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Summer Camp FAQs




Zoo Members: Registration opens April 12 at 7am
Be sure you have your CURRENT Member ID handy for registration. Your member ID is included in your member e-newsletters.
General: Registration opens April 20 at 12:01am

Our camp programs are popular and often sell out before they go on sale to the general public. Consider buying a membership to enjoy the early camp registration benefit as well as many visits to the Zoo.

Frequently asked questions:

How do I get on a waiting list?

  • If a camp is sold out and you would like to be added to a waiting list, you may contact us at Please provide your name, email address, phone number, child’s name and current grade level, and the camp session.

Do you offer scholarships? 

  • Yes, we do. However, the deadline for scholarship applications has now passed.  

What if I need to cancel or change my camp registration?

  • We appreciate you notifying us immediately should you need to cancel or change your Camp registration.
  • Contact us at or 253-404-3800 to request cancellation or change.
    • No refunds for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the program start date.
    • For cancellations requested more than 14 days prior to the program start date, an 80% refund will be given.
    • Program/Camp date changes (if available) will be charged a 20% rescheduling fee.

Where will camp activities be taking place?

  • Each group will have a designated learning space in the Education Center or the Environmental Learning Center (SAMi High School).
  • Each camper will have their own cubby or tote for storing backpacks and other belongings.
  • Camps will visit various areas of the Zoo, including the indoor Pacific Seas Aquarium galleries.
  • Two- and three-day camp sessions may not have time to visit every part of the Zoo.

Will I receive a camp reminder?

You will receive more details and any applicable updates in an email the week before your camp session.

Are there any forms to complete?

  • Yes, a completed Participant Form with a signed Waiver (on the back of the Participant Form), must be given to Zoo Camp staff before your child can be admitted to camp. This form includes the following:
    • Parent/Legal Guardian and Emergency Contact Information.
    • List of adults with authorization to pick-up your child.
    • Any medical information that will help our Zoo Camp staff understand and support the needs of your child.
    • Any behavioral concerns that will help our Zoo Camp staff understand and support the needs of your child.
    • Signed waiver for camp participation.