Safari Camp Scholarship Program
Zoo Atlanta will broaden community access to its signature summer camp experience with the return of the Safari Camp Scholarship Program. In 2021, scholarships will be awarded for both the Spring Break Session and the Summer Session of Camp.
Originally launched in 2016 and offered in every consecutive year since with the exception of 2020, the program will provide a week of Safari Camp for 85 children ages 5 to 11 from Title I Schools in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County. The program is sponsored by The UPS Foundation.
“The opportunity to experience, make connections with, and learn about animals firsthand is an experience that has no substitute in our early lives, but these experiences are only broadly impactful if they are available to everyone,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We are grateful to our sponsor The UPS Foundation for enabling us to offer these resources to the children of our community for another year.”
The scholarships will offer Safari Camp tuition for a weeklong session; daily lunch and snacks; and extended care options. To qualify, children must be current residents of the City of Atlanta or Fulton County and must attend a Title I School or qualify for the free or reduced lunch program at school.
Parents or guardians interested in applying should submit a completed application, available here on zooatlanta.org. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of need from the guardian and a letter of interest from the child. Application materials may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to Zoo Atlanta Education; 800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.; Atlanta, Georgia 30315.
The deadline to apply for the Spring Break Session is 5:30 p.m. on March 1, 2021. The deadline to apply for the Summer Session is 5:30 p.m. on May 10, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Zoo Atlanta is a statewide resource for both formal and informal education in Georgia, serving more than 103,600 youths in 2019 and more than 10,000 youths in 2020, even with the cancellation of most of the Zoo’s in-person education programs. Many of Zoo Atlanta’s educational experiences are now offered on a virtual in addition to an in-person basis. Visit the Zoo’s Virtual Experiences page to learn more. The Zoo offers inquiry-based programs and resources that support STEM curriculum at all grade levels.
Safari Camp: Spring Break Session runs April 5 through April 9, 2021 for campers ages 5 to 11. Safari Camp: Summer Session runs on weekdays from June 1 through July 30, 2021, for campers ages 4 to 14. Programs offer an immersive experience that builds lasting connections between campers and the natural world with Zoo tours, science-based explorations, animal encounters, educational games and more. Visit zooatlanta.org to learn more about Safari Camp and other education programs at Zoo Atlanta.
Zoo Atlanta is open daily with new protocols and procedures in place to promote wellness, including timed ticketing; hand-sanitizing stations throughout grounds; and signage and other aids to encourage social distancing. Masks are required for ages 2 and up for general admission and all in-Zoo experiences. Plan a visit on zooatlanta.org.
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A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education, and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs, meerkats and rhinos, and Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.