CLASSES & CAMPS

 

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 8:45 AM and 9:15 AM at the Special Programs Entrance (Gate 1). 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 3:45 PM and 4:15 PM at the Special Programs Entrance (Gate 1). 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.
  • Early Care participants will enter through the Main Entrance and can be dropped off between 7:30 AM and 8:40 AM.
  • Late Care participants will also enter and exit through the Main Entrance and can be picked up between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM.
  • 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 afterward, as normal.
  • Each child attending Early and/or Late Care must be pre-registered. Purchase Early Care. Purchase Late Care.
  • 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.
  • There are still limited spaces for this year's Summer Safari. Look in the side bar for a specific week of 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 guestcare@denverzoo.org.

Note: If your child will take prescription or over-the-counter medication while at camp, or if they will be bringing an Epi-Pen to camp, please print and submit this form one week prior to your child's first day of camp.

 


 

 

Registration FAQs

Member Registration and Log In

Members must log-in as members to receive the discount. If you are a member and have never logged in before, use member look up to set your password and contact information. 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. If you have any trouble, please contact our Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400.

Non-Member Registration and Log In

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.

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. Example: A first grader may only attend one week of “My Wild Home.” However, they may attend one week of “My Wild Home”, one week of “My Animal Planet”, and one week of “Nature Play the Zoo Way.” If you enroll your child in a duplicate class, you will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

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 exploring the zoo.

Can I sign up my camper for a different grade level than he/she will be entering in fall 2018?

No. Your child must be enrolled in a camp that matches the grade they will be entering this coming September. All Pre-K campers must be at least 4 years old. All camp curricula are designed based on Colorado Academic Standards with specific activities appropriate for each developmental stage.

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

No. 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, as the AM and PM curricula are the same.  All AM half-day campers must be signed out at noon.  PM half-day campers may not check-in before 1:00PM.

 


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 and Kindergarten (Half Day Only) *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 on their own. Wonder, explore, and play as we delve into the development of animals around the world and do a little growing of our own.

Happy, Healthy World

Just like kids, animals have things they need to be healthy and happy. What do all animals and people around the world need? What are the things that we all enjoy? Learn how Denver Zoo animals have fun and stay healthy. 

 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade (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 find out how you are connected to the animals who share these far away homes.

My Animal Planet

“Trek” across the planet in search of some of the coolest and most unique animals to discover what makes them special. Use scientist skills to explore how animals survive and thrive!  Compare mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects to find out how our animal planet is not so big after all!

Nature Play the Zoo Way (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9)

Bugs under rocks, giraffes in the clouds, dandelions in the breeze, and muddy little hands…connect with the joys of childhood and nature in Denver Zoo’s first fully-based nature play camp. This unique opportunity will encourage campers to literally dig into the world around them, engage their sense of wonder and discovery, and develop connections to animals and the natural world. Photo-ready outfits are optional, dirt and smiles are not! Come play with us!

 

2nd and 3rd Grade (Full Day)

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

Go on a zoo-wide animal expedition that takes you to different ecosystems far and wide, translate lost ancient texts, and piece together a map that points the way to where zoo secrets lie! Campers discover why various cultures take pride in or fear cows, owls, snakes, lions, and bears! Join this expedition to learn the importance of animal symbols all around the world.

Nature Play the Zoo Way (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

Bugs under rocks, giraffes in the clouds, dandelions in the breeze, and muddy little hands…connect with the joys of childhood and nature in Denver Zoo’s first fully-based nature play camp. This unique opportunity will encourage campers to literally dig into the world around them, engage their sense of wonder and discovery, and develop connections to animals and the natural world. Photo-ready outfits are optional, dirt and smiles are not! Come play with us!

 

4th and 5th Grade (Full Day)

World Wildlife Investigators

Ever wonder why animals from all over the world look so different? Campers put on their detective hats to conduct investigations and explore the Zoo as they aim to uncover animal mysteries. To unravel each case, campers meet creatures from across the globe, explore their connections to each other, and see that we aren’t all so different.

 

6th through 8th Grade (Full Day)

So You Want to Work at a Zoo

Do you dream of one day working in a zoo? There are a plethora of opportunities, but where do you begin? Campers get their foot in the door by learning about career options at the Zoo and just what it takes to get there. From our teen volunteers to field conservation to horticulture to animal care and education staff, campers explore how careers at Denver Zoo help secure a better world for animals through human understanding.

 

8th Grade (Full Day) (Offered only one week - JULY 9-13)

So You Want to be a Vet or Keeper

Do you dream of one day being a zoo veterinarian or keeper? It’s far from easy, but this camp gives you the inside scoop. Campers participate in hands-on, authentic, and fun activities that allow you to see what being a vet and keeper really means. Interact with Denver Zoo’s keepers and veterinarians to build a foundation for your future.