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Ages 9 & Up

(Classes for this age category involves more in depth information and live animals) 

Ages 9 and up – Pre-registration is required

Native Born!  TUESDAY  JUNE 1 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

$10/member  $15/non-member

On this North American species tour you will learn about Elk, Bison, Grizzly bears, River otters, and mountain lions.   You will explore American Animal folklore and


Bears of the World  WEDNESDAY  JUNE 2   1:00PM - 2:30PM

$10/member  $15/non-member

Learn about eight species of bears worldwide.  You will go into our grizzly bear habitat to prepare it for Coco and Copper before they go on exhibit for the day.  Make food treats and other enrichment.  Watch as they hunt for your snacks.


Pond Life  THURSDAY JUNE 10    1:30 PM – 3:30 PM  

$15/members  $20/non-members (fee includes pond net)

Yes!  We are going back to the pond in this favorite zoo adventure.  See what makes a pond come to life.  Explore gently with nets identify your living things under a microscope. 


Junior Zoo Keeping I (Choose one session)

June 8th and 9th 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

June 15th and 16th  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

$45 fee (includes t-shirt)

This camp is designed for ages 9-14. This two day workshop allows young people to spend time with a Chahinkapa Zoo Keeper and learn the responsibilities and tasks of a zoo keeper.  Children get a behind-the-scenes tour of exhibits and learn about habitat planning, prepares zoo diets, explore the zoo medicine field and design their own zoo! The second day includes a short graduation ceremony where family is invited to share in the program. This is a pre-requisite to be a Junior Zoo Keeper Volunteer.  (See Jr. Zoo Keeping Club). 


Junior Zoo Keeping II

July 13th  and 14th    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

(Bring sack lunch)

Pre-requisite: Jr. Zoo Keeping I

Fee $35 (includes t-shirt)

This second camp puts you in the middle of animal enrichment.  How does zoo staff keep the animals active and healthy in their habitat? Help the monkeys forage for fruit and prepare frozen fish pops for the bears. Zoo medicine is discussed more as students learn blow dart procedures. A short graduation ceremony is held on the second day where family is invited to view the results of your hard work. 

Junior Zoo Keeping Club

After graduation from Jr. Zoo Keeping I or II you may volunteer at the zoo for two hours each week. You will receive a club card and an invitation to the Zoo Friend Picnic in September. There is a $30 supervisor fee. Times are arranged with a zookeeper. 


Tracking -    WEDNESDAY, June 30th  1:30-3:30 p.m. 

(Note: this workshop will be held together with 5 – 8  age group)

Fee: $18 member/$20 non-member

Learn to identify different animal tracks and how tracking is used for different leisure sports. Make a plaster cast to take home.


Wild Tile Art! -  THURSDAY, JULY 1    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

$10/member  $15/non-member 

Taught by Tammy Seebach

Draw an animal picture on ceramic tile using alcohol inks for special effects! 



Out of Africa – TUESDAY  JULY 6  1 PM – 3 PM

$15/member  $20/non-member

This tour takes you to the zoo savannah to see white rhinos, zebras, and cheetahs!  You won’t want to miss this opportunity for an up close and personal view!  Enjoy some Cheetos and Juice.  Note Frito Lay Cheetos snacks are made with sustainable palm oil making them rain forest friendly.


Junior Zoologists – Taught by Kathy Diekman

WEDNESDAY  JULY 21   11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fee: $18 member/$20 non-member (includes binoculars and field guide)

This workshop is intended for those interested in biology or zoology field. Students will explore the outdoors with the Zoo Director identifying plant life, animals, tracking, and bird watching. They will record their findings in a biology field notebook and discuss jobs in the science world. 


Team H.O.C.Z.  Helping Out Chahinkapa Zoo

June 17th 1:00-2:00 p.m.

July 15th 1:00-2:00 p.m.

August 12th 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Fee: $5 each time for supplies

Help make enrichment items to assist the zoo keepers in their work with the animals.     


Conservation Club

Anyone 12 and older wishing to be a member of Chahinkapa Zoo’s Teen  Conservation Club please come to the first meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 3 PM.  We will discuss projects the club can do to help local conservation efforts.  Two adventure trips may be planned.  No fees necessary at this time. 





Niko’s Splash Dance – Selected Thursdays at 10:30 AM throughout the summer. Niko, the spider monkey takes a shower in his habitat.  Not a modest monkey, but a clean one!  

June 3

June 17

July 1

July 15

August 5

August 19


Campfire Talks -  Selected Mondays at 7 PM gather around our campfire at the Chahinkapa Zoo Campground. Visit about animals, nature, or other topics of the outdoors! 

Free!    (Marshmallows included).

June 14

June 28

July 12

July 26

August 9

August 23