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When school is out, Safari Camp is in!

This summer, campers will puzzle out some of our planet’s most exciting challenges! How can we ensure each animal gets what it needs? How do you even begin tracking the nearly invisible and even unheard from? What role will YOU play once you’ve uncovered the secret connections that hold our world together? Campers connect with animals through Zoo exploration, up-close animal experiences, engineering challenges, nature play, and special camp-only Zoo opportunities.

Costs

Members

  • Full day - $260
  • Half day - $155
  • 4th of July 4-day Week (Full day) - $210
  • 4th of July 4-day Week (Half day) - $126
  • 8th Grade 'Animal Care 101' Camp (Full day) - $350

Non-Members

  • Full day - $285
  • Half day - $165
  • 4th of July 4-day Week (Full day) - $235
  • 4th of July 4-day Week (Half day) - $136
  • 8th Grade 'Animal Care 101' Camp (Full day) - $375

Service and Accommodation Fees

  • Early Care: $50 per child per week
  • Late Care: $50 per child per week
  • Cancellation Fee: $50 per child per camp
  • Transfer Fee: $50 per child per camp
  • 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 at least 15 business days before the date of the camp. Within 14 business days, all sales are final.
*Members must log in with the email address that is linked to their membership to see discounted pricing. If your membership has expired, you will need to renew it prior to camp registration. Insider tip: log in to your account before January 29th to make sure you see your name, membership category, and expiration date in the upper right corner. If you need assistance please contact the Guest Care Center at Denver Zoo at 720-337-1400, Option 0, and they can assist you.

Dates & Times

Running Weekly June 1 - August 7, 2020

Full day camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Half day camps run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m.

Early Care and/or Late Care can be added to extend a camper’s day. Early Care runs 7:30 - 8:45 a.m., Late Care runs 4 - 5:00 p.m.

Important Information

Downloads To Get You Camp-Ready

Medication Authorization 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 Authorization 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. Medication must be provided in the original labeled bottle or container, with the original pharmacy label showing the prescription number, date filled, name of medication, dosage, physician’s name, child’s name, and directions for administering. 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 4 Year Olds Through 8th Grade

To reserve your camper's spot, click on CAMP CALENDAR or the Camp Title below.

Pre-K And Kindergarten (Half Day)  *Must be at least 4 years old

Way to Grow! (AM) (PM)

Animals grow in so many ways! From the time little ones hatch, or are born, they learn to live and develop - sometimes with family members and sometimes on their own. Wonder, explore, and play as we delve into the development of animals around the world and do a little growing of our own.

Happy, Healthy World (AM) (PM)

Just like kids, animals have things they need to be healthy and happy. What do all animals and people around the world need? What are the things that we all enjoy? Learn how Denver Zoo animals have fun and stay healthy.

 

Kindergarten And 1st Grade (Full Day)

My Wild Home

Travel from plains to mountains, and from rainforest, to desert, to ocean to encounter the diverse places that animals and people call home. Discover where children from other cultures live, learn, and play, and find out how we are connected to the animals who share these far away homes.

My Animal Planet

Trek across the planet in search of some of the coolest and most unique animals to discover what makes them special. Use scientific skills to explore how animals survive and thrive!

Nature Play the Zoo Way

Bugs under rocks, giraffes in the clouds, dandelions in the breeze, and muddy little hands…connect with the joys of childhood and nature in Denver Zoo’s unique nature-based camp. This playful program encourages campers to literally dig into the world around them, engage their sense of wonder and discovery, and develop connections to animals and the natural world. Photo-ready outfits are optional, dirt and smiles are not! Come play with us!

 

2nd and 3rd Grade (Full Day)

Animal Olympics

Just as the Olympic Games bring people from many countries together to compete, our Animal Olympics will compare the amazing adaptations animals use to survive in ecosystems around the globe. In our good-natured competition, we’ll examine the environments where these animals live, and why some animals thrive, other animals survive, and some animals just can't compete.

