Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Spring Safari Day Camp


Spring is in the air, but flowers aren't the only things blooming. So are new programs at the National Zoo! Join us this spring break for FONZ's Spring Safari Day Camp!

Spring Safari campers will explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals around the world. Week-long sessions include exciting hands-on activities, lessons, craft projects, science experiments, and walks through the Zoo. (There is no direct contact with animals and campers do not participate in animal care.)

Put a spring in your step and make some new buds at FONZ's Spring Safari Day Camp! There's no better way to spend your spring break than with Friends of the National Zoo!

2016 Registration Dates

FONZ Premier Plus Registration begins on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m.
All FONZ Member Registration begins on Tuesday, February 2 at 10 a.m.
Registration for non-members begins on Tuesday, February 9 at 10 a.m.

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Campers are grouped into two grade levels: K-2 and 3-5. Spring Safari Day Camp is not offered at the pre-K level. Children may only be registered for their current grade level.

2016 Dates and Times

Spring Camp is offered for two weeklong sessions: March 21-25 and March 29-April 1 (no camp on March 28). Camp is held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Campers must be dropped off between 8:45 and 9 a.m. A limited number of spots are available in Before-Camp Care from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and in After-Camp Care from 3 to 6 p.m.


Drop-off for all camps is in the Visitor Center Auditorium. After gathering with their teachers and classmates, campers will be led to their classroom in the Visitor Center.

Campers in After-Camp Care must be picked up in Visitor Center classrooms. You must show photo identification when picking up your camper at dismissal or in After-Camp Care.


Camp fee includes a Spring Safari Day Camp baseball cap, daily snack with juice box, and a ride on the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel.

Five-day Session (March 21 - 25)

  • Members: $400
  • Non-Members: $500

Four-day Session (March 29 - April 1, no camp on Easter Monday, March 28)

  • Members: $320
  • Non-Members: $400

Before-Camp Care: Available from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Cost is $100 per session ($80 for the four-day session).

After-Camp Care: Available from 3 to 6 p.m. An additional fee will be charged after 6 p.m. Cost is $175 per session ($140 for the four-day session).


With our registration system, all participants must have an online account. You will need your FONZ member ID number and the 2016 discount code to receive the member rate. This system enables you to register multiple children at once, view your account online, and make payments.

PLEASE NOTE: Our registration software is NOT compatible with mobile devices or Internet Explorer. You must use a desktop or laptop computer with Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari browsers.

American Camp Association policy updates require that we collect the following information at the time of registration. Please have this information available at the time of registration.

  • your family's medical insurance carrier name and policy number
  • the date of your child's last tetanus shot
If you have questions about these updates, please email the FONZ Safari Day Camp Office.

  • Member Registration begins February 2 at 10 a.m.
  • Upgrade to Premier Plus membership and register for camp one week early, starting January 26.
  • Registration for non-members begins February 9 at 10 a.m.

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Camp Descriptions

Grades K-2

Where the Wild Things Are!

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.

Grades 3-5

World Safari

From African plains to South American forests, mountain cliffs to ocean depths, the world is full of amazing animals perfectly adapted to their unique habitats. Grab your binoculars and your passport; you won't want to miss this wild week!

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the start of the session will receive a 75-percent refund. Transfer requests received at least four weeks prior to the start of the session will be charged a 10-percent administrative fee. Please email the FONZ Safari Day Camp Office with cancellation and transfer requests. No refunds or changes will be made for less than four weeks' notice.

All confirmation materials will be sent via email upon registration.