Explore the wonderful world of animals through Sunset Zoo’s weekly camp adventures! Each day, campers will enjoy live animal presentations, science-oriented lessons, games and crafts. Visits to zoo exhibits, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes explorations round out each week! All camps taught by Zoo staff trained in child development.
Times & Fees
Weekly summer camp sessions begin June1 and run through mid August. Parents can drop students off as early as 7:30am and pick them up as late as 5:30pm. Due to reduced enrollment, we will not be offering half-day sessions in 2021. Snacks are provided but participants must bring a sack lunch.
|FOSZ Member Rate||Non-Member Rate|
|All Day Session
8am to 5pm
|$125/weekly session||$135/weekly session|
Registration Information & Permission Forms
Enrollment will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Enrolled students will receive a confirmation packet discussing schedule, dress code and camp checklist. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021.
- Online Registration - opens 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021
Register online from anywhere at anytime until classes fill.
- Phone or In-Person - opens 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021
You can also register by phone at 785.587.2737 or in person at any Manhattan Parks & Recreation location including City Hall, the Zoo or the Flint Hills Discovery Center during regular operating hours.
Sunset Zoo's Summer Camps are licensed through the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and require a specific set of permission forms to be completed for each camper. Because Sunset Zoo updated its license through KDHE in 2020, all campers MUST complete the permission forms regardless of previous camp enrollment. Full details coming soon with our Summer Camp FAQ document. Check back soon.
Payment Plan & Refund Policy
At time of enrollment, a minimum of 50% of each session’s fee is due to reserve a child’s spot. Sessions must be paid in full within five working days prior to the first day of each camp session. Youth will not be able to participate in a camp if fee is not paid in full by the first day of the session, no exceptions. No refunds or prorating for partially-used sessions.
A full refund is provided if registration is canceled prior to one week (7 days) of start date. Partial refund given if registration is canceled between one week (7 days) and 48 hours prior to start date. No refund given if canceled within 48 hours.
Overview of Camps
Animal Crackers Camp | Completed Kindergarten - 2nd Grade | Capacity - 24
High-energy activities interspersed with downtime every day. Activities include live animal interactions, themed tours of the Zoo, crafts, games and story times. Animal Crackers Camp will be divided into two classrooms to create two cohorts as a safety precaution for COVID-19. Classrooms will be established based on ages of all enrolled with the youngest half in one classroom and the oldest half in the other classroom. Campers must have completed kindergarten.
|June 1 - June 4||Nature in Art|
|June 7 - June 11||Scales & Skin|
|June 14 - June 18||Mammal Mania|
|June 21 - June 25||Wonders of Birds|
|June 28 - July 2||Insect Investigations|
|July 5 - July 9||Animals of the Past|
|July 12 - July 16||Homes and Habitats|
|July 19 - July 23||Zoos: A Behind the Scenes Look|
|July 26 - July 30||I Can Be A Scientist|
|August 2 - August 6||Conservation Kids|
|August 9 - August 13||Pollinator Connection|
Summer Safari Camp | Completed 3rd Grade - 4th Grade | Capacity - 8
Campers will connect with the natural world through activities around the Zoo, crafts, stories, live animal interactions, themed Zoo tours and nature hikes.
|June 1 - June 4||Inspired by Nature|
|June 7 - June 11||Herpetologist Who?|
|June 14 - June 18||More About Mammals|
|June 21 - June 25||Bird Bonanza
|June 28 - July 2||Investigating Inverts|
|July 5 - July 9||Extinct Animals|
|July 12 - July 16||Biome Explorations|
|July 19 - July 23||Zoo Operations|
|July 26 - July 30||Becoming Scientists|
|August 2 - August 6||Conservation in Action|
|August 9 - August 13||Protecting Pollinators|
For additional information regarding Sunset Zoo's Summer Camps, check out the Parent Handbook.
Pre-Teen & Teen Opportunities
For opportunities over the summer for your pre-teens and teens, check out Sunset Zoo's Junior Conservation Crew (Details Coming Soon) and Zoo Teens programs.