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Zoo Camp

Camp keeper talks to children at jaguar exhibit.

Winter Zoo Camp

Winter Zoo Camp Information

Dates: See below

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

Age: Pre-kindergarten (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

Critter Jam
December 17-21, 2018

Polar Opposites
December 26-28, 2018

At the Zoo
January 2-4, 2019

Children in pre-kindergarten (age 4) through fourth grade will have a cool time engaging in fun activities and going ape over amazing animals at Winter Zoo Camp. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff.

Critter Jam

December 17-21

Can you boogie like a bongo? Get funky like a 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 our favorite animals and discover why they boogie, get funky and jam to their own tune.

Polar Opposites

December 26-28

The seasons are changing and winter is upon us. From the mountain top to the valley floor, this week we will discover many different ecosystems and the animals within them. Campers will gain an appreciation for animals and the adaptations that help them survive.

At the Zoo

January 2-4

From zookeepers to veterinarians, it takes a lot of people to care for our animals at the Los Angeles Zoo. Come and spend your winter break with us as we learn all about your favorite animals and the many career opportunities in a zoo.

Zoo Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Zoo Camp for?

Zoo Camp is for children entering pre-kindergarten (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.

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.

Winter Zoo Camp Cancellation Policy

NO refunds are given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the Winter 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 Winter 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 follow these rules can lead to 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. THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED – PLEASE CHECK BACK IN JANUARY 2019 FOR SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR 2019 SUMMER ZOO CAMP.

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