Summer Camp

Choose Your Summer Adventures

It's not too early to start planning for summer. Explore the wonderful world of animals through camp adventures that include animal encounters, behind-the-scenes visits, bus rides, games, and edible food crafts! Each camp is five days, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, unless otherwise noted. Extended day options are available at extra cost. All-new Summer Teen Adventures allow you to choose a one-day adventure or a full week of fun—with two topics from which to choose. Adventures in Art is a blended art camp for grade 4 through adult, available to all skill levels.

Please select the grade your child will be entering in the fall.

Pre-K

  • Cub Camp: Animals Play!

    Youngsters will have a ton of fun during this half-day program. This week focuses on animal play with animal encounters, games, and food crafts.

    July 10–14*
    July 24–28*
    August 7–11*
    August 21–25*

    *Cub Camp is half day from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 45.

  • Cub Camp: Zooper Heroes at the Zoo

    Youngsters will have a ton of fun during this half-day program. This week focuses on Zoo jobs, with animal encounters, games, and food crafts.

    June 26–30*
    July 17–21*
    July 31–August 4*
    August 14–18*

    *Cub Camp is half day from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 45.

Kindergarten

  • Classic Camp: The ABCs of Animals

    The alphabet of animals, from armadillos to zebras, includes crafts, games, animal presentations, and visits to off-exhibit areas.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
    August 21–25

  • Classic Camp: Meet the Beasts!

    Meet all kinds of beasts: mammals, birds, and reptiles, too. Get up close to camels and feed treats to the giant tortoises.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

1st Grade

  • Little Artists: Wild Side of Design

    Explore artistic concepts that focus on design, create art out in the Zoo, and enjoy special opportunities for animal encounters.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
    August 21–25

  • Little Artists: Colorful Critters

    Color can be wild or real, but any way you look at it, color is lots of fun!

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

  • Classic Camp: Mad About Mammals

    Exploring spotted cats from the jungle and special encounters with prairie dogs who "dig" life underground are just a few highlights.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
    August 21–25

  • Classic Camp: Furry Friends

    This camp is all about making friends on the furry side. Tigers, bus rides, and adventures with hippos will leave lasting impressions!

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

2nd Grade

  • Little Artists: Wild Side of Design

    Explore artistic concepts that focus on design, create art out in the Zoo, and enjoy special opportunities for animal encounters.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
    August 21–25

  • Little Artists: Colorful Critters

    Color can be wild or real, but any way you look at it, color is lots of fun!

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

  • Classic Camp: By Air or Land, They're All Grand

    Campers will get a chance to compare friends that fly with friends that are ground-bound, including Matilda the laughing kookaburra and her tree-mate the koala.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
    August 21–25

  • Classic Camp: Feathers, Fur, and Hair—Let's Compare

    Compare and contrast things with wings and creatures that prefer the ground, from monkeys to majestic birds that soar in the sky.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

3rd Grade

  • Little Artists: Wild Side of Design

    Explore artistic concepts that focus on design, create art out in the Zoo, and enjoy special opportunities for animal encounters.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
    August 21–25

  • Little Artists: Colorful Critters

    Color can be wild or real, but any way you look at it, color is lots of fun!

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

  • Classic Camp: Animal Outlaws

    After lizard feedings and giant snake encounters with keepers, campers are sure to find a soft spot in their hearts for these misunderstood creatures.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
    August 21–25

  • Classic Camp: Wildlife Weirdos

    Being on the strange side of wildlife makes you extra cool! Treks into the Reptile House, bug catching, and watching snakes being served their special dinners will leave lasting impressions.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

4th Grade

  • Adventures in Art**

    Our professional artists and art teachers can help inspire your creativity—beginners welcome. Sessions include group and individual instruction. All art materials are included.

