Due to damage from Tropical Storm Hillary, the hiking trails will have a delayed opening this season. Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Fall ZooCamp

November 20

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Fall ZooCamp

Join us this November for some wild fun learning about the natural world. ZooCampers will be enthralled by nature play, STEAM based learning, behind-the-scenes experiences, up-close animal encounters, and more.

Registration opens Monday, October 9, 2023.

Day(s) of the Week: 
Session Dates: November 20 - 22, 2023
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Grades: K-1, 2-3, 4-6

 Members  $225
 Non-members  $250

*SNAP/EBT cardholders can register for this program at 10% of the listed price. See the Museums for All Program for more information.

K-1: Little Vets
Through dramatic play, campers will get to become little vets! Join us for hands-on animal fun, exploration, and learning. During this three-day camp, campers will embark on a thrilling journey into the fascinating world of animal vet care.

2-3: Surviving the Wild
Raccoons, Rattlesnakes, and Ravens--OH MY! Discover how to survive in the wonderfully wild world in our very own desert valley. During this three-day camp, campers will participate in activities and challenges that boost their appreciation and ability to care for the natural world we live in.

4-6: Nocturnal Creatures
Join us as we journey into the realm of desert plants and animals that come alive after the sun sets! From the stealthy prowling of predators to the enchanting sounds of the night, campers will discover the fascinating behaviors and adaptations of nocturnal creatures.


Check-in will take place at the Education Gate, which will be on the far left side when you enter the main parking lot of The Living Desert. You can follow the purple flags to the Education Gate. 

Camp check-in will begin 15 minutes prior to when camp instruction is scheduled to start. Pre-activities will be provided before instruction begins. We kindly ask that all parents and guardians exit the Education Gate by camp start.

Tips for Success! 

All participants need to come equipped for outdoor exploration and play! Please bring: sunscreen, a hat, close-toed shoes, and a refillable water bottle. 
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens follows health recommendations from the California Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the health and safety of our animals, staff, volunteers, and guests. All staff and campers are required to follow the recommended guidelines set forth by the county and state. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy

For all cancellations initiated more than two (2) weeks prior to the event, a 50% refund will be issued. 

For all cancellations initiated less than two (2) weeks prior to the event, NO REFUND will be issued. 

In the event that a participant tests positive for COVID-19 within 5 days of the session's start, that participant’s registration fee can be reserved as a credit and applied to a future program. There is a $50 administrative fee for this service, and a positive COVID-19 status with the participant’s name must be provided to zoocamp@livingdesert.org in order to reserve credit. 

Campers must be registered in the correct age group. Campers who are a different age than the camp requirements may be asked to leave the program. No refund will be issued to campers registered for an incorrect age group.

Forfeited fees may be considered a donation for tax purposes. 

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