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Summer Safari Camp 2014

Spend your summer at the wildest place in town! The Virginia Zoo’s Summer Safari Camps include up-close animal encounters, crafts, games and visits to the Zoo’s exhibits. Each week is an exciting new adventure as we explore the wonderful world of animals.

Times: Full Day Camps, M-F, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fees: $250 Zoo members, $300 non-members Early Bird Discount – Register by March 31st, and pay only $220 for Zoo members and $270 for non-members!

For information: call (757) 441-2374, ext. 229 or e-mail.

To register: Click here! Please note: camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to changes in Virginia’s daycare licensure exemption guidelines, we will now only be able to accommodate drop-off campers age 6 and older. In addition, no camper may enroll in more than 5 weeks of camp, to include Spring Break.

We invite our 4- and 5-year-old animal fans to join us for a new “family style” camp: Mommy (or Daddy!) and Me. The remaining available dates for this camp are July 14-18.

Camp Topics:

Ages 6-7

Critter Cuisine June 23-27, July 21-25, and August 11-15 Chew on this: animals have some amazing ways to feed themselves in the wild. Learn all about what and how animals eat, including nature’s “fast food” and why some animals play with their food. You’ll learn what it takes to feed all the animals at the zoo every day and even help a zookeeper deliver a meal.

Where the Wild Things Live July 14-18, August 4-8, and August 18-22 Would you like to visit a crab’s sandy beach home? How about the snowy mountaintops where red pandas live? We’ll take an imaginary journey across the earth to find out where animals live and how they survive. And, we’ll be home in time for dinner!

Ages 8-9

Wild About Art July 7-11 Are you inspired by nature? Let your imagination run wild during this creative week. Learn to look at animals in a whole new way as you study color, composition, and patterns in nature. Your works of art will be displayed in our Art Gallery show on Friday afternoon. Note: this camp requires an additional supply fee of $15.

Naturally Weird July 21-25 and August 4-8 Wondering what wackiness awaits you at the zoo? Wade through what is weird about wildlife, and find out why weird really equals wonderful!

The Stories Animals Tell July 28-August 1 and August 18-22 How did the opossum get its unusual tail? Do elephants really never forget? Find out how animals have played a part in our myths, legends and culture.

Ages 10-12

The Scoop on Zoos July 7-11, July 28-August 1, and August 11-15 What does it take to run a zoo? Meet the animals and the talented team of people that keep them happy and healthy. Discover the ways that you can care for animals too!


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