Summer Camps

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 for 2023 begin May 30 and run through August 11. Parents can drop students off as early as 7:30am and pick them up as late as 5:30pm. Snacks are provided but participants must bring a sack lunch.

 FOSZ Member RateNon-Member Rate
All Day Session
8am to 5pm
$145/weekly session$165/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 27, 2023.

  • Online Registration - opens 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2023
    Register online from anywhere at anytime until classes fill.
  • Phone or In-Person - opens 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2023
    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. 

Permission Forms

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.  If a child participated in summer camps in 2021 or Adventure Camps at Sunset Zoo during the 2021-2022 school year, we should have permission forms on file.  Please contact Sunset Zoo if you have any question regrading forms by calling 785.587.2737 or emailing sunsetzoo@cityofmhk.com.


Payment Plan & Refund Policy

Payment 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.

Refund Policy

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

Hyena Clan | Completed Kindergarten - 2nd Grade | Capacity - 30

High-energy activities interspersed with downtime every day. Activities include live animal interactions, themed tours of the Zoo, crafts, games and story times. The Hyena Clan will be divided into two classrooms, Stripped Hyena Clan and Spotted Hyena Clan, to create two cohorts.  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.

 Date Theme
 May 30 - June 2TBA
June 5 - June 9TBA
June 12 - June 16TBA
June 19 - June 23TBA
June 26 - June 30TBA
July 3, July 5 - July 7TBA
July 10 - July 14TBA
July 17 - July 21TBA
July 24 - July 28TBA
July 31 - August 4TBA
August 7 - August 11TBA

Chimp Troop | Completed 3rd Grade - 5th Grade | Capacity - 15
Campers will connect with the natural world through activities around the Zoo, crafts, stories, live animal interactions, themed Zoo tours and nature hikes. 

 Date Theme
May 30 - June 2TBA
June 5 - June 9TBA
June 12 - June 16TBA
June 19 - June 23TBA
June 26 - June 30TBA
July 3, July 5 - July 7TBA
July 10 - July 14TBA
July 17 - July 21TBA
July 24 - July 28TBA
July 31 - August 4TBA
August 7 - August 11TBA

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 and Zoo Teens programs.