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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 Week (Full day) - $210
  • 4th of July Week (Half day) - $126
  • 8th Grade 'So You Want to be a Vet or Keeper' Camp (Full day) - $350

Non-Members

  • Full day - $285
  • Half day - $165
  • 4th of July Week (Full day) - $235
  • 4th of July Week (Half day) - $136
  • 8th Grade 'So You Want to be a Vet or Keeper' 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

Weekly running June 3 - August 9, 2019

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.

Download Medical Authorization Form

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

Summer Safari Schedules

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PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN

Half Day Only | Must be at least 4 years old

Wild Play (AM)(PM) - Have you ever wondered how animals play? Do animals have toys? Do they play the same way as you? Explore the Zoo with us and use your scientific skills to discover what makes animals happy. Use your imagination and what you learn to help shape an animal's new favorite toy!

Dr. Zoo-Littles (AM)(PM) - Walk with the animals, talk with the animals... What do animals need to live? You'll get the chance to "ask" them for yourself! Meet some amazing animals at Denver Zoo and explore what they need in order to survive. How are these the same or different from what you need? Put what you learn into action as you help care for animal homes around you!

KINDERGARTEN AND 1ST GRADE

Full Day

Zoo Engineers - Every animal needs a habitat. Take a closer look at the Zoo homes of some of our favorite animal residents to discover how their spaces give them each what they need. If you built a Zoo, what would your animal homes look like? We'll still need to ensure the animals get everything they need, so put on your Zoo engineer hat if you're up to the challenge!

Power Pack - Power up for this active class that explores animal "Zooper Powers" - fantastic features animals have that help them survive! Discover how things like sharp claws, keen eyesight, tough scales, powerful wings, and fast feet turn animals into superheroes in their environments. Power Pack campers will also discover their own super powers and how they can use them to help animals!

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 first fully-based nature play camp. This unique opportunity will encourage 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

Zooper Keepers - Do you have what it takes to be a Zooper Keeper? Could you design a diet for a monkey or create a new playground for a three-legged African wild dog? At Denver Zoo we care for over 4000 different animals, each with unique needs. Just like our zookeepers, you'll get to know the animals, their stories, and learn how we care for them.

Zoo Stealth Squad - Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to track some of the world's most covert creatures. How do you track nearly invisible and unheard-from animals, you ask? You'll have to sharpen your science skills and powers of observation to discover crafty creatures and treacherous tricksters. Make sure to snag a spot to this elusive camp before they all disappear. This message will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2...

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 first fully-based nature play camp. This unique opportunity will encourage 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

Bio-Mimics - Some animals are stealthy, others have extraordinary healing capabilities, but the best of the best copy and duplicate the remarkable abilities found in others! Explore some of nature's bio-mimics and learn how people use animals as inspiration. What can we learn from a giraffe in order to build a better bridge? Why is the extreme durability of a rainforest seed important for saving elephants? Imagine how you'd incorporate the best adaptations of zoo animals into something that can help us all!

6TH THROUGH 8TH GRADE

Full Day

Zooper Villains and Monsters - What makes a villain? Why are some animals looked at in a negative light or considered monsters? Why are vultures, bats, or aye-ayes perceived as odd, scary, or even "ugly?" Some animals have strange qualities but they aren't necessarily bad. Help re-write the story of animals who have been painted as villains, simply because they are "eccentric." Are these animals actually monsters, or simply the misunderstood geniuses of evolution?

8TH GRADE

Full Day | Offered only one week - July 8-12

So You Want to be a Vet or Keeper - Do you dream of one day being a zoo veterinarian or keeper? It's far from easy, but this camp gives you the inside scoop. Campers participate in hands-on, authentic, and fun activities that allow you to see what being a vet and keeper really means. Interact with Denver Zoo's keepers and veterinarians to build a foundation for your future.

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 2019?
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!”