Safari Camp: Summer Session

Join us for an exploration of all things WILD! 

From pandas to parrots to pine snakes, young explorers will be immersed in hands-on, minds-on learning while having fun! Zoo Atlanta’s Safari Camp: Summer Session 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.

Sign up for other seasonal Safari Camps throughout the year here.

weekly, May 30 - August 4

 

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. 

THEMES: 

Each week campers embark on a different Zoo expedition, exploring wildlife and wild places. From Movin’ and Groovin’ to Zoo’s Clues, participants will be engaged in ways they can save wildlife and wild places.

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

Wild About Wildlife: From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, we are surrounded by some amazing and wild wildlife. Spend the week exploring the Zoo, making observations, and taking part in hands-on activities. Campers will spend the week learning about the variety of species at Zoo Atlanta and their unique attributes. By the end of the week, campers will make an argument for which species they are most wild about.

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Herpetology: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Movin' and Groovin': How does a snake slither and why do orangutans swing through the trees? Join us for a week of exploration as we make connections between animal movement and the physics behind those moves. Campers will act as researchers to discover the hows and whys behind animal locomotion and will then connect that movement to real-life bioinspired designs.

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Elephants: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Zoo's Clues: There’s a mystery in the Zoo, and we need your camper to solve it! Spend the week uncovering clues and playing detective to find out what wild antics are happening at Zoo Atlanta. Campers will enjoy problem solving and teamwork to uncover the great Zoo mystery.

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Ambassador Animals: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Lights, Camera, Conservation Action!: Join us for a week of adventure and conservation action. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about some of the most endangered animals at Zoo Atlanta and will then design a campaign to raise awareness for a species in need. Campers will be engaged in science, art and Zoo exploration to articulate the amazing attributes of a species and the ways we can help protect it.

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Vet Team: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Wild About Wildlife: From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, we are surrounded by some amazing and wild wildlife. Spend the week exploring the Zoo, making observations, and taking part in hands-on activities. Campers will spend the week learning about the variety of species at Zoo Atlanta and their unique attributes. By the end of the week, campers will make an argument for which species they are most wild about.

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Hoofstock: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Creature Carnival: Around the world, many different cultures celebrate animals and habitats through art, song, and parade. In this abbreviated week of Camp, campers will research animals in the Zoo to learn about their unique characteristics and will then design costumes to showcase in an end-of-week parade through the Zoo. Your camper is sure to enjoy bringing science and art to life!

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Education: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Movin’ and Groovin’: How does a snake slither and why do orangutans swing through the trees? Join us for a week of exploration as we make connections between animal movement and the physics behind those moves. Campers will act as researchers to discover the hows and whys behind animal locomotion and will then connect that movement to real-life bioinspired designs.

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Carnivores: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Zoo’s Clues: There’s a mystery in the Zoo, and we need your camper to solve it! Spend the week uncovering clues and playing detective to find out what wild antics are happening at Zoo Atlanta. Campers will enjoy problem solving and teamwork to uncover the great Zoo mystery.

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Primates: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Lights, Camera, Conservation Action!: Join us for a week of adventure and conservation action. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about some of the most endangered animals at Zoo Atlanta and will then design a campaign to raise awareness for a species in need. Campers will be engaged in science, art and Zoo exploration to articulate the amazing attributes of a species and the ways we can help protect it.

Quest (Ages 12 - 14)

Animal Care Specialist - Birds: What does it take to care for over 1,000 individual animals, and how do we ensure that every member of Zoo Atlanta’s animal population receives the highest quality care possible? Quest Campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of animal areas* and STEM disciplines when it comes to animal behavior, enrichment, welfare, and overall care. Join us as we explore minds-on, hands-on activities that engage campers in what it means to be an Animal Care Specialist. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the Animal Care Team and will engage in animal care responsibilities focused on research and welfare. Campers will be challenged to problem-solve and work together as a group.

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

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

Wild About Wildlife: From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, we are surrounded by some amazing and wild wildlife. Spend the week exploring the Zoo, making observations, and taking part in hands-on activities. Campers will spend the week learning about the variety of species at Zoo Atlanta and their unique attributes. By the end of the week, campers will make an argument for which species they are most wild about.

 

JUNIOR RANGER AND RANGER COST: $400

QUEST COST: $425

 

JUNIOR RANGER AND RANGER MEMBER COST: $320

QUEST MEMBER COST: $340

Abbreviated weeks of camps due to holidays will be prorated.

5 – 14 


Safari Camp is a great opportunity to engage young explorers about the wild world around them and begin 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 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. You will be notified during the welcome email prior to the beginning of the Camp week to inform you of whether this experience will a part of your camper’s schedule.

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, parents 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 or if they have been in contact with a COVID-positive individual in the past 2 weeks. 
  • Programs will take place exclusively in outdoor or semi-outdoor locations as much as possible.
  • Face masks are highly recommended but are not required for this program. 
  • The Zoo will provide sanitation materials for participant useincluding hand sanitizer, sanitation wipes, and disinfectant spray. 

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

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