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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.

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

DUE TO COVID-19, IN-PERSON CAMPS ARE CANCELED FOR THE SUMMER. VIRTUAL CAMPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-K THROUGH 8TH GRADE.

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Safari Camp is an exciting opportunity for students in grades 1-5 to dive into nature in a safe, hands-on, and age-appropriate setting. Campers of all abilities and learning styles can enjoy a fun, action-packed week 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 great way to discover the natural world.

Spring Break Safari is for students who are currently enrolled in 1st-5th grade in spring 2020.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

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. 


School’s out safari Camp

Experience the amazing world of animals with School’s Out Safari Camps at the Virginia Zoo! Safari Camps are an exciting opportunity for students in grades 1-5 to dive into nature in a safe, hands-on, and age-appropriate setting. Campers of all abilities and learning styles can enjoy a fun, action-packed day off from school 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 the best way to discover the natural world.

All Safari Camp programs support Virginia Standards of Learning and Next Generation Science Standards. A summary of learning topics for each program is available upon request.

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adults only safari Camp

Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Join us for our first ever adults-only Safari Camp program at the Virginia Zoo! Meet animal ambassadors, venture behind the scenes, and learn from our experts about conservation efforts at the Zoo and around the world. Join us for one or both sessions. See camp listings for details on daily activities. We’ll see you at camp!

Adult Safari is for participants aged 18+.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED