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.

Summer Zoo Camp Cancellation Policy

NO refunds are given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the Summer 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 Summer Zoo Camp Date(s) you are asking to cancel, your confirmation number(s), your phone number, and your child’s name.

Zoo Camp: Safari Days

Program Information

Dates: See below

Class Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Age: Kindergarten through fifth grade

Price: $75/child

Extended Care: 8-9 a.m. ($5/day) and 4-5 p.m. ($5/day)

NOTE: Your e-ticket print out is required for class admission. Prices are subject to change. For more information, please call 323/644-4211.

No school and not sure what to do?

No school and not sure what to do? Grab your backpack, lunch, and safari gear and join us at the Zoo for a fun-filled day of adventure. We will explore the far reaches of the world, seeking out some of nature’s most amazing animals. Instead of working on sight words, you will have animal sightings; instead of reading comprehension you will help others comprehend your discoveries by sharing stories about what you saw and did. Students in kindergarten through fifth grades, join us for Safari Days here at the Los Angeles Zoo.

All Safari Day dates correspond to certain LAUSD unassigned days and/or holidays, please make sure to check your child's school calendar before registering.

Class & Registration Dates

Safari Day
August 19, 2019
August 30, 2019
September 30, 2019
October 9, 2019
November 25, 2019
November 26, 2019
January 20, 2020
February 17, 2020
April 3, 2020

Zoo Camp: Safari Days Frequently Asked Questions

My child participated in the Safari Day programs last year and wants to go again. Will the programs be the same this year or are they different?

Each Safari Day is different. This year, participants will focus on a new topic during each adventure as they explore the Zoo with their Safari Guides.

Will my child receive anything at the end of the day?

Participants will receive a giveaway that corresponds to the topic of the day.

Will my child spend time in a classroom during the day?

Safari Days is designed to be an outdoor adventure. While there is small portion of indoor time at the beginning and end of the program, your child will spend the majority of the day exploring the zoo with their guides.

My child is signed up for multiple Safari Days. Do I have to fill out the Liability/Waiver form for each one?

We must have a new waiver each time your child joins us for a Safari Day adventure. Waiver forms will be emailed once you register and you can bring it with you to check-in.

I am signing up my child and they have friends that are also signing up. Can we request that they all be put into the same group even if they are different ages/grades?

Yes. Once you register you will receive an email with a link to a Google form that gives us the opportunity to collect some basic information about your child.  This is the ideal place to let us know if/who you would like your child to explore with.

Summer Zoo Camp 2019 Scholarship

The application period is now closed.

The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce the 2019 Summer Zoo Camp scholarship Program. Zoo Camp scholarships cover the tuition for one week of camp, plus extended care, for those that might not otherwise be able to participate due to financial need. For more information, and to apply, download the Zoo Camp Scholarship application form. Applications are due March 8, 2019.

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