Animal Expeditions

Go on a zoo-wide animal expedition that takes you to different ecosystems far and wide, translate lost ancient texts, and piece together a map that points the way to where zoo secrets lie! Campers discover why various cultures take pride in or fear cows, owls, snakes, lions, and bears. Join this expedition to learn the importance of animal symbols all around the world.

Nature Play the Zoo Way

Bugs under rocks, giraffes in the clouds, dandelions in the breeze, and muddy little hands…connect with the joys of childhood and nature in Denver Zoo’s unique nature-based camp. This playful program encourages campers to literally dig into the world around them, engage their sense of wonder and discovery, and develop connections to animals and the natural world. Photo-ready outfits are optional, dirt and smiles are not! Come play with us!

 

4th and 5th Grade (Full Day)

World Wildlife Investigators

Ever wonder why animals from all over the world look so different? Campers put on their detective hats to conduct investigations and explore the Zoo as they aim to uncover animal mysteries. To unravel each case, campers meet creatures from across the globe, explore their connections to each other, and see that we aren’t all so different.

 

6th through 8th Grade (Full Day)

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? Campers can learn about career options at the Zoo and beyond! From our teen volunteers to field conservation to horticulture to animal care and education staff, campers explore how careers at Denver Zoo help secure a better world for animals through human understanding.

 

8th Grade (One Week Only) (Full Day)

Animal Care 101

Does your camper dream of one day being a zoo professional, like a veterinarian or keeper? It’s far from easy, but this camp gives them the inside scoop. Campers participate in hands-on, authentic, and fun activities that allow them to learn from the best, and see what working with our (small) zoo animals really means. Campers will interact directly with Denver Zoo’s animal care staff to build a foundation for their future.

Daily Schedules

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Registration Information

Step 1 of Registration: Purchase a spot for your camper in the camp title and week of your choosing. No additional camper details will be filled out at this time.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Create an account   **Follow instructions below in "Registration FAQ" regarding Member and Non-member account information.
  2. Add the camp title(s) in the week(s) of your choosing to your cart.
  3. Have a major credit card on hand and ready to go. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX.

 

Step 2 of Registration: In upcoming weeks, you will be sent an email to complete your child’s registration. At this time, you will fill out general questions about your camper, a brief medical history, sign waivers, etc. **It is important to note that 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 parents/guardians
    • 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

Registration FAQ

Member Registration and Log In
Members must log-in as members to receive the discount. If you are a member and have never logged in before, use member look up to set your password and contact information. After you have an account, you may Log In or Register An Account by clicking in the tan box located at the top right hand side of the page and then find the “Returning Customers” box. This is where you will enter the User Name and Password you created when setting up your account. If you have any trouble, please contact our Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400.

Non-Member Registration and Log In
If you are not a member, you must set up an account. After you have an account, you may Log In or Register An Account by clicking in the tan box located at the top right hand side of the page and then find the “Returning Customers” box. This is where you will enter the User Name and Password you created when setting up your account.

How many camps can I sign my child up for?
No camper is allowed to be enrolled for more than one week of a camp with the same title. Example: A first grader may only attend one week of “Zoo Engineers.” However, they may attend one week of “Zoo Engineers”, one week of “Power Pack”, and one week of “Nature Play the Zoo Way.” If you enroll your child in a duplicate class, you will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Scholarships may only be used for one week of camp per child.

My child’s friend is coming to camp – will they be together?
As long as the children are registered for the exact same camp (Week, Grade Level, and Camp Title), they will be together. Campers are divided into smaller groups when exploring the zoo.

Can I sign up my camper for a different grade level than he/she will be entering in fall 2020?
No. Your child must be enrolled in a camp that matches the grade they will be entering this coming September. All Pre-K campers must be at least 4 years old. All camp curricula are designed based on Colorado Academic Standards with specific activities appropriate for each developmental stage.

May I register my child for 2 half-day programs so they can stay all day?
No. We do not offer a supervised lunch time for half-day children. No half-day camper may attend both AM and PM sessions during the same week, as the AM and PM curricula are the same. All AM half-day campers must be signed out at noon. PM half-day campers may not check-in before 1:00PM.

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!”