Adventure Camps

Sunset Zoo and the Flint Hills Discovery Center have joined forces to provide an unique and enhanced experience for youth during the school year when USD 383 is not in session. Participants learn about the plants, animals and geology from their own backyard to around the world. Two age-specific Adventure Camps are offered, one for grades K-2 and another for grades 3-6. The location of each camp alternates regularly between Sunset Zoo and the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Times & Fees

Parents can drop participants off as early as 7:30am and pick them up as late as 5:30pm.  Snacks are provided but participants must bring a sack lunch if they are participating in the all day session.

 FOSZ Member RateNon-Member Rate
All Day Session
8am to 5pm
$24/session$28/session
Half Day Session
8am to 12pm
$16/session$18/session


Registration Information

Enrollment will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Enrolled students will receive a confirmation packet discussing schedule, dress code and camp checklist. Registration is now open.  Click here to register.

  • Online Registration
    Register online from anywhere at anytime until classes fill. Click here to register.
  • Phone or In-Person
    You can also register by phone at 785.587.2737 or in person at any Manhattan Parks & Recreation location including City Hall, the Zoo or the Flint Hills Discovery Center during regular operating hours. 

Permission Forms

Sunset Zoo's Adventure Camps are licensed through the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and require a specific set of permission forms to be completed for each camper. Because Sunset Zoo updated its license through KDHE in 2020, all participants MUST complete the permission forms unless they attended Sunset Zoo's summer camps in 2021.

Current COVID-19 Related Information

The health and safety of your child is extremely important to us.  We are currently enacting enhanced cleaning protocols and install HEPA air purifiers to ensure the camp environment is as safe and clean as possible. While we are maintaining our capacity at 24 as in past years, we will utilize two classroom spaces to allow for social distancing.

All City of Manhattan facilities, including Sunset Zoo, require face coverings while inside for guests regardless of vaccination status. This includes all Adventure Camp participants, and it includes adults picking up and dropping off. Any changes to this policy will be communicated to parents prior to any camp day through email and this webpage.

Refund Policy

A full refund is provided if registration is canceled prior to one week (7 days) of start date. Partial refund given if registration is canceled between one week (7 days) and 48 hours prior to start date. No refund given if canceled within 48 hours.

Overview of Camps

Each camp is themed around a specific topic, and activities include live animal interactions, themed tours of the Zoo, crafts, games and nature hikes.

Grades 3rd - 6th | Capacity - 24

 Date Theme
September 24Flight of the Monarch
October 11Mighty Migrations
October 15Sweet Treats That Save Animals
October 21Up All Night
October 22Icons of Halloween
November 22Conservation Success Stories
November 23Animals of North America
November 24Animal Nutrition 101
December 20Tracks & the Tales They Tell
December 21Cold Climates
December 22Arctic Animals
December 23Presents for Animals

Grades Kindergarten - 2nd | Capacity -24
Campers will connect with the natural world through activities around the Zoo, crafts, stories, live animal interactions, themed Zoo tours and nature hikes. 

 Date Theme
December 27Animal Homes
December 28Feeding Frenzy
December 29Nighttime Animals
December 30Party for the Animals
January 3Cold Climate Critters
January 17The Variety of Life