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Go wild at Sacramento Zoo summer events

The Sacramento Zoo has something for every animal lover this summer.

Member Evening
June 12: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This special member-only night will include keeper chats, a wildlife stage show, face painting and so much more! Bring your own dinner or stop by Kampala Café.

Keeper Tag-Alongs
June 12, June 19, June 26, July 17, July 24, Aug. 7

Find out what it takes to be a zookeeper with these single-day career classes with hands-on experience with primates, birds, reptiles, carnivores or ungulates depending on the date. Class for students in 7th through 9th grade runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40.

Family Overnight Safaris
June 13 & 27 and July 12, 18 & 26: 5:30 p.m. to 9 am

These fun-filled educational evenings will guide you through all that the nighttime Zoo has to offer. These camp-outs are designed for small groups and families of two or more people. This is a perfect opportunity to see animal behaviors you may not have seen before. Dinner and breakfast are provided.

Red Orangutans camp
June 16-20; June 23-27; July 14-18

With themes that vary by week, Red Orangutans will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, kindergarten-age campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for Kindergarten. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $152 per week.

Green Crocodile camp
June 16-20; June 23-27; July 14-18; July 21-25

With themes that vary by week, Green Crocodiles will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 1st and 2nd grade. Cost is $262 per week.

Yellow Lions camp
June 16-20; June 23-27; July 14-18; July 21-25; July 28 through Aug. 1; Aug. 4-8

With themes that vary by week, Yellow Lions will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 1st and 2nd grade. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $152 per week.

Blue Giraffe camp
June 16-20; June 23-27; July 14-18; July 21-25; July 28 through Aug. 1; Aug. 4-8

With themes that vary by week, Blue Giraffes will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 3rd and 4th grade. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $262 per week.

Purple Parrots
June 16-20; June 23-27; July 14-18; July 21-25; July 28 through Aug. 1; Aug. 4-8

With themes that vary by week, Purple Parrots will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for 5th and 6th grade. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $262 to $280 per week.

Twilight Thursdays
June 19 through July 31, zoo open until 8 p.m.

Enjoy warm summer nights at the Sacramento Zoo with extended hours on Twilight Thursdays. Dinner specials, live music and activities start at 5 p.m. Regular daily admission rates apply. General admission is $11.25. Children ages 2-11 are $7.25. Children younger than 1 are free.

King of Feasts
Saturday, June 21: 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy this unique gourmet food and wine luau featuring live entertainment, Polynesian dancers, local celebrities and a silent auction. Enjoy foods from dozens of the finest Sacramento area restaurants and bakeries. Sample premium California wines, beers and spirits in the relaxed and lush setting of the Sacramento Zoo. Please note that this is an adults-only event. Zoo closes early at 1:30 p.m.. Parking is free and available throughout the park.

Arts Week
July 7-11

With themes that vary by age group, art and nature go hand-in-hand during this special hands-on Arts Week! Campers, kindergarteners through sixth grade, may find themselves sculpting a sloth, painting a pelican, drawing a desert tortoise or creating a kookaburra. One never knows where imagination and the wildly inspiring Zoo will lead during this week dedicated to the creative arts. The classes meet and incorporate California Visual Arts Standards for the listed grade. On Friday the camp will culminate with an art show filled with all the campers’ unique artistic expressions. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $152 per week.

Estate Planning Seminar with Mark S. Drobny
Saturday, July 12: 10:30 am to noon

This free informative seminar will navigate through a jungle of topics presented by local attorney Mark S. Drobny, California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Drobny is widely regarded as one of the top experts on estate planning, providing information on a variety of topics in an entertaining manner that will help you design a plan that fits your needs.

Zoo Quest
July 16-19

How to you train a hawk to fly to you? What happens if it doesn’t want to? Can you really train a tortoise? Why is animal training and enrichment important for animals at the zoo? Find the answers to these questions and more. Youngsters in 7th through 9th grade will love this three-day class ending in an overnight camp-out at the Zoo! Cost is $262.

Vet Tag-Alongs
July 28 and Aug. 4

Imagine what it takes to care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander. How do you X-ray a duck’s foot or give a shot to a turtle closed up in his shell? Zoo veterinarians have one of the toughest jobs around. Campers in 7th through 9th grade will visit the zoo’s animal hospital and meet the vets that care for many animal species. Class runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40.

Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 140 native, rare and endangered species and is one of more than 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and 1 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus 6.

For more information and to make reservations for any of the events call (916) 808-5888.

 

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