Pond Turtles

Full-day camp for children ages 5 - 6.


Summer Camp

In Pond Turtles groups, children discover animals throughout the zoo, building skills such as empathy, peer collaboration, mindfulness, and scientific inquiry. A daily routine sets campers up for school year success, including morning circle, snacks, lunch, and bathroom breaks. Flexibility within the routine allows instructors to focus on campers’ immediate needs and interests, making each day a new adventure.


Summer Camp 2024 Themes


Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Knees and toes! (We know you were already singing it!) Big or small, furred or feathered, our animal friends have body parts that help them survive. We’ll use observation, art, and play to discover how similar and different animals’ bodies are to our own. Do elk have toes in those hooves? Is a snake all tail? What’s a turtle’s shell like? Join us this summer to find out! 


Home Sweet Home

Imagine you’re hiding at the edge of a pond... is it a little chilly and squishy for you? It wouldn’t be if you were a western pond turtle! Imagine yourself as all sorts of animals—where would you want to live if you were a lynx, a flamingo, or an orangutan? We'll play, imagine, and discover all the things that make animal habitats their home sweet homes. 



Woodland Park Zoo Camp registration will open Thursday, February 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Member Pre-Sale will open Wednesday, January 31st at 10:00 a.m.


Camp Scholarships

To support accessibility for families with financial barriers, we offer both partial and full scholarships.
These scholarships can also apply to extended care registrations.

During the registration process, you will select that you are applying for a scholarship and complete the prompted questions. This will reserve your program selection without requiring immediate payment of any fees while staff review your scholarship request.
Staff will review scholarship requests bi-weekly and award, until funds are exhausted. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at camps@zoo.org if you have any questions. We are happy to walk you through this process. 

Waitlist Information

If your preferred camp session is full, you may register online for our camp waitlist. If space becomes available, our waitlist system will automatically send out offers and you will have a limited time to accept or decline your camp spot.

additional INFORMATION

Being updated for 2024, check back soon! 

Safety & Policies

Being updated for 2024, check back soon! 


Cancelation and Modification of Camp Registration

All programs require a $50 non-refundable fee which will not be returned regardless of cancelation or modification date. Below are additional important cutoffs for cancelations or modifications.

  • Registration for day camps closes 2 weeks prior to the session start date.
  • Modifications and cancelations can be made until 2 weeks prior to the session start date.
  • If a session is beginning in less than 2 weeks, the program fee will not be returned in the event of modification or cancelation (including extended care).  


Being updated for 2024, check back soon! 



If you have additional questions or need assistance contact us at camps@zoo.org.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Humane Certification

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