Zoo Camp Programs

learn at the zoo

keiki camp programs

Zoo camp will immerse your keiki in the vast and unique world of animals. Campers will gain a wealth of knowledge about different animals and the environments in which they live. A different theme is highlighted each session/week and campers learn through hands-on lessons complete with bio-artifacts, interactive activities, crafts and games. Our camps are broken up into three age groups and curriculum is designed to meet national science standards.

Calling all junior field researchers!

online zoo camp experience!

Virtual Voyage!

Through our Virtual Zoo Adventure Camp, your campers can explore the natural world and engage in closely observing their environment, all while at home! Your campers will learn what it takes to be a field researcher, how their important work is used around the world, in Zoos, and in conservation.

Access an entire week’s worth of exclusive content including behind the scenes chats with our Zoo Keepers, hands-on learning activities and more! For more Zoo fun, join our camp instructors and special guests for live ZOOm sessions!

All Honolulu Zoo Camp activities support Next Generation Science Standards and are designed for learners of all abilities and learning styles.

2nd - 4th grade
Jr. Field Researcher

When: Our virtual classroom will go live on July 13th. Once enrolled in the virtual classroom, your camper(s) can complete the virtual camp activities at their own pace. The virtual classroom will remain open until August 31st. Live ZOOm sessions will take place the week selected in registration. See enrollment options for more details.

Cost: $65 per household. $50 for HZS Members. This includes three LIVE ZOOm sessions with Zoo educators and access to the virtual classroom. Zoo Camp t-shirts are available for purchase during enrollment for an additional $10. T-shirts will be available for pick up or shipped for an additional packaging fee (shipped to US addresses only).

Please note: During registration, you will be prompted to selected a week and time for your scheduled LIVE ZOOm sessions. You will receive your unique LIVE ZOOm session IDs via enrollment email! If there are fewer than 5 campers registered for a live session, we will email the registered camp families, the Thursday before, to reschedule their live session. 

Self-Guided, Virtual Classroom Access:  July 13th – August 31st

Live Zoom Sessions:  July 20th – 24th 

(9:30 am [HST] on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Self-Guided, Virtual Classroom Access:  July 13th – August 31st

Live Zoom Sessions:  July 20th – 24th 

(11:00 am [HST] on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Self-Guided, Virtual Classroom Access:  July 13th – August 31st

Live Zoom Sessions:  August 10th – 14th 

(9:30 am [HST] on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Self-Guided, Virtual Classroom Access:  July 13th – August 31st

Live Zoom Sessions:  August 10th – 14th 

(11:00 am [HST] on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

At Honolulu Zoo, we are committed as always to the safety and well-being of our campers, their families, our staff and our animals. We would never make a decision that we feel would jeopardize any of those parties. Know that we do not make any choice here without first considering its impact on our ability to maintain a healthy environment.

Due to the Zoo closure in response to Coronavirus prevention and the uncertainty of when we may be able to open again, Camp Zoo will not be available this summer. If it does become safe to re-open Zoo Camp this summer, we hope to be offering a modified camp program so please keep an eye here and on our social channel for updates. It is our hope to continue to be a safe, fun and educational destination for children during summer break.

We sincerely thank you for your patience as we navigate this uncharted territory surrounding the COVID-19 health concerns. This is not a decision that we make lightly as we understand the impact this has on families, schedules, and the expectations of your children. These are uncertain times, but what we know for sure is that our commitment to our community has not wavered. We thank you for your continued support as we look to the future with a sense of hope and optimism.

2020 Spring Camp

Two sessions:

March 16th – March 20th: Animal Adaptations:

From how they move to how they blend into their environment, animals are designed for survival. Let’s take a closer look at how adaptation plays an important role in the daily lives of animals.

March 23rd – March 27th: Zoo-lympics: 

How fast can an African Wild Dog run? How high can a tiger jump? How do some animals work together as a team? Learn all about animal champions and go for the gold this week!

Registration opens to members on Thursday, January 2nd (12pm). Registration closes on Thursday, March (3pm).

Registration opens to non-members on Monday, January 6th (12pm). Registration closes on Thursday, March 12th (3pm)

2020 Summer Camp!

Members Registration: September 3rd, 2019
Non-members Registration:  September 6th, 2019

October 7th – 11th: Conservation Keiki!

what to expect

A Typical Day at Zoo Camp

When you enroll your child in Zoo Camp they’ll be immersed in fun educational activities all day long. Activities revolve around a unique featured weekly theme. Our Camp Leaders work hard to create exciting national science standards geared lesson plans that meet K-12 requirments. Schedule varies from day to day depending on the activities and encounters planned for that week.

8:00 AM Drop off/ Check-in at Gate #3
8:20 AM Take class back to the classroom
8:30 AM Snack (Provided)
8:45 AM Rules (on first day)/Ice Breaker Activity
9:00 AM Playground
9:30 AM Zoo Tour
10:15 AM Classroom Activity
11:00 AM Lunch
11:30 AM Free Play
11:45 AM Cleanup and Short Animal Film
12:00 PM Nap Time
1:00 PM Wake Up Song/Animal
1:15 PM Outdoor Game/Encounter/Activity
2:00 PM Prepare for Pick up
2:30 PM Pick up/Sign out at Gate#3
8:00 AM Drop off/ Check-in at Gate #3
8:20 AM Playground
9:00 AM Snack
9:15 AM Rules (on first day)/Ice Breaker Activity
10:15 AM Zoo Tour
11:00 AM Lunch
11:30 AM Free Time
11:45 AM Cleanup and Short Animal Film
12:30 PM Activity/Zoo Tour/Outdoor Game/Encounter
2:00 PM Prepare for Pick Up
2:30 PM Pick up/Sign out at Gate#3
8:00 AM Drop off/ Check-in at Gate #3
8:20 AM Playground
9:00 AM Snack in Koa Classroom
9:15 AM Rules (on first day)/Ice Breaker Activity
10:15 AM Zoo Tour
11:00 AM Lunch
11:30 AM Free Time
11:45 AM Cleanup and Short Animal Film
12:30 PM Activity/Zoo Tour/Outdoor Game/Encounter
2:00 PM Prepare for Pick Up
2:30 PM Pick up/Sign out at Gate#3

Our camps fill up quickly, If the date and age group you are interested in is not available please email education@honzoosoc.org to be automatically added to our waitlist. Please include your Name, Childs Age, Program Start Date, and a contact number for us to reach you at. Mahalo!

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