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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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2014 Camp Descriptions

For Campers Entering Grades K-1

Mighty Minis

Week 1: June 23 - 27

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! (formerly Team Tiny)

Water Winners

Week 1: June 23 - 27

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 a curious octopus, learn about many creatures that inhabit the world’s waters. (Same as FantaSEA Week 6)

Creature Features

Week 2: June 30 – July 3 (no camp July 4)

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.

Zoo-cieties

Week 2: June 30 – July 3 (no camp July 4)

One of a kind? Part of a pack? Some animals live in groups while others prefer to go it alone. Study the amazing adaptations of our most social butterflies and more solitary creatures. The more the merrier!

International Monkey Business

Week 3: July 7 - 11

Get to know your animal cousins, from little monkeys to great apes! There will be plenty of monkeying around in this class as we travel jungle to jungle learning about primate ancestors.

Longitude and Catitude

Week 3: July 7 - 11

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 projects, and purr-fect crafts.

Over the Hedge

Week 4: July 14 - 18

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

Ice Age

Week 4: July 14 - 18

Extinct species have left their mark in modern animals. See the ancestors of Manfred, Sid, and Diego and explore evolution as we discover today’s dinos. No bones about it! You’ll saber every minute of this camp! Register now, before spots go extinct.

Small Wonders

Week 5: July 21 - 25

These animals may be teeny but that doesn’t mean they aren’t tremendous fun! Meet the Zoo’s small mammals and learn why great things come in small packages.

Birds of a Feather

Week 5: July 21 - 25

Everybody knows that bird is the word; now find out why. Explore the world of our high-flying friends, then go for a bird watch to see some for yourself! Everyone will be flocking to this program. Don’t miss out!

Nur–Zoo-ry Rhymes

Week 6: July 28 – August 1

Dogs, spiders, and piggies, too. Where can you find them? At the National Zoo! You're sure to have a fabulous time, making crafts and reading rhymes! So come to the park and take a look and meet a character from Mother Goose’s book!

FantaSEA

Week 6: July 28 – August 1

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 a curious octopus, learn about many creatures that inhabit the world’s waters. (Same as Water Winners Week 1)

Spider Kids

Week 7: August 4 - 8

In this camp we’re surfing a different kind of web! Discover the world of our not so itsy bitsy friends and learn just how amazing they are. This class will stick with you!

X-Men

Week 7: August 4 - 8

What if you had ears three feet wide or a full rack of antlers? Observe animals from head to toe and learn about their x-traordinary features. Then create your favorite animals’ ears, nose, tail, or toes and try them on for size! It is sure to be an x-citing time!

Where the Wild Things Are

Week 8: August 11 - 15

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.

Babar the Elephant

Week 8: August 11 - 15

Pack up your trunk and follow the herd! We’re learning about the largest living land mammal—elephants! Study their fascinating adaptations and welcome the National Zoo’s new elephants to their home in the Elephant Community Center.