Summer ZooCamp

June 22-26, 2020 | June 29-July 3, 2020 | July 6-10, 2020 | July 13-17, 2020 | July 20-24, 2020 | July 27-31, 2020 | August 3-7, 2020 | August 10-14, 2020

Grades K–12

Half Day: 9:00am - 12:00pm Full Day: 9:00am – 4:00pm

What's better than Summer? Summer Camp at the zoo! Oakland Zoo takes great pride in creating age-appropriate programs for campers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and High School. We also offer a multi-grade nature-based exploration class. 

Campers should register based on their grade in Fall 2020.

Carefully review the sections below regarding registration, before and after care options, medical/publicity waiver, camper behavior policy, scholarship availability, and our cancellation policy. 


Registration Information

Campers should register for classes based on their grade in Fall 2020.

Member registration opens
HERE at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 10.

Non-member registration will open at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 17.

Reservations are made through Camp and Class Manager, a secure online registration service. Registration closes at noon the Tuesday before each session so that camp staff can prepare rosters and materials for the upcoming week.

Multiple Session Discount: Kids can spend multiple weeks at ZooCamp without repeating the same activities. Campers signing up for more than one week of ZooCamp will receive a 10% discount on their second and third weeks of camp!

For Pre-K through 5th grade campers, we offer two classes (Class A and Class B) on alternating weeks at each grade level. You can avoid repeating activities by registering for Class A one week, and Class B another week.

Campers in grades 1st-5th can add a third week of ZooCamp by attending our Nature Play program! Please note that Nature Play curriculum remains the same throughout the summer. Campers entering grades 6-8 can attend up to 2 weeks without repeating activities by enrolling in Wild Survivor or Conservation Crew!

Partial Payment Option: We understand that summer camps can get expensive. In order to help families budget for summer enrichment experiences, we are happy to offer a two payment plan. The first payment of 50% is due at the time of registration; the remaining 50% is due one month before your scheduled session. You will be reminded via email at least one week before your account balance is due.

Special Friends: Each camper may request one friend to attend camp with during the registration process. Special friends must register for the same session dates and the same program (Busy Beasts, Furry Friends, Nature Play, etc.), and both children must request each other. We will do our best to place special friends in the same class, but please know we will split up groups larger than three in order to encourage participants to make new friends and to ensure campers who come without a special friend feel included.

Registration Packet: Learn more about what to bring and where to go.


Still have questions? Please read the ZooCamp FAQs sheet, call the ZooCamp Hotline (510) 632-9525 ext. 280, or email the Summer Camp Registrar.


Program Descriptions

The exact class curriculum and activities are developed during staff training in June. Each class will include zoo tours, animal close-ups, crafts, games, science projects, and behind-the-scenes experiences as appropriate. 

ZooCamp is committed to conservation! $2.00 of your registration fee will be donated to a conservation project affiliated with Oakland Zoo. The ZooCamp conservation partner for 2020 will be the Iinnii Initiative.

Pre-K and Kindergarten: Busy Beasts - Half Day

Note: Children must be at least 4 years old at or before January 1, 2020 and be potty-trained to attend ZooCamp.
Once your camper is registered for Busy Beasts you must provide documentation of your camper’s birth date (birth certificate or medical record) to the Oakland Zoo within 2 weeks in order to confirm your registration. Please email the document to zoocamp@oaklandzoo.org. Failure to provide proof of age within two weeks of completing your online registration will result in the cancellation of your registration.

Times: 9:00am-12:00pm 
Fees: $214 for members, $239 for non-members

Class A – Animal Movement:  Animals move in weird and wonderful ways!  Slither, slide, creep,crawl, waddle, and walk around to discover who in the zoo runs, rambles,climbs, swims, and romps!
Sessions: June 22-26 | July 6-10 | July 20-24 | August 3-7


Class B – Animal Stories: Have you ever met a bat who thinks she’s a bird? How about a caterpillar who likes to eat pie? Story books are filled with kooky characters based on amazing animals - explore the zoo with us and get to know some of them for real.  
Sessions: June 29-July 3 | July 13-17 | July 27-31 | August 10-14



Pre-K and Kindergarten: Busy Beasts - Full Day

Please note that we are unable to offer a nap time. If your child requires one, please sign them up for half-day camp.

