Summer camp 2018!

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp! Each uniquely themed camp provides interactive learning experiences, hands-on science-based activities, zoo tours, and the opportunity to meet live animals up close!  

Happy Hollow Members receive a discount on camp with their membership number and coupon code SUMMER.

Registration opens February 24th, 2018!

Summer Camps at Happy Hollow will provide your child with life-long memories. Each topic focuses on different themes and incorporates a variety of age-appropriate conservation messaging and activities. Children attend camps independently without parents/guardians and should be comfortable in a group setting.

Camp Add Ons

Campers may join us for half- or full-day camps. Campers attending both morning and afternoon sessions will be provided with a supervised lunch hour at no additional cost. All campers must bring water bottles and we recommend they bring snacks. Campers enrolled in full-day camps may bring their own lunch or purchase boxed lunches at the time of registration. Each camper will receive one camp shirt per week of camp. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase at the time of registration. If registering online, click “+AddMerchandise” to purchase boxed lunches &/or additional t-shirts. For questions and a menu, please contact us at [email protected] 

Camp Logistics

Drop-off for morning camps is from 8:45-9:00am. Pick-up for morning camps is at 12:00pm. Drop-off for afternoon camps is from 12:45-1:00pm. Pick-up for afternoon camps is at 4:00pm. Campers must be signed in and out of camp with a Camp Instructor each day for your child’s safety. A valid form of ID must be presented upon request of the Camp Instructor. Early drop-offs or late pick-ups are not permitted.

Camp Fees


Non-Members: $255 half day / $355 full day
Members: $229.50 half day / $329.50 full day
Boxed Lunches: $40 per week (full day campers only)
Additional T-Shirts: $15 per shirt (one shirt is included with camp registration)

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions click here.

 

To register online click here! 

 

 
 
Ages 4-6

Note: Children 4 years 9 months and under may only sign up for one half day camp per week and not a full-day camp. For more information click here. 

Diggin' Dinos
Become a paleontologist and discover the wonderful world of dinosaurs! We'll dig our way back through time to learn about these ancient animals, explore theories about their extinction, and meet some of their modern day relatives. 

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 1: June 11-15, 9:00am-12:00pm 322.1.2011
Week 5: July 9-13,  9:00am-12:00pm 322.1.2051
Week 10: August 13-17, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2101

 

Wild, Wild West
Take a journey from city sidewalks to dusty trails! In this camp, little buckaroos will uncover the lives of cowboys from around the world. 

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 1: June 11-15, 1:00pm-4:00pm 322.1.2012
Week 5: July 9-13, 1:00pm-4:00pm 322.1.2052

 

Animals Around the World
From the rainforests of South America to the savannas of Africa, travel to different continents each day! We will explore a variety of habitats and animals found around the world! 

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 3: June 25-29, 9:00am-12:00pm 322.1.2031
Week 7: July 23-27, 9:00am-12:00pm 322.1.2071

 

Zooperheroes!
From fact to fiction, investigate the animals that have inspired famous superheroes for decades! Campers are welcome to dress up like their favorite superheroes during this camp.

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
 Week 3: June 25-29, 1:00pm-4:00pm 322.1.2032
Week 7: July 23-27, 1:00pm-4:00pm 322.1.2072
Week 10: August 13-17, 9:00am-12:00pm 322.1.2102

 

*To enroll in a full-day camp for ages 4 years and 9 months -6 years, use the following camp numbers during registration. 

Note: Children 4 years 9 months and under may only sign up for one half day camp per week and not a full-day camp. For more information click here.

Full Day Camp

Camp Pairs Camp Dates Camp Numbers
Diggin' Dinos &                   Wild Wild West Week 1: June 11-15   9:00am-4:00pm 322.1.2013
Animals Around the World & Zooperheroes! Week 3: June 25-29   9:00am-4:00pm

322.1.2033

Diggin' Dinos &                   Wild Wild West Week 5: July 9-13  9:00am-4:00pm 322.1.2053
Animals Around the World & Zooperheroes! Week 7: July 23-27 9:00am-4:00pm 322.1.2073
 

Ages 7-8

Junior Keepers: Getting Started
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, make enrichment, and even get a chance to perform Meet & Greets at Critter Corner!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 1: June 11-15, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2014
Week 4: July 2-6, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2041
Week 7: July 23-27, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2074

 

Junior Vets 
Calling Dr. Zoolittle! Join us to discover veterinary diagnostic tools, study symptoms, and go behind-the-scenes at Doc’s Critter Care to learn how we keep our zoo animals healthy!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 1: June 11-15, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2015
Week 4: July 2-6, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2042
Week 7: July 23-27, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2075

 

Junior Rangers
Back by popular demand, our junior rangers camp allows kids to step into the shoes of a park ranger! Children will learn how to fight fires, track animals, and keep their park safe. Join us as we discover the beauty of nature found right here in San Jose!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 3: June 25-29, 9:00am- 12:00pm 322.1.2034
Week 6: July 16-20, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2061
Week 9: August 6-10, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2091

   

Creative Critters 
Combine your love for animals with a passion of creativity and join us for this unique camp exploring both.  We will learn about animals, different artistic techniques, and what happens when the two collide!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 3: June 25-29, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2035
Week 6: July 16-20, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2062
Week 9: August 6-10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2092

 

To enroll in a full-day camp for ages 7-9 , use the following camp numbers during registration: 

