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.

Upcoming Safari Camp Programs

Winter Break Camp

The winter winds are whipping but the Zoo Detectives are still on the case! Join our Arctic Agents on a thrilling chase around the country as we explore how animals live in different weather extremes.

Dates: December 26-30, 2022

Time: 9 am to 4 pm Daily

Spring Break Safari Camp

This is 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 week where they will encounter animals up close, express their creativity, and explore the entire Zoo.

Dates: April 10-14, 2023

Time: 9 am to 4 pm Daily

Summer Safari Camp

Our Early Explorers (rising Kindergarten) and Summer Safari (rising 1st-8th grade camps) will be back again for another exciting summer of fun. More details to come.

Registration coming February 2023!

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