Jr Safari Summer 2022

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Monday July 18

8:30 AM  –  4:00 PM

"You Run the Zoo"

July 18-22

Designed specifically for campers entering seventh and eighth grade in Fall 2022 who have ever dreamed of having a zoo of their own! Join us this week as we learn in depth concepts such as designing an enclosure, training medical behaviors, designing diets and more!

Campers will learn from professional zoo employees and will see the whole behind the scenes operation of a small zoo. All activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate for campers entering seventh and eighth grade in Fall 2022.

Fridays are specials days here at the zoo. Campers will have the privilege of inviting their family and friends to attend an animal show that they have prepared. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what your camper has learned during their week.

Campers are required to bring a lunch, snack and water bottle each day. 

Please understand that although we have many touchable animals at the zoo, the campers' safety is always our first concern. Therefore, campers will not come in physical contact with all the animals at the zoo.

Camp Hours. A full day of camp runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Monday through Friday. Camp day begins with drop off/sign in with a camp counselor at the front of the zoo. Camper should arrive no later than 15 minutes before camp start time. Pick up runs from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Late pick up beyond the 15 minute grace period will be charged at a rate of $1.00 per minute.

COVID precautions. The summer of 2022 will be a bit different here at the zoo. For your camper's safety we will be limiting each group to 20 campers, kept socially distanced from the second group at all times. ALL campers will be required to wear a mask while indoors except when eating or drinking. ALL campers must answer a health check upon check in. Each camper will be given a personal "camp kit" containing their own set of items traditionally shared by groups such as art supplies. Frequent washing of hands will occur and there will be sanitation stations through out the zoo. In addition, our zoo staff disinfects all high touch surfaces every hour. 

Refund Policy. If unforeseen circumstances arise refunds are as follows:

-Up to two weeks before your start date, a full date minus a $10 handling fee

-Within two weeks of your start date, a 50% refund

-Once your camp date has arrived, no refund will be given

To receive a refund please contact the Zoo Office at (805) 378-1441.


Each camper will receive one T-Shirt for each week registered. This must be worn at all times while on zoo grounds. The T-Shirts will be distributed on the first day of camp and extras will be available to purchase.