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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 expeditions, and hands-on, camper-driven exploration.  Escape the ordinary go WILD with Safari Camp at Denver Zoo. 

Thank you for your patience as we navigate COVID-related capacity restrictions and guidelines. We are SO grateful for your support.

We are thrilled to announce we were able to increase capacity in our Kindergarten through 3rd grade camps! To check availability, click on each camp title below.

Things To Know

Campers must turn 5 years old by October 15th, 2021

  • Parents/Guardians must register their own children, using their own account, to participate in Safari Camp.
  • Campers must be registered for the grade level they will enter in Fall 2021. All camp curricula are designed based on Colorado Academic Standards and NGSS with specific activities appropriate for each developmental stage. 
  • Campers are not allowed to attend more than one camp with the same title. This prevents children from attending camp where they repeat the same curriculum and activities.
  • 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)

Costs

Members

  • 5-day Camps - $275
  • 4-day Camps (June 1-4, July 6-9) - $220
  • 8th Grade 'Animal Care 101' Camp - $365

Non-Members

  • 5-day Camps - $300
  • 4-day Camps (June 1-4, July 6-9) - $240
  • 8th Grade 'Animal Care 101' Camp - $400

Service and Accommodation Fees

  • Cancellation Fee: Registrations canceled or rescheduled for reasons unrelated to changing state or municipality health guidelines for COVID-19, at least 15 business days before the date of camp, incur fees of $50 each). **Within 14 business days, all sales are final.
  • Late Arrival/Early Pick Up: $5 per child per camp
* All cancellations and transfers must be made via e-mail to Denver Zoo’s Guest Care Center at guestcare@denverzoo.org

Dates & Times

Running Weekly: June 1 - August 6

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Important Information

• Important Information PDF (coming soon)

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 a Medication 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. Please apply for financial assistance when registering online.

Scholarships will only be awarded for one week of camp per child.

CONTACT US

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

Program Information

Weekly Programs For Kindergarten Through 8th Grade

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

**campers must turn 5 years old by October 15th, 2021 

My Wild Home

Explore the diverse places that animals and people call "home.” Travel to plains, mountains, rainforest, desert, and ocean all without leaving Denver Zoo! Discover where children from other cultures live, learn, and play, and how we are connected to the animals who share these far-away places.

My Animal Planet

There’s no need to trek across the planet when the coolest animals call Denver Zoo home!   You’re the scientist.  Take an imaginary trip around the world to explore how animals survive, thrive, and what makes them unique.

Nature Play the Zoo Way

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!

 

2nd and 3rd Grade  

Animal Olympics

Who’ll come out on top in this year’s Animal Olympics?  Will it be an elephant by a nose?  In these games, we’ll examine habitats and adaptations to discover why some animals thrive when others can’t compete.  No doubts about it - this camp is a winner!

Animal Expeditions

Pack your bags for a zoo-wide expedition!  Follow the map to diverse ecosystems, cultures, and animals from around the world.  What wonders might you discover?

Nature Play the Zoo Way

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!

 

4th and 5th Grade

World Wildlife Investigators

The game’s afoot…or a-hoof!  Hot on the Denver Zoo trail, campers will conduct their own investigations to get to the bottom of these real animal mysteries.  Gather evidence by observing creatures from around the globe and uncovering the connections they have with each other.  Can you crack the case?

 

6th through 8th Grade   

So You Want to Work at a Zoo

Does your camper dream of one day working in a zoo? There are a plethora of opportunities, but where to begin?  From animal care and horticulture to field conservation and education, the roles at Denver Zoo are as diverse as the more than 3,500 animals we care for.  Explore some of the many careers that work towards saving wildlife every day.

Animal Care 101: 8th Grade Only (July 12-16)

In this special week of camp, students entering 8th grade will interact directly with Denver Zoo’s animal care staff.  Our team of Animal Ambassador zookeepers will teach campers the ins and outs of how they care for and train (small) animals.  Campers will discover how keepers set goals for their animals, and how to create fun enrichment that helps our animals show off their impressive, natural behaviors.  If your soon-to-be 8th-grader is hoping to work at a zoo some day, this camp will demonstrate what it’s all about!

Registration Information

Step 1 of Registration: Purchase a spot for your camper in the week and camp title 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 complete a membership look up. **Insider tip: log in to your account prior to registration opening to make sure you see your name, membership category, and expiration date in the upper right corner. 
  • Have a major credit card on hand and ready to go. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX.
  • Complete your purchase.  This step reserves your camper's spot. 
  • Step 2 must be complete prior to camp date.

 

Step 2 of Registration: After  purchasing a camp, 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/guardian that is filling out this information (and any additional parent/guardian) 
  • 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

FAQ: Safari Camp Preventative Measures

These parameters may change depending on state and local guidelines. Last revised May 2021.

What people are saying

“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!”