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Summer Safari Camps

When school is out, Safari Camp is in!

This year’s theme, Animals Around the World, allows campers to travel from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica, and Asia without ever leaving Denver Zoo!  They will connect with animals and cultures through touchable animal encounters, Zoo exploration and observation, crafts, and wild animal games.  Zoo instructors will teach your campers songs and involve them in projects that will stick with them!

There’s a Safari for every season – go on a week-long safari this summer!

Calendar and Availabilities

Check camp availability by downloading the calendar (pdf).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


How many camps can I sign my child up for?

No camper is allowed to be enrolled for more than one week of a camp with the same title. This prevents children from attending camp where they might repeat the exact same curriculum. For example, if you have signed up a K-1 child for “My Wild Home,” they may not attend that camp again. You may, however, sign them up for the K-1 “My Animal Planet,” as that curriculum is different. 4th-5th and 6th-8th grades are only offered one curriculum.

Logging In

All registrants must create an account before signing up for camp. We recommend you do this prior to your registration day and we suggest you explore logging in and walking through the website in advance.

Member Registration and Log In

In order to receive the member’s discount you must have an active membership and login to the registration screen as a member. Membership purchases and renewals are not instantaneous.  Your Membership must be purchased or renewed either online or through the Membership Department at least 72 hours in advance. If you do not login as a member you will not be able to receive the discount.
If you are a member and have never logged in before, you must use member look up to set your password and contact information prior to beginning your registration. If you do not know your member number, please contact the Membership Office at 720-337-1478. If you do not remember your member log in information, please contact the Camps Logistics Specialist at 720-337-1408. After you have an account, you may Log In or Register An Account by clicking in the tan box located at the top right hand side of the page and then find the “Returning Customers” box.  This is where you will enter the User Name and Password you created when setting up your account.

Non-Member Registration

If you are not a member, you must set up an account. After you have an account, you may Log In or Register An Account by clicking in the tan box located at the top right hand side of the page and then find the “Returning Customers” box.  This is where you will enter the User Name and Password you created when setting up your account.

Information to Know Before You Register

Your child must be registered based on the grade level s/he will be entering in fall 2016.  Pre-K children must be at least 4 years old by the start of their camp. Do not register a child for a friend.

How do I register more than one child for the same week?

In order to ensure that camps are open for all of your children, please register all of the children in one transaction before making payment. To do this – after you select the first camp, instead of clicking on “Complete Order” at the bottom of the page, select “Add Additional Items.”  That will take you back to the main “Select An Item” screen.  To the right of that page you’ll see “Filter By Category” and a list of programs.  Click on “Summer Safari Day Camps” which is the last option on that list.  You will be back at the list of camps.  Select your next camp and proceed as normal.

May I register my child outside of his/her grade level or may my children be together in camp (different grades)?

No. All camp curricula are designed based on Colorado Academic Standards with specific activities appropriate for each developmental stage.  Participating in the program that is age/grade appropriate for your child will provide them and the rest of the campers with the best overall experience.

My child’s friend is coming to camp – will they be together?

As long as the children are registered for the exact same camp (Week, Grade Level, and Camp Title), they will be together.  Campers are divided into smaller groups when touring the zoo.  Please inform the instructor during check-in if your child wants to tour with a friend and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

 

Questions?  Contact us at 720-337-1408 or safari@denverzoo.org.

Calendar and Availabilities

Check camp availability by downloading the calendar (pdf).

Scholarships

Scholarships are available.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, do not register for camps first. All information and requests will be submitted via online form. After the forms have been approved and returned, our team will sign you up for camp and inform you as to the funding and camp for which you were approved. Based on the volume of requests, it is recommend you apply as early as possible.

 

CAMP DATES

  • June 6 – 10
  • June 13 – 17
  • June 20 – 24
  • June 27 – July 1
  • July 5 – July 8 (4-day week)
  • July 11 – 15 (8th Grade Advanced Camp)
  • July 18 – 22
  • July 25 – 29
  • August 1 – 5
  • August 8 – 12

Camps are for Pre-K through 8th grade and run weekly.
Children should be registered for the grade level they will be entering fall 2016.
Pre-K campers must be at least 4 years old.

PRICES

 

Members

Non-members

Full day

(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

$255

$280

Half Day 

(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

Pre-K campers must be at least 4 years old.