Full Day Camp

Camp Pairs Camp Dates Camp Numbers
Junior Keepers Getting Started & Junior Vets Week 1: June 11-15, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2016
Junior Rangers & Creative Critters Week 3: June 25 - 29, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2036
Junior Keepers Getting Started & Junior Vets Week 4: July 2-6, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2043
Junior Rangers & Creative Critters Week 6: July 16-20, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2063
Junior Keepers Getting Started & Junior Vets Week 7: July 23-27, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2076
Junior Rangers & Creative Critters Week 9: August 6-10, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2093
 

Ages 9-10

Animal Trainers
Find out how we train animals at the zoo, what behaviors we train them to do, and why! You’ll learn about operant conditioning and positive reinforcement while observing zoo animals during training sessions. You’ll even get hands-on experience training some of our farm animals!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 2: June 18-22, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2021
Week 6: July 16-20, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2064

 

Junior Keepers: The Full Scoop
If you’ve been a Junior Keeper before, you know the drill. 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, go on behind-the-scenes tours, and more!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 2: June 18-22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm  322.1.2022
Week 6: July 16-20, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2065

 

NEW! Wildlife Conservation
In our Wildlife Conservation camp our young scientists learn about the unique biodiversity found throughout the world. Campers will learn what it takes to protect various habitats and how they can practice conservation in their own homes.

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 4: July 2-6, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2044
Week 8: July 30 - August 3, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2081

 

Zoo Vets
Considering a career in veterinary medicine? Vets can specialize in more than just cats and dogs. Join us as we dive into an intensive week learning about various animal species, discovering diagnostic tools, studying symptoms, and even practice treatments just like our zoo veterinarians do!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 4: July 2-6, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2045
Week 8: July 30 - August 3, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2082

 

To enroll in a full-day camp for ages 9-10, use the following camp numbers during registration: 

Full Day Camp

Camp Pairs Camp Dates Camp Numbers
Animal Trainers & Junior Keepers Full Scoop Week 2: June 18 - 22, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2023
Wildlife Conservation & Zoo Vets Week 4: July 2 - 6,  9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2046
Animal Trainers & Junior Keepers Full Scoop Week 6: July 16-20, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2066
Wildlife Conservation & Zoo Vets Week 8: July 30 - Aug. 3, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2083
 

Ages 11-13

Animal Trainers
Find out how we train animals at the zoo, what behaviors we train them to do, and why! You’ll learn about operant conditioning and positive reinforcement while observing zoo animals during training sessions. You’ll even get hands-on experience training some of our farm animals!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 5: July 9-13, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2054
Week 8: July 30 - Aug. 3, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2084

Junior Keepers: The Full Scoop
If you’ve been a Junior Keeper before, you know the drill. 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, go on behind-the-scenes tours, and more!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 5: July 9-13, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2055
Week 8: July 30 - Aug. 3rd, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2085

 

NEW! Wildlife Conservation
In our Wildlife Conservation camp our young scientists learn about the unique biodiversity found throughout the world. Campers will learn what it takes to protect various habitats and how they can practice conservation in their own homes. 

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 2: June 18 - 22, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2024
Week 9: August 6 - 10, 9:00am - 12:00pm 322.1.2094

 

Zoo Vets
Considering a career in veterinary medicine? Vets can specialize in more than just cats and dogs. Join us as we dive into an intensive week learning about various animal species, discovering diagnostic tools, studying symptoms, and even practice treatments just like our zoo veterinarians do!

Half Day Camp

Camp Dates

Camp Number
Week 2: June 18 - 22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2025
Week 9: August 6 - 10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 322.1.2095

 

To enroll in a full-day camp for ages 11-13, use the following camp numbers during registration: 

Full Day Camp

Camp Pairs Camp Dates Camp Numbers
Wildlife Conservation & Zoo Vets Week 2: June 18 - 22, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2026
Animal Trainers & Junior Keepers Full Scoop Week 5: July 9 - 13, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2056
Animal Trainers & Junior Keepers Full Scoop Week 8: July 30 - Aug. 3, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2086
Wildlife Conservation & Zoo Vets Week 9: Aug 6 - 10, 9:00am - 4:00pm 322.1.2096

 

 

REFUND & TRANSFER POLICY

Refund and transfer requests need to be made in writing. Refunds and transfers will be given for requests received at least 14 calendar days prior to the start of the program/class. No refunds or transfers will be made for cancellations received by the City less than 14 calendar days prior to the start of the program/class. There will be a $10 refund processing fee for EACH activity. 

 

INCLUSION POLICY

The City of San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services encourages and supports the participation of individuals with all ability levels in programs and services. To facilitate opportunities for people with and without disabilities to engage in leisure pursuits together, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services provides inclusion support services. These services include, but are not limited to, interpreters for the deaf or hearing impaired, improved signage, activity modification, additional staff training, accessible equipment and facility features and support staff. To ensure the requested accommodation, please notify the specific facility where the program is provided at least two weeks in advance. For more information on inclusion opportunities, specialized recreation services, and accommodations, please contact Therapeutic Services at 408.369.6438.

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The City of San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Citywide Scholarship Program will ensure that residents of the City of San Jose in need have access to department programs, classes, and activities. All requests are subject to available funding and qualifications. Submit completed application to any Community Center. Please contact our office or visit: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/scholarships for more information.

To register online please click here
 

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