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 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
January 17
The Variety of Life
February 7*Panda Olympics
February 17*Marvelous Movements
February 18*On Defense
February 21*Social Structures
March 11*Signs of Spring
March 14*The Shape of Things
March 15*A Buzz, Boom, and a Roar
March 16*Animal Homes
March 17*Animal Babies
March 18*Going, Going, Gone
April 18*Pollution Solution

* Registration for February, March, and April Adventure Camps open January, 3, 2022.

Grades 3rd - 6th | Capacity - 24

 Date Theme
Fall 2022Check Back Next School Year