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Safari Mini-Camps

When school is out, Safari Camp is in!  Winter and Spring Safari Camps provide the perfect adventure for campers that possess a passion for animals, an eagerness for education, and a fondness for fun.  Camp sessions are available for children in Pre-K through 3rd grade. Pre-K must be 4 years old. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and includes light morning and afternoon snacks. Campers: bring a lunch and go on Safari right in your own backyard this year!  

Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available. 




Per day / per camper is $49 for Denver Zoo Members and $53 for Non-Members.


  • If you are a Denver Zoo Member, you MUST login correctly to receive discounted member rates for Safari Mini-Camps.  If you have never signed in before and/or have never changed your User Name, then your 6-digit Member ID number should be entered as the User Name.  Your password is your zip code, unless you have previously changed your password information in the online system.
  • Register online or for more information call 720.337.1408 or email

Scholarships are available. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, do not register for camps first. All information and requests will be submitted via online form. After the forms have been approved and returned, our team will sign you up for camp and inform you as to the funding and camp for which you were approved. Based on the volume of requests, it is recommend you apply as early as possible.

Below is a copy of our policies posted on our website.
Due to a historically increasing high volume of special requests, we have instigated the following policies.  Exceptions will not be made to these policies so please be sure you understand and agree to them prior to registering your child for camp.  Thank you for your interest in our Safari Mini-Camps program!

Cancellation Fee - $10 PER Child/PER Camp.  You may cancel a camp only if you request to do so via email at least 5 business days prior to the start date of your camp.  Within four business days of your camp date, all sales are final and no refunds will be issued.
If you need to request a cancellation, you must notify us in writing via email at:

Transferring to Another Date Fee - $5 PER Child/PER Camp.  You may request to transfer your child to a different day of camp only if you request to do so via email at least 5 business days prior to the start date of your camp.   We will accommodate your request as long as there is an opening in the correct grade-level camp the date you are requesting.  Within four business days of your camp date, all sales are final and no refunds will be issued.
If you need to request a transfer, you must notify us in writing via email at:

If the Zoo must cancel a program, full refunds will be issued.

It is no longer possible for Denver Zoo to maintain a courtesy wait list for camps.                                                                                                                   

Safari Mini-Camp grade levels: PreK, K&1st grade and 2&3rd grade.  Please register your child in their current grade level. 

If I have questions regarding Safari Mini-Camps, whom may I contact?
The easiest option is to email us at You may also call 720.337.1408 for assistance. This is a very busy phone line so you please be prepared to leave a detailed message.






Based on varying school district calendars, we are offering Spring Safari Mini-Camps over two weeks from Monday through Wednesday.  The camps are identical each week.  You may register for only one date of each camp name.  There is one additional camp that will be offered only on Thursday, March 31st.  All camps are listed below.


Monday, March 21, 2016 and Monday, March 28, 2016

Pre-K Grade
Say Hello to Bugs and Beasts!

How do animals say hello?  Investigate the 'language' used by some mammals and insects.  You might even learn to waggle-dance like a bee!

K & 1st Grade
Predation Communication

How do wild dogs communicate while hunting in packs?  In the wild, survival depends on how well an animal can send and recieve information.  Investigate the role and diversity of communication for predators and prey...  It can mean the difference between catching dinner and being dinner!

2nd & 3rd Grade
Animal Body Language

Learn to talk to the animals - and people - through the use of movement and signals.  Animals can't quite speak to us, but we can look at what animals are showing us, and each other, with their body language.  Can we really speak to the animals using signals?


Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PRE-K Grade
Say Hello to Birds!

Be prepared for strange bird calls, cool colors, and funny dances.  Can you show off, just like a bird?

K & 1st Grade
Migration Communication

How can a bird call warn many different animals of danger?  Where do birds go and how do they communicate with each other?

2nd & 3rd Grade
Animal Sound Effects

What sounds do animals respond to?  Are there noises humans can't even hear?  Do animals have a spoken 'language?'  Learn what some vocalizations mean in the human world and if we can use them to help us.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016 and Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PRE-K Grade
Say Hello to Amphibians and Fish!

Discover how a frog says hello, and just what kinds of strange sounds frogs and toads can make!  Learn which fish can grunt, and why they gather in schools.  Just what do fish have to say anyway?

K & 1st Grade
Flotation Communication/Hydration Communication

Some animals drift along in the sea, and others make quite a ruckus under the waves!  Find out which animals are unexpectedly good at being in the water and how marine life can communication in unheard of ways!

2nd & 3rd Grade
Animal Sights and Scents

What is that SMELL?  Find out which animals have a good sense for scents, and which ones just stink at it.  Learn how aromas help animals communicate, and how colors play an important role in getting messages across, too!  Learn which warning signs animals may be sending and just what they mean.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pre-K Grade

Say Hello to Reptiles!

Lizards, snakes and turtles have some strange ways to communicate!  Why would a lizard do push-ups?  Can snakes really "pretend" to have a rattle when they don't?  Move like a reptile as you learn the ways these cool animals get their points across!

K & 1st Grade

Coloration Communication

Colors and patterns can mean many things in the animal world.  Come take a look at beautiful, natural designs.  Discover strange colors in the oddest of places (like the inside of some animals' mouths!), and learn how to camouflage yourself.  Decide if imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, as you see just what mimicry is all about!

2nd & 3rd Grade

Animal Behavior and Copy Cats

You are the scientist, as you research what animals do and why they do it!  There are animals that can mimic behavior, while some actually mimic the look of other animals!  Discover what makes these copy cats tick, and learn how to imitate some animal behaviors, yourself, by participating in some monkey-see, monkey-do!



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