Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Andean bear mother and cub

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 K-1

New for 2016: For our littlest campers, we are now offering 3 camps for rising Kindergarteners only and 3 camps for rising 1st graders only. Look for these camps in the Week 3 (July 5-8) and Week 6 (July 25-29) listings.

Please DO NOT enroll your child in these camps unless they are entering the specified grade level in Fall 2016. Campers who do not meet the appropriate grade requirements will be transferred to the grade-appropriate camp, if space allows. All cancellation and transfer fees and policies will apply.

Creature Features

Week 1: June 20-24

Come meet a group of zoo animals that are experts at the game of hide and seek. Spots, stripes, and colors help some animals find dinner and keep others from being on the menu. Learn how critters hide from predators and search for prey.

Friends, Families and Flocks (formerly Zoo-cieties)

Week 1: June 20-24

One of a kind? Part of a pack? Some animals live in groups while others prefer to go it alone. Study the living arrangements from a flamboyance of flamingos to the solitary sloth. The more the merrier!

Trunks to Tails

Week 1: June 20-24

What could you do with ears three feet wide or a tail that can wrap around branches? From the tops of their heads to the tips of their toes, animals are pretty amazing! Learn about the extraordinary features that animals use to survive, then create your own awesome adaptation!

Babar the Elephant

Week 2: June 27-July 1

Pack up your trunk and follow the herd! We're learning about the largest living land mammal—elephants! Study their fascinating adaptations and get to know the gentle giants that call the Elephant Community Center home.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and Friends!)

Week 2: June 27-July 1

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? A wonderful week at Zoo camp! Learn about hungry caterpillars, mixed-up chameleons, and many more Eric Carle favorites during a week of art, science, and exploration. Take a bite out of this camp today!

Winnie the Pooh

Week 2: June 27-July 1

Grab your honey pot for a Grand Adventure in the Zoo's own Hundred Acre Wood! Discover the Pooh Bears, Piglets, Tiggers, and Owls that call the Zoo home. You may even spot some Heffalumps and Woozles along the way!

Animals Around the World (Grade 1 only)

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

Pack your bags, we're travelling the world to visit our animal friends. From the meerkats of Africa to the Amazonian arapaima, each species is perfectly adapted to the place it calls home. No passports necessary for this camp! (All campers MUST be entering Grade 1 in Fall 2016)

Dora and Diego (Grade K only)

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

Hola amigos! Pull out your maps and grab your backpacks for a summer adventure with Dora, Diego, and their animal friends! Our Zoo Map will present us with a different challenge each day as we learn about animals and conservation, and pick up a bit of Spanish along the way. (All campers MUST be entering Grade K in Fall 2016)

Longitude and Catitude (Grade 1 only)

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

The Zoo is always purring with excitement. Come and meet our lions, tigers, cheetahs, and more--then learn about your favorite felines through Zoo walks, science activities, and purr-fect crafts. (All campers MUST be entering Grade 1 in Fall 2016)

Curious George

Week 4: July 11-157

Are you as curious as George? Then this is the camp for you! Put on your yellow hat and learn about all of the curious little lemurs, monkeys, and apes at the Zoo. We'll explore the special features that help them make mischief and learn what makes us a lot like George!

Over the Hedge

Week 4: July 11-15

Discover the Zoo in your backyard. We're digging up a good time discovering animals that live a bit closer to home. Learn about the feathered, furry, and swimming friends who call our home their habitat, then head out into the park to visit the critters of American Trail.

Wild Kratts

Week 4: July 11-15

Grab your creature power suit, we're going on a real zoo-venture! A new mission each day will help us learn about the animals at the Zoo with real creature power technology. What if... you registered for this camp today?

Marvelous Mammals

Week 5: July 18-22

From the very small to the very tall, many marvelous mammals call the Zoo home. Find out why it's so fantastic to be furry, so wonderful to be warm-blooded, and so much fun to be in Zoo Camp!

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

Week 5: July 18-22

Endangered species who need help from me! We'll learn about the endangered animals from Eric Carle's classic rhyming book, as well as other favorite Carle critters, as we explore what we can do to help them. No grouchy ladybugs here; we'll have a great time!

Small Wonders

Week 5: July 18-22

Great things really do come in small packages! Learn why teeny animals are also tremendous fun with small mammals, pint-sized frogs, and other little critters at the Zoo. Join this camp for fun that is larger than life!

Curious George (Grade K Only)

Week 6: July 25-29

Repeat Camp. See Week 4 description. (All campers MUST be entering Grade K in Fall 2016)

One Fish, Two Fish (Grade K Only)

Week 6: July 25-29

Red Fish, ZOO Fish! Discover the animals that inspired your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, from the Cat in the Hat to Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz. From there to here and here to there, animal fun is everywhere! (All campers MUST be entering Grade K in Fall 2016)

Wild Kratts (Grade 1 Only)

Week 6: July 25-29

Repeat Camp. See Week 4 description. (All campers MUST be entering Grade 1 in Fall 2016)


Week 7: August 1-5

A little bird told me that we'll have the lion's share of fun in this camp! Meet the animals that play a part in some popular expressions. Even if it's raining cats and dogs, we're sure to get up to some fun monkey business this week!

Nur–Zoo-ry Rhymes

Week 7: August 1-5

Eenie-meeny-miny-mo. This camp is great and you should go! Learn about the animals in each rhyme. With Zoo walks and crafts, we'll have a great time! So come to the park and take a look. We're meeting friends from Mother Goose's book!

Where the Wild Things Are

Week 7: August 1-5

A wonderful world unfolds in this five-day investigation of the animal kingdom. Each day, study a different type of animal, including mammals, birds, and reptiles, and learn about the wild places they inhabit.

Track and Feline

Week 8: August 8-12

Repeat Camp. See Week 3 description for Longitude and Catitude.

Mighty Minis

Week 8: August 8-12

Zoo Olympics is about more than feats of enormous strength. Check out the small but mighty animals at the National Zoo and what makes these mini stars so spectacular!

Water Winners

Week 8: August 8-12

You don't need a swimsuit to learn about the amazing aquatic world. Hold your breath as you meet the Zoo's wettest friends. From playful otters to armored alligators, learn about many creatures that inhabit the world's waters.