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Safari Camp Scholarship Program

Program will provide a weeklong Safari Camp experience for 60 underprivileged children.

Zoo Atlanta will broaden community access to its signature summer camp experience with the return of the Safari Camp Scholarship Program presented by Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. Offered for the fourth year in a row in 2019, the program will provide a week of Safari Camp: Summer Session for 60 children ages 5 to 11 from Title I Schools in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County.

“The opportunity to see, connect with, and learn about animals firsthand is an early-life experience that has no substitute. It is essential to Zoo Atlanta’s mission that we make these connections and experiences accessible to everyone,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We are grateful to our partners at Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority for their commitment that enables us to offer this important opportunity to the children of our community for a fourth year.” 

The scholarships will offer Safari Camp tuition for a weeklong session; daily lunch and snacks; a Camp T-shirt; and extended care options. To qualify, children must be current residents of the City of Atlanta or Fulton County, must attend a Title I School, and must qualify for the free or reduced lunch program at school.

Parents or guardians interested in applying should submit a completed application, available now at zooatlanta.org/scholarship. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of need from the guardian and a letter of interest from the child. Application materials may be submitted via email to education@zooatlanta.org or via regular mail to Zoo Atlanta Education; 800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.; Atlanta, Georgia 30315. Applications are due by 5:30 p.m. on May 6, 2019, and will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Awardees will be notified on or after May 20, 2019.

Zoo Atlanta is a statewide resource for both formal and informal education in Georgia, serving 91,229 students and more than 27,000 program participants in 2018. In addition to Safari Camp, which takes place year-round during school breaks, education programs include but are not limited to Adventure Cubs, Nature Play Club, Keeper for a Day, NightCrawler overnights, Twilight Trek and ZooMobile outreach. The Zoo also offers inquiry-based classroom programs and field trips, professional learning opportunities for educators and a wealth of other resources that support STEM curriculum at all grade levels.

Safari Camp: Summer Session begins May 28 and runs weekly through August 2, 2019. 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. Themes change weekly and are designed and structured by age group for 4-year-olds to 14-year-olds. Visit zooatlanta.org to learn more about Safari Camp and other education programs at Zoo Atlanta.

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