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When School is out, Safari Camp is in!

Provide the perfect adventure for your young animal fanatic!  Camps feature animal experiences, zoo expedition and hands-on, camper-driven exploration.  Escape the ordinary go WILD with Safari Camp at Denver Zoo. 

Costs

Members

  • 1-day - $57
  • 2-day - $114

Non-Members

  • 1-day - $62
  • 2-day - $124

Service and Accommodation Fees

  • Cancellation Fee: Buy-out programs canceled or rescheduled for reasons unrelated to changing state or municipality health guidelines for COVID-19, at least 5 business days before the date of camp, are eligible for a 50% refund (individual registrations incur fees of $10 each). **Within 4 business days, all sales are final.
  • Late Arrival/Early Pick up: $5 per child per camp
* All cancellations must be made via e-mail to Denver Zoo’s Guest Care Center at guestcare@denverzoo.org

Dates & Times

March 29 - 30

March 31 - April 1

April 2 

Each camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Due to operating restrictions at this time, we are not able to offer Early or Late Care. 

Important Information

Important Information PDF 

Policies and Procedures

Illness Policy

Medication Administration Permission Form

If your child requires emergency, prescription, or over-the-counter medication during camp, a parent/guardian and the child’s physician must complete and submit aMedication Administration Permission Form two weeks prior to your child’s first day of camp.  Any medication for a chronic illness such as asthma, allergies, or diabetes must be accompanied by a Care Plan written and signed by the child’s physician. Upon review of your camper’s forms, it may be necessary to meet with the parent/guardian to develop a Health Plan.

Accommodations for Special Needs

Campers of all abilities are welcome to register for camp. In order to meet our goal of setting all campers up for success, we ask that you please contact us if your child has any special needs of which we should be aware.  We are more than happy to discuss all options available. If your child needs to attend camp with his/her full-time care provider, special arrangements can be made, but must be scheduled several weeks in advance for security purposes.  After undergoing a background check, the adult caregiver may attend at no charge.

Access to Awe scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available through Denver Zoo’s Access to Awe Scholarship Fund, for individual camper registration. Scholarships are not available for cohort buy-outs. Please apply for financial assistance when registering online.

Contact Us

Questions or concerns? Contact our Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400 or e-mail guestcare@denverzoo.org

Program Information

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Twisted Tails (Kindergarten-1ST Grade)

Sink your teeth (my, what big teeth they are, too!) i nto one or all of these whimsical Spring Mini-Camps!  Can a mouse really help a lion?  Would the hare actually win the race?   Uncover fact from fiction as you explore the real-life critters behind your favorite stories.  We’re sure Goldilocks would agree, these camps are “just right!”

March 29-30 (2-day program): Kindergarten – 1st Grade

29th Focus: The Three Little Pigs (Canines and Pigs)

30th Focus: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Bears)

March 31-Apr 1 (2-day program): Kindergarten – 1st Grade

31st Focus: Red Riding Hood/Tortuga in Trouble (Reptiles)

1st Focus: The Tortoise and the Hare (Fast and Slow Animals)

April 2 (1-day program): Kindergarten – 1st Grade

Focus: The Lion and the Mouse (Rodents and Lions)

 

Fantastical Beasts (2ND - 3RD Grade or 4TH - 5TH Grade)

Compare fantastical beasts and fantastic Zoo animals to discover why creatures – both real and imaginary –  behave the way they do.  Fire-breathing dragon vs. Komodo dragon; unicon vs. rhino.  How can learning about the real-world animals help us care for their magical counterparts? Find out in this enchanting week of Mini-Camps!

March 29-30 (2-day program): 2nd - 3rd Grade, 4th - 5th Grade

29th Focus: Cyclops and Centaur (Elephants, Rhinos, Horses)

30th Focus: Dragons (Komodo Dragons, other Lizards)

March 31-Apr 1 (2-day program): 2nd - 3rd Grade, 4th - 5th Grade

31st Focus: Bigfoot and Yeti (Apes)

1st Focus: Phoenix and Griffin (Raptors and Lions)

April 2 (1-day program): 2nd - 3rd Grade, 4th - 5th Grade

Focus: Unicorn and Pegasus (Rhinos, Horses, other Hoofed- and Winged- Animals)

Registration Information

Step 1 of Registration: Purchase a spot for your camper in the grade-range of your choosing. No camper details will be filled out at this time

  • Members must log-in with their email on record that is associated with their membership to receive the discount. Click here to login, request password, or compete a membership look up.
  • Have a major credit card on hand and ready to go. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX.

**This step reserves your camper's spot. Step 2 must be complete prior to camp date.

 

Step 2 of Registration: Click HERE to fill out general questions about your camper(s), including a brief medical history, sign waivers, etc. Campers cannot attend camp until this step is complete. 

Have the following information available for this step in the registration process:

  • Contact details including home and work addresses, and phone numbers for the parent that is filling out this information (and any additional parent) 
  • Name and date of birth of camper
  • Medical history for camper
  • Name, address, and phone number of camper’s physician, dentist, and preferred hospital
  • Name, address, and phone number of two emergency contacts
  • Name, address, and phone number of any additional people (must be over 18) who are authorized to pick up camper

Things To Know

Denver Zoo Safari Mini-Camp follows Colorado's COVID-19 Dial Framework and operates as follows:
      • Purple, Red, and Orange Levels:  Safari Camp operates as an outdoor camp with warm-up zones throughout campus when Accuweather forecasts the "RealFeel” temperature at 32 degrees or above by 10:00 AM.
      • Yellow, Blue, and Green Levels: Safari Camp operates both outdoors and indoors when Accuweather forecasts the "RealFeel" temperature at 20 degrees or above by 10:00 AM; if temperature is below threshold, camp may still run as scheduled if a significant warm-up is forecast by noon.

These parameters may change depending on state and local guidelines.Please ensure that your camper is dressed and prepared for the weather and elements. Camp may also be impacted by a weather-related delay or closure of Denver Zoo. Parents/Caregivers will be notified by email and/or phone of any updates in the camp’s operating status.

  • Campers must be at least 5 years old by their camp date. 
  • Campers must be registered for the grade-range that matches the grade they are currently in. All camp curricula are designed based on Colorado Academic Standards with specific activities appropriate for each developmental stage. 
  • Campers will need to bring:  
    1. Face Mask (campers are expected to wear their mask at all times except during eating, drinking and mask break times) 
    2. Backpack 
    3. Water bottle 
    4. Sack lunch + 2 snacks 
    5. Craft supplies: Scissors, glue, and crayons, markers, or colored pencils (will not be shared)

FAQ: Safari Camp Preventative Measures

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Learn about the other seasonal camps and mini-camps we offer.

Educational Focus

Our top priorities are safety, education, and fun. While zoo exploration/tours and animal encounters/demos are still the core of our programs, the camps staff are taking a different look at how the campers learn, explore, and engage while at Denver Zoo. The instructors will be utilizing inquiry-based, camper-driven approaches to learning in Mini-Camps.