SAFARI CAMP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Applications are available now for children from Title One Schools in metro Atlanta
ATLANTA – March 16, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta will extend community access to its signature camp experience with the return of the Safari Camp Scholarship Program in summer 2023. The program will provide a week of Safari Camp for 42 children ages 5 to 11 from Title One Schools in metro Atlanta. In addition to the City of Atlanta, applicable counties of residence will include Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale. The scholarships are sponsored by Cox Enterprises.
In addition to Safari Camp tuition, awarded campers will also receive daily lunch and snacks, a Safari Camp T-shirt, and an extended care option.
“A key aspect of Zoo Atlanta’s mission is to ensure that the rich resources, experiences, and educational opportunities of the Zoo are accessible to everyone. Early connections with wildlife and the natural world can change a child’s life,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We are pleased to be able to offer another year of scholarships that can fuel a passion for animals and conservation and support science education.”
The Safari Camp Scholarship Program launched in 2016 and has been offered in every consecutive year with the exception of 2020. To qualify, children must be current residents of the City of Atlanta or one of the qualifying counties and must attend a Title One School. Guardians may apply for scholarships for the weeks of June 5 through June 9; June 12 through June 16; June 19 through June 23; June 26 through June 30; July 10 through July 14; or July 24 through July 28.
Parents or guardians interested in applying should submit a completed application at zooatlanta.org/scholarship. Applications must be accompanied by proof of residence in metro Atlanta; proof the camper attends a Title One School; a letter of need from the guardian describing how the child will benefit from Safari Camp; and a letter of interest from the camper. Applications and required materials may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line 2023 Summer Camp Scholarship Submission, or via regular mail to Zoo Atlanta Education Department; 800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.; Atlanta, Georgia 30315. If an applicant is selected, a $25 non-refundable deposit will be required to secure the scholarship.
The deadline to apply is 5:30 p.m. on April 12, 2023. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Awardees will be notified by April 21.
Safari Camp: Summer Session will run on weekdays from May 30 through August 4, 2023, for campers ages 5 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.
Zoo Atlanta is a statewide resource for both formal and informal education in Georgia, serving thousands of youths annually with inquiry-based programs and resources that support STEM curriculum at all grade levels. Learn more about education programs and resources at zooatlanta.org.
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About Zoo Atlanta
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 African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, bontebok, warthogs, meerkats and rhinos; Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama; and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Plaza. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.