WHAT: If the cold winter weather has you thinking about summer—you’re not alone! Woodland Park Zoo is already gearing up for its fun and engaging summer camps! Woodland Park Zoo’s summer camps inspire children to make conservation a priority in their lives by advancing their STEAM skills, building connections to nature and exploring the animals of our world. Our summer camp dates follow Seattle Public Schools’ calendar.
WHEN: Summer camps are offered weekly from Monday, June 24, 2024 through Friday, August 30, 2024.
REGISTER: Registration begins Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. Visit www.zoo.org/camps to register online. All zoo camps offer an extended day option upon registering.
Payment or enrollment in a payment plan is due at the time of registration. To support accessibility for families with financial barriers, we offer both partial and full scholarships. Staff will review scholarship requests bi-weekly and award until funds are exhausted.
WHERE: All summer camps are held on Woodland Park Zoo’s grounds.
INFO: Camps are divided into tiers by age:
Pond Turtles: ages 5-6 Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Big or small, furred or feathered, our animal friends have body parts that help them survive. We’ll use observation, art, and play to discover how similar and different animals’ bodies are to our own. Do elk have toes in those hooves? Is a snake all tail? What’s a turtle’s shell like? Join us this summer to find out!
Home Sweet Home: Imagine you’re hiding at the edge of a pond... is it a little chilly and squishy for you? It wouldn’t be if you were a western pond turtle! Imagine yourself as all sorts of animals—where would you want to live if you were a lynx, a flamingo or an orangutan? We'll play, imagine and discover all the things that make animal habitats their home sweet homes.
River Otters: ages 7-9 Secret Lives of Animals: Can you picture how you’d live your life if you could hear as well as a snowy owl? What if you could sense heat like a pit viper? How would the world look if you could see in ultraviolet like a honeybee? The animals around us know many secrets about the world our senses just won’t reveal to us. Join us for a fun week of finding out the secrets only animals know!
My Big Backyard: Alert: there are wild animals all over your neighborhood right now! Also, they were there yesterday, and they’ll be there tomorrow. There will always be wild animals, right in our own backyard! We’ll explore how we can be good neighbors for wildlife in our immediate neighborhoods, across our state and around the world.
Grizzly Bears: ages 10-13 Cryptozoology:Does Bigfoot exist? Probably not... but then again, 200 years ago western science wasn’t convinced gorillas existed! Unknown animal species are still being discovered, and all sorts of possible species can be imagined. This camp will explore animals we know exist and have some fun considering animals who might!
Living Our Best Life: Ahhh, the good life! A comfortable place to lounge... a few friends around you... and a big bowl of tasty bugs. Wait, what?! That’s not the perfect snack for most of us, but for some animals, it’s ideal! Discover some of the ways Woodland Park Zoo creates the best life possible for around 250 different animal species, and learn how you can make life better for the animals in your life, too!
For additional information about summer camps, visit: zoo.org/camps.