$150 

$160

 4th of July week

 (Full Day)

$205 

$230

4th of July week

(Half Day)

$121 

$131

8th Grade Advanced Camp (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

$345 

$370

 

Service and Accommodation Fees

Early Care 

(Drop off 7:30 AM – 8:50 AM)

$10 per day per camper

Late Care

(Pick-up 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)

$10 per day per camper

Lunch

$11 per day

Extra T-Shirts

$6 each

Late Arrival/Early Pick-Up

$5.00/child

Camp Transfer

$20/child*

Camp Cancellation 

$50/child*

 

*Refer to Cancellation, Transfer, and Waitlist Policies

Late Arrival/Early Pick-Up Accommodation Fee

As your child may be anywhere on our 80-acre campus throughout the day, for a late drop-off or early pick-up, a member of the Camp Administrative staff must be pulled from other camp duties to either retrieve your child from, or deliver your child to, the camp group. We discourage late arrivals and early departures to avoid children missing out on any part of camp and to keep disruptions to a minimum. Late Arrival and Early Pick-Up are free between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM as we know all campers are in their home base classroom during that time.

 

 

 

CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

 

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

Way to Grow!

Animals grow in so many ways! From the time little ones hatch or are born they learn to live and develop - sometimes with family members and sometimes all on their own. Watch, wonder, and play as we explore the fascinating life cycles of animals around the world, and compare them to our own.
 

Happy, Healthy World

Just like kids, animals have things they need to be healthy and happy.  Are animals’ needs different around the world?  What about kids’?  Discover how Denver Zoo animals stay healthy and happy, and how both animals and people around the world are alike in what they need and enjoy.

 

K-1st Half and Full-Day

My Wild Home

Travel from plains to mountains, rainforest to ocean, and pole to pole to encounter the diverse places that animals and people call home. Discover where kids from other cultures live, learn, and play, and how you are connected to the animals who share these far away homes.
 

My Animal Planet

Is a monkey more like an elephant or an eagle? Is a python more like an alligator or a frog? What would YOU need to be more like a turtle? Become a scientist as we explore how animals all over the world are sorted into groups. Compare mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects to find out how our animal planet is not so big after all!

 

2nd - 3rd Grade

Animal Olympics

Just as the Olympic Games bring people from many countries together to compete, our Animal Olympics will compare the amazing adaptations animals use to survive in ecosystems around the globe. In our good-natured competition, we’ll examine the environments where these animals live, and why some animals thrive, other animals survive, and some animals just can't compete.
 

Animal Expeditions

Join us on a world safari to visit different cultures and explore their connection with animals. In some places animals are important symbols, in others they help people get work done, and all across the globe people view different animals as companions. Discover how helping protect animals is a global concern that people around the world share.

 

4th - 5th Grade

World Wildlife Investigators

Ever wonder why animals from all over the world look so different?  Put on your detective hat, conduct your own experiments and explore the zoo as we aim to uncover The Great Biodiversity Mystery.  As you unravel the case, you'll meet creatures across the globe while exploring their connection to each other, and to you! 

 

6th-8th Grade

Conservation Quest

Did you know Denver Zoo helps animals all over the world?  Our polar bears, elephants and lions are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild that need our help. Spend a week immersed in the world of wildlife science as you practice the same innovative methods our conservation biologists use to investigate and study the animals we are dedicated to saving. 
 

8th Grade Advanced Camp: My Future, My Zoo - Available ONLY the week of July 11-15

Children registering for this class must be entering Eighth Grade in fall of 2016.
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 zookeepers, veterinarians, conservation biologists, horticulturalists, and educators who together are helping to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.

 

Cancellation, Transfer, and Waitlist Policies

CAMP CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation Fee - $50 PER Child.  You may cancel a camp only if you request to do so via email* at least 15 business days prior to the start date of your camp.  Within fifteen business days of your camp date, all sales are final.

CAMP TRANSFER POLICY

Transferring From One Week to Another Fee - $20 PER Child.  You may request to transfer your child to a different week of camp only if you request to do so via email* at least 15 business days prior to the start date of your camp.   We will accommodate your request as long as there is an opening in the camp you are requesting.  Within fifteen business days of your camp date, all sales are final.

WAIT LIST POLICY

It is no longer possible for Denver Zoo to maintain a courtesy wait list for camps.  If you want a camp that has sold-out, please check the camp calendar on the website.  If you see that a spot that was formerly closed has become available, please register for it online.

*If you need to request a cancellation or transfer, your request must be in writing via email to: safari@denverzoo.org

FORMS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many camps can I sign my child up for?

No camper is allowed to be enrolled for more than one week of a camp with the same title. This prevents children from attending camp where they might repeat the exact same curriculum. For example, if you have signed up a K-1 child for “My Wild Home,” they may not attend that camp again. You may, however, sign them up for the K-1 “My Animal Planet,” as that curriculum is different. 4th-5th and 6th-8th grades are only offered one curriculum.
 

May I bring an unregistered child to the camp and register them when we arrive?

No.  Registrations must be taken care of in advance, and participants must be of the appropriate age for the program.  Summer Safari fills very quickly and we cannot accommodate on-site registration.
 

