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 14. 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 2019 Summer Safari Camp Schedule (PDF) before registering.

Register

Weekly, May 28 - August 2*
*Safari Camp is not available July 4 - 5. Registration will close on the Wednesday prior to the start of Camp.
See the full calendar here.

 

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 $50 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 Adaptation Adventures or Animal Carnivale, participants will be engaged in how they can save wildlife and wild places.

The Zoo and You! – May 28-31
Kick off summer Safari Style! Spend the week exploring what it’s like to be an animal care professional, field researcher, and conservationist at Zoo Atlanta. Campers will be immersed in the different fields and have fun learning what it takes to protect and save wildlife and wild places around the globe. By the end of the week, campers will not only have a new connection and appreciation for our animals, but will also feel empowered to help all wildlife.  

Ecosystem Explorers - June 3 – 7 and July 15 – July 19
Our planet is full of wonderful creatures that all play an important role in creating healthy ecosystems. Join us through this week-long investigation of Zoo Atlanta’s animal ambassadors and the wild places they call home. Campers will explore the different roles animals play in their environments and learn how all life is connected. At the end of the week, campers will showcase their new knowledge through an interactive show-and-tell.

Adaptation Adventure - June 10 – June 14, July 1-3*, July 22-26
In this week-long Camp, we will travel through time to understand how animals have adapted to changing conditions and how they will have to continue to adapt to survive some of the challenges they face today. Campers will compare and contrast birds, reptiles, or mammals from past to present and create models to depict what they may look like in the future under certain environmental conditions. This Camp will not only engage imaginations, but will also spark curiosity and drive campers to want to save wildlife.

African Savanna Exhibit Design - June 17 – 21, July 8 – July 12, July 29 – August 2
It’s a Grand New View here at the Zoo with the addition of the brand-new African Savanna. As we celebrate this expansion of Zoo Atlanta, campers will spend the week learning about savanna animals and gaining insight into the Zoo design process. Campers will put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test as they are challenged to design their very own savanna exhibit that meets the needs of the animals, the animal care team and the guests.

Animal Carnivale - June 24 – 28
Animals are a key component of cultures across the globe.  In this week-long animal celebration, participants will explore the animals of the Piedmont region of Georgia and learn about their cultural significance and how they are key to our backyard ecosystem. Campers will work together to design masks that represent the beauty and diversity of Georgia native species. 

*Camps affected by holidays (week of May 27 and July 4) will be prorated.

The Zoo and You! – May 28-31
Kick off summer Safari Style! Spend the week exploring what it’s like to be an animal care professional, field researcher, and conservationist at Zoo Atlanta. Campers will be immersed in the different fields and have fun learning what it takes to protect and save wildlife and wild places around the globe. By the end of the week, campers will not only have a new connection and appreciation for our animals, but will also feel empowered to help all wildlife. 

Ecosystem Explorers - June 3 – 7 and July 15 – July 19
Our planet is full of wonderful creatures that all play an important role in creating healthy ecosystems. Join us through this week-long investigation of Zoo Atlanta’s animal ambassadors and the wild places they call home. Campers will explore the different roles animals play in their environments and learn how all life is connected. At the end of the week, campers will showcase their new knowledge in the Safari Camp talent show.

Adaptation Adventure - June 10 – June 14, July 1-3*, July 22-26
In this week-long camp, we will travel through time to understand how animals have adapted to changing conditions and how they will have to continue to adapt to survive some of the challenges they face today. Campers will compare and contrast birds, reptiles, or mammals from past to present and create models to depict what they may look like in the future under certain environmental conditions. This Camp will not only engage imaginations, but spark curiosity and drive campers to want to save wildlife.

African Savanna Exhibit Design - June 17 – 21, July 8 – July 12, July 29 – August 2
It’s a Grand New View here at the Zoo with the addition of the brand-new African Savanna. As we celebrate this expansion of Zoo Atlanta, campers will spend the week learning about savanna animals and gaining insight into the Zoo design process. Campers will put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test as they are challenged to design their very own savanna exhibit that meets the needs of the animals, the animal care team and the guests.

Animal Carnivale - June 24 – 28
Animals are a key component of cultures across the globe.  In this week-long animal celebration, participants will explore the animals of the Piedmont region of Georgia and learn about their cultural significance and how they are key to our backyard ecosystem. Campers will work together to design costumes that represent our Georgia natives for the culminating celebration, the annual Zoo Atlanta Animal Carnivale Parade through the Zoo!

*Camps affected by holidays (week of May 27 and July 4) will be prorated.

The Zoo and You! – May 28-31
Kick off summer Safari Style! Spend the week exploring what it is like to be an animal care professional, field researcher, and conservationist at Zoo Atlanta. Campers will be immersed in the different fields and have fun learning what it takes to protect and save wildlife and wild places around the globe. By the end of the week, campers will not only have a new connection and appreciation for our animals, but will also feel empowered to help all wildlife. 