    June 19–23: Critter Cartooning in Colored Pencil
    June 26–30: Critters in Clay
    July 10–14, or July 31–August 4: Sketching Animal Babies
    July 17–21: Edgy Animals in Oil Pastels
    July 24–28: African Animals in Watercolor
    August 7–11: Cats in Pencil and Charcoal
    August 14-18: Australian Animals in Watercolor
    August 21–25: Drawing Animal Predators

    **This is a blended camp available to children and adults.

  • Classic Camp: Parts for Stayin' Alive - Grade 4

    Learn about adaptations so incredible that you'll have to tell your friends about them.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
     

  • Classic Camp: Animal Body Builders - Grade 4

    Tongues that grasp, noses with amazing suction power, insects with horns, and much more will be explored in this fun camp dedicated to a closer look at adaptations.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

5th Grade

  • Adventures in Art**

    Our professional artists and art teachers can help inspire your creativity—beginners welcome. Sessions include group and individual instruction. All art materials are included.

    June 19–23: Critter Cartooning in Colored Pencil
    June 26–30: Critters in Clay
    July 10–14, or July 31–August 4: Sketching Animal Babies
    July 17–21: Edgy Animals in Oil Pastels
    July 24–28: African Animals in Watercolor
    August 7–11: Cats in Pencil and Charcoal
    August 14-18: Australian Animals in Watercolor
    August 21–25: Drawing Animal Predators

    **This is a blended camp available to children and adults.

  • Classic Camp: Animal Body Builders - Grade 5

    Tongues that grasp, noses with amazing suction power, insects with horns, and much more will be explored in this fun camp dedicated to a closer look at adaptations.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

  • Classic Camp: Parts for Stayin' Alive - Grade 5

    Learn about adaptations so incredible that you'll have to tell your friends about them.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
     

  • Classic Camp: Backstage at the Zoo - Grade 5

    Campers will be exploring the Zoo from the back side of things! We'll look at everything from the most dangerous Zoo jobs to the most glamorous.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
     

  • Classic Camp: Insider View at the Zoo! - Grade 5

    From keepers to trainers, get an inside look at the Zoo, and discover which career has the most thrills.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

6th Grade

  • Adventures in Art**

    Our professional artists and art teachers can help inspire your creativity—beginners welcome. Sessions include group and individual instruction. All art materials are included.

    June 19–23: Critter Cartooning in Colored Pencil
    June 26–30: Critters in Clay
    July 10–14, or July 31–August 4: Sketching Animal Babies
    July 17–21: Edgy Animals in Oil Pastels
    July 24–28: African Animals in Watercolor
    August 7–11: Cats in Pencil and Charcoal
    August 14-18: Australian Animals in Watercolor
    August 21–25: Drawing Animal Predators

    **This is a blended camp available to children and adults.

  • Classic Camp: Insider View at the Zoo! - Grade 6

    From keepers to trainers, get an inside look at the Zoo, and discover which career has the most thrills.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

  • Classic Camp: Backstage at the Zoo - Grade 6

    Campers will be exploring the Zoo from the back side of things! We'll look at everything from the most dangerous Zoo jobs to the most glamorous.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
     

  • Classic Camp: The Weird Ways of Wildlife - Grade 6

    Some animal behaviors look weird, but they're connected to survival. Get to know our gorilla troop with special rooftop viewing, and ride the Skyfari for a closer look at polar bear behavior.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 5
    August 14–18

  • Classic Camp: Home Sweet Habitat - Grade 6

    Campers, get ready to explore animal habitats! After feeding some animals, we'll talk to keepers and look behind the scenes at our habitats. We'll ride the Skyfari across the Zoo to explore life on the tundra.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
     

7th Grade

  • Adventures in Art**

    Our professional artists and art teachers can help inspire your creativity—beginners welcome. Sessions include group and individual instruction. All art materials are included.

    June 19–23: Critter Cartooning in Colored Pencil
    June 26–30: Critters in Clay
    July 10–14, or July 31–August 4: Sketching Animal Babies
    July 17–21: Edgy Animals in Oil Pastels
    July 24–28: African Animals in Watercolor
    August 7–11: Cats in Pencil and Charcoal
    August 14-18: Australian Animals in Watercolor
    August 21–25: Drawing Animal Predators

    **This is a blended camp available to children and adults.

  • Classic Camp: The Weird Ways of Wildlife - Grade 7

    Some animal behaviors look weird, but they're connected to survival. Get to know our gorilla troop with special rooftop viewing, and ride the Skyfari for a closer look at polar bear behavior.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

  • Classic Camp: Home Sweet Habitat - Grade 7

    Campers, get ready to explore animal habitats! After feeding some animals, we'll talk to keepers and look behind the scenes at our habitats. We'll ride the Skyfari across the Zoo to explore life on the tundra.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
     

8th Grade

  • Classic Camp: Home Sweet Habitat - Grade 8

    Campers, get ready to explore animal habitats! After feeding some animals, we'll talk to keepers and look behind the scenes at our habitats. We'll ride the Skyfari across the Zoo to explore life on the tundra.

