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Special thanks to the SunTrust Foundation for their generous support.

Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association

2009 Parents' Pick Nominee

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2016 Camp Descriptions

For Campers Entering Grades 2-3

Home Sweet Habitat

Week 1: June 20-24

There's no place like home! Visit the National Zoo and explore the homes and habitats of our natural builders. Learn more by digging into the animal world before becoming an animal architect yourself. Join the crew!

The Unhuggables

Week 1: June 20-24

Cuddly cubs and snuggly kittens ... who needs them?! Explore the underbelly of animal life and visit the Zoo's wolves, skunks, snakes, and crocodiles. We'll also uncover some of the creepy crawlies that dwell in your own backyard!

Dr. Zoo-euss: Zoo MD

Week 2: June 27-July 1

Imagine what it takes to care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander. How do you x-ray a stingray or give a shot to a shrew? Zoo veterinarians have one of the toughest jobs around. Visit How Do You Zoo?, our one-of-a-kind role play exhibit, and practice caring for our animals (Campers do not come in direct contact with live animals or assist with animal or veterinary care).

The Jungle Book

Week 2: June 27-July 1

Calling all man cubs! Join the pack and have a wild time exploring animals who live deep in the jungle! Our bears, tigers, apes, and snakes are waiting to teach you the bear necessities of life. It will be a swingin' good time.

U.S.A. (United States of Animals)

Week 3: July 5-8 (no camp July 4)

This land was made for you and me ... and the animals! Explore the Zoo in your backyard and say "hello" to your neighbors on the American Trail including gray wolves, sea lions, and the iconic bald eagle. Then learn how you can help keep America beautiful.

Wilderness Explorers

Week 3: July 5-8 (no camp July 4)

Suit UP for an adventure as a Zoo Wilderness Explorer. Earn badges as you help animals at the Zoo and around the world. You may even discover the creature of Paradise Falls. Adventure is out there!

Kung Fu Panda

Week 4: July 11-15

Help kick extinction! Become a part of the Furious Five and earn a black belt in conservation. Travel Asia Trail and uncover the mystery of the giant panda, clouded leopard, red panda, and more. This camp is sure to be a knockout!

The Lion King

Week 4: July 11-15

It's time for the mane event! We're beaming with pride over our lions! Learn about the kings and queens of the National Zoo and visit with their cat cousins: cheetahs, tigers, and leopards. Pounce on this camp. Register meow!

Sense-ational Species

Week 5: July 18-22

Act like an animal this week as we explore the senses and how they help species to survive. Use your senses, test your skills, and see how you compare to some of the wildest animals at the Zoo. It doesn't take eagle eyes to see that this is a sense-ational camp!

Radical Reptiles

Week 5: July 18-22

Beat the heat with the cold-blooded creatures of the Reptile Discovery Center! These fascinating animals are sure to pull you out of your shell as we "croc" open the hidden worlds of reptiles and amphibians. Jump to it; you'll be hoppy in this class!

Superman-imals

Week 6: July 25-29

Find the nearest phone booth and change into your cape; we're meeting the Zoo's most incredible creatures! Join the squad as we uncover animals with powers of speed, strength, flight, and more, then transform into a hero yourself!

Dr. Zoo-euss: Zoo MD

Week 6: July 25-29

Repeat Camp. See Week 2 description.

Fairy Tails

Week 7: August 1-5

Jump into the pages of your favorite "tails." Huff and puff with the big bad wolf, visit the homes of our three species of bears, and meet the Zoo's billy goats gruff at the National Zoo’s Kid Farm, sponsored by State Farm ®. Bring these stories to life and learn about the real animals behind the critter characters.

Animal Oddities

Week 7: August 1-5

Weird, freaky, and totally true! Animals have developed some strange strategies to survive. From third eyelids to sixth senses, animal adaptations are wild business. We know you'll give this camp a pseudo-thumbs up!

Golden Medal Tamarins

Week 8: August 8-12

Get to know your cousins from itsy-bitsy monkeys to awesome apes. Learn about the O Line and how it enables orangutans to travel high above the Zoo. Plus, there's no denying you'll adore our golden lion tamarins! Monkey around with us all week long.

Leapers Creepers

Week 8: August 8-12

Visit the Zoo and meet fascinating creatures lurking behind every corner. Frogs, snakes, lizards and more are waiting for you to slither on over to this toad-ally awesome camp!