Summer ZooCamp

June 7-11, 2021 | June 14-18, 2021 | June 21-25, 2021 | June 28-July2, 2021 | July 5-9, 2021 | July 12-16, 2021 | July 19-23, 2021 | July 26-30, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

$475 for members, $500 for non-members

Summer ZooCamp 2021 will have mixed-age classes due to COVID cohort protocols, and this summer we are offering age-appropriate programs for children ages 5-10.

Campers must by 5 before January 1, 2021 and be potty trained.

Carefully review the sections below regarding registration, medical/publicity waiver, camper behavior policy, and our cancellation policy.

Registration Information

Registration will open at 10am on Tuesday, April 20.

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

We offer two themes (Class A - Animal Athletes and Class B - Animal Homes and Habitats) on alternating weeks at each grade level. You can avoid repeating activities by registering for Class A one week, and Class B another week.

Times: 9:00am-4:00pm

Fees: $475 for members, $500 for non-members.

Class A – 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 7-11, June 21-25, July 5-9, July 19-23

Class B - Animal Homes and Habitats: What’s the difference between a habitat and a home? How do some animals survive in the rainforest and some in the African savanna? What animals once lived in California that we can no longer see in the wild? Come explore the different places animals live and call home!

Sessions: June 14-18, June 28-July 2, July 12-16, July 26-30

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.

Friend requests

Each camper may request one friend to attend camp with during the registration process. Friends must register for the same session dates, and both children must request each other. We will do our best to place 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.

If siblings are close in age we will try to put them together, but if the age difference is significant we will place them in groups with campers who are closer to their age.

Please contact us for any special circumstances.

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

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 2021 will be the Iinii (Bison) initiative.


Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Oakland Zoo was unable to procure scholarship funds for 2021 ZooCamp. We are working towards providing scholarships next year. Thank you for your understanding.

COVID Safety Measures

What ZooCamp is doing

Updated Check-in process

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among the children, staff, or families?

In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive individual, we will take prompt action in defining those individuals that came into “close contact” with the person, that is within 6 ft. for more than 15 minutes. This will allow for contact tracing, isolation, and additional health monitoring. Any staff/individuals that show symptoms of illness during camp will be isolated in a location identified as part of our Communicable Disease Plan (CDP). If a staff/camper is identified with possible COVID-19 they will not be permitted to return without a doctor's clearance and a note. Parents of campers within close contact will be notified if a camper or staff member was sent home and asked to monitor their child. If a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, we will communicate to parents if their child was within close contact of the confirmed positive individual as well as work with local and state health organizations.

Zoo Policies regarding COVID

High School: Grades 9-12 (Teen Assistants)

Times: 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Fees: $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Teen Assistants (T.A.): Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, we will only be hosting a very small in-person camp this summer. As such, we are only going to be bringing on Teen Assistants who have already participated in the program in the past. If this does not apply to you, we recommend you look into the summer season of the Teen Wild Guides or join us for summer 2022 when we should be able to run a full camp once again. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Extended Care

Due to Alameda County guidelines involving cohort mixing we are unable to provide before and after care this summer. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will be offering an extended window for drop-off (8:45-9:15am) and pick-up (3:45-4:15pm)

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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