Virtual Summer Camps
Join Sunset Zoo from your home for a unique experience this summer! Virtual summer camps through Sunset Zoo will incorporate two, live Zoom connections per week, pre-recorded videos, daily activities, and more. All activities are self-directed and can be done at your house or around your neighborhood. Camps will also include optional extension activities that may include family field trip ideas and activities that are materials rich.
To organize activities and facilitate interactions, families will need to have access to the Internet and an Internet-ready device. Sunset Zoo recommends having a tablet or iPad, but computers and smartphones will work. The platforms we will primarily use during virtual camps to accomplish everything will be Seesaw and Zoom. If you are not familiar with Seesaw, you can click here to check out its features. Seesaw can be accessed through your web browser or downloaded as an app on your device. If you are not familiar with Zoom, you can click here to check out its features. There is no additional cost to families for the use of either of these platforms.
Still have questions? Check out our Virtual Summer Camp FAQ.
Times & Fees
Activities, connections, and recorded videos planned for virtual summer camps will be grade specific and provide approximately 1.5 hours of engagement per day. Each session will last two weeks, and the live, scheduled Zoom connections will take place Monday and Friday mornings. Activities and videos will be posted to Seesaw daily throughout the session.
|FOSZ Member Rate||Non-member Rate|
|Per 2 Week Session||$85.00||$95.00|
Registration Information & Permission Forms
Enrollment will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Enrolled students will receive a confirmation packet with teacher bios, information about technology. Registration is now open. Register here.
The only forms needed for virtual summer camps are photo and artwork releases. These forms are required as Zoom connections will be recorded for participants to view later if they are not able to make the scheduled times. In addition, we will be asking participants to post examples of their work in Seesaw. Those forms can be found, here. Once completed, submit forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment Plan & Refund Policy
Sessions must be paid in full upon enrollment. No refunds or prorating for partially-used sessions.
A full refund provided if registration canceled prior to one week of start date. Partial refund given if canceled between one week and 48 hours prior to start date. No refund given if canceled within 48 hours.
Camps and Session Descriptions
Animal Crackers at Home
Like our on-site summer camps, Animal Crackers at Home is designed for children who recently completed Kindergarten or 1st grade. Live, scheduled video connections will be recorded and posted to Seesaw for families unable to participate. For Animal Crackers at Home, the Monday connections will always take place at 9:00 a.m., and they will last approximately 45 minutes. Friday connections will be scheduled during the session. Links to connect will be posted to Seesaw in advance of this time. For the first Monday, this link will also be emailed to families in case there are issues connecting to Seesaw.
|June 1 - June 12||Reptiles & Amphibians||Slimy skin and scaly bodies! Each day we’ll explore our reptile and amphibian friends a bit more. How do reptiles survive in places as hot as an oven? Can we build something that sticks to windows as well as geckos? We’ll use our own backyard, visit zoo animals and staff remotely, hear stories and create art.|
|June 15 - June 26||Interesting Insects||If you love watching bugs and finding new ones to show your friends, then this|
camp is for you! We’ll crawl through the world of worms, beetles, butterflies and more. Why do centipedes need hundreds of legs? Can I build armor that’s as strong as an exoskeleton? We’ll explore together finding answers to our questions.
|June 29 - July 10||Moving with Mammals||Do you love to run, climb, hop, swing, dig, swim, or dive? So do our|
mammal friends at the Zoo. We’ll use each day to ask questions and find answers about the huge variety of mammals out there.We’ll search out the mammals living near or even inside your own home, along with the animals at Sunset Zoo. Expect some stories, model making, art, and building projects!
|July 13 - July 24||Flocking Together||We will take a close up look at the beautiful homes and families of birds. How does a mother bird teach her baby to fly? Can humans make a machine that moves as fast as a hummingbird’s wings? We’ll use our own backyard to start projects and make models, visit zoo animals and staff remotely, hear stories and create art.|
|July 27 - Aug 7||No Place Like Home||Deserts, oceans, and prairies, oh my! With all the different kinds of habitats our|
planet holds, this two week session will fly by. Can I make a mini Arctic in my refrigerator? Does the rainforest ever stop raining? We’ll use technology to visit
the many places of the world together, and explore our own backyard while we’re at it! Join us for an exciting summer exploration.