Note: Children must be at least 4 years old at or before January 1,2020 and be potty-trained to attend ZooCamp.
Once your camper is registered for Busy Beasts you must provide documentation of your camper’s birth date (birth certificate or medical record) to the Oakland Zoo within 2 weeks in order to confirm your registration. Please email the document to zoocamp@oaklandzoo.org. Failure to provide proof of age within two weeks of completing your online registration will result in the cancellation of your registration.

Times: 9:00am-4:00pm 
Fees: $327 for members, $357 for non-members.

Class A – Animal Movement:  Animals move in weird and wonderful ways! Slither, slide, creep, crawl, waddle, and walk around to discover who in the zoo runs, rambles, climbs, swims, and romps!
Sessions: June 22-26 | July 6-10 | July 20-24 | August 3-7

Class B – Animal Stories: Have you ever met a bat who thinks she’s a bird? How about a caterpillar who likes to eat pie? Story books are filled with kooky characters based on amazing animals - explore the zoo with us and get to know some of them for real.  
Sessions: June 29-July 3 | July 13-17 | July 27-31 |August 10-14

First - Fifth Grades Together: Nature Play Camp

Times: 9:00am-4:00pm 
Fees: $327 for members, $357 for non-members.

Class Description: What can you find under a rock in the creek? What signs of wildlife are all around us? The day will fly by as kids tour the zoo, explore Knowland Park, build forts, look for native wildlife, and come nose-to-nose with nature. Nature Play camp groups will visit the zoo, but the main focus of this program is creating firsthand experiences in nature. Campers in grades 1-5 will play together in this class.
Sessions: June 22-26 | June 29-July 3 | July 6-10 | July 13-17 | July 20-24 | July 27-31 | August 3-7 | August 10-14

First Grade: Furry Friends

Times: 9:00am- 4:00pm
Fees: $327 for members, $357 for non-members.


Class A: What makes a bird, a bird? Or an ant, an ant? The animal kingdom is made up of millions of different families - wild and wonderful and sometimes just weird. Get to know some of your favorites, up-close and personal! 
Sessions: June 22-26 | July 6-10 | July 20-24 | August 3-7

Class B: Who keeps you safe? Who gives you good food? Who tucks you in at night? Many animals help and care for their families in all kinds of ways. 
Sessions: June 29-July 3 | July 13-17 | July 27-31 |August 10-14

Second and Third Grade: Animal Adventures

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fees: $327 for members, $357 for non-members.

Class A – Africa: Ever been on"safari"? Do you know any other Swahili words? Do you know which zoo animals are from Africa and which aren't? Africa is whole continent filled with amazing animals, diverse landscapes, and fascinating cultures.
Sessions: June 22-26 | July 6-10 | July 20-24 | August 3-7

Class B – Animal Communication: Ever wonder how giraffes talk to each other? How do elephants know when to meet their friends at the waterhole? Animals communicate with each other using sound, visual signals, scent and so much more.
Sessions: June 29-July 3 | July 13-17 | July 27-31 | August 10-14

Fourth and Fifth Grades: Eco-Explorers

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Fees: $327 for members, $357 for non-members.

Class A – Fact Versus Fiction: Do all bats use echolocation? Do hyenas really laugh? Do snakes really unhinge their jaws? Are all tarantula bites deadly? There are so many amazing things to learn about animals, come uncover the facts vs. the fiction.
Sessions: June 22-26 | July 6-10 | July 20-24 | August 3-7

Class B – Animal Athletes:  Do you think you can run faster than a tiger? How about leap further than a lemur? Who do you think would be able to go across the monkey bars faster – you or an actual monkey? Learn all about these and other awesome animal athletes, and find out why they would take the gold every time!
Sessions: June 29-July 3 | July 13-17 | July 27-31 | August 10-14

Grades 6-8: Wild Survivor or Conservation Crew

Times: 9:00am- 4:00pm.
Fees for Wild Survivor: $347 for members, $377 for non-members.

The cost for Wild Survivor is higher because campers will receive a survivor kit to take home at the end of the week.

Wild Survivor: Imagine you are on a hike, and suddenly you find yourself lost in the woods- what should you do? Each day, campers will learn about and practice important survival skills like finding food, collecting water, and making a shelter. At the end of the week, you’ll be prepared to survive all sorts of outdoor adventures, and you’ll receive your very own survival kit to help you do it! 
Sessions: June 22-26 | June 29-July 3 | July 6-10 | July 13-17 | July 20-24 | July 27-31 | August 3-7 | August 10-14


Fees for Conservation Crew: $327 for members, $357 for non-members.

