Summer Safari Camp

Join us for an exploration of all things WILD! 

From lions to lizards to laughing kookaburras, young explorers will be immersed in hands-on, minds-on learning while having fun! Zoo Atlanta’s Summer Safari Camp is the perfect summer break experience for children ages 5 to 14. Select an individual week that fits in your summer plans, or spend the entire summer with us.

Junior Ranger

Ranger

Quest 

weekly, May 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

 

Safari Camp hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  (Drop-off starts 8:30 a.m.) 

Extended care available for $75 per week from 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

 

  • Junior Ranger and Ranger: $400/week
  • Quest $425/week

 

  • Junior Ranger and Ranger: $320/week
  • Quest $340/week

Abbreviated weeks of camps due to holidays will be prorated.

EXTENDED CARE COST: $75/week   

 

  • Junior Rangers: Ages 5-7
  • Rangers: Ages 8-11
  • Quest: Ages 12-14

THEMES:  Each week campers embark on a different Zoo expedition, exploring wildlife and wild places. From Marvelous Mimicry to Fantastic Flights, participants will be engaged in ways they can save wildlife and wild places. 

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Fabulous Food: Every animal has unique food needs, whether they eat leaves, bugs, fruit, other animals, or a mix of all of the above. In the Zoo, our Animal Care Teams meet the dietary needs of a wide variety of eaters. So, how do we determine what and how much to give each animal to ensure a proper diet? Campers will learn all about animal diets, while creating the ultimate Zoo banquet table to present to other campers at the end of the week! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Balancing Act: Every ecosystem, from the tiniest of tidepools to the global biosphere, is a delicate balance of factors both living and non-living. Campers will explore what makes an ecosystem, how they stay in balance, and how we as humans impact that balance in our own backyards as well as around the globe. Campers will round out the week by celebrating their group's favorite ecosystem with a living tableau to share with fellow campers! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Following Footprints: All over the animal kingdom, animals rely on feet to get around. But what's in a toe? Why do some toes need to be sticky, but others need to be webbed? Campers will journey with us through the diverse world of animal feet and explore how what we do with our feet can impact the world around us. Campers will create a field guide of their favorite feet to share with friends and family! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Marvelous Mimicry: Copycat isn't just a fun game to play as a kid; it's also a great survival strategy! Explore the wonderful world of mimicry as we learn how all kinds of animals play pretend in order to stay safe in the wild! While we're at it, we'll talk about a few things that we humans have learned to mimic from our animal co-habitants to help make life easier for us. Campers will test out their mimicry skills in a talent show of monumental proportions, as we determine which of our humans gets to claim the title of most marvelous mimicry! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Family Dynamics: As humans, we typically love to be surrounded by a community of friends, family, and neighbors. But what about animals? This week at Camp, we will explore the social dynamics of different species. Campers will learn to answer how accredited zoos group animals in their care to promote their well-being. Campers will dive into what community looks like for different species around the world, and will celebrate the Camp community by joining forces to build our very own camper habitats! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Fantastic Flights: Birds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! This week we will explore the diversity of birds around the world! Join us as we talk habitats, colors, flight, food chains, and backyard bird conservation. Then bring the family to a parade through the Zoo as your campers show off the beauty of birds! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Fabulous Food: Every animal has unique food needs, whether they eat leaves, bugs, fruit, other animals, or a mix of all of the above. In the Zoo, our Animal Care Teams meet the dietary needs of a wide variety of eaters. So, how do we determine what and how much to give each animal to ensure a proper diet? Campers will learn all about animal diets, while creating the ultimate Zoo banquet table to present to other campers at the end of the week! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Balancing Act: Every ecosystem, from the tiniest of tidepools to the global biosphere, is a delicate balance of factors both living and non-living. Campers will explore what makes an ecosystem, how they stay in balance, and how we as humans impact that balance in our own backyards as well as around the globe. Campers will round out the week by celebrating their group's favorite ecosystem with a living tableau to share with fellow campers! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Following Footprints: All over the animal kingdom, animals rely on feet to get around. But what's in a toe? Why do some toes need to be sticky, but others need to be webbed? Campers will journey with us through the diverse world of animal feet and explore how what we do with our feet can impact the world around us. Campers will create a field guide of their favorite feet to share with friends and family! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.

Junior Rangers (Ages 5 - 7), Rangers (Ages 8 - 11)

Marvelous Mimicry: Copycat isn't just a fun game to play as a kid; it's also a great survival strategy! Explore the wonderful world of mimicry as we learn how all kinds of animals play pretend in order to stay safe in the wild! While we're at it, we'll talk about a few things that we humans have learned to mimic from our animal co-habitants to help make life easier for us. Campers will test out their mimicry skills in a talent show of monumental proportions, as we determine which of our humans gets to claim the title of most marvelous mimicry! 

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care & Conservation Specialists: Many hands make light work, and it takes an extensive array of uniquely skilled hands to care for the wide variety of living species that call Zoo Atlanta home. It takes still more hands to protect the wild counterparts of those species. Quest campers will explore some of the many specialty areas* whose work contributes to Zoo Atlanta's global advocacy for wild animals and wild places. Throughout the summer, Quest campers will engage in hands-on, minds-on activities to learn about animal care and habitats, meet some of our amazing specialists in animal care and husbandry, and build relationships with like-minded peers who hope to contribute to a world where humans and animals can flourish together. 

*There is no guarantee that campers will be allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.


Safari Camp is a great opportunity to engage young explorers in learning about the wild world around them and beginning their journey of conservation stewardship. Through Zoo explorations, up-close animal encounters, STEAM-based projects, hands-on science activities, environmental games and more, campers learn about attainable strategies and goals to combat environmental issues and are charged with finding simple ways that they can make a difference.

While Zoo Atlanta is a great place to discover nature and wildlife, it is also important that campers have a chance to experience wildlife in a more naturalistic setting. Campers and their Educators may travel out to Grant Park (which surrounds the Zoo) to participate in a variety of activities such as nature walks, environmental research, and group team-building games.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT:

  • Advance registration is required.
  • Payment in full is required at the time of registration.
  • Walk-up registrations are not accepted.
  • Registration closes the Wednesday before at midnight.

CANCELLATION & NO-SHOW POLICY:

  • Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.
  • Refunds will not be issued for individual missed days of Camp.
  • Cancellations received 2 or more weeks prior to the program start date will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellation received 2 weeks or less prior to the program start date will result in a loss of 50% of total cost of the cancelled reservation.
  • Camp programs are rain-or-shine.

CHECK-IN & PICK-UP:

  • Check-in and pick-up will occur via the Education Conservation Gate of the Zoo. The Education Conservation Gate is located in the south (right-hand) corner of the Cherokee Avenue parking lot.
  • For your child’s safety, an adult 18 years old or older must check-in and pick-up your child with Zoo Atlanta staff.
  • To ensure the safety of all campers, caregivers will be given a number when they check-in their campers. Please make sure that whoever picks up your child knows this number. For their own safety, no camper will be released to someone who does not know their number.
  • Participants arriving late must use the call box outside the Education Conservation Gate to call Security.
  • All campers who have not purchased Extended Care and are not picked up by 4:30 p.m. will incur fees.
  • If camper is picked up late between 4:31 p.m.- 5 p.m., an additional $10 fee will be owed.
  • If camper is picked up late after 5:01 p.m., you will be charged an additional $1 for every additional minute.

PARTICIPANT SAFETY POLICIES 

  • We ask all participants to stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 

Any other questions? Don’t hesitate to ask! Call 404.624.5822 or email education@zooatlanta.org.

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