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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

Non-Members

  • 1-day - $62

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 5 business days before the date of camp, 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

February 26, 2021 

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

1-2 day programs for Kindergarten Through 5th Grade

Feb 26:  Call of the Wild - Reptile Communication (1-day Program)

Communication is just as important for Denver Zoo’s smallest residents as it is for our largest! Campers explore what animals can tell each other (and us!). How do sights, scents, and sounds call attention to predators or their prey? And how can animals use this to avoid becoming lunch? 

Grade-Ranges: Kindergarten-2nd Grade, 2nd-4th Grade, 3rd-5th Grade

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

How do you encourage campers to stay healthy? 

We practice good hand hygiene (We follow the CDC’s hand washing guidelines)  

  • Campers wash hands upon arrival.
  • Throughout the day, campers wash hands before snacks/lunch, and after Zoo exploration, using the restroom, and blowing their noses, coughing or sneezing. 
  • In addition, 70-80% alcohol-based hand sanitizer is available in each classroom and while out in the zoo, and utilized throughout the day. You are welcome to pack an alternative (please label with first and last name), or specify to the camp instructor that your child cannot use hand-sanitizer.  

 Camp Staff also encourages each camper to: 

  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes 
  • Avoid sharing food/art supplies/personal items 

Are campers and staff required to wear face coverings? 

Campers and staff are required to wear face masks throughout the day. Face masks will be removed during lunch and snacks, and during designated mask breaks.

What social distancing measures are you taking? 

  • Camp capacity is currently 10 campers with 1 instructor per group. The same instructor will remain with each group for the entirety of the camp program (may be 1 day, or up to 3), and camp groups will be kept separate from one another.
  • Camp groups will maintain a 6 ft. physical distance from Zoo guests and other camp groups out in the Zoo on exploration. 
  • Campers and staff will maintain 6 ft. physical distance from each other during snack/lunch, when possible outdoors, and when traveling through exhibit building for warm up breaks. All activities will support distancing.  

What are Safari Camp’s cleaning practices?  

In addition to Denver Zoo’s rigorous sanitation protocols and campus safety updates, Camp Staff disinfect all high-touch surfaces, art supplies, toys, blocks, etc. every day with a diluted bleach solution.  

Do you have an illness policy?  

As always, parents are asked to keep their children home if they, or other members of the household, are sick. We follow the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Illness Policy (specific COVID-19 symptoms can be found HERE). During check-in, campers and staff will answer a series of health screening questions, and have their temperatures taken (as well as during the day if signs of illness are present).  Those who answer “yes” to any screening questions, exhibit signs of illness, and/or have a temperature above 100°F will be sent home immediately, including their siblings or other household members. 

 

Looking for a different camp?

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.