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Safari Camps

Experience the amazing world of animals with Safari Camps at the Virginia Zoo! Safari camps are an exciting opportunity to dive into nature in a safe, hands-on, and age-appropriate setting. Campers of all ages, abilities and learning styles can enjoy a fun, action-packed time where they will encounter animals up close, express their creativity, and explore the entire Zoo. With behind-the-scenes adventures and games galore, Safari Camp is a new way to discover the natural world.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have ceased operations on all onsite, in-person Safari Camp programs until further notice. In order to abide by social distancing requirements in our region, we are not able to offer the same camp experience and schedule we planned for this season.

While we know that there’s no replacement for the real thing, we hope that you’ll join us online for Virtual Safari Camp this summer! See below for more details.

For additional information on Safari Camp or for registration assistance, email the Education Department or call 757.441.2374 (229).

VIRTUAL Summer Camp

Calling all explorers! Through our Virtual Summer Safari Camps, your camper(s) can explore the natural world and engage in science learning without leaving home. Access an entire week’s worth of exclusive content: from Behind the Scenes chats with our Zoo Keepers, to hands-on learning activities, and more! Then, join our Safari Camp Counselors for live Zoom sessions for even more Zoo fun! You’ll also receive your own Explorer Tote with activity supplies, a camp t-shirt, and some fun surprises! All Safari Camp activities support Virginia Standards of Learning and Next Generation Science Standards, and are designed for learners of all abilities and learning styles. 

Who: Choose from four levels: rising PreK-K, 1-2 Grades, 3-5 Grades, and 6-8 Grades.

When: Virtual classrooms will go live on July 6. Once enrolled in the virtual classroom, your camper(s) can complete the virtual camp activities at their own pace. The virtual classroom will remain open until August 31. Live Zoom sessions will take place the week selected in registration. See registration page for more details. 

Cost: $85 per household, which provides 1 Explorer tote for the curriculum of your choice (includes 1 t-shirt). Receive a 2nd explorer tote for a second curriculum of your choice (also includes 1 t-shirt) for an additional $15. Your curriculum includes three Zoom sessions with Zoo educators, an activity tote with a camp t-shirt and supplies, and access to the virtual classroom. Additional t-shirts may be purchased for households with multiple children. Shipping is available for an additional fee. 

Stay tuned for upcoming Safari Camp programs!

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