Summer Safari Schedules 2022

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Nature Play

2nd and 3rd Grade

Camp Description

Your camper will have an unbe-LEAF-able week connecting with animals and the natural world in Denver Zoo’s nature play camp!  Young explorers will engage their sense of wonder and discovery as they literally dig into nature on the Zofnass Barclay Family Nature Play Trail; climb under bushes, find bugs, balance on stumps, and get their hands dirty.  This camp is sure to ROCK – come play with us!

Week Overview

Daily Schedule Subject to Change

**Ask your camper the questions below to learn about their day!


  • Question of the Day: How can we learn more about nature? 
  • Animal Experience: Who did I meet today?
  • Activity: leaf matching game, animal homes, soil exploration


  • Question of the Day: How can we use our senses to explore nature?
  • Animal Experience: Who did I meet today?
  • Activities: Mud kitchen, nature collages, rock band


  • Question of the Day: Where do we find nature?
  • Animal Experience: Who did I meet today?
  • Activities: Bug hunt, build a bird's nest


  • Question of the Day: How can we help care for nature?
  • Exploration: City Park Nature Play Spaces
  • Animal Experience: Who did I meet today?
  • Activities: seed balls, nature potions


  • Question of the Day: What are my favorite things about nature?
  • Exploration: City Park Fountains!
  • Animal Experience: Who did I meet today?
  • Activities: Mud painting


  • As this is a camp that focuses on Nature Play (specifically outdoor play), you can count on your kiddo getting messy! We recommend dressing your camper in clothing you don’t mind getting dirty (shoes included). No need to do wash every night – it is perfectly acceptable to send your camper in their dirty camp shirt each day!
  • Please note your child’s camp group will take a walking field trip to explore the City Park Nature Play Spaces on Thursday and Friday!
    • They will also visit the City Park H20 Odyssey Fountains on Thursday! While playing in the fountains, campers must keep their camp shirt and pants/shorts on – quick dry shoes and shorts are recommended on this day, but not required. Campers are welcome to bring a change of clothes, but are usually dry by the time we return to the zoo.
  • Camp runs in rain or shine. Make sure your camper is dressed for the weather.
  • Campers are required to bring:
    • Backpack
    • Sack lunch + 2 snacks
    • Water bottle
  • Drop-off and Pick-up occurs at the Special Programs Entrance (Gate 1), according to their designated time window. 
    • Drop-off:
      • 8:45-9:00 AM – 6-8th Grade + 2-3rd Grade 
      • 9:00-9:15 AM – 4-5th Grade + K-1st Grade 
    • Pick-up:
      • 3:45-4:00 PM -- 6-8th Grade + 2-3rd Grade 
      • 4:00-4:15 PM – 4-5th Grade + K-1st Grade 
  • You will need to bring an ID every day for pick-up.

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If your camper liked Summer Safari, they will LOVE Fall, Winter, and Spring Safari Mini-Camps! When school is out, Safari Camp is in! These camps run from November through March. There’s a Safari for every season!