Summer Safari at Home
Like our on-site summer camps, Summer Safari at Home is designed for children who recently completed 2nd or 3rd grade. Live, scheduled video connections will be recorded and posted to Seesaw for families unable to participate. For Summer Safari at Home, the Monday connections will always take place at 11:00 a.m., and they will last approximately 45 minutes. Friday connections will be scheduled during the session. Links to connect will be posted to Seesaw in advance of this time. For the first Monday, this link will also be emailed to families in case there are issues connecting to Seesaw.
|June 1 - June 12||Scales vs Skins||Reptiles & Amphibians are unique animals that many are unfamiliar with how they are alike and different. In this camp, second and third graders will explore what makes these animals unique, and how they support a healthy environment in their own backyard and across the world.|
|June 15 - June 26||Invert Investigations||Butterflies, ants, roly-polies, spiders, centipedes, and many more make up this diverse group of animals. We will explore how they interact with others and their surroundings, where they live, and how they survive without bones throughout the two week session as we discover just how diverse they can be.|
|June 29 - July 10||Mammal Mania||Many of the animals that call Sunset Zoo home are mammals. From tigers to chimpanzees to foxes, all engage in different habits that help them survive in their unique habitats. We will explore why some mammals are found in Kansas but not other parts of the world, and vice versa.|
|July 13 - July 24||Birds, One Feather at a Time||A little taller, a bigger beak, or smaller tail feathers. What do all these differences mean? Are the differences due to living in the trees across the street or the prairie down the road? This camp will explore the unique characteristics of birds and how their differences help them survive.|
|July 27 - Aug 7||The Building Blocks of Survival||Every animal might be unique, but all have certain things in common. For example, no matter how big or small all animals need a habitat they can call home. Without one, they will not be able to meet their basic needs. This session will explore the differences among a variety of habitats, which will shine another light on all the diversity across the planet.|
Nature Navigators at Home
Like our on-site summer camps, Nature Navigators at Home is designed for children who recently completed 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. Live, scheduled video connections will be recorded and posted to Seesaw for families unable to participate. For Nature Navigators at Home, the Monday connections will always take place at 10:00 a.m., and they will last approximately 45 minutes. Friday connections will be scheduled during the session. Links to connect will be posted to Seesaw in advance of this time. For the first Monday, this link will also be emailed to families in case there are issues connecting to Seesaw.
|June 1 - June 12||Herpetology Hunt||The study of reptiles and amphibians is called Hepetology. Reptiles and amphibians vary greatly with many unique survival strategies. In this camp, fourth, fifth and sixth graders will explore some of these quirky stategies and learn what they can do to protect herp habitats.|
|June 15 - June 26||Insect Inquiries||Insects perform a wide variety of functions. They are pollinators, decomposers, predators and prey. In this camp we will make scientific inquires to understand how insects use thier senses to perform these functions and just how important these relationships are with all the other living things in our environment.|
|June 29 - July 10||Mission: Mammals||Mammals make a huge impact on the planet. We will explore how mammals use their peculiar characteristics to help them find food, water and mates. We will also look at how these animals are able to modify the environment to help them survive.|
|July 13 - July 24||Bird Brigade||Birds are unique in the animal Kingdom. In this camp we will explore how birds navigate through the environment and how their actions shape the environment around them.|
|July 27 - Aug 7||Ecosystem Explorers||All organisims that live together work together to create distinct environments and ecosystems. Each plant, animal, and other organism plays a role that the other’s depend upon for survival. In this camp we will explore different habitats, the plants and animals in those habitats, and what you can do to make your backyard a wildlife friendly habitat.|