    July 10–14
    July 24–28
    August 7–11
     

  • Classic Camp: The Weird Ways of Wildlife - Grade 8

    Some animal behaviors look weird, but they're connected to survival. Get to know our gorilla troop with special rooftop viewing, and ride the Skyfari for a closer look at polar bear behavior.

    June 26–30
    July 17–21
    July 31–August 4
    August 14–18

  • Adventures in Art**

    Our professional artists and art teachers can help inspire your creativity—beginners welcome. Sessions include group and individual instruction. All art materials are included.

    June 19–23: Critter Cartooning in Colored Pencil
    June 26–30: Critters in Clay
    July 10–14, or July 31–August 4: Sketching Animal Babies
    July 17–21: Edgy Animals in Oil Pastels
    July 24–28: African Animals in Watercolor
    August 7–11: Cats in Pencil and Charcoal
    August 14-18: Australian Animals in Watercolor
    August 21–25: Drawing Animal Predators

    **This is a blended camp available to children and adults.

Grades 9-12

  • All-new Summer Teen Adventures: Teen Photography Camp

    Make it a one-day adventure, or choose a full week of fun!

    There is no better place to develop your photography skills than the San Diego Zoo! You will learn basic to professional composition, exposure, focusing, lighting, and editing, and you’ll be doing it with your camera focused on exotic animals! As a digital media camper, your instructor will base your experience on your individual needs. You’ll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Zoo and to hang with like-minded teens who see photography as a way to express oneself.

    July 24–28
    Monday: Meme Makers
    Tuesday: Black & White Beauties
    Wednesday: Wildlife in Living Color
    Thursday: Moving Images
    Friday: Creative Images and Editing

  • All-new Summer Teen Adventures: Teen Epic Challenges

    Make it a one-day adventure, or choose a full week of fun!

    Animals are unique and amazing! It takes thinking outside the box for keepers, trainers, vets, and even the animals themselves to face the challenges involved in their everyday lives. In this program, teen teams venture out to encounter tons of animals as they solve crazy challenges and mysteries!

    July 17-21
    Monday: A Day in a Keeper’s Life
    Tuesday: Wild Fun: Enrichment for Animals
    Wednesday: Training Techniques and Tools
    Thursday: Keep 'em Healthy—Vet Care
    Friday: Down the Hatch: Diet and Nutrition

  • Adventures in Art**

    Our professional artists and art teachers can help inspire your creativity—beginners welcome. Sessions include group and individual instruction. All art materials are included.

    June 19–23: Critter Cartooning in Colored Pencil
    June 26–30: Critters in Clay
    July 10–14, or July 31–August 4: Sketching Animal Babies
    July 17–21: Edgy Animals in Oil Pastels
    July 24–28: African Animals in Watercolor
    August 7–11: Cats in Pencil and Charcoal
    August 14-18: Australian Animals in Watercolor
    August 21–25: Drawing Animal Predators

    **This is a blended camp available to children and adults.

Adults

  • Adventures in Art**

    Our professional artists and art teachers can help inspire your creativity—beginners welcome. Sessions include group and individual instruction. All art materials are included.

    June 19–23: Critter Cartooning in Colored Pencil
    June 26–30: Critters in Clay
    July 10–14, or July 31–August 4: Sketching Animal Babies
    July 17–21: Edgy Animals in Oil Pastels
    July 24–28: African Animals in Watercolor
    August 7–11: Cats in Pencil and Charcoal
    August 14-18: Australian Animals in Watercolor
    August 21–25: Drawing Animal Predators

    **This is a blended camp available to children and adults.

Advance Tickets

$149 and up
Grades Pre-K - Adult

At a Glance

Times: 
June 19-August 25; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Extended-day option: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Duration: 
6 hours unless otherwise noted
Age Interest: 
Kids
Teens
Tweens

Reservations

619-718-3000
Call for information or to reserve by phone.