Safari Edventure Camp: 1st – 6th Grades

July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

The Virginia Zoo

Discover the wonders of nature with us! Safari Edventure Camp is an inclusive program for campers with special needs and an optional caregiver or aide. This program is recommended for students in grades 1-6 and includes educational, social, and recreational activities in a structured but fun setting. Come explore with us!

Our Safari Edventure Camp instructors are thoroughly prepared to provide your campers with a fantastic day of camp! They are professionally trained to work in an inclusive classroom setting and are excited to share animals and nature with campers of all abilities. Our instructors are also trained in conservation education, positive classroom management, and First Aid/CPR.

Each day of Safari Edventure camp includes meet and greets with animal ambassadors, guided walks through the Zoo, sensory-friendly learning activities, and behind the scenes experiences.

All Virginia Zoo Safari Camp programs are inclusive and encourage campers of all abilities and learning styles to learn at their own pace.  If you have questions about which Safari Camp program is the best fit for your camper, please contact the Camp Coordinator.

CAMP TRACKS (1st – 6th grades):

July 20 – Furocious Friends

Hair, Hair, Everywhere! Find out all about our fur-ocious animal friends as we explore the marvelous world of mammals!

July 21 – No Bones About It

What, an animal without a skeleton?! Delve into the squirmy, squishy and crunchy world of invertebrates. It’s okay, they were “bone” this way!

July 22 – Things with Wings

Come wing it with us as we discover all things wings! With birds, bats, and bugs, the sky’s the limit on fun!

July 23 – Scales and Rails

Topple the scales on fun as we explore the wild world of reptiles and take a snaking journey around the zoo on the train!

July 24 – Hop, Skip and Jump

How high can a wallaby jump? How fast can a cheetah run? Learning is just a hop, skip, and jump away as we explore how animals move!

  • Hikes through the Zoo
  • Behind the scenes encounters with exhibit animals
  • Meet and greets with program animal ambassadors
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Learning activities

All Safari Camp participants receive two Safari Camp shirts and must wear them every day of camp. Additional shirts will be available for purchase. Campers must bring their lunch each day, as there will not be an opportunity to purchase food. We encourage campers’ lunches be waste-free and packed in reusable containers whenever possible. Refrigeration is not available; however, all lunches are kept in an air-conditioned room. Campers can recycle paper, aluminum and plastics. Please do not use glass containers.

Safari Camp instructors are thoroughly prepared to provide your campers with an awesome week of camp! They are excited to share animals and nature with kids of all ages, and are trained in conservation education, classroom management, special needs, and First Aid/CPR.

Our camp programs are inclusive and encourage campers of all abilities and learning styles to learn at their own pace. A few activities may be overstimulating for campers who are sensory-sensitive. If you have concerns about whether Safari Camp is a good fit for your camper, please contact the Camp and Overnight Program Coordinator.

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.


Camps run from 9 am – 2:30 pm daily. Check in starts at 9:15 am. After Care is not available for this program.


Per day: $75/members & $90/non-members;

Full week: $235/members & $250/non-members.


The Virginia Zoological Society reserves the right to cancel a session due to insufficient enrollment. In that case, you will receive a full refund. If you must cancel, you must do so at least 3 weeks from the camp start date in order to receive an 80% refund. Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations made less than three weeks before camp. 


For more information or to sign up your camper email