Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



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Thank you to Banfield Pet Hospital for generously sponsoring many of this summer's camps!

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

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2015 Camp Descriptions

For Campers Entering Grades 4-5

Calling All Cats

Week 1: June 22 - 26

Looking for a camp with cattitude? Hunt with lions, pounce with tigers, race with cheetahs, and leap into fun with clouded leopards. Meet all of the Zoo's favorite felines and learn what you can do to protect them. We're paw-sitive you'll agree. This camp is purr-fect!

Aquatic All Stars

Week 1: June 22 - 26

From sea lions and otters to arapaimas and amphibians, we're diving into the watery worlds of the Zoo's bubbliest animals. Explore these fragile ecosystems and learn how the National Zoo is working to protect the animals who live there. This class is sure to be a splash!


Week 2: June 29 – July 2 (no camp July 3)

ZooVengers assemble! In the race against extinction, "endangered" means there is still time. You can be part of the solution! Join forces and learn how you can make a difference! (Formerly Planeteers)

Captain America-n Trail

Week 2: June 29 – July 2 (no camp July 3)

Take up your shield as we race to protect the animals in our own backyard. Bison, bald eagles, seals, and gray wolves need your help. Defend them against extinction and save the day!

Mythical Creatures

Week 3: July 6 - 10

Centaurs, dragons, and unicorns can all be found at the National Zoo (all you need is a little imagination). Take a magical journey with the fantastic creatures from the world’s legends and myths and visit the real animals behind the mysteries.

Animal Oddities

Week 3: July 6 - 10

Weird, freaky, and totally true! Animals have developed some strange strategies to survive. From third eyelids to sixth senses, animal adaptations are really wild business. Which animal eats its own skin? You'll have to register to find out!

Harry Otters and the Salamander's Stone

Week 4: July 13 – 17

Take your gillyweed and dive into a wet world where some of the Zoo's most magical creatures swim, including otters, salamanders, and giant arapaimas. No wand required! (Formerly Harry Otters and the Chambered Nautilus)

The Wizards of Oz

Week 4: July 13 – 17

Lion and tigers and bears, oh my! Follow the National Zoo's red brick road to explore the exotic lands that these and many other animals call "home."

Extreme Animal Athletes

Week 5: July 20 - 24

Animals are built for survival. They can live deep in the sea, high in the sky, or in the driest desert. Learn about the amazing adaptations that make these animals winners.

Survival: The Ultimate Challenge

Week 5: July 20 - 24

It takes skill, strength, and smarts for animals to thrive, but they still need your help. Meet some of the National Zoo's endangered animals and learn about the programs in place to save them. Discover what you can do to be a species survival champion!

Dr. Zoolittle: Zoo MD

Week 6: July 27 – July 31

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).

Sense-ational Species

Week 6: July 27 – July 31

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!

Amazing Asia

Week 7: August 3 - 7

Join us on a wild expedition to the world's largest continent while learning about the animals that call Asia home. Explore the island of Sumatra, the cloud forests of China, and many habitats in between. We don’t want to incite panda-monium, but camp is seriously amazing!

Amazon Adventure

Week 7: August 3 - 7

Bom Dia! We're headed on a South American adventure. Spend a week in the rainforest and get face-to-face with some of the world's most intriguing creatures, such as monkeys, frogs, and giant fish. Go high in the canopy and down to the forest floor on a wild trip that you’ll never forget.

Dr. Zoolittle: Zoo MD

Week 8: August 10 – 14

Repeat Camp. See Week 6 description.

The Lorax

Week 8: August 10 – 14

The National Zoo is a leader in saving endangered species like giant pandas, Asian elephants, and clouded leopards. Meet experts in the field of animal science and species survival, and discover the important work they do. Then learn for how you can “speak for the trees” and defend animals from the Onceler.