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.

Safari Camp instructors are thoroughly prepared to provide your campers with an awesome day 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 Education Department.

Summer Safari Camp

Experience the amazing world of animals with Summer Safari Camps at the Virginia Zoo! Safari camps are an exciting opportunity for rising 1st-8th grade students 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 new 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.

TIME: 

9 am – 4 pm. Drop off starts at 8:45 am. Pick up ends at 4:15 pm

PRICE: 

$300/members and $350/non-members.

1-3RD GRADE CAMPS

ZOO DETECTIVES– SESSIONS:
  • (Session 3) July 5-9 SOLD OUT
  • (Session 8) August 9-13 SOLD OUT
EPOCH ADVENTURES– SESSIONS:
  • (Session 1) June 21-25 SOLD OUT
  • (Session 10)August 23-27 SOLD OUT
ECO EGINEERS– SESSIONS:
  • (Session 7) August 2-6 SOLD OUT
  • (Session 9) August 16-20 SOLD OUT
ZOOPERHEROES- SESSIONS:
  • (Session 5) July 19-23 SOLD OUT

4TH-6TH GRADE CAMPS

MYTHS & MONSTERS– SESSIONS:
  • (Session 2) June 28 – July 2 SOLD OUT
  • (Session 5) July 19-23  SOLD OUT
  • (Session 8)August 9-13 SOLD OUT
ECO ENGINEERS 4-6– SESSIONS:
  • (Session 4) July 12 – 16 SOLD OUT
  • (Session 7) August 2 – 6 SOLD OUT

6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE CAMPS

JUNIOR ZOO KEEPERS– SESSIONS:
  • (Session 3) July 5-9 SOLD OUT
  • (Session 6) July 26-30 SOLD OUT
  • (Session 9) August 16-20 SOLD OUT

Early Explorers Kindergarten Camp

Bibbidi bobbidi ZOO! Join us on a magical journey as we explore the animals in our favorite fairy tales. Stories will come to life as campers meet charming frog princes and delightful dragons in their adventures through the zoo. 

For purposes of this program, “kindergarten-aged” is defined as no younger than four and entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2021.

Time: 9 am – 3 pm. Drop off starts at 8:45am. Pick up ends at 3:15pm.

Session 4: July 12-15

Session 6: July 26-30

PRICES

$275/members and $300/non-members

Upcoming Safari Camp Programs

Adult Programs

Adult Safari Camp

Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Join the adults-only Safari Camp 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. Specific camp activities vary based on individual themes. Adult Safari is for participants aged 18+. 2021 dates coming soon!

School’s Out

School’s Out Camp

School is closed for a holiday, but the Zoo is here to help! School’s Out Safari Camps are an exciting opportunity for students 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, express their creativity, and explore the entire Zoo. Currently, no programs scheduled.

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