May I switch camps on the first day of camp?

No.  We are unable to rearrange registrants once the camp week has started.  Summer Safari camps do sell out, and it is rare, even before camp starts, that space is available for switching programs.
 

May I stay with my child for the camp program?

No.  This camp program is a drop-off program for all ages.  It is designed to encourage interaction among participants of the same age— without parents. 
 

May I register my younger child who will be four in a few months?  (Or my 1st grader in the 2nd grade camp, etc.?)

No.  Your child must be of appropriate age/grade for the camp session in which they are enrolling.  For Pre-K (4-5 year old) camps, your child must be four by the first day of camp.
 

May I register my child in a camp for older or younger children?

For all other camps, your child must be enrolled in a camp that matches the grade they will be entering fall 2016.  All camp curricula are designed based on Colorado Academic Standards with specific activities appropriate for each developmental stage.  Participating in the program that is age/grade appropriate for your child will provide them and the rest of the campers with the best overall experience.
 

May I register my child for 2 half-day programs so that they can stay all day?

No. Half-day camps are designed for younger children who may not be ready for a full day of camp and for families with busy summer schedules wanting a half-day option for their younger children.  Likewise, we do not offer a supervised lunch time for half-day children.  No half-day camper may attend both AM and PM sessions during the same week.
 

When I registered, I didn’t purchase any additional items (lunch, extra t-shirt, early/late care) and now I want to add one of those items. What do I do?

You may request additional services or accommodations by sending an email to safari@denverzoo.org. Include your Booking Confirmation/Transaction number and the item(s) you’d like to add.  We will add those items to your initial transaction and then email you a payment link.
 

Is there a First Aid and CPR trained individual on staff at all times?

Yes, there is 24-hour security at the zoo and all security personnel are First Aid and CPR Certified, as are camp administrators and instructors.
 

My child has a Doctor’s appointment before/during camp time.  What should I do?

Contact Summer Safari administrators at camp, or our Logistics Specialist at safari@denverzoo.org, to make advance arrangements. Consider checking-in or picking-up between Noon and 1pm, our window where there is no charge for late drop-off or early pick-up. For all other times, the appropriate Accommodation Fees will apply.
 

I am carpooling with another family.  May I leave my child’s car seat at the zoo?

Yes.  Please make sure the car seat is clearly labeled with the child’s name, phone number, and camp title, and leave it with the instructor at check-in.  Please advise whomever is picking up your child to request the car seat from their instructor. 
 

Who do I call if there is an emergency?

Please call our Logistics Specialist at 720-337-1408 or our Camp Coordinator at 720-337-1453 if the time is earlier than 3:45 PM.  After 3:45 PM, please call Guest Services at 720-337-1612 or Security at 720-337-1405.
 

I am concerned about leaving my child at camp.  What safety measures do you take?

Your child’s safety and well-being are our top priority.  All of our staff members and volunteers have completed extensive background checks and are trained to work with children.  For their safety, we ask that your child wear his/her Summer Safari T-shirt each camp day.  All campers receive a color-coded nametag (first name only) that they will wear every day.  All instructors and tour guides carry radios so they may be in contact with our camp administrators at all times.  Our 24-hour security staff, camp instructors, and camp administrators are CPR and First Aid trained.  Camp check-in & out procedures are specifically designed and executed with your child’s safety in mind.  If you have additional concerns, please feel free to contact us at 720-337-1408 or safari@denverzoo.org.

 

I’VE REGISTERED – NOW WHAT?

Within a few minutes of finalizing your registration, you will receive an email from Denver Zoo Online Tickets.  There will be two attachments.  One is the Booking Confirmation showing the name, date, and time of your camp.  The other is the 2016 Info Packet which includes policy reminders, camp instructions including check-in and pick-up procedures, forms you’ll need to complete before the first day of camp, parking instructions and your parking pass for check-in and pick-up, as well as frequently asked questions.  Please be sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss camp!

When I registered, I didn’t purchase any additional items (lunch, extra t-shirt, early/late care) and now I want to add one of those items. What do I do?

You may request additional services or accommodations by sending an email to safari@denverzoo.org. Include your Booking Confirmation/Transaction number and the item(s) you’d like to add.  We will add those items to your initial transaction and then email you a payment link.

 

CONTACT US

Contact us at 720-337-1408 or safari@denverzoo.org.

Who do I call if there is an emergency?

Please call our Logistics Specialist at 720-337-1408 or our Camp Coordinator at 720-337-1453 if the time is earlier than 3:45 PM.  After 3:45 PM, please call Guest Services at 720-337-1612 or Security at 720-337-1405.

 

REGISTER NOW

 

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