Conservation Crew:Which animal at the zoo is extinct in the wild, and now only lives in captivity? What’s the difference between threatened and endangered, and what difference does it make? How can a quarter help conservation? Learn all about what Oakland Zoo is doing to help animals all around the world, and what you can do to help wildlife living here in California.

Sessions: June 22-26 | June 29-July 3 | July 6-10 | July 13-17 | July 20-24 | July 27-31 | August 3-7 |August 10-14

High School: Grades 9-12

Times: 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Fees: $60 for members, $80 for non-members. 

Teen Assistants (T.A.): Love animals and kids? We need your help!Come to camp as a Teen Assistant and spend three weeks helping to create a fun and exciting experience for campers. Help lead games, crafts and more - all while earning community service hours! (Please note: This volunteer position does not offer hands-on experience with any animals.)
Sessions: June 22-26 | June 29-July 3 | July 6-10 | July 13-17 | July 20-24 | July 27-31 | August 3-7 | August 10-14

For more information and an application, please visit our Teen Assistants web page

Extended Care

We are pleased to offer before and after care options to help accommodate busy family schedules. Extended Care participants will spend their time supervised in our camp classrooms and picnic area with choices of coloring, stories, or games to keep them busy. Please note, this is not an extension of the curriculum-based camp program. Registration is per week only. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a per day option or accommodate drop-ins.

You can sign up for extended care during the registration process. If you are already registered for camp and would like to add extended care, please contact us by emailing the Summer Camp Registrar or call the ZooCamp Hotline at (510) 632-9525 x280.

There is a maximum of 25 campers for before care and 40 for after care. If we sell out, we are unable to accommodate any additions. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Before Care: $60 for 8:00am - 9:00am
After Care: $80 for 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Vickie Kay Memorial ZooCamp Scholarship Fund

ZooCamp scholarships are awarded based upon availability of funds and each family’s financial need. Scholarship awards cover up to 80% of the standard registration fee. 

Click here for your 2020 Scholarship application.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend submitting your application early. If you have questions about how to apply for a scholarship, please call the ZooCamp Hotline: (510) 632-9525 ext. 280

If you are interested in giving to the Vickie Kay Memorial ZooCamp Scholarship Fund, please contact the Zoo’s Development Department at (510) 632-9525 x158. 


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Membership fees are non-refundable.
Cancellation 14 business days or more before the event = 90% refund of the total balance. 
Cancellation 8-13 business days before the event = 50% refund of the total balance. 
Cancellation less than 8 business days before the event = 0% refund of the total balance. 

*If you take advantage of our two-payment plan, the percentages above apply to your total camp fees, not the deposit paid. 

Programs happen rain or shine.
No refunds are issued due to camper absences, including absences due to illness.
Registrations are non-transferable.

As long as you contact us more than eight business days before your camp session begins and space is available in the desired class, there is no fee or penalty for transferring from one session to another. We are unable to make transfers within eight business days of a camp session. We are also unable to make transfers between summer ZooCamp and our school break ZooCamp or other zoo programs. Call the ZooCamp Hotline (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or email Summer Camp Registrar to request a transfer.

Please note: if you register online for a new class, then cancel your original registration, the standard cancellation fees apply.

Medical and Publicity Waiver

ZooCamp registration includes a medical waiver, which in emergency situations will allow our camp staff to make decisions in the absence of a parent or guardian. The full text of this waiver is included in the online registration process and is attached to the confirmation email which is sent upon completing the online registration process. 

During ZooCamp, we often take photographs, audio, or video recordings. These images and recordings are used in print and online promotional materials. We take care to protect participant privacy by not identifying participants by name and we do not share or sell these images to other organizations. All ZooCamp participants are required to agree to the ZooCamp Medical and Publicity Waiver during the registration process. The online registration form includes an electronic signature, no additional paperwork is required.

Participant Behavior Policy

ZooCamp registration includes agreeing to specific participant behavior expectations.Please take time to review the ZooCamp Behavior Policy with your child before they come to ZooCamp. The full text of this policy is included in the online registration process and is attached to the confirmation email which you will receive when you complete the online registration process. 

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