Ecosystem Explorers - June 3 – 7 and July 15 – July 19
Our planet is full of wonderful creatures that all play an important role in creating healthy ecosystems. Join us through this week-long investigation of Zoo Atlanta’s animal ambassadors and the wild places they call home. Campers will explore the different roles animals play in their environments and learn how all life is connected. At the end of the week, campers will showcase their new knowledge in the Safari Camp talent show.

Adaptation Adventure - June 10 – June 14, July 1-3*, July 22-26
In this week-long camp, we will travel through time to understand how animals have adapted to changing conditions and how they will have to continue to adapt to survive some of the challenges they face today. Campers will compare and contrast birds, reptiles, or mammals from past to present and create models to depict what they may look like in the future under certain environmental conditions. This Camp will not only engage imaginations, but spark curiosity and drive campers to want to save wildlife.

African Savanna Exhibit Design - June 17 – 21, July 8 – July 12, July 29 – August 2
It’s a Grand New View here at the Zoo with the addition of the brand-new African Savanna. As we celebrate this expansion of Zoo Atlanta, campers will spend the week learning about savanna animals and gaining insight into the Zoo design process. Campers will put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test as they are challenged to design their very own savanna exhibit that meets the needs of the animals, the animal care team and the guests.

Animal Carnivale - June 24 – 28
Animals are a key component of cultures across the globe.  In this week-long animal celebration, participants will explore the animals of the Piedmont region of Georgia and learn about their cultural significance and how they are key to our backyard ecosystem. Campers will work together to design costumes that represent our Georgia natives for the culminating celebration, the annual Zoo Atlanta Animal Carnivale Parade through the Zoo!

*Camps affected by holidays (week of May 27 and July 4) will be prorated.

The Zoo and You! – May 28-31
Kick off summer Safari Style! Spend the week exploring what it is like to be an animal care professional, field researcher, and conservationist at Zoo Atlanta. Campers will be immersed in the different fields and have fun learning what it takes to protect and save wildlife and wild places around the globe. By the end of the week, campers will not only have a new connection and appreciation for our animals, but will also feel empowered to help all wildlife.  

Ecosystem Explorers - June 3 – 7
Our planet is full of wonderful creatures that all play an important role in creating healthy ecosystems. Join us through this week-long investigation of Zoo Atlanta’s animal ambassadors and the wild places they call home. Campers will explore the different roles animals play in their environments and learn how all life is connected. At the end of the week, campers will showcase their new knowledge in the Safari Camp talent show. 

Animal Carnivale - June 24 – 28
Animals are a key component of cultures across the globe.  In this week-long animal celebration, participants will explore the animals of the Piedmont region of Georgia and learn about their cultural significance and how they are key to our backyard ecosystem. Campers will work together to design costumes that represent our Georgia natives for the culminating celebration, the annual Zoo Atlanta Animal Carnivale Parade through the Zoo!

African Savanna Exhibit Design - July 29 – August 2
It’s a Grand New View here at the Zoo with the addition of the brand-new African Savanna. As we celebrate this expansion of Zoo Atlanta, campers will spend the week learning about savanna animals and gaining insight into the Zoo design process. Campers will put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test as they are challenged to design their very own savanna exhibit that meets the needs of the animals, the animal care team and the guests. 

The following Camps require an additional fee to cover behind-the-scenes experiences and opportunities with Animal Care Teams.

Animal Care Apprentice - June 10-14, June 17-21, July 8-12, July 15-19
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 immersed in this important STEM career and get hands-on, minds-on experience, exposing them to the work of an animal care specialist here at Zoo Atlanta. 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.   

Jr. Veterinarian Camp - July 22-26
Calling all future veterinarians! Spend the week immersed in this important STEM career and get hands-on, minds-on experience learning about the work of our Veterinary Team here at Zoo Atlanta. From lemurs to lions, and everything in between, campers will spend the week working on a case study and gain a better understanding of what it takes to care for a diverse array of wildlife. 


*Camps affected by holidays (week of May 27 and July 4) will be prorated.

 

Half-Day Camp (Ages 4-6): $175/week  
Jr. Rangers, Rangers, Quest (Ages 5-14): $319/week       
Quest + Animal Care Apprentice and Jr. Vet Camp (Ages 12-14): $375/week

*Camps affected by holidays (week of May 27 and July 4) will be prorated.

 

Half-Day Camp (Ages 4-6): $140/week  
Jr. Rangers, Rangers, Quest (Ages 5-14): $259/week       
Quest + Animal Care Apprentice and Jr. Vet Camp (Ages 12-14): $338/week

*Camps affected by holidays (week of May 27 and July 4) will be prorated.


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.
  • 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 certificate for one of Zoo Atlanta’s education programs! You may also purchase gift certificates in $25 increments up to $100. Program restrictions apply. 

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

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