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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. 

Already registered? Click here to access the Parent Portal:


$75 per camper/day

Service and Accommodation Fees

  • Cancellation Fee: All sales are final, unless the Zoo must cancel the program.  Exceptions can be requested in the case of family medical emergencies, severe illness or for required quarantine due to COVID-19. If a transfer is requested for other reasons, and space in the desired camps is available, the change will result in a minimum administrative fee of $50. Note, transfers are not guaranteed and rarely available.
  • Accommodation FeesWith advance notice, children may be dropped off or picked up during lunchtime (12:00–1:00 P.M.) at no charge, as campers are always in a pre-defined area during the lunch hour. At other times of the day, campers may be anywhere within the 80-acre Zoo property (or on a field trip), making late arrivals and early departures complicated, resulting in an $5 accommodation fee.
* All requests must be made via e-mail to safaricamps@denverzoo.org.

Dates & Times

Single-day camp experiences offered:

  • December 20, 2023
  • December 21, 2023
  • December 22, 2023
  • December 27, 2023
  • December 28, 2023
  • December 29, 2023
  • January 3, 2024
  • January 4, 2024
  • January 5, 2024

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

Early or Late Care are not offered during Winter Safari Camp.

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 three 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 happily work with parents/guardians to make Safari Camp accessible to children with varying needs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities act; however, we are unable to provide one-on-one or supplementary services. 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.

Contact Us

Questions or concerns? Email the Camp Team at safaricamps@denverzoo.org.

Program Information

Full-Day camp session for each program and date are provided or campers currently in Grades K-2 and 3-5.


December 22 and 29, 2023 & January 5, 2024

Play Date at Denver Zoo Series

Here at Denver Zoo, we take PLAY seriously! Why PLAY helps keep humans and our Denver Zoo residents happy & healthy. Using “enrichment” like puzzle feeders, stinky perfumes, art lessons, and more, we make life- from mealtime to checkups – playful and engaging for all the animals in our care! Play alongside us in this enriching camp! 

Curriculum and animal focus are different each day.  Campers are welcome to attend one, some or all available sessions.


December 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2023 & January 3 and 4, 2024

Happy, Healthy Zoo Series

Did you ever wonder how Denver Zoo keeps its more than 3,000 animals happy and healthy? Well, you’re in luckTogether, we’ll uncover the incredible science behind the care DZ provides. You HERD right! Campers will explore real-world animal challenges with a different zooprise animal each day as they learn some of the unique ways our keepers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and exhibit designers meet the challenges of caring for our one big WILD family. 

Curriculum and animal focus are different each day.  Campers are welcome to attend one, some or all available sessions.

Things to Know...

Campers must have turned 5 years old as of October 1, 2023.
  • Parents/Guardians must register their own children, using their own account, to participate in Safari Camp.  Booking for other children, requiring bookings to be transferred between families/accounts, will result in a $50 transfer fee.
  • Campers must be registered for the grade level they are currently in. All camp curricula are designed based on Colorado Academic Standards and NGSS with specific activities appropriate for each developmental stage.
  • **Winter Safari Camp features a camp series with the same title but different curriculum each day. As a result, for Winter Safari Camp December 2023 - January 2024, Campers ARE allowed to attend more than one camp with the same title.
    • To prevents children from attending camp where they repeat the same curriculum and activities, the ability to register for multiple camps with the same title is NOT permitted during Summer Safari.
  • Campers will need to bring:
    • Sack lunch + 2 snacks
    • Backpack
    • Water bottle
    • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear

Registration Information

Step 1 of Registration: Purchase a spot for your camper ion the day 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 of Registration: After purchasing a camp, click HERE to fill out general questions about your camper(s) in the Parent Portal, 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



Looking for a different camp?

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