July 11-22, 2022 | July 25-August 5, 2022 | August 8-12, 2022
9:00am - 4:00pm
Member 2-week sessions: $945
Nonmember 2-week sessions: $975
Member 1-week session: $445
Nonmember 1-week session: $475
Whether you’ve been to ZooCamp before or you’re joining us for the first time, we’re so excited to have a ton of fun and share in our love of animals this summer at Oakland Zoo.
ZooCamp is a space where life is celebrated and nurtured. We respect the diversity of life we find reflected in our people, our plants, and our animals.
Camp is a physically and emotionally safe environment in which campers and staff alike develop and practice our skills of communication, compassion, teamwork, and scientific thinking. Through hands-on exploration, play, and community building campers will deepen their connections to themselves, each other, and our natural world.
ZooCamp runs Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, June 6 - August 12. This year we’re offering programming for youth entering grades K-5. Campers will be organized into small groups based on grade level. Each group will consist of no more than 16 campers, led by a ZooCamp Teacher and Teen Assistants. Please note, there will not be camp for the week of July 4-8 due to the national holiday.
The first four sessions are each two weeks long. Two weeks allows us to dive deeper into content, experience all the Zoo has to offer, and foster a strong sense of community within the grade groups and camp as a whole. In these sessions, in addition to all of the camp and Zoo-specific programming, campers will learn with our conservation partner and work on projects they will present on the final day of camp.
The last session is one-week long and we’re calling it “Greatest Hits”. We’ll close out the summer with an action-packed week of all our favorite ZooCamp activities and a celebration of the end of summer.
2-Week Sessions (Monday-Friday, no camp on weekends)
Session 1: June 6 – 17
Session 2: June 20 – July 1
Session 3: July 11 – 22
Session 4: July 25 – Aug 5
1-Week Session (Greatest Hits)
Session 5: Aug 8 – 12
The financial aid application for Summer 2022 is closed. If you applied and are on the waitlist, financial aid will be awarded based on availability at time of registration.
What do campers do all day at camp?
Campers have a wide variety of activities throughout the day at ZooCamp including checking out Zoo exhibits, animal close-ups, outdoor and classroom lessons, games, free-choice time, song sessions, assemblies, and super special Behind the Scenes experiences. Grade groups will start and end with an opening circle to check in about the day and reflect on the day, respectively. ZooCamp is fairly active and campers will spend much of their time outdoors.
What do campers need to bring to camp?
Campers should bring a refillable water bottle, a lunch, two snacks, and sunscreen in a bag that they can carry as groups move from place to place. (They won’t carry their backpacks all day, but sometimes it is necessary when transitioning from place to place.) When campers arrive at camp they should be wearing sunscreen, closed-toed shoes, a mask, and clothes suitable for outdoor play. It’s also a good idea to pack a hat, extra masks, and extra clothes. More information about logistic specifics will be sent out to registered families as the summer approaches.
What’s the deal with camp shirts?
Each camp registration includes one T-shirt. You are welcome to purchase as many additional shirts as you desire. Campers will be required to wear their ZooCamp shirts on Mondays and Fridays.
My child has unique needs. How can I communicate these to camp staff or check in about specific accommodations?
It’s our goal at ZooCamp to be a safe and accessible space for all our campers. Our registration process requires a medical form where you can list specific conditions, medications, allergies, etc. If your child works with an aide or support person let us know and we are happy to accommodate them at camp. If you have questions or want to check in about your camper’s needs at any point in the registration process, please email email@example.com.
Can my camper request to be in the same group as their friend?
There will be an opportunity to list a friend request during registration. Please note that we organize campers by grade level, so if the friend/sibling/cousin is in a different grade, there is a chance that they will not be grouped together. Campers will have opportunities to spend time with others outside their grade groups.
Can we register for multiple sessions of ZooCamp?
Sure! You’re welcome to register for as many sessions as you’d like. Keep in mind there will be activity overlap between the two-week sessions. We would love to see campers who joined us for a two-week session to return at the end of the summer for Greatest Hits!
Can we register for just one week of the 2-week sessions?
No. Attending the full two weeks is an important part of our educational content and building a strong community.
Are parents/guardians allowed to hang out with ZooCamp?
Feel free to visit the Zoo and wave to your camper if you see them, but we ask that campers’ adults not hang out with the groups during the day.
What are the ZooCamp COVID-19 protocols?
We are staying up to date with guidelines and forming our procedures based on state, county, and internal protocol.
For now, we are requiring masks indoors. at the Wildlife Theater, and in certain Behind the Scenes areas. Please send your child/ren to camp wearing a face mask.
All Zoo and ZooCamp staff are fully vaccinated (including booster). We strongly encourage all campers to be vaccinated before the start of camp.
Regardless of vaccination status: please bring a negative PCR test from the last week or a negative rapid test from the past 24 hours every Monday morning.
Please do not send your child to camp with any symptoms of illness! Camp staff will do a symptom check-in every morning at drop-off. If your child is ill and stays home for a day or develops symptoms during the camp day and is sent home, we ask that you 1.) keep your child home until symptoms have resolved and 2.) provide a negative rapid test for the morning your child returns to camp.
Is there a sibling discount?
Yes, there is a 10% discount for registering two or more campers from the same household.
What is the cancellation/refund/transfer policy?
What is the Oakland Zoo’s Tax ID number?
If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
Wow, thanks for asking. I’m just a website so I don’t know what it’s like to have a body at all, but I think I’d like to try out being an octopus.