School Safari Camps

All Kindergarten through 5th graders can now join Sunset Zoo for unique animal experiences all school year when USD 383 is not in session. Campers will embark on journeys that will keep them engaged, both physically and mentally, while their teachers at school take time to plan for future lessons and grow professionally.  Journeys will include explorations into animal groups, individual species, ecosystems, and how they can help the natural world around them. Two age-specific classrooms are available during School Safari Camps, one for grades K-2, the Pelican Pod, and another for grades 3-6, the Chimp Troop.

Times & Fees

Parents can drop participants 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 if they are participating in the all day session.

FOSZ Member Rate$29.00
Non-Member Rate$33.00

Registration Information

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 Monday, August 15.

  • Online Registration 
    Register online from anywhere at anytime until classes fill.
  • Phone or In-Person
    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 School Safari 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. Permission forms only need to be completed once, and updated if information, like address or emergency contact information, changes. We did change permission forms in 2021. Thus, anyone who hasn't attended a camp at Sunset Zoo since summer 2021, will need to complete permission forms.

Current COVID-19 Related Information

The health and safety of your child is extremely important to us.  We are currently enacting enhanced cleaning protocols and using HEPA air purifiers to ensure the camp environment is as safe and clean as possible. While we are maintaining our capacity at 24 as in past years, we will utilize two classroom spaces to allow for extra distancing between campers and staff.

Face coverings in all City of Manhattan facilities, including Sunset Zoo, are currently optional regardless of vaccination status. This includes all Adventure Camp participants, and it includes adults picking up and dropping off. Any changes to this policy will be communicated to parents prior to any camp day through email and this webpage.

We do ask all families to help protect all campers and staff so we can continue offering this program by following CDC recommendations regarding isolation and other mitigation factors should a family member test positive or become identified as a close contact.  Please contact Riley County Health Department if you have questions about current recommendations.

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

Each camp is themed around a specific topic, and activities include live animal interactions, themed tours of the Zoo, crafts, games and nature hikes.  Depending on the camp classroom, special activities may be planned regularly with the pelicans, chimpanzees, and their zookeepers for the respective groups.

The Pelican Pod | Grades Kindergarten - 2nd | Capacity -15  

1Moving MammalsFri., Sept. 23
Fur vs. HairMon., Oct. 10
3Horned AnimalsFri., Oct. 144Arthro What?Thurs., Oct. 20
5Animals in the DarkFri., Oct. 216Mini MammalsMon., Nov. 21
7Mammals Big & TallTues., Nov. 228PredatorsWed., Nov. 23
9Slimy AnimalsMon., Dec. 1910Animal GroupsTues., Dec. 20
11Unwelcome InvadersWed., Dec. 2112Animals Helping AnimalsThurs., Dec. 22
13Dusk to DawnFri., Dec. 2314From the Sky to the Ocean FloorMon., Dec. 26
15Surviving the Changing SeasonsTues., Dec. 2716Animals Here and ThereWed., Dec. 28
17The Fastest Animals AroundThurs., Dec. 2918A Pelican Pod PartyFri., Dec. 30
19Sea CreaturesMon., Jan. 220Extreme HabitatsTues., Jan. 3
21Backyard CreaturesMon., Jan. 16

The Chimp Troop | Grades 3rd - 5th | Capacity -15 (Fall/Winter Dates & Themes Coming Soon)