summer camps 2013

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow’s zoo camps! All camps include hands-on science activities, zoo tours, and daily animal encounters. Zoo camp topics build off each other, providing campers with specific learning objectives while meeting and learning about different animals.

Camps are planned so campers may stay all day with a supervised lunch at no additional cost. Campers should bring water bottles, snacks and, if staying all day, bring or purchase a boxed lunch. Each camper receives one camp t-shirt per camp session; additional t-shirts are available to purchase. Children attend all camps independently without parents/guardians and should be comfortable in a group setting.

If campers are signed up for both a morning and afternoon camp, boxed lunches are available for preorder. Lunches must be pre-ordered for all five days of camp, no single day orders are available.


how to register

Click here to register online, then search by Community Center for Happy Hollow Park & Zoo! or Click here for a printable registration form.

Camp fees: $229.50 members / $255 non-members for a half day camp (morning or afternoon session). Happy Hollow members receive a 10% discount on the first camp fee. Sign up for two camps in the same week and the second camp is only $100.

Boxed lunch: $38.02/week tax included
Additional t-shirt: $16.29 tax included

For more information or to register by phone:
Contact us at 408-794-6420 or

*Sign up for a second camp in the same week for just $100!


camp descriptions

Dinosaur Roar (Ages 4-6)
Long ago, mighty beasts roamed the Earth. Learn all about dinosaurs, how they lived, what they ate, and get an up-close look at their descendents and other animals alive today.

Mini Beasts (Ages 4-6)
Bigger isn’t always better! Learn about the little creatures that surround us, from arachnids to zooplankton. Visit some of Happy Hollow’s more miniscule residents, and meet some little animals up close.

Animals Around You (Ages 4-6)
Wherever you live, you can find animals nearby. Find out more about our local native species, practice interacting with pets and farm animals, and visit Happy Hollow’s more exotic residents!

Zoo Quest (Ages 7-8)
Wander through woodlands and forage through forests as you explore the amazing world of animals. Solve puzzles and find out facts to continue your quest through the diversity of life on Earth.

Ick Factor (Ages 7-8)
Even the most devoted animal lovers get grossed out sometimes! Master the methods some animals use to defend themselves, find mates, stay safe and more, as you discover the icky but awesome side of life at the zoo.

Jr. Keepers: Getting Started (Ages 7-8)
Do you want to work at the zoo? Here’s your chance to see what it’s like! This camp will introduce you to all the things you need to know about zookeeping. Join us on an adventure while we learn about zoo animals, go on behind-the-scenes tours, clean small animal enclosures, and even get a chance to do Meet & Greets at Critter Corner!

Jr. Keepers: The Full Scoop (Ages 9-11)
Roll up your sleeves, because it’s time to get to work! Begin your zookeeping career early as you rake exhibits, prepare diets, make enrichment, and more! If you’ve been a Junior Keeper before, you know the drill – you’ll get to do some of your favorite animal care activities, as well as some new ones too!

Animal Trainers (Ages 7-8, 9-11)
Find out how we train animals at the zoo, what behaviors we train them to do, and why! Learn about operant conditioning, positive reinforcement and more. We’ll observe zookeepers conducting training sessions with zoo animals, and then get hands-on experience training some of our farm animals!

Animal Intelligence (Ages 11-13)
Let the brainstorming begin! Apply your talent for teamwork as you design and carry out experiments to compare intelligence in rats, hedgehogs, turtles and more. Practice your prototyping and engineering skills as you create mazes for some of the zoo’s smaller species.

Wild Vets (Ages 11-13)
Considering a career in zoology? Learn about the exciting lives of field biologists, veterinarians and ecologists who work with animals both in the zoo and in the wild. Take part in animal observation studies, design and build a better mammal trap, and much more.


summer family sleepover

Animal Extravaganza - Family Sleepover (Ages 5+ w/Adult) 
June 29th-30th

Be our guest for a wild sleepover and enjoy the thrill of the zoo after dark. Your family will participate in animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, crafts, and flashlight tours. Discover the amazing world of animals, their adaptations, habitats, and meet some of Happy Hollow's animals. Your adventure includes a light-night snack and breakfast in the morning. Bring your own tent and sleeping gear to tent camp in the Crooked House Meadow.

Class # Ages Camp Topic Dates Times Member/Non-Mem


 5+  w/adult

 Family  Sleepover 

 6/29-  6/30 

 6:00 pm -  9:00 am


Please call or email to register: 408-794-6420 or


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