Looking for Adventure? Find it at Zoo Camp.
Great Friends, Good Times, Adventures Around Every Corner
Sarasota Jungle Gardens Zoo Camp is unlike any other camp in the area. It explores nature through hands-on games, crafts, demonstrations and other fun activities! Come explore behind the scenes as you learn about caring for our animals. There’s lots of animal interactions and trekking through the jungle. You’ll see first-hand what it takes to be a zookeeper.
Camp is designed for children ages 6 – 11
There are no prerequisites for any of our camps. We update our program regularly, so whether you’ve been here before or are joining us for the first time, Zoo Camp at Sarasota Jungle Gardens will be a memorable, fun and educational experience for all.
Camp is for making good memories that last a lifetime. We make sure all campers feel welcome, are included and are given many opportunities to make connections with other participants. And, we take camper safety very seriously. All of our counselors are adults that have passed background screening, including fingerprinting, and drug testing. We offer low camper to counselor ratios and children are always supervised. We also require parents/guardians show identification before children are released.
COVID19 Update – While masks or face coverings are recommended, we will not require campers to wear them during Zoo Camp 2022. We anticipate that children will be working in close quarters indoors and social distancing may not always be possible. We will have hand sanitizer available throughout the day. If you believe your child is sick or is at risk of contracting Covid19 or any other virus, please keep them home from camp until the can be cleared by a medical professional. We really appreciate your help in this matter. It is also important to note that any public interaction at Zoo Camp or any other public place increases the possibility of contracting Covid19 or any other virus. It is your choice to send your child understanding the potential risks. Sarasota Jungle Gardens assumes no liability.
Camp is running for 6 weeks. 4 weeks in June and 2 in July. Minimums apply. Space is limited and camp will likely reach capacity. Please sign up early to ensure a spot for your child. One t-shirt and daily snacks are included in weekly fee. Additional shirts can be purchased for $12.00 plus tax. Lunch is not provided. Campers should bring their lunch. Lunch packages (hot dog, pizza, deli sandwich, nuggets, etc.) can be purchased on line or daily at camp. Camp runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Drop off begins at 8:50 am. Weekly fee – $250.00. Partial weeks are not permitted. No refunds. Children must follow expected behaviors.
2023 Summer Break Camp Dates & Themes
6/5-6/9: Reptile Round-up
Everything reptile and amphibian. Campers learn the difference between warm and cold blooded animals and meet all things scaly and slithery.
6/12-6/16: Dr. Zoolittle
Ever want to become a zookeeper? Learn all the skills it takes to care for all our exotic animals and what matters most for wildlife conservation.
6/19-6/23: Walk on the Wild Side
Fish that fly!? Night vision!? See all the crazy and wild animals that nature has to offer.
6/25-6/30: Earth Superheroes
Become an earth superhero! How can we protect the planet and conserve our natural Florida environment?
7/3-7/7: Jungle Journeys
Did you know we’ve been a botanical garden since 1939? Come learn about all the plants and animals that make this the Jungle Gardens.
7/10-7/14: Up, Up & Away
How many creatures can you think of with wings? Fly in and experience all our winged animals.
Camp week themes and dates subject to change.
Hours and Pricing:
Weekly Summer Camp Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Morning drop off starts at 8:50 am. Children must be picked up at 4pm.
Weekly Summer Camp Prices:
$270.00 per week (Summer Camp is running for 6 weeks.)