Summer Session

Join us at Zoo Atlanta this summer 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 4 to 17. Select an individual week that fits in your summer plans, or spend the entire summer with us.

To find out if our Safari Camps are a good fit for you and your camper, please read our Safari Camp Information Packet (PDF) and 2020 Summer Safari Camp Schedule (PDF) before registering.

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May 26, 2020 - July 31, 2020

 

Safari Camp hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  (Drop-off starts 8:30 a.m.)
Safari Camp Half-Day hours are 9 a.m.–12 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. – 5:30 p.m.

THEMES:

Each week campers embark on a different Zoo expedition, exploring wildlife and wild places. Whether the theme is Conservation Connections or Animal Carnivale, participants will be engaged in how they can save wildlife and wild places.

Little Leaders: Calling all future educators for a fun-filled week of exploration! Campers will spend time learning about animals, their habitats and ways to preserve them for generations to come. Each week culminates in campers creating and leading an on-grounds program for Zoo guests featuring one of our amazing animal ambassadors. This program engages young minds and hearts and provides campers with the opportunity to put on the teacher’s hat and share their knowledge with others. It’s sure to be a wonderful experience!

Week 1 and 6 – Birds

Week 2 and 7 – Mammals

Week 3 and 8 – Reptiles

Week 4 and 9 – Amphibians

Week 5 and 10 - Invertebrates

Eco Adventures - May 26-29 & June 29-July 3

The world is full of amazing creatures who play vital roles in their environments, but many are losing their natural homes. Zoo Atlanta is committed to guiding conservation action both locally and globally, helping to alleviate environmental pressures. Join us as we learn about the Zoo’s conservation and sustainability initiatives, explore ways to be eco-friendly, and create bird feeders with recyclable materials for display at the end of the week for all campers to enjoy.

Creature Features - June 1-5 & July 6-10

Calling all animal buffs! Journey with us through this fun-filled week of learning about animal classification. Campers will compare and contrast different classes of animals, exploring adaptations that make each group unique. At the end of the week, campers will showcase their new knowledge in an epic trivia battle that’s sure to be a blast!

Wild Water - June 8-12 & July 13-17

 Water is a resource that is vital to life. Spend the week with Zoo Atlanta as we investigate and build watersheds to learn about the distribution of water on Earth; the numerous relationships humans and animals have with water; and ways to use water more sustainably. By the end of the week, campers will gain a greater appreciation for one of Earth’s most precious resources and be ready to seek out ways to be more conscientious water consumers!

Conservation Connections - June 15-19 & July 20-24

 As human populations rise and native habitats decline, instances of confrontation between humans and animals have increased. Join us as we explore the complexities of balancing animal welfare with human well-being on the African Savanna. Campers will learn about the animals of the African Savanna, getting to know the species and the individuals in our care. Through a week-long simulation experience, campers will place themselves in the shoes of various characters and stakeholders as they investigate the difficulties, advantages and possibilities in promoting conservation initiatives for all.

Animal Carnivale - June 22-26

 Insects and other invertebrates are an integral part of environments across the globe.  In this week-long animal celebration, participants will explore the world of creepy crawlies and learn how they are vital to ecosystems. Campers will work together to design costumes that represent a variety of invertebrates for the culminating celebration, the annual Zoo Atlanta Animal Carnivale Parade through the Zoo!

Diversity Design - July 27-31

Celebrate the diversity of animals on Earth through this week-long investigation of Zoo Atlanta’s animal ambassadors and the conservation issues facing their wild counterparts.  Specifically, participants will take on the role of designers and engineers as they learn about animal habits, adaptations, and conservation issues; then use their creative minds to design a game or interactive that represents them.  This program culminates in a Zoo Atlanta Animal Conservation Festival, where student-designed and built games and interactive experiences will be presented in a fun, festival-like environment.

Eco Adventures - May 26 - 29 & June 29 - July 3

 The world is full of amazing creatures who play vital roles in their environments, but many are losing their lives and natural homes. Zoo Atlanta is committed to guiding conservation action both locally and globally, helping to alleviate environmental pressures. Join us as we learn about the Zoo’s conservation and sustainability initiatives, explore ways to be eco-friendly, and create bird feeders with recyclable materials for display at the end of the week for all campers to enjoy.

Creature Features - June 1-5 & July 6-10 

Calling all animal buffs! Journey with us through this fun-filled week of learning about animal classification. Campers will compare and contrast different classes of animals, exploring adaptations that make each group unique. At the end of the week, campers will showcase their new knowledge in an epic trivia battle that’s sure to be a blast!

Wild Water - June 8-12 & July 13-17

 Water is a resource that is vital to life. Spend the week with Zoo Atlanta as we investigate and build watersheds to learn about the distribution of water on Earth; the numerous relationships humans and animals have with water; and ways to use water more sustainably. By the end of the week, campers will gain a greater appreciation for one of Earth’s most precious resources and be ready to seek out ways to be more conscientious water consumers!

Conservation Connections -  June 15-19 & July 20-24

 As human populations rise and native habitats decline, instances of confrontation between humans and animals have increased. Join us as we explore the complexities of balancing animal welfare with human well-being on the African Savanna. Campers will learn about the animals of the African Savanna, getting to know the species and the individuals in our care. Through a week-long simulation experience, campers will place themselves in the shoes of various characters and stakeholders as they investigate the difficulties, advantages and possibilities in promoting conservation initiatives for all.

Animal Carnivale - June 22-26

 Insects and other invertebrates are an integral part of environments across the globe.  In this week-long animal celebration, participants will explore the world of creepy crawlies and learn how they are vital to ecosystems. Campers will work together to design costumes that represent a variety of invertebrates for the culminating celebration, the annual Zoo Atlanta Animal Carnivale Parade through the Zoo!

