Summer Safari has begun!

Things to know before getting here:

  • We no longer offer lunch for purchase. Campers must bring a lunch.
  • Drop off will be between 8:50 AM and 9:15 AM at the Special Programs Entrance. See the Important Information with a map for more information.
    • Half day afternoon drop off will also be at this location at 1:00 PM.
  • Pick up will be between 3:50 PM and 4:15 PM at the Special Programs Entrance. Photo ID will be required every day to pick up a child from camp.
    • Half day morning pick up will also be at this location at 12:00 PM.
  • Each child attending Early and/or Late Care must be pre-registered. Purchase Early Care. Purchase Late Care.
    • Early Care participants will enter through the Main Entrance and can bet dropped off between 7:30 and 8:40 AM.
    • Late Care participants will also enter and exit through the Main Entrance and can be picked up between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.
  • Each Friday campers will participate in a Wildlife Show. Friends and families of the campers are encouraged to join us! The Wildlife Show starts at 3:15, and we will start seating around 3:05 PM. Friends and family will enter through the Main Entrance. We will check out after the show in the campers' classrooms as normal.
    • Half day morning classes will attend a public Wildlife Show at 10:45 AM. Friends and family are encouraged to join us. Enter through the Main Entrance, and join us at the Wildlife Theater. Since it is a public show, we suggest you arrive before the show begins to find seating. The campers will return to their classrooms for their performances at 11:45 AM. Check out will follow directly after as normal
  • There are still limited spaces for this year's Summer Safari. Look in the side bar for a specific week or camp, or click here to look for availability.

Questions? Check out our IMPORTANT INFORMATION PDF or Contact our Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400 or


Program Information

When school is out, Safari Camps are in!

This summer, campers will puzzle out some of our planet’s most exciting challenges! How can we ensure each animal gets what it needs? How do you even begin tracking the nearly invisible and even unheard from? What role will YOU play once you’ve uncovered the secret connections that hold our world together? Campers connect with animals through Zoo exploration, up-close animal experiences, engineering challenges, nature play, and special camp-only Zoo opportunities. Camps are for ages Pre-k through 8th grade and run weekly.

“My child will be attending your summer camp as long as she can. Her brother will be attending when he is 4.5, just like his sister. This camp is one of the best experiences ever!”

Pre-K (must be at least 4 years old)           

Wild Play (Half-Day Only)

Have you ever wondered how animals play? Do animals have toys (and how would they use them)? Do animals play the same way as you? Explore the zoo with us and use your scientific skills to discover what makes animals happy. Take your turn as a toy engineer in our animal play challenge – play can be hard work too!

Dr. Zoo-Littles (Half-Day Only)

Walk with the animals, talk with the animals… What do animals need to live? You’ll get the chance to “ask” them yourselves! Meet some amazing animals at Denver Zoo and explore what they need in order to survive. How are these the same or different from what you need?   Put what you learn into action as you help care for animal homes around you!

Kindergarten through 1st Grade

Zoo Engineers (Half day and full day options)

Home is where the hooves are. If every animal needs a habitat, how can we make sure they each get what they need? Take a closer look at the enclosures of some of our favorite animal residents to discover how we’ve designed their homes. How would you do it differently? We’ll still need to ensure the animals get everything they need, so put on your zoo engineer hat if you’re up to the challenge!

Power Pack (Half day and full day options)

Power up for this active class that explores animal "Zooper Powers" – fantastic features animals have that help them survive. Discover how things like sharp claws, keen eyesight, tough scales, powerful wings and fast feet turn animals into super heroes in their environment. Power Pack campers will also discover their own super powers, and how they can use them to help animals!

2nd and 3rd Grade

Wildlife Connections (Full day only)

People care for animals every day (including zoo keepers). There are also animals that care for people every day. Have you ever wondered how it feels to work so closely with an animal? To make a Wildlife Connection? This is your chance to find out! How do people and animals help each other across the globe? The best way to find out is to work with some of our favorite Denver Zoo animals and make some personal connections in the process!

Zoo Stealth Squad (Full day only)

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to track some of the world’s most covert creatures. How do you track the nearly invisible and unheard from animals, you ask? You’ll have to sharpen your science skills and powers of observation to discover crafty creatures and treacherous tricksters. Make sure to snag a spot to this elusive camp before they all disappear. This message will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2…

4th and 5th Grade

Conservation Champions (Full day only)

How are all living things on our planet connected? What is Denver Zoo doing to connect and protect some of our favorite residents? Connect with these creatures to embark on a journey to discover how kids like YOU can become a Conservation Champion. Delve into success stories and launch into kid-friendly conservation quests of your own. What role will YOU play once you’ve uncovered the secret connections that hold our world together?

6th through 8th Grade

Citizen Scientists (Full day only)

Citizen Science is collection and data analysis by members of the public (that’s us!) as part of collaborative projects with professional scientists. What does this look like at Denver Zoo and how can you contribute? As a Citizen Scientist, you will delve into key issues facing some of the zoo’s favorite animals. You will add your own voice to the solution, using technology to get involved with conservation! Conservation isn’t just out there – you’ll be challenged to take action in our own communities, right here at home! 

8th Grade (Offered only one week - JULY 10-14)

Advanced Camp: My Future, My Zoo (Full day only)

Do you dream of one day working in a zoo? There are a plethora of opportunities, but where do you begin? Not only will this camp help you learn about career options at the Zoo, but you will get to meet the people who do those jobs every day!  Shadow our teen volunteers and learn the important first steps in working in this field. Participate in hands on, authentic, and fun activities that allow you to see what it is really like to work at the Zoo. Interact with zoo keepers, veterinarians, conservation biologists, horticulturists, and educators who together are helping to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.