Diversity Design - July 27-31 Celebrate the diversity of animals on Earth through this week-long investigation of Zoo Atlanta’s animal ambassadors and the conservation issues facing their wild counterparts.  Specifically, participants will take on the role of designers and engineers as they learn about animal habits, adaptations, and conservation issues; then use their creative minds to design a game or interactive that represents them.  This program culminates in a Zoo Atlanta Animal Conservation Festival, where student-designed and built games and interactive experiences will be presented in a fun, festival-like environment.

Eco Adventures - May 26-29

 The world is full of amazing creatures who play vital roles in their environments, but many are losing their lives and natural homes. Zoo Atlanta is committed to guiding conservation action both locally and globally, helping to alleviate environmental pressures. Join us as we learn about the Zoo’s conservation and sustainability initiatives, explore ways to be eco-friendly, and create bird feeders with recyclable materials for display at the end of the week for all campers to enjoy.

Animal Care Apprentice - June 1-5,  June 29-July 3 & July 20-24

Do you have what it takes to care for an elephant, train a tanuki, feed a flamingo, or observe an orangutan? Quest participants will be exposed to the world of animal care by learning about the role of animal care professionals. Experiences will range from developing enrichment for our animal ambassadors to exploring why and how the Zoo conducts research to ensure the proper care of the Zoo’s wild inhabitants.

Wild Water - June 8-12 & July 13-17 

Water is a resource that is vital to life. Spend the week with Zoo Atlanta as we investigate and build watersheds to learn about the distribution of water on Earth; the numerous relationships humans and animals have with water; and ways to use water more sustainably. By the end of the week, campers will gain a greater appreciation for one of Earth’s most precious resources and be ready to seek out ways to be more conscientious water consumers!

Conservation Connections - June 15-19 As human populations rise and native habitats decline, instances of confrontation between humans and animals have increased. Join us as we explore the complexities of balancing animal welfare with human well-being on the African Savanna. Campers will learn about the animals of the African Savanna, getting to know the species and the individuals in our care. Through a week-long simulation experience, campers will place themselves in the shoes of various characters and stakeholders as they investigate the difficulties, advantages and possibilities in promoting conservation initiatives for all.

Animal Carnivale - June 22-26 Insects and other invertebrates are an integral part of environments across the globe.  In this week-long animal celebration, participants will explore the world of creepy crawlies and learn how they are vital to ecosystems. Campers will work together to design costumes that represent a variety of invertebrates for the culminating celebration, the annual Zoo Atlanta Animal Carnivale Parade through the Zoo!

Creature Features - July 6-10 Calling all animal buffs! Journey with us through this fun-filled week of learning about animal classification. Campers will compare and contrast different classes of animals, exploring adaptations that make each group unique. At the end of the week, campers will showcase their new knowledge in an epic trivia battle that’s sure to be a blast!

Diversity Design - July 27-31 Celebrate the diversity of animals on Earth through this week-long investigation of Zoo Atlanta’s animal ambassadors and the conservation issues facing their wild counterparts.  Specifically, participants will take on the role of designers and engineers as they learn about animal habits, adaptations, and conservation issues; then use their creative minds to design a game or interactive that represents them.  This program culminates in a Zoo Atlanta Animal Conservation Festival, where student-designed and built games and interactive experiences will be presented in a fun, festival-like environment.

Careers in Conservation

New this summer, Zoo Atlanta is opening the Safari Camp gates to teens ages 15-17 to participate in a STEM career camp experience! Campers will get hands-on, minds-on experience learning about ways the daily collaboration from an array of Zoo specialists enables Zoo Atlanta to be a leading institution in the field of animal well-being and conservation education. Each day will be tailored to specific disciplines, including zoological animal care, veterinary medicine, conservation and education. This camp runs twice over the summer, Tuesday – Thursday.

June 16, 17, 18 & July 14, 15, 16


 

Half-Day Camp (Ages 4-6): $175/week  
Jr. Rangers, Rangers, Quest (Ages 5-14): $350/week       
Quest + Animal Care Apprentice (Quest age group only, ages 12-14): $420/week
Trailblazers (Ages 15-17): $420/week (Tuesday – Thursday only)

*Camps affected by holidays (week of May 25) will be prorated.

 

Half-Day Camp (Ages 4-6): $140/week  
Jr. Rangers, Rangers, Quest (Ages 5-14): $280/week       
Quest + Animal Care Apprentice (Quest age group only, ages 12-14): $375/week
Trailblazers (Ages 15-17): $375/week (Tuesday – Thursday only)

*Camps affected by holidays (week of May 25) will be prorated.


Safari Camp is a great opportunity to engage young explorers about the wild world around them and help them 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.
  • Completed Zoo Atlanta Safari Camp Waivers (PDF) must be submitted on the first day of camp. Camper will not be able to participate without completed waiver packet. 
  • 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. However, Camp programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, in which case the Zoo will notify participants of the cancellation as soon as possible prior to the program. If this happens, a full refund will be issued for the cancelled day. We will do our best to reschedule in the event of a cancelled program, but rescheduling is not guaranteed.

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 students, parents will be given a number when they check-in their students. 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 of 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.- 5:30 p.m., an additional $10 fee will be owed.
    • If camper is picked up late after 5:31 p.m., you will be charged an additional $1 for every additional minute.

Give the adventure of lifelong learning. Here’s an idea we can promise won’t be re-gifted: give a gift certificate for one of Zoo Atlanta’s education programs! You may also purchase gift certificates in $25 increments up to $100. Program restrictions